cultivation

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. 




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.

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.  











Meet CAC Taunton's Flower Manager

Meet Joshua!

Role: CAC Taunton Flower Manager

Hometown: Providence, RI

Years in Cannabis: 10 years

Nickname: HghFlyrJD

Interesting fact: I have a 42 inch vertical leap and was able to dunk at 13 years old.

What is your cannabis origin story?

I  became a part of this industry as a patient first and have been involved  ever since. I do this out of the pure love of helping and educating people on how to use cannabis to better their lives.

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

I've been consulting on medical cannabis facilities for 8 years including my personal facility dedicated to caring for terminally ill patients. I was also apart of a Rhode Island, patient-based medical cannabis publication for 5 years. These experiences have allowed me to understand how best to help my team and in turn help patients.

What is your favorite edible?

I’m a fan of edibles, candy and baked. 

Favorite delivery method?

I prefer vaping cartridges for its convenience and lack of lingering smells, however, I still enjoy nicely grown and cured flower rolled in paper. 

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

I’ve learned that there is still an array of cannabinoids that we have yet to discover their medical benefits. 

What do you do for fun?

I enjoy spending time with my family, playing basketball, and capturing photos and videos with my drone camera.

Where do you go to learn more about cannabis?

Over the years, I’ve developed a  great network of industry friends but initially, I used forum boards and research studies.

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

I’m loving all the new extraction methods and equipment coming out. LED lighting is growing popularity. 

What’s your favorite CAC product right now?

Sour Raspberry Chews

What do you like most about working at CAC?

The culture created by my co-workers makes “working” at CAC a dream come true.

What is the most rewarding part of working for CAC?

Knowing we are apart of a new industry that will help people and educate the world, makes working at CAC truly rewarding.

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Taunton Gazette: City Council says yes to Taunton marijuana facility expansion

The medical marijuana facility on Mozzone Boulevard has been open to the public for less than two months. But it’s already taking the next step in terms of growth and expansion.

The nonprofit group that developed and operates the hybrid cultivation-and-retail operation — a registered medical-marijuana dispensary known as Commonwealth Alternative Care Inc. — was granted, by vote of the Taunton City Council, a special permit Tuesday night to expand operations by 80,000 square feet.

Read the full article here.