As many newcomers rush to join the quickly expanding cannabis industry, it’s important to remember that many dedicated entrepreneurs started their businesses when the “cannabis space” was literally underground in a basement growroom. Corey Thomas grew up in a family that embraced the plant, but cultivating it covertly meant that a certain amount of secrecy permeated everyday life.
“We were taught not to talk about what we do,” Thomas shared, explaining how it can still be a little scary to give interviews, but that it’s more important than ever for small time farmers to step into the spotlight. “I’ve lived in Southern California my entire life, and I need to stand up for what I believe in.”
Thomas helms Honey Pot, producing cannabis-infused honey, tea and topicals that have garnered five HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cup awards, including a recent triumph in San Bernardino resulting in a First Place win in the edibles category for their Tea Pot branded Calendula Guava Mango Black Tea. The road to victory has been a long one, but Thomas credits the support of her friends and family for her incredible success, as well as the six employees who assist in delivering these sought-after products to over 200 California dispensaries.
“It’s been a lot of pounding the pavement, giving away samples and building relationships,” Thomas shared. “And watching the changes in the industry over the last few years has been surreal.”
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