When did you get started in the cannabis industry?
I joint the Cannabis industry in 2021. I started building the facility in 2019 from the dirt work, to the light switch covers, I built it all myself. After 2 years of backbreaking labor, I finally was open! Not having any financial backing through this process, means letting my company grow naturally. As the company grows and starts making money, it gets updated with the latest equipment available. This means I’m still growing as a small one-man operation. I’m like a proud father watching his child grow and mature!
What made you want to get involved with Cannabis?
I’ve loved cannabis since I was just a wee little lad of 14. I’ve been growing marijuana flower since 1996. I got involved with the recreational industry because I finally didn’t have to hide! I could now share my secret passion with the world. Gone are the days of hidden bookshelf entries, or hidden elevators in the floors of showers. I will add that part of me misses those days of being a secret squirrel, with all the Spy vs. Spy codes, and customs of the old world. I loved the game. But now? Now it is so surreal to wake up in the morning and go to work. It has been said, “if you do what you love. You never work a day in your life”. I guess that means I retired as a heavy equipment operator in 2021 HaHa!! I may come to “work” 7 days a week. But I don’t work a day in my life anymore!
What is your mission statement?
“I don’t strive to be the best grower in the industry, just one of them.”
What sets you apart from your competition?
I came into this industry with the mindset of not making a sale, but making relationships with companies I respect. First, and foremost “I don’t want you to by my weed. I want you to buy Me”.
How many families/ locals do you support with your business?
What makes you excited about your business?
Just hearing the reviews, and feedback on the products I offer, is enough to keep me excited.
What has been/ is your biggest hurdles?
Numbers, Numbers, Numbers (THC percentages)!!! I will say the consumer customer base is starting to figure out that the numbers are not to be held with such importance. Trust your smell, taste, and effect. Aside from that on the business side of things I will say that the hardest thing has been the turnover rate in management positions. I’ve dealt with it at all the shops I work with. It’s hard at times, and can feel like starting over.
Where are you located out of?
What is your future plans? Are there more products on the way?
The future plans of Bonah-fide . continue to produce consistent product, and to introduce some other special flavors I’m still holding out on. I have a few that aren’t cultivated in the state market, and should prove to be quite exotic. Keep your eye out at The Green Jar for the newest flavors.
What is your instagram / website / or other online ways for people to connect with you?