When Michael in addition to I were mere philosophy students in undergraduate school, all of us had lofty ambitions.
While I toyed with the method of just being an academic for the rest of our life, I realized this wasn’t going to lead to financial security or give me a comforting safety net like I could with a different career.
Michael on the other hand was dead set on working in the cannabis industry. At the time our country’s cannabis industry was isolated to a handful of states that had medical marijuana laws allowing for state-approved physicians to write cannabis recommendations for their patients. By the time all of us graduated school, several states had abruptly legalized cannabis for recreational use. It was an exciting time to say the least. Michael moved to one of these states in addition to started at the bottom of the food chain trimming plants for retail cannabis dispensaries. He worked his way up to be one of the heads of cultivation at a large cannabis corporation before moving to Chicago last year to be the full head of cultivation at one of Illinois’s greatest cannabis companies. Chicago is trying to brick itself as the weed capital of the midwest with its ambitious opening of over nearly 20 cannabis dispensaries in the metropolitan area alone, with dozens of others in the nearby suburban citys. The supplier where Michael works has its corporate headquarters in addition to growing operations in West Town. One of their greatest cannabis competitors has their headquarters in River North to the east. Needless to say, there will really be countless more cannabis stores opening in the Chicago area in the coming years, let alone within the next decade.