When I was 23 years old, I had a bad motorcycle accident and nearly lost my leg as a result. I was even scheduled for an amputation. Seven years and seven surgeries later, I still had my leg and, with it, a refillable prescription for oxycontin.
At 30 years old, I was running a landscaping company with over 40 employees and, although I knew the detriments of prescription painkillers, I used my prescription to help me fulfill my responsibilities and manage my pain.
This cycle continued until, one day, I was doing a job for a doctor who took one look at me popping my pills and proceeded to educate me on cannabis and how I could use it to help manage my pain. “You need a natural alternative,” he said, and wrote me a prescription for a trial for patients to grow their own medicine. With that, I got a license to grow cannabis—one of the first under the Marijuana Medical Access Regulations (MMARs). From there, I experimented with growing different strains and monitored the effects on my pain. With my MMAR, I was permitted to grow for others, and while learning the process of extractions, I soon had acquired a license for over 24,000 plants which allowed me to fully support my growing list of clients and propelled me to where I am today.
My company, Great Northern Harvest, strives to produce the highest quality product in order to provide the greatest benefits to those who need it. Our business has always been about helping people with natural medicine and facilitating a healthier alternative to pharmaceutical drugs.