3708 Airport Way S., Seattle, 98134
Interviewed: Michael Gordon, CEO
How would you describe your company? What is your specialty?
Our goal is to break the social stigma surrounding cannabis through educational and interactive experiences. We focus on creating resources that support tourism, from behind the scenes cannabis tours in Seattle to cannabis B&Bs in all states. We also work with thousands of hotels, visitor centers and tourist attractions to help retailers target the tourism industry through industry ad buys.
What do you offer clients that others don’t?
We are undeniably the number one travel resource for people interested in cannabis. We are able to offer consumers up-to-date advice on how to plan and enjoy their travel. We are also the only company that helps retailers effectively target the highly lucrative traveler market and save money in the process.
How and why did your company start up?
Our company started because everyone knows someone who has been to Amsterdam for cannabis. Traditionally Amsterdam has been [against cannabis] tourism. We knew the opposite approach would provide opportunity, so we embraced the culture and help develop cannabis tourism for travelers interested in a unique twist on their vacation.
With the changing landscape of medical and recreational cannabis, what do you see as the biggest challenges to your progress as a company? Any advantages?
We have learned lessons from banks and credit card processors, and we have broken down walls to establish new distribution. Policy on cannabis often does not exist. This makes us a front line advocate for the industry, helping develop the business infrastructure for the industry to prosper.
What words of advice would you offer anyone seeking to enter the world of cannabis
If you have a good idea, are a lifelong learner, can work harder and navigate a constantly evolving legal landscape, give cannabis a try. These threats are always present, and we need to quickly navigate issues. Save yourself the stress of worrying about if your business can survive and instead focus on the solution.
What are your goals and vision moving forward, for your company? Where do you see your
company in five years?
Our goal is to be the go-to source for cannabis travelers. We promote our vetted travel partners who are ambassadors of the industry. Kush Marketplace is our other big project. This is the “Craigslist of cannabis,” a place where our network of retailers can find products from producers and processors. Our platform is free and is moving down the coast from Washington and Oregon to California in the coming months!
What do you hope to accomplish in the cannabis industry?
My goal is to continue to build resources that educate consumers and businesses in the cannabis industry. Our ventures such as Kush Tourism or Kush Marketplace serve to bolster the industry as a whole by provide better access to better information while building stronger ties with in our own industry.