Caroline Pineau, CEO and co-owner of adult-use retail cannabis dispensary Stem Haverhill needs no introduction to those that have followed her travails in the Massachusetts cannabis industry.
For those that do, be sure to read up on how she fought the town of Haverhill when getting her retail store off the ground.
But more to the point, she’s another strong, inspiring women leader in a male-dominated industry both nationally and right here in the Bay State. Most importantly, she and Stem were selected as the very first wholesale partner to Canna Provisions, meaning Stem Haverhill was the first place in the United States outside of Canna Provisions stores to find Smash Hits cannabis (if you need a reminder as to why that’s special, poke around on the blog here, or just read on).
WHAT HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THE LOCAL INDUSTRY TAUGHT YOU SO FAR ABOUT RESILIENCE AS AN ENTREPRENEUR? WHAT WAS THE HIGHEST HIGH FOR YOU SO FAR, AND THE LOWEST LOW FOR COMPARISON?
We were the first cannabis retailer to apply in Haverhill and although the voters backed legalization, the elected officials weren’t exactly thrilled about it and we had immediate opposition from business neighbors. Plus I was pregnant. But I stuck with our plan, never let anything stop us from moving forward. That was the key to it all.
As a cannabis entrepreneur, adversity is the name of the game. I don’t think anyone who has successfully opened an operation in MA would say it has been as easy road. While there is always going to be challenges, such as local government, neighbors, and education around cannabis, our love of cannabis and the opportunity to pave the way in an emerging industry always trumped those challenges and kept us moving forward.
AS AN INDEPENDENT FEMALE CEO IN A MALE DOMINATED INDUSTRY, HOW DOES IT FEEL TO PARTNER WITH ONE OF THE OTHER DYNAMIC WOMEN LEADERS IN THE MA CANNABIS SPACE?
Working with an industry legend like Meg Sanders is a personal honor for me. What Meg has done as an entrepreneur and as a business woman is amazing. As a woman, and as a fellow entrepreneur, it’s important to me to partner with someone who has walked the same path and who has the same commitment to community, equity, social justice and empowering women in all aspects of their professional lives.
WHAT DOES BEING THE FIRST RETAIL OUTLET IN THE STATE OUTSIDE OF CANNA PROVISIONS TO CARRY SMASH HITS?
When we were presented with the opportunity to meet Chemdog [and the Smash Hits team] we had no idea it would lead to us one day carrying their products in our store. Just getting to hear the passion and enthusiasm that they have for the cannabis plant and the art of growing, left us extremely inspired. When we tell our customers they are smoking Chemdog flower, grown by Chemdog himself, their mouths drop open.
It’s a huge honor to be able to carry Smash Hits at Stem Haverhill and bring this prestigious flower line to the North Shore cannabis community in Massachusetts.
WHAT MAKES SMASH HITS FLOWER SO SPECIAL IN YOUR OPINION?
The collective combined growing experience of the Canna Provisions/Smash Hits cannabis team is evident when you tour their facility and see their refined process. The end product transports you back in time to those classic Chem strains we all grew up on.
WHO DO YOU SEE SMASH HITS FLOWER BEING A HIT WITH FROM YOUR HAVERHILL CUSTOMER BASE? IN OTHER WORDS, APPEAL TO THE VERY CUSTOMERS YOU’RE LOOKING TO SERVE BY CARRYING SUCH LAUDED FLOWER.
Cannabis consumers young and old have an appreciation for the history of cannabis and the classic strains that Smash Hits provides. While some of our older consumers may recognize these infamous strains from back in the day, our younger consumers are equally as impressed by the legacy of Chemdog himself and what he has contributed to the cannabis industry. We are super appreciative to be working with Meg and Erik and for the opportunity to be an exclusive retail partner here at Stem in Haverhill.
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Please Consume Responsibly. This product may cause impairment and may be habit forming. For use only by adults 21 years of age or older. Keep out of the reach of children.
This product has not been analyzed or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This is limited information on the side effects of using this product, and there may be associated health risks. Marijuana used during pregnancy and breast-feeding may pose potential harms. It is against the law to drive or operate machinery when under the influence of this product. KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM CHILDREN. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination, and judgement. The effects of Edibles may be delayed by two hours or more. In case of accidental ingestion, contact poison control hotline 1-800-222-1222 or 9-1-1. This product may be illegal outside of MA.