Confident Cannabis has some of the best employees in the world. Are we biased? Maybe. This feature will introduce you to our talented staff and give you an insight into our company culture. This week meet account manager Hannah Hayes.
Hailing from the Great Plains of Kansas City and determined to be anything but ordinary, I was blessed with an unending desire to explore new places and ideas and an inability to sit still. I spent a year as a Midshipman at Annapolis, then took a hard turn and co-founded Oregon Coast Cannabis at 24. When not thinking about weed I can be found drinking wine and discussing politics with friends.
5 serious questions:
- What is your day-to-day like at Confident Cannabis?
Varied! My favorite days are on the road meeting with clients, learning, educating and solving problems. Computer days capturing what I’ve learned, communicating it to co-workers and setting the stage are revitalizing in their own way too.
- Cannabis is an emerging market. What excited you about joining the industry?
The opportunity to help reverse the harms of the drug war on marginalized communities is what attracted me to cannabis. I’m from the midwest where cannabis is still heavily criminalized. I was anti-smoking in high school as a runner, I conflated cannabis with tobacco and when I found my own relationship with cannabis it changed my life for the better. It also made me more aware of my privilege and instilled an immense desire to provide safe access to this plant for people who don’t look like me. Prohibition has been an unmitigated disaster for our communities of color. Prohibition removes freedom of choice for mothers who prefer weed over wine or pharmaceuticals. I also love how complex this plant and industry is, I could never get bored in cannabis. From politics and policy to science and medicine, business and technology, there is always more to learn and we are creating the framework for this industry right now.
- Confident Cannabis thrives on transparency. What does that transparency mean to you?
Saying what you mean, meaning what you say, and doing what you say you’re going to do! Being honest, curious, and listening.
- What has been your favorite moment at work?
I’m a people person and my first 5 months I was primarily working remotely so whenever my team is around is my favorite! I love gaining new perspectives from all the smart, passionate people I am surrounded by at Confident Cannabis.
- What’s been your most #StartUpLife moment?
I started the day Wholesale went live and a week later was pitching it at RAD Expo, all while being sick. I am one of those people who loves conferences and events though, so bringing the vision for the booth to life and then talking to people about the product and getting verifications one week in was glorious.
5 silly questions:
- There exists a divide in the office. Are you pro or anti peanut butter?
I am Switzerland. Don’t hate it, don’t love it. If anything, I am a chocolate purist. Fuck PB&J but I’ll have a PB&honey now and again.
- What’s your dream/fantasy job?
- What was the last gift you gave someone?
Women Who Run With the Wolves by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, to my mom and several of my friends, a must read!
- Do you have any hobbies?
Taking pics of my cat and finding the best oyster and patio happy hours. Also a fan of hiking and staring at fires and bodies of water. Plant enthusiast.
- If you had to name yourself after an existing strain of cannabis, which would you choose?
If I must choose an existing strain, Green Queen. Although recently I decided Alien Cinderella 99 should exist. So breeders, let’s talk about an Alien OG x Cinderella 99 cross.