MAEKAN Session — The Changing Cannabis Consumer

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Moderated by Eugene Kan
Discussed with Ryan Fenchel, Ariel Stark-Benz,
Joie Meffert
and Bert Youn
Photos by Cody Horne, Collin Hughes and
Eugene Kan
Audio by Elphick Wo

Moderated by Eugene Kan
Discussed with Ryan Fenchel, Ariel Stark-Benz,
Joie Meffert
and Bert Youn
Photos by Cody Horne, Collin Hughes and
Eugene Kan
Audio by Elphick Wo

The changing cannabis landscape has in large part to do with relaxed legislation in the U.S. The industry’s infancy has meant that we’ve witnessed changes take place before our eyes, as well as amongst a single generation of cannabis users. In this MAEKAN Session, we spoke with artist Ryan Fenchel, Ariel Stark-Benz of Mister Green, Joie Meffert of Apothecanna, and Bert Youn of The Good Liver.

Over the course of the conversation, some key themes surfaced including the differences between street and dispensary experiences, the potential for corporate monopolies, the community of indie cannabis brands, the role of celebrities as vehicles towards mainstream acceptance, and finally, the influx of “tech geeks” in the cannabis space.

Head over to Summerland to check out the beautiful ceramic bongs that Ariel of Mister Green mentioned in this MAEKAN Session.

I almost look at the tech world as being a pretty good match for the cannabis industry because there are so many nerdy stoners who'd love to get a piece of this action.
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