Vendor Spotlight: Cannabis for Community
Cannabis for Community! Canna West Seattle works with some pretty amazing cannabis companies that do more than just create a great product! Let us take you behind the scenes to see the contributions your favorite brands are doing to support their communities. From local projects to supporting nationwide organizations, the cannabis community really knows how to give back!
Soulshine Cannabis has been a huge advocate for animal welfare and has worked with Emerald City Pet Rescue for years. They offer resources on their website for fostering animals and making donations. Soulshine also donates a percentage of all of their profits towards the organization. Beyond their love of animals, Soulshine is also incredibly environmentally friendly! All of their packaging is fully compostable, made from 100% recycled cardboard, sourced from sustainable PNW forests and printed with vegetable based inks. Does it get any better than this? You can feel great anytime you purchase Soulshine products knowing that your money is supporting a good cause and better for the environment.
Falcanna is 100% Minority Owned (50% Woman/50% Native American). This husband and wife team got together through their equal love for falconry. Through their joint business, they are able to fund falcon breeding and rehabilitation projects. In 2019, they rescued a juvenile female peregrine falcon and a mature female bald eagle, both rehabilitated and released back into the wild. In 2020, they rescued a juvenile red-tailed hawk, a juvenile female Cooper’s hawk that were also both able to be re-released into the wild.
Beyond animal care, Falcanna also makes donations to a number of charitable organizations. Last year, they donated to the Marijuana Policy Program and the Cannabis Cares Relief Fund which was a fund setup to help bars and restaurants facing financial issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Previously, they donated to Pride Entre Hermanos, a latin+LGBTQ organization, and they are monthly Cannabis Alliance donating members.
Walden is a local, sun grown favorite. Not only do they sustainably produce cannabis, they also take ecological initiatives like constructing bat and kestrel habitats to increase biodiversity and reduce the need for pesticides. They are the only cannabis farm in the state (that we know of) to rotate their crops by doubling pen size and switching cannabis off with winter rye, vetch and other crops.
The Walden team also spent a lot of time during the wildfires last year lending a hand to the community in Okanogan county. They delivered bales of hay to livestock all over the area when all the grass had been burnt up. Their farm director, Josh Gonzalez, also welcomed displaced workers into his backyard to camp and provided them with food. Their westside team hosted a drive to collect food, clothing, and other supplies to donate to the farm crew. Walden has also made donations to the National Lawyers Guild, BLM, and various wildlife relief organizations.
“Henry David Thoreau was an environmentalist and social justice advocate. His values are at the center of our company, so as we grow and have more resources, we expect to continue reinvesting in causes that align with these values.” -Kelsey Taylor, Walden Cannabis
Tom Gregory, launched Dose Extracts in 2015. Founded on the principle that cannabis is medicine, giving back to the community became part of their mission. When a group of veterans joined the company, they decided to hone their mission in on helping the brave men and women who fought for our country. Because the VA does not currently recognize cannabis as medicinal, Dose wanted to create a platform for education, as well as easy access to high quality products.
As Dose continues to grow, they hope to recruit even more passionate and qualified veterans to join their team. Previous members of the Dose family have worked closely with the Weed for Warriors which actively donates to various veterans organizations. Dose is a growing company and plans to donate to similar organizations in the future. Along with creating high-end, affordable products, Dose also values education. They participate in weekly vendor days to teach customers about their products and also partner with a cannabis education company that offers affordable online classes.
This is cannabis for community.