CRAFT by Under My Host® Issue No. 14 Sci-Fi & Fantasy - Page 67

Boiler piping, remnants from potato chip pro- duction, have been replaced by grow lights, automated vertical grow systems, curing rooms, offices, and processing areas. Mer- cille’s engineering skills are evident as you walk through the well-ordered and clean grown rooms. His system reduces the amount of light, nutrients, and water while increasing canopy space thus increasing yields. Their first harvest finally arrived in January of 2017. They can now be found in Washing- ton state retailers such as Uncle Ike’s, Clutch, Diego Pellicer, and Clear Choice under the Annata brand. With an emphasis on quality and craft Annata is poised to be the premium brand in Washington state. Mercille and Petronivich’s dream has been re- alized. However, Mercille will be the first to tell you there are many more challenges to overcome. THE MAKER After showing my ID and stepping through the glass doors, I’m immediately struck by how clean and well curated the store is. Can- nabis flower, oils, topicals, and edibles are neatly displayed. It’s bright and comfortable. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. It’s here that I’m introduced to Leif Goods, a brand of cannabis infused chocolate bars and topicals. The packaging is refreshingly well designed. It’s simple, with its bold color and typography. There is an emphasis on us- ing good ingredients making it clear that the makers care about their product and craft. The chocolate is exceptionally well made. The effects are consistent and pleasant. Carrie Solomon and Jody Ake, like Mercille, began with medical cannabis. Suffering from chronic pain, Ake was using topicals to help treat it. After he could no longer find his fa- vorite brand due to rule changes, he decided to make his own using his crop to make Rick Simpson Oil (R.S.O.)—cannabis oil renowned © Hundred-to-One LLC 2017. All rights reserved.