It’s likely you don’t see a photo of a woman smoking a joint while holding her pet falcon every day. It’s also likely you don’t know many female growers – because there just aren’t that many of them. So we wanted to pause for a moment and give this canna-boss babe the spotlight she deserves and introduce you to Bethany. Falcanna is her grow, and from what we hear down here in the Bay Area, her buds are one of the best out there…”always hand trimmed and slow cured”. So next time you’re up in Washington, make sure to stop and purchase some of her flowers!
Oov: What did you do prior to moving into the cannabis industry?
Bethany: I opened my first medical dispensary when I was 18, so I started in this industry. My parents worked in alternative fuels management and I helped with that some as a teenager.
Oov: What was your motivation to get involved?
Bethany: I enjoy working with the plants, being my own boss, and the challenges in the industry. I used to get debilitating cluster migraines, so my husband and I started growing for our own medicine but quickly realized we had a knack for it and began supplying medicine to local medical users.
Oov: What has been a challenge and how did you overcome it/are working on overcoming it?
Bethany: The biggest challenge has been growing from crop-to-crop, never having a lot of funding to absorb mistakes or a low yielding cycle. We literally grew our rent, food, and gas money for years and years before we got big enough to have a savings.
Oov: What advice would you give to a friend wanting to break into the cannabis space?
Bethany: Be hard working and malleable! Everyone grows with their own style and anyone looking to hire wants a passionate employee who will not bring in their preconceived notions of how to run things. Otherwise, if you want to be a grower, find a legal way to grow and get growing! Nothing will teach you like your own mistakes. There is a lot of good information on how to grow in books and online, just wear your hip waders because the BS can run deep!
Oov: How do you talk to your family about it?
Bethany: My parents have taken a long, long time to come around and recognize that this is a legitimate business and a legitimate industry, but they probably still think cannabis is much worse than the beer and wine they recreate with. I am happy to see statistics coming out showing legalized states have lower numbers of underage kids using cannabis. Cannabis can be treated like any other adult indulgence or prescription medicine depending on who is using it for what.
Oov: What are some of your concerns as legalization continues to spread?
Bethany: Big Corporations and/or Big Pharma coming in and taking away chances for small players to earn their American Dream, and at the same time tank the quality of cannabis available. Laws in states like WA really limit medical cannabis, so medical users tend to use ‘recreational’ cannabis. We know this and strive for super high quality, super clean medical grade cannabis for all our customers. We also work hard every day to be big enough to survive full scale Federal legalization should that happen.
Oov: Tell us about your first experience with cannabis.
Bethany: My first experience was probably with some Mexican brick weed at a party growing up in Oklahoma. It looked bad and smelled bad and gave me a headache so I wasn’t at all into it. When I met the man who would become my husband, he told me he enjoyed smoking cannabis. I was open minded about it but only smoked a little so it wasn’t a big deal for me. When my headaches started getting worse and the prescription pills they gave me caused incredible nausea, Justin rolled up a big fatty and I got properly stoned. My headache faded away and I found that overtime I could sense them coming and smoke early enough to avoid most of the pain. Since then, I have kept a healthy level of cannabinoids in my system 🙂
Oov: What are your favorite products/strains right now?
Bethany: I have enjoyed some of the strains from Gold Leaf Gardens and Treehawk Farms, but I still smoke my own 99% of the time. Our Pacific Blue is my absolute go-to. I also like trying different cannabis when we travel. We have a local friend in Costa Rica and when we go to visit we always get fresh, delicious, organic, jungle-grown sativa dominant local bud, which I really enjoy.