Spotlight – Malik B

Open all year round, our Ironton facility works hard to provide patients with the highest quality products possible. We would like to introduce you to Malik B. Malik has exhibited such growth and passion as a Cultivation Associate, we are so proud to announce that he is now our new Fertigation and Propagation Lead!

Q: How would you describe the culture you experience at Harvest?

The culture at Harvest of Ohio is goal oriented. Most everyone is on the same page about helping the patients that we serve.

Q: Do you feel that you are making history in the medical marijuana industry? Why?

Absolutely, every day that harvest of Ohio stays open works to change the stigma of cannabis in Ohio. Both medically and as a plant.

Q: What do you want to accomplish in your new leadership position?

My biggest goal is to get everybody on the same page as far as standards of operation, consistency, and communication throughout the department. If everyone feels like part of a team, we can perform as a team.

Q: What is your favorite part about coming to work?

100% the plants. There’s something very therapeutic about being around that many living organisms in the same room.

Q:How would you say that the medical marijuana industry is different than any other industry?

What sets the medical marijuana industry apart from others is that you have several different types of roles in the same industry. From cultivation and plant work, marketing and sales, processing, deliveries, to management and public relations, there really is a role for anyone interested in joining the industry.

Q:What motivates you to create change in your job?

My biggest motivator is the growing nature of the company. Just like the seedlings we use in cultivation it’s important to do things right from the beginning with anything that you want to grow. Be it a plant or a startup company.

Q: What is your favorite TV show?

My favorite tv show is The Simpsons. It’s a ridiculous cartoon but at the heart it’s a family show and I’ve always liked that.

Q: How many languages do you speak?

Fluently I speak one language but I’m working on pig-Latin.

Q:Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

I would say I get my energy from others but make it a priority to have alone time. I guess that makes me an introvert.

Q:What is your favorite childhood memory?

My favorite childhood memory is when I first learned to ride a bike. It took all day but my family, cousins too, all stayed out there until I got it. I didn’t understand why they were so sure I would get it but I did. That’s a great feeling.

Q:If you could do anything new for one day, what would it be?

Scuba diving. I love the water so being able to breath in water for a day would be amazing.

Q:What genres of music do you listen to?

I like all kinds of music but lately I’ve been into indie and house music pretty exclusively.

Spotlight – Adrienne K

Everyday, our dispensary associates serve as the backbone of our stores, guiding and informing our incredible patients. We would like you to meet our amazing dispensary associate, Adrienne Krantz.

Q: What inspired you to work in the medical marijuana industry?

I have always loved horticulture and the healing effects of cannabis. I knew I wanted to be a part of the growing cannabis industry in one aspect or another. A friend encouraged me to check out the Cleveland School of Cannabis. Once I got started learning more I couldn’t get enough! 

Q: What is the most important aspect of your job as a Dispensary Associate?

I think it is a balance of upholding state law and maintaining patient satisfaction. It is imperative for patient and employee safety that the rules are followed, and it is important that the patients are satisfied overall with their products and the service we provide. 

Q: What kinds of challenges do you face in your position?

Finding the best product for each patient’s individual needs can sometimes be challenging. In our area there are also a lot of patients with really sad stories.  Being a strong listener and a having a positive attitude is crucial.

Q:What has been your proudest moment with the company so far?

Becoming a key holder for the company after two months was my favorite moment with Harvest so far. I am excited for more big milestones in the near future! 

Q:What advice would you give to someone interested in working in the medical marijuana industry?

First, get educated. There are so many great cannabis programs out there that can escalate your position within the cannabis industry. Second, network. Knowing the right people can earn you the best opportunities. Third, advocate for cannabis legalization. Every voice counts! 

Q:How has your previous experience prepared you for this one-of-a-kind opportunity?

As a former bartender and restaurant manager, I have a lot of customer service experience that I use when working with patients.  The leadership skills I gained as an Executive Assistant help when working with newer team members. I also have my own professional organizing business in Columbus, so I am very good at keeping the store organized! 

Q:What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I love spending time with my two dogs, Murphy and Kona. We love to go to the park or to the Athens Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. I also love to read a variety of different books. 

Q:Do you have any hidden talents?

I was a French major in college and learned Spanish working in kitchens. My vocabulary is limited, but my accent is still pretty good! 

Q:What is one place on the planet that you would love to visit?

Italy! I am a pasta addict and would love to try every kind of pasta and pizza in every city of Italy.

Q:Who is your favorite comedian and why?

I love any Adam Sandler movie! I like Taylor Tomlinson a lot too. She is young and has a funny, fresh perspective on life.  

Q: What, in your opinion, is the most exciting aspect of life?

Traveling and seeing the world is my favorite part of life. I love discovering different landscapes and learning about other cultures. There is always something new to explore! 

Q:Who is your hero and why?

Jane West is my favorite role model in the cannabis industry. The founder of Edible Events Company, she started by hosting cannabis-friendly Friday night cocktail parties. Like me, she is good at organizing people and getting a lot done in a short amount of time. She pivoted her focus and founded Women Grow, organizing women-led initiatives in the cannabis industry.  

She believes diversity is crucial to success (80% of her company is owned by women and people of color) and she cares about the companies she partners with. I hope to one day be as successful and impactful in the cannabis industry!