WASHINGTON: Aimee Warner: Cannabis Basics
She is a woman on a mission and we are not saying this as a light play on words. If there is anywhere you wouldn’t find her, it would sitting contently on the sidelines. Instead, she is in the Senator’s office, nose-deep in industry research, and years ahead of the competition in terms of experience. This ravenously passionate soul would belong to none other than Ah (Aimee) Warner, founder and CEO of Cannabis Basics. If you think we’ve spoiled the story and given you all the details of our interview with her, you will be sorely disappointed. We dare you to not read on- the only one who will be at a loss is you. The green rush is a movement and Ah is the one tinkering with the gears of the engine.
What was the deciding factor for you to join this particular industry?
Well, it all started 20 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child, Darienne Zoa, and I walked into the Fremont Hemp Company and like I like to say ‘My world has never been the same.’ I saw the possibilities, the multiple possibilities that were there and I began building my own company. When I started out, my company had several different lines, but the line that beat the competition was my body care line, which became the foundation of Cannabis Basics.
About 3 years ago, some friends of mine asked me to help them open a medical dispensary here in Washington and I found myself once again immersed into, not only the culture, but the science of cannabis and realized that there was every reason to add cannabinoids to my already award winning hemp products and here we are now!
What skills from your previous experiences helped you in what you are doing now?
The science of what I do is something that I have really learned along the way; it wasn’t a skill set that I had, it was from the research that I’ve done and from trial and error. 20 years of trial and error working with the cannabis plant. In terms of previous experience, I’m actually a certified draftsman and project manager, so I think both of those skills, mainly the project managing, helps me to stay on task and keep things moving forward in a pretty organized fashion. Also, being a former military personnel in the U.S. Air Force, in the supply unit, then implementing the skills I acquired really works to keep my business going in an efficient and organized manner.
Right now, where are you guiding your passion and energy towards?
Well, there are a couple of things going on right now. I reopened my hemp line, my hemp-only line because the line of products that have cannabinoids can’t leave the state of Washington because of its THC content. The ironic thing about cannabis being legalized is that it really has brought life back into my hemp company, which is great! Currently, we have 6 hemp-only products that we are selling across the country unrestricted because they don’t have the cannabinoids in them.
Aside from that, all my remaining time and effort is going towards working with legislators and decision makers here in the state of Washington that are going to help me to define cannabis topical so that it can be regulated separately from other cannabis products that have intoxicating effects, which mine do not. That means working with Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles, who has been there for medical marijuana and hemp from the very beginning, and doing a fundraiser for her! She was the first supporter, so I am really proud to be working with her.