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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.










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 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.


























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 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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Meet CAC's Edibles Kitchen Supervisor

Name: Jennifer
Hometown: Westport, MA
Years in Cannabis: 7 months

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

I worked my way through college as a cake decorator which taught me how to be precise and creative. Previously, as a cake decorator I enjoyed making people happy with my creations. I'm thrilled that I'm still able to do that now with my work in the CAC kitchen.

Why did you decide to become a chef? What other back-of-the-house positions have you previously held?

I’ve always enjoyed baking and knew that I wanted to do something with my life that I loved, made me happy and enabled me to make others happy as well.

Where and how were you trained? Did you go to culinary school? What credentials did you earn through your culinary studies?

I received my degree in Food Service Entrepreneurship as well as Baking & Pastry Arts from Johnson & Wales University. Many of my studies were hands on labs such as french pastry, specialty cakes, chocolate & confections, specialty cakes and many more. I also took many business, leadership, and management classes which have helped me tremendously with being the kitchen lead. I am able to lead my staff so we can all work together efficiently and effectively as a team. 

Is there a chef you admire the most? Who and why?

Out of all of the chefs I have worked with, Chef David Topian that I work with now here at Commonwealth, is one of the most well-rounded experienced chefs that I’ve met and had the pleasure of working with. I’m honored to be able to learn from him everyday. 

What is your favorite cuisine to eat? What is your favorite cuisine to cook?

My favorite dessert to eat is creme brulee. My favorite desserts to make are cheesecakes and eclairs 

What trends are you seeing in the marijuana infused products (MIPS) industry?

High dosed tasty edibles. Healthy alternatives, fair trade, organic and vegan products. Becoming more popular for individuals who don’t like to smoke. Wide variety of edibles, more options. Chocolate covered blueberries and espresso beans and fruit chews and even 2 oz drinks. 

Have you ever cooked with cannabis at home?

I have made a few products in my own home like brownies, cupcakes, and rice krispies 

What is your favorite edible produced by Commonwealth Alternative Care?

My favorite edible that we make is our new peanut butter cups. They are made with direct trade chocolate and are completely vegan 

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

I enjoy smoking flour and dabbing our concentrates. Our concentrates here at Commonwealth, in my opinion, are some of the best around. 

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

There are so many different ways to use cannabis and depending on which method you choose is going to differ its effect. I’ve also been learning more about the different strains and the different effects they have on you as well.

Where do you go to learn more about cannabis? (please be specific)

Co-workers and Leafly

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

New cannabis related gadgets that i enjoy using are my dab pen, a puffco, and a pax 3

What do you like most about working at Commonwealth Alternative Care?

I love coming to work everyday because I enjoy making products that will help people. All my coworkers are very happy to be at work and it’s a great environment to be in. I have lots of room to grow with this company and I am very excited to see what my future holds here.

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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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Meet CAC Taunton's General Manager

Meet Rachel!

Role: CAC Taunton General Manager

Hometown: Canon City, CO

Years in Cannabis: 6 years

What is your cannabis origin story?

In early 2014 I got my first cannabis industry job, budtending. From there, I worked to establish my career through hard work and never ending passion for the plant. Here I am, 6 years later - 2,000 miles away from Colorado still loving what I do everyday!

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

In my early years, I managed a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in Durango, Colorado. When I step back and look at the big picture, I have worked most of my professional career within this budding industry. I was going to school full time at Metropolitan State University of Denver while also working full time at my first dispensary from 2014-2016. During that time, I realized that I wanted cannabis to be my career, not just a job to pay the bills. The last 6 years have prepared me to always expect change, stay organized and never forget how amazing my job is.

What is your strain of choice?

Romulan and Blackberry Kush

What is your favorite edible?

Right now I’d say our CHROMA Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans, but I miss Sweet Grass Kitchen edibles from Colorado, especially their Peanut Butter and Jelly muffins!

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

I will always love rolling myself up a joint! Dabs are a close second.

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

Learning the Massachusetts cannabis market in general! Coming from Colorado originally, a lot has changed in the last year in terms of regulations - especially being on the east coast!

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

It all starts with our amazing dispensary staff! We have PSAs present in the dispensary to be their “All things Cannabis guide.” They answer questions, take patient feedback, display consumption hardware functionality and educate! Our goal is to ensure each and every patient feels comfortable while shopping with us from the moment they walk in the door to when they arrive home to consume their products.

What do you do for fun?

Photography and illustration are two of my main hobbies. I also just recently took up skateboarding!

Do you have any hobbies or collections?

I have been collecting legal cannabis industry magazines since it was legalized in Colorado back in 2014. I can’t wait for the nostalgia years from now!

Where do you go to learn more about cannabis?

The internet is always a great resource, just be careful where you choose to get your information from. I have also gained a lot of cannabis industry knowledge and experience through attending networking events around the city.

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

I am not big on cannabis gadgets, personally, but I did recently snag a pre-roll bubbler from the Witch Dr headshop, and it is definitely my new favorite thing!

What’s your favorite CAC product right now?

The Slate beauty serum! I added a little bit of it to a bottle of massage oil - I use it every night on my neck and shoulders and I have been sleeping like a dream!

What do you like most about working at CAC?

Continuing my mission to make the world a better place, one cannabis consumer at a time!


Come visit Rachel and the rest of our awesome dispensary team at 30 Mozzone Blvd in Taunton, MA.

Come visit Rachel and the rest of our awesome dispensary team at 30 Mozzone Blvd in Taunton, MA.