Corporate Cannabis Snuffs Out Small Growers in Washington

Chris Horyn Patient Cannabis Exchange

Patient Cannabis Exchange is a farmers market for cannabis that takes place every Sunday in Tacoma, Washington at a place “located between Taco Bell & Frugals.” Ganjapreneur’s Shango Los interviewed Chris Horyn, PCE’s founder, who discussed the unique experience of patients being able to meet the growers of their medicine.  As Washington moves to essentially replace the medical market with its recreational market, small cannabis producers run the risk of extinction.  It’s even tougher for these growers, who have come from the black market into a legal enterprise but are now likely unable to remain compliant due to the economics of I-502.  As California grapples with change ahead, it will contend with similar challenges.

I know some fantastic people that are transitioning from medical and taking their same ideology to rec. Fantastic. They were lucky enough to have the resources to do it. Here’s a sad thing. The small vendors that we see today in the market that are so good, and they’ve come so far to come out of the shadows, into the open to where they can actually connect and help pass on that information, that knowledge, and that experience. They’re now going to be shoved back into the closet, and they’re a stepchild instead of the ancestral heroes that made it all possible.

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