In this episode of the Hemp Love Podcast, we have the privilege of diving deep into the fascinating world of hemp and cannabis with the enthusiastic and knowledgeable Tanya Griffin. Tanya shares her personal journey and provides valuable insights into why she loves these versatile plants and the exciting developments in this rapidly evolving industry. With a background in building healthcare companies, Tanya’s transition into the cannabis space is nothing short of remarkable.
A Personal Connection:
Tanya’s passion for hemp and cannabis is deeply rooted in her personal experiences. As a mother of four children and a grandmother, she has witnessed the destructive effects of alcohol in her family and communities. This led her to explore the potential of hemp and cannabis as a safer alternative, not just in the United States but across the globe.
A Natural Segue:
Coming from a background of building healthcare companies and running a chain of stores called Kangaroo Kids, Tanya found that her journey into the cannabis industry was a natural segue. Her previous ventures were all about serving the community and addressing women’s health, making cannabis a logical extension of her mission.
From the Wild West to Regulation:
Tanya entered the cannabis industry over a decade ago when it was akin to the Wild West. Back then, it was primarily young, trust-funded white men trying their hand at the industry. Tanya partnered with a multi-state operator, the Green Solution, and built the first vertically integrated national franchise in the country, covering cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and retail.
Overcoming Regulatory Hurdles:
The cannabis industry, especially on the THC side, is highly regulated, often driven by exclusive or monopolized licenses. Tanya’s experience taught her how to navigate these regulations and overcome the substantial challenges. Understanding that banking was a significant issue in the industry, she transitioned to the cannabis banking side and became the COO of a FinTech company, offering online banking solutions.
The Entrepreneurial Spirit:
Tanya’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to create various cannabis-related businesses. She ventured into the retail side, opening dispensaries in Illinois under the name Snap Cana. Her ability to adapt and evolve in the ever-changing cannabis landscape is a testament to her determination and business acumen.
A New Challenge: OYES:
Tanya’s entrepreneurial journey expanded to include the launch of OYES, an ecstatic sex lifestyle brand. This brand leverages the minor cannabinoids found in hemp to create products that enhance intimacy and overall well-being. It’s a testament to Tanya’s ability to create and market unique products in a challenging environment.
Saving Lives through “Saved My Life”:
One of Tanya’s most significant contributions is her non-profit organization, “Saved My Life.” This organization ensures free access to Naloxone or Narcan, a life-saving nasal spray for individuals at risk of an overdose. Tanya’s commitment to helping others and destigmatizing drug use is admirable, and her organization operates in Illinois, providing free Narcan in various establishments.
The Importance of Open Conversations:
Tanya strongly believes in the importance of open conversations about drug use, cannabis, and psychedelics. She emphasizes the need to move away from stigmatizing drug users and advocates for education and communication to address the challenges created by decades of prohibition.
Cannabis as Medicine:
Both Tanya and the host, Wolf Krammel, emphasize the medicinal potential of cannabis and other plant-based psychedelics. They discuss how these substances can offer therapeutic benefits and lead to spiritual growth.
The Future of the Industry:
In the final segment, Tanya and Wolf discuss the future of the cannabis industry, potential changes in regulations, and the hope for better access to banking. They stress the need for re-education and de-stigmatization to move the industry forward.
Tanya Griffin’s journey through the hemp and cannabis industry is a testament to the transformative power of these plants. Her experiences, entrepreneurial spirit, and commitment to destigmatizing drug use make her a formidable force in this ever-evolving landscape. This episode of the Hemp Love Podcast offers valuable insights into the potential and challenges of the cannabis industry and the importance of open conversations and re-education.