If, like me, you’ve been working in the Canadian cannabis industry over the course of the last several months, you’ll likely agree that watching legalization come together has been an absolute whirlwind. We’re just one month in, and while the roll-out of our legal, adult-use industry hasn’t exactly been smooth, I’ve been enjoying the freedom that comes with not having to look over my shoulder in fear every time I spark up a joint.

In celebration of that freedom, and the release of my first-ever book, The Little Book of Cannabis: How Marijuana Can Improve Your LifeI worked with local event planner MaryBeth Lafferty of Blüm & Grow to host Legally Green, an “infused” book launch of sorts, on October 20. (Scroll to the right for photographs!) While beer and wine typically serve as social lubricant at book launches, I thought it would be best to stick to the subject matter, and opted instead for two ounces of tasty pre-rolled BC Bud. It was a fantastic event and I’m so grateful to my friends and colleagues for taking the time to celebrate with me.

November has been busy. I also took part in the Vancouver Health Show, where most in the audience were quite surprised by the notion that cannabis could potentially improve health and wellness. (That being said, I truly enjoyed breaking out of the echo chamber.) Read Local BC, a fantastic non-profit based in Vancouver, also invited me to participate in a Halloween-themed event at Capilano Library in North Vancouver. The release of the book has enabled me to do a little bit of travelling, too: earlier this month, I made a short trip to Toronto for an event at the Hot Box, and this weekend, I’ll be in beautiful Vernon, BC at Flower of Life Integrative Health.

The response to my book has been mind-blowing and I’m still coming to terms with the fact that it’s no longer just a PDF on my laptop. It’s given me some pretty incredible opportunities and I can’t wait to see where it takes me next.