I was sleeping when he asked me if I wanted to go with him. I laughed and pushed back, like I always did to his crazy positive ideas. I soon realized I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. We booked the trip to Oakland, California and haven’t turned back since. Once we were finished learning about the industry at Oaksterdam, we couldn’t turn our backs on the huge opportunity that lay ahead.
We started a delivery service to get our foot in the door of the cannabis industry. It is the quickest, most cost-effective way to enter the industry. It has been 10 months and I’m consulting others on how to start their own cannabis delivery service, company, brand, and garden. So how do you start a cannabis company? How do you start a hemp company? How do you start a weed business?
You find your story.
Each day a new person asks me, “Do you like this job?” I reply back enthusiastically, “Hell yeah I do! It’s the best one I’ve created yet.” The polite patient turns their head to the side to quickly realize I am the co-founder of their favorite cannabis delivery.
According to Dane, the Founder, I’m following along with his dream of owning a successful business, growing organic produce, and making a difference in people’s lives. I joke back claiming he’s following my dream of owning a business, healing people off pharmaceuticals, and opening a cannabis-animal monastery. We both are fighting for the same things, but he gets more credit for this main reason:
I was half-dead mentally, emotionally, and spiritually when we decided to start this company. I had fallen down a flight of stairs which caused immense amounts of pain, confusion, emotional and physical setbacks. After being in so much torment and drugged up from the medical system, I wanted out. I wanted off percoset/oxycontin, topamax, codeine, loperamide, and other drugs I was prescribed. I wanted out holistically, like back when I decided to go vegan when I was 17. I wanted my happiness and health back. I also needed another career since personal training wasn’t an option after falling down stairs and fracturing my cheek bones, confidence, and ego.
Dane believed in me, my ability to bounce back, and the bright future for cannabis. He believed in himself and led us to California by May 2015, only months after our decision to start a cannabis company. The first week we arrived, we filed our Federal, State, County, and City papers to do everything legitimately – unlike most of the fine cannabis clubs existing. We also became CA medical marijuana patients and tested out the competition. The places we ordered from got our orders wrong every single time (still to this day). The dispensaries sold not-tested extracts, outdated herbs with seeds, and no satisfaction guaranteed. We came to California and the Emerald Triangle, yet found being a consumer was the short end of the stick. We couldn’t access any high quality cannabis experience. I remember ordering “moon rocks” and “silver caviar” because it was supposed to be the best thing out here. It tasted terrible, was un-tested for safety, and I felt sick after smoking it. Each day that we waited for legal approval, was another day showing us how desperately the industry needed an EVA.
We saw the need for high-end customer service, a lab-tested supply, and a female driver for female patients. We saw the need for people who could be on time, deliver what you ordered with a smile, and give you change when you need it. We have filled these needs with Eva and will continue to fill the gaps in the industry with our high end services and products.
We are now successfully operating in Santa Rosa, CA, with state approval to be vertically integrated for the next 10 years. We are growing veganic and organic cannabis, pressing out the buds into veganic/organic rosin, and then delivering those precious plant molecules with a smile and timely fashion to our beloved patients. As the days pass on, we are researching and formulating herbal healing products outside of and in conjunction with cannabis. Eva is here to show the industry how it should be running – at a higher standard.
Santa Rosa, CA