Taunton Gazette: Mozzone Boulevard facility first in Taunton to get retail marijuana license

“The sale of recreational, retail marijuana in the city is one step closer to becoming something real.

“I think it was historic,” said Glenn McElfresh, referring to the 9-to-1 vote taken by the City Council on Tuesday night to approve a license to operate a retail-pot business on Mozzone Boulevard.

McElfresh, who describes himself as compliance officer for Commonwealth Alternative Care, was one of a handful of representatives of the company who sat down with the council’s police and license committee.

The full council later in the evening voted to approve the first-of-its-kind license request…

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Meet CAC Taunton's Training Manager, Rhyder!

Name: Rhyder Cookman
Hometown: West Windsor, NJ
Years in Cannabis: 5
Role at CAC: Training Manage
Favorite movie: Galaxy Quest or Ernest Scared Stupid

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What is your cannabis origin story? 
I went to Denver for vacation and to check out the exploding cannabis industry.  I saw my opportunity to get involved and jumped at it. 3 weeks after vacation i moved across the country and dove headfirst into the industry.

What did you do before this and how did it prepare you for your role today?
 Prior to getting involved in the cannabis industry I went to college for animation and have a background in retail. I’ve managed everything from a Halloween store to kitchen equipment.  Once I got into the industry I moved up the ranks and transitioned into a training role. 

What is your strain of choice?
LA Kush Cake

Favorite delivery method?
Dabs and flower.

How do you ensure first time visitors are comfortable with their first dispensary experience?
It’s my job to make sure the staff have the tools and knowledge to provide visitors with an exceptional and educational experience. We send all our retail members through a week long classroom based training on everything from legalities to the endocannabinoid system and everything in between to ensure they’re comfortable and confident!

Do you have any hobbies or collections?
In my free time I build replica movie props! Currently i’m working on a Lightsaber and a Ghostbusters Proton Pack!

Where do you go to learn more about cannabis?
So many places!  I read a lot of research and scientific papers to build a well rounded knowledge base.  

What is the coolest new cannabis-related gadget you’ve seen recently?
 While not necessarily new the Puffco Peak is a game changer for dabbing!

What’s your favorite CAC product right now?
Any of our live resins!

What do you like most about working at CAC? 
The people. I get to work with an incredible and diverse team while helping our patients learn the benefits of a life amplified by cannabis.

What is the most difficult part of your job?
The constant changes presented from the legal aspects of the industry. Regulations change often and we have to stay on top of it to ensure we’re compliant.










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How To Make Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies with CHROMA Chocolate Drops!

Happy National Homemade Cookies Day! Follow along as we make Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies with CHROMA Chocolate Drops! They are soft and gooey and, of course, delicious! The basics of this recipe come from the Life Made Sweeter blog, so if you need non-medicated thumbprint cookie ideas for the rest of your family, head on over there!

You will need:

  • ⅔ cups (11 tbsp) of unsalted butter, room temperature 

  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar (plus a little extra for rolling)

  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

  • ¼ cup corn starch

  • 1 ⅔ cup all purpose flour

  • A pack of CHROMA Chocolate Drops

Recipe:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375ºF

  2. Combine the flour and corn starch in a bowl, and set aside.

  3. In a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides as needed.

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4. Add the vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.
5. Slowly add the flour/corn starch mixer, preferably in 3-4 rounds of adding and mixing.
6. The dough will now be crumbly and harder to mix, and it’s possible that not all the flour has been totally incorporated. At this point, take the dough out of the mixer, and start to knead it with your hands. Your hands will warm it up and help to complete the mixture. Form a ball with your dough.

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7. Roll one-inch balls out of the dough, and roll each one in granulated sugar before placing on a parchment paper-covered baking sheet. 
8. Press your thumb into each ball to create a small indent.

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9. Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes. The dough should be set, but not yet golden. The cookies will continue to cook as they cool.

10. Immediately out of the oven, press Chocolate Drops into the thumbprint indents.

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Be sure to let the warmth of the cookie make the Chocolate Drops melt a bit as the cookies cool and enjoy! Make these cookies and tag us @commonwealthaltcare for a chance to be featured on our feed.


Business Wire: TILT Holdings Comments on Ongoing Vaping Issues and Temporary Vape Ban in Massachusetts

September 26, 2019

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- TILT Holdings Inc. (“TILT” or the “Company”) (CSE: TILT) (OTCQB: TLLTF), a foundational technology cannabis platform comprised of assets to support brands worldwide, released the following statement today from the Company’s interim CEO Mark Scatterday, regarding recent media coverage of vaping issues and a temporary vape ban in Massachusetts.

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Pictured: Jupiter Research cartridges

Pictured: Jupiter Research cartridges

Meet CAC Taunton's Cultivation Techncian Kait!

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Name: Kait 
Hometown: Bridgewater, MA
Years in Cannabis: 10 months
Role at CAC: Cultivation Technician
Nickname: Kellis

What is your cannabis origin story? 

I have been a cannabis advocate for around 10 years now. About a year ago I decided to change the career path that I was on and jump into the cannabis industry to help people in a new way. 

What did you do before this and how did it prepare you for your role today?

Before working at Commonwealth Alternative Care I was heavily involved in the special needs community. I worked as a Developmental Specialist helping the adult special needs population, heavily leaning towards adults with autism. This prepared me for my role today because I learned to be able to adapt to a constantly changing environment. I also was able to see first hand the benefits medicinal cannabis can have on people with epilepsy as well as anxiety in people with autism. It is truly an amazing plant. 

What is your strain of choice? 

Mimosa! Or anything with citrus notes. 

What is your favorite edible? 

Chroma Peppermints!!! America runs on Dunkin’ and I run on CHROMA. They're the bomb.

Favorite delivery method? e.g.  smoke, dab, vape, eat, topical.

 I love smoking flower, specifically blunts. I definitely do love a good edible though!

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about cannabis recently?

In 1949 the US military made a synthetic form of cannabis. 1mg had effects reported as lasting up to 3 days!

How do you ensure first time visitors are comfortable with their first dispensary experience? 

Being a part of the cultivation team, I ensure our visitors are comfortable by always striving to grow the cleanest, best product. 

What do you do for fun? 

I am a HUGE gamer. I love video games. I also love to spend time in my garden (cannabis and vegetable) and I love spending as much time with my nephews as possible.

Do you have any hobbies or collections?

I have a huge crystal/rock collection, I have ever since I was a little kid. I also collect houseplants. 

Where do you go to learn more about cannabis?

I go to my coworkers! They are all super knowledgeable and definitely know a lot of the answers. I also absolutely love reading books about cannabis. 

What is the coolest new cannabis-related gadget you’ve seen recently?

A nectar collector! They are super cool and convenient. Great if you need to take your rig with you!

What’s your favorite CAC product right now? 

NF1 ANYTHING!! Can’t get enough of it.

What do you like most about working at CAC? 
My co-workers. They are some of the funniest, most interesting, knowledgeable people I’ve ever known. 




Learn More About: The World’s Largest THCA Crystal!

We have received a number of questions from our patients and fans about our giant 221g THCA Crystal. We spoke with CAC’s Laboratory Director, Russ Draffen, to provide you with some answers! Russ led the lab in the growth of this Crystal, and the results speak for themselves.

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Russ tells us that the Crystal has a purity of 99.99%. The benefit of isolating THC-A to such an extent is in the control that it gives the lab in creating subsequent formulations and products. The patients can know the exact percentage of THC-A in the products they get from our dispensary when the plant components are isolated with such specificity.

By the lab’s calculations, this crystal is equivalent to approximately 8,000 grams of flower, or 4,420 dabs - given that each dab is .05g of the crystal. However, in this state, it will not offer a high. THC-A must be heated in order to be converted to THC. Before that conversion, THC-A is non-psychoactive, so you can consume (or in one fan’s words, “lick”) this crystal, and you may experience the anti-inflammatory benefits of cannabinoids, but you will not experience a high. Many people who avoid psychoactive properties find this appealing, and they can consume THC-A by crushing crystals and dosing them into pills. Those who prefer a high may deliver it as a dab. Whichever way a patient chooses to deliver it, there is surely enough of this crystal to last a patient for a very long time.





The Crystal in its growing conditions. Source: Russ Draffen

The Crystal in its growing conditions. Source: Russ Draffen

It took two months for this Crystal to develop, and, according to Russ, our lab has the capability of putting it back under its growing conditions to allow it to continue growing if they so choose. (And perhaps they will...we will keep you posted.) At this size, the worth is difficult to put a ticket on. Each gram alone may be worth $90, so you would think that converts to about $20,000. However, a crystal grown to this size as one unified piece is worth a lot more than the sum of its parts. 

Russ Draffen with the THCA Crystal, and his photos from the process. Source: Russ Draffen

Russ Draffen with the THCA Crystal, and his photos from the process. Source: Russ Draffen

So why did CAC’s lab decide to grow the world’s largest THC-A crystal?  “When it started growing, I knew I was on to something, so I kept it going,” says Russ Draffen. The lab had the materials and the motivation to try something new, so why not give it a shot? “We knew that no one else was really doing it to this extent,” Russ adds. 

We currently plan to display the THC-A Crystal in our dispensary in the coming months so that our patients may see it to believe it. Keep an eye on our social media for our Reveal Date Announcement!




Make Medicated Coconut Oil with Active8 Fills in Honor of National Coconut Day!

Here at Commonwealth Alternative Care Taunton, we take patient’s needs by the highest standards! A very versatile product we offer, is our Activ8 Fill’s!

We encourage patients to experiment with their fills! Yes, you can add it to your cartridge, but visit our Instagram if you need some tips for usage!

You can add it to your morning coffee, use it to making cooking oil, add it to your sauces, put it under your tongue before bed, and much more. However, in honor of the beloved National Coconut Day, we’re going to teach you how to make medicated coconut oil!

You will need:

  • A pot

  • A glass or heat-safe bowl

  • Coconut Oil

  • A distillate

  • A plastic bag

1) Prep the fill like you normally would.
Place it in a bag and submerge it in warm water for 5-10 minutes

2) While the fill is warming up, set up a double-boiler. (Placing your mixture in a double boiler rather than directly into the pot protects the distillate from overheating. The fill is already decarboxylated, so overheating it will cause it to lose terpenoids.)

Place your pot on the stove and heat up some water
Put a heat safe bowl on top of that so it is touching the water.

4) Put a half of a cup of coconut oil into the glass bowl, and heat that until it is liquefied.

5) Once that is ready, add your dosage of fill, which should be easier to get out of the plunger now that it is warm. 

6) Whisk quickly to get everything together. You want to keep everything moving so it does not settle on the heat. 

7) Once you really see it come together, pour the contents of the bowl into a container, cover it, and put it in the fridge to set. 

Now you have your coconut oil! Enjoy, and be sure to tag us in your creations if you want to be featured on our Instagram!

Meet CAC Taunton's Inventory Manager, Andy!

Name: Andy Bendzans
Hometown: Norton, MA
Years in Cannabis: 1+
Role at CAC: Inventory Manager
Nickname: Andy

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What is your cannabis origin story? 
I discovered cannabis about half a lifetime ago and while that was for fun, in recent years I have found the medicinal properties to be of great benefit as I get older, and have learned how to use those properties properly to achieve relief given the situation at hand. 

What did you do before this and how did it prepare you for your role today?
I have spent the better part of the last decade managing inventory and overseeing international shipping for a car wash soap manufacturer/distributor in Connecticut. 

What is your strain of choice? 
I’m a big fan of our Candyland Animal Cookies cross at the moment, it really covers the Goldilocks checklist of effects for me personally. 

What is your favorite edible? 
Peanut Butter Cups all day long! I was also very pleasantly surprised by the Cake Pops we did last year.

Favorite delivery method? e.g.  smoke, dab, vape, eat, topical 
Fresh flower in glass, or a flavor packed cold start dab. 

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about cannabis recently?
I’ve been learning about the cornucopia of things that can be done with topicals, from using balms and oils straight out of the box to making your own at home recipes with distillate. 

How do you ensure first time visitors are comfortable with their first dispensary experience? 
Our inventory team works hard alongside our cultivation and production teams to make sure that whoever comes in the dispensary door has a product there for them to meet their needs when they are greeted by one of our awesome PSA’s.

What do you do for fun?
I recently started playing some guitar again, I also spend a lot of time just learning about new and sometimes random subjects. 

Do you have any hobbies or collections?
I have a solid hot sauce collection going at home. We also have a good rubber band ball going in the vault. 

Where do you go to learn more about cannabis?
My peers - rarely if ever does a day go by where I don’t learn something new about cannabis. Our facility is staffed by extremely passionate, knowledgeable people and if you’ve got a question, you’re going to get a well educated answer. 

What is the coolest new cannabis-related gadget you’ve seen recently?
I tried a Puffco Peak for the first time recently and it was the best torch free device I have used to date. 

What’s your favorite CAC product right now? 
Flower: LA Kush Cake
Concentrate: Platinum Alien Sugar
Edible: Peanut Butter Cups
Topical: Wonder Balm

And who could forget that monster 221g diamond in the lab!!

What do you like most about working at CAC? 
My colleagues. Day in and day out I’m amazed at the level of professionalism, knowledge, and overall fantastical attitude everyone consistently brings to the workplace. Spending the day in a room quite literally surrounded by some of the best cannabis products in Massachusetts isn’t so bad either.

What is the most difficult part of your job?
The dispensary can’t dispense if the inventory isn’t in check. We live in the details, and being a highly scrutinized, and state regulated industry, we cannot afford to skimp on those details. There are a lot of moving parts in medicinal cannabis, and it’s up to us to make sure they all fit together. It is fast paced and challenging, but worth every bit of that effort when a patient walks out the door with a big smile on their face.




Meets CAC Taunton's Flower Manager , James!

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Name: James Casey
Hometown: Mansfield MA
Years in Cannabis: 1, professional, 7 years personal experience 
Role at CAC: Flower Manager 
Nickname: Jimmy 
Interesting fact: I went to school for criminal justice and ended up in commercial cannabis. 


What is your cannabis origin story?: I first started cultivating cannabis in college because I didn't want to spend money on flower anymore. As soon as I harvested my first crop I grew a passion for cultivating cannabis and I knew it was going to be something I did for the rest of my life.

What did you do before this and how did it prepare you for your role today?: Before this I worked in events for conference center and ballroom. We had to task employees daily in order to complete event set-ups  in a timely manner. This related directly to the flower department because I need to task a team of employees daily in order to ensure that all maintenance is completed at the proper time. 

What is your strain of choice? : NF1

What is your favorite edible?: Low dose mints. I don't handle edibles well so a low dose is perfect for me. 

Favorite delivery method? e.g.  smoke, dab, vape, eat, topical: Smoking flower

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about cannabis recently?: With under canopy lighting you can limit the stretch on plants when they enter the flower cycle. This can be extremely useful if you are growing in limited space and are challenged with height. 

What do you do for fun, and do you have any hobbies or collections?: I like to spend most free time outdoors and enjoy activities like playing guitar and archery. My hobby is cultivating craft cannabis for personal use. I am always trying different methods and I am constantly learning. 

Where do you go to learn more about cannabis?: I learn about cannabis at work quite a bit. There are a lot of techniques I have learned here that I had previously not used.

What is the coolest new cannabis-related gadget you’ve seen recently?: An Electronic nail for a dab rig. This ensures that you are ALWAYS ready to take a dab.

What’s your favorite CAC product right now?: My favorite product right now is the NF1 flower. 

What do you like most about working at CAC?: My favorite thing about working at CAC is that my work is my passion and I have the privilege of working with like minded people daily.

What is the most difficult part of your job?: Watching rooms getting harvested. After working the rooms for 50 plus days trying to get the highest quality flower we can possible, it is somewhat difficult to watch them getting harvested. 

What is the most rewarding part of working for CAC?: Knowing that we are growing flower to help people with numerous issues. Whether the flower is used as is or extracted into one of our various forms, it is rewarding to know that I am actually helping people daily. My grandmother uses our Slate cream daily and it helps her vastly with her severe arthritis in her hands. This is something no prescription or pill was able to help her with.


























Happy National Lemonade Day From CAC! Make Your Own CHROMA Shot Lemonade With These Recipes

Speak with your PSA about your dosing needs so you can make the perfect lemonade for you! Don’t forget to post your lemonade and tag @commonwealthaltcare for the chance to be featured on our Instagram!

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy:

  1. Buy some lemonade

  2. Pour it in a glass

  3. Add your dosage of CHROMA Lemon Lime Shot

  4. Add ice and enjoy!

A Little More Effort:

  1. 1 cup of water

  2. 1 packet of lemonade powder

  3. Add your dosage of CHROMA Lemon Lime Shot

  4. Mix it all together

  5. Add ice and enjoy!

Feeling Bold

  1. Squeeze 2 large lemons into a pitcher 

  2. Remove the pulp

  3. Add 2 tbsp of sugar

  4. Whisk until dissolved

  5. Add ¾ cup of water

  6. Chill for an hour

  7. Add your dosage of CHROMA Lemon Lime Shot to your glass

  8. Serve with lemon slices! 


Meet CAC Taunton's Assistant Flower Manager, Chris!

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Name: Christopher Schulz
Hometown: Anchorage, AK
Years in Cannabis: 1
Role at CAC: Assistant Flower Manager
Nickname: Schulzy/Alaska
Interesting fact: I used to play in a couple hardcore punk bands growing up. The second band I was in was named “Brainwreck” after a strain of cannabis.

What is your cannabis origin story?
I started growing marijuana in 2016 to save money while I was doing a tattoo apprenticeship. I ended up spending more time with my plants than with my drawings, so I researched everything I possibly could to get better yields, terpene profiles, higher potency, etc. I applied at CAC in 2018, and they gave me my shot at professional cultivation.

What did you do before this and how did it prepare you for your role today?
I was a tattooer in New Bedford. I spent hours researching different techniques, better equipment, and insane attention to detail. I think never settling and always striving to do better coupled with keeping a watchful eye is what helped me get a good start in this role.

What is your strain of choice?
For indica, I’d have to say Purple Punch has been a go to lately. For sativa, I’d go with NF1 for that clear headed, ready to start the day high!

What is your favorite edible?
I love our dark chocolate peanut butter cups, but lately it’s been the raspberry fruit chews!

Favorite delivery method? e.g.  smoke, dab, vape, eat, topical
I love it all, but I prefer to smoke and dab. Smoking for all day relaxation, dab for the quick effect and overall feeling.

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about cannabis recently?
THCV is a cannabinoid that is super beneficial to overall health. It stimulates bone growth, can help with Alzheimer’s, helps with diabetes, and can also encourage weight loss! It’s found more in African sativa strains.

What do you do for fun?
Snowboard, play video games, hang out with my girlfriend, and grow/smoke flower. 

Do you have any hobbies or collections?
I have started to collect marijuana seeds from breeders I like and have started collecting higher end glass pieces.

Where do you go to learn more about cannabis?
My peers here at CAC, watch YouTube videos, ICMag Forums, Ed Rosenthal books, etc.

What is the coolest new cannabis-related gadget you’ve seen recently?
I wouldn’t call it a gadget, but the King Palm pre-rolled leaf wraps have been an awesome alternative to blunt wraps. 

What’s your favorite CAC product right now?
It’s a toss up between the NF1 flower and the Alien OG sugar.

What do you like most about working at CAC?
My coworkers and the knowledge gained! Plus, who doesn’t want to touch cannabis plants all day?

What is the most difficult part of your job?
Leaving! I work in bright, hot rooms all day long, so the climate can be hard to adjust.

Build Your Own Cannabis Library With Our Favorite Books!

Happy National Book Lovers Day patients! Who doesn’t love to curl up with a nice book? We compiled some of our favorite Cannabis-related reads, for you all to enjoy! Got any other suggestions? DM us on Instagram to have your favorite book posted on our list.

Meet CAC Taunton's Executive Chef, David!

Name: David Topian 
Title: Executive Chef 
Hometown: Watervliet New York 
Years in Cannabis: 2 years 

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I started cooking professionally when I was 16 years old and eventually graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1988 with a degree in classical French cuisine. After school, I worked in various French restaurants in upstate New York, where I became highly interested in baking and pastry. In 1994, I relocated to Boston where I was the pastry chef at the Top of the Hub Restaurant after which I accepted a position at the Ritz Carlton in Boston as  Assistant Pastry Chef.

For a decade after the Ritz, I was the Director of Research and Development for a national wholesale pastry company where I oversaw all phases of product development. I established product portfolios for Wegman’s, Trader Joe's, Wholefoods, Starbucks, Kroger amongst other global brands. Most recently, I was the Executive Pastry Chef for Legal Sea Foods Restaurants where I developed a pastry and beverage program for all 35 locations. Now in cannabis, I’ve taken the same approach that I’ve always had to pastry: Use the finest ingredients to craft the most consistently delectable creations for everyone to enjoy.


What led you to cannabis after your position at Legal Sea Foods?: The challenge of applying cannabis  to sweet and savory products that are the highest quality. 

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about cannabis recently?: All the testing and checks and balances that have to be correct and in place before products can be developed and sold.

What is the most difficult part of your job?: Making sure the millions of pieces of edibles are consistently dosed. 

What is the most rewarding part of working of your job?: Knowing that the product I make helps other people. 

Do you have any hobbies or collections? : I collect electric guitars, and have an interest in model railroading!

Where do you go to learn more about cannabis?: My peers and colleagues I currently work with and now and in the past.

What’s your favorite CAC product right now?: 5mg Strawberry Shield Tablets.











Meet CAC Taunton's Assistant Packaging Manager, Melissa

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Name: Melissa Campbell
Title:
Assistant Packaging Manager
Hometown:
New Britain CT
Years in Cannabis:
1 year

Interesting fact: I served as a Chemical Operations Specialist in the Army for 6 years.

 What is your cannabis origin story?: Being a veteran I have seen what Cannabis has done to help other veterans with medical conditions such as PTSD.. When MA legalized it, I knew it was my calling. I wanted to be part of an industry where I could help others treat their medical conditions and show them that Cannabis is a better alternative to most prescription drugs.

What did you do before this and how did it prepare you for your role today?: I believe that my time in the military is what prepared me the most for my role today. I get to be a leader and manage an awesome packaging team here at CAC!

What is your strain of choice?: Sour Diesel

What is your favorite edible?: That's a tough one. I don't usually do edibles as I prefer flower, but I would say gummies.
Favorite delivery method?: Vaping flower or vape carts

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about cannabis recently?: I read an article recently that there are two FDA-approved medications that will contain cannabinoids in them. I’m not sure what they will be and how true it is but it was exciting to see the chemicals in the cannabis plant being recognized for the symptoms they can help treat. 

What do you do for fun?: I like to paint and do artsy type stuff. It’s kind of a hidden talent I didn’t know until I was in college. I also like to play sports such as softball and basketball. 

Where do you go to learn more about cannabis?: Usually online. I follow a lot of different social media accounts where I learn about new strains and what’s going on in the industry.

What is the coolest new cannabis-related gadget you’ve seen recently?: I would have to say the Cannagar mold I recently saw on social media. It may not be new to everyone but I thought it was a pretty cool device to make Cannabis Cigars. It’s nothing I have ever done before but would love to try it someday. 

What’s your favorite CAC product right now?: I like the carts a lot and our Activ8 Mango is one of my favorites. Helps quiet my mind so I can sleep well.

What do you like most about working at CAC? :The team I work with, the atmosphere and the fact that we are helping others by doing what we do. 

What is the most rewarding part of working for CAC?: Being able to learn and grow. We are still a young company with so many great things ahead of us. I look forward to our continuous growth and making a difference in the cannabis industry.  











Meets CAC Taunton's Sales Floor Lead Trainer, Selena

Name: Selena Lopez
Title: Sales Floor Lead Trainer
Hometown: Bronx, NY 
Years in Cannabis: 1 year

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Favorite Strain of Choice: Peyote Cookies- The coffee aroma is heavenly.
Favorite Edible: Chocolate covered blueberries!

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned about cannabis recently?: I've learned that various cannabinoids in flower eventually convert into CBN if exposed to oxygen or if they are stored incorrectly. I’m thankful for CBN as CBN helps me sleep! 

What do you do to try and make the dispensary experience better?.: It can be intimidating for a first time patient to shop at a dispensary, so I listen to their needs and make sure they feel like they can take their time.  I also try to build connections with my patients. At the end of the day we all share a love for cannabis, so building connections can really help you learn more about what the patient needs. 

Where do you go for cannabis information?: Besides Leafly, I rely on my team. My co-workers are my best resources. We work with the brightest minds, and our team is constantly expanding. 

What do you love most about working at Commonwealth Alternative Care? : I get butterflies daily because I’m working my dream job.  I get to work with cannabis and meet people from different backgrounds who each have a reason to use cannabis. I engage daily with wonderful minds who share a love for the industry. I love my team, we are a family with each other’s best interest at heart. There's no better feeling then having a patient leave our dispensary, all smiles because of the hard work we put into this everyday!

Meet CAC Taunton's Lead Lab Technician, Jordani

Name: Jordani Joseph
Hometown: Bridgewater, MA
Years in Cannabis: 15 years but 1 year professionally
Nickname: Jay/JJ The Jet plane

Interesting fact:
I can devour a large steak & cheese sub, half a pizza & wash that down with a large order of gold fever chicken tenders with Parmesan peppercorn dressing in under 10 minutes flat.

What did you do before this and how did it prepare you for your role today?
I was cooking at Bridgewater State University. Things were constantly changing there in terms of nutrition for dietary need students and that prepared me for the ever changing processes we do here in the lab. Dealing with unruly college kids prepared me by increasing the amount of patience I currently have.

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about cannabis recently?
Recreational dispensaries In Colorado outnumber Starbucks 3 to 1 while Starbucks outnumber Dunks 5 to 1 & as of last year, Colorado had 481 Starbucks locations.

When outsiders visit the lab for a tour, what are the things that stand out to them?
My lab directors huge THCA crystal, the different tier line of products we produce, our ability to adapt to the changing industry & some people are just baffled learning about the machinery we operate.

Where do you go to learn more about cannabis?
This might sound a bit redundant but I go to work where I can pick the brains of some incredibly intelligent people. However, Google, YouTube & GrassCity won’t hurt if you’re looking to expand your current level of cannabis related knowledge.

What is the coolest new cannabis-related gadget you’ve seen recently?
Cannabis cologne but it’s been on back-order for months

What’s your favorite Commonwealth Alternative Care product right now?
The whole line of  Slate products & not  because I formulate it but because it actually works. My parents are anti-cannabis yet don’t seem to mind it as much considering the fact that their pains are noticeably decreased when using the lotion.

What do you like most about working at Commonwealth Alternative Care?
The fact that we’re actually doing a job that can help people with body aches, anxiety or other situations the patient may have as opposed to just getting “elevated.”

In your opinion, what is the most exciting development in cannabis research in the past year?
That cancer patients report symptom relief by using cannabis & that being mentally elevated will intensify your orgasm .

What’s the best extraction method?
That’s impossible to answer since it all boils down to preference.  What you’re looking for and your reasoning isn’t going to be the same for the people next to you nor myself. For instance, some people only use cold press oil because it never touches any solvents unlike RSO/BHO.

How will different extraction methods impact quality?
That’s a tough question to answer. That’s like asking Jeff Gordon how do different vehicles impact the way he can manipulate said vehicle. First & foremost, when it comes to quality, the quality of the product prior to extraction is what really matters. You can’t go to McDonald’s & expect it to taste like it was made from Gordon Ramsey or Wolfgang Puck.

Since you’ve been in the industry, what consumer trends have you seen in the demand for cannabis concentrates?
People love the CO2/vape oil because it’s discreet and some people aren’t as bold as I am in terms of smelling like I rolled out of  bed with a pound of Headband. You can’t always spark one up depending on where you’re at but you can always take a few pulls from your pen.

Is there any part of the extraction process that is dangerous? What kinds of steps are taken to ensure safety in the lab?
Yes, most of the solvents used are extremely flammable/combustible. We constantly double check our equipment prior to our runs & we remain extremely vigilant. We’re constantly adapting and changing processes to ensure maximum safety without sacrificing yields or quality.

What steps do we take to ensure consistency and efficiency of our products?
We hone in on our SOP’s to ensure we are operating on a consistent as opposed to a complacent manner. We’re always update our processes and tend to experiment with different methods for  extracting, harvesting & even tweak the most minute of details such as extracting flower as is versus being ground up.

What is your strain of choice?
I’m married to Sour Diesel & I love her like a fat kid loves cake but I don’t treat her how she should be treated. I have a mistress or two but don’t judge me. Kush, Haze & Cookies understand me in a different manner but don't tell wifey that.

What is your favorite edible?
300mg Wonka bars are where it’s at.

Favorite delivery method?
Fronto stuffed with GAS & if i’m feeling frisky, it’s a Packwood which is 2g stuffed in a backwood which is then rolled in wax/oil and covered in kief.

Meets CAC Taunton's Analytical Laboratory Manager, Paul

Name: Paul McStowe III
Hometown: South Easton
Years in Cannabis: 1.5
Interesting fact:  I once co-starred in a Doom/Sludge Metal music video filmed in the middle of a desert.


What is your cannabis origin story? 

I began using cannabis recreationally in college.  As I matured with age, my cannabis use matured. Nowadays, I still use cannabis recreationally, but also use it to achieve homeostasis as well as treat ailments and other health afflictions.

What did you do before this and how did it prepare you for your role today?
Over the past 20 years, I worked as an analytical chemist for several pharmaceutical companies.  Since the testing methods and instrumentation are essentially the same, my transition from working with pharmaceutical drugs to cannabis has been relatively seamless. It’s been a perfect marriage between my career and my love and respect for the plant.

What is the most interesting thing you’ve learned about cannabis recently?
My father suffers from Dementia, so I’ve been reading up on the cannabis research conducted on Alzheimer’s/Dementia patients. 

THC and CBD are known neuroprotective agents that can potentially slow or halt the degenerative process in Alzheimer’s/Dementia patients.  There are FDA-approved pharmaceuticals used to treat memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients by increasing the amount of acetylcholine, the “Memory Molecule”, in the brain.  It just so happens that the cannabis terpenoid, alpha-pinene, inhibits the breakdown of acetylcholine which in turn could boost acetylcholine levels in the brain. As a result, cannabis rich in alpha-pinene could potentially be used as an alternative treatment for Alzheimer’s patients with fewer side effects. Reference: Russo, E. B (2011). "Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects". British Journal of Pharmacology. 163 (7): 1344–1364. 

When outsiders visit the lab for a tour, what are the things that stand out to them? 
I
mmediately, they notice that not only our equipment and instrumentation are top notch but our level of professionalism is above any other in the industry. 

Where do you go to learn more about cannabis? (please be specific e.g. The Roll Up Podcast on Leafly)
Cannabis Science and Technology is an excellent resource for analytical chemists working in the cannabis industry.  I also enjoy reading about the different strains on Leafly. I love the user reviews. They are hilarious!

What is the coolest new cannabis-related gadget you’ve seen recently? 
I don’t keep up with the latest gadgets, however I absolutely love my Pax Vaporizer for its ability to vape flower.  I’m neotraditional.

What’s your favorite Commonwealth Alternative Care product right now?
The ONE CO2 Cold Press Cartridges are smooth and tasty.  The infused mints are super convenient and help keep my breath minty fresh.

What do you like most about working at Commonwealth Alternative Care? 
My co-workers. We have an excellent, hard-working crew here. It’s a pleasure to be surrounded by such a diverse group of like-minded individuals.  Oh… and of course, I like our flower.

What steps do we take to ensure consistency and efficacy of our products? 
I work closely with our extraction lab and kitchen to ensure dosages are accurate and consistent throughout our entire product line.

What is your strain of choice? 
Blue Dream

What is your favorite edible?
The Infused Mints

Favorite delivery method?  
Vaping flower


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