When Joe Welch looks back on his life, few – especially himself – would have guessed it would involve the shift into a thriving cannabis career.
It was also a long shot that this former main security honcho for the New York State court system (imagine the bald and bawdy “Bull” from the 1980s sitcom classic, Night Court) and current Director of Security at Canna Provisions would find himself with bookended stories some 20 years apart, involving personally seeing things in the sky that are less of the “oh hey look at that dot way up there”, and more “WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AHHHHHHHH!!”
Sorry, let’s hear it directly from Joe some more, he tells it better:
After a life of never, ever forgetting that night in Vermont when I saw what I saw, somehow my life gets changed years later and I end up with a job in the Berkshires.
And of all the places I could have ended up, this area of The Berkshires (especially south county through Lee, Great Barrington, Sheffield, etc) it happens to have a storied legacy of being a hub of unexplained UFO activity for some reason.
Ever since then I’ve been privately skywatching, reaching out to people (and the military), and having my son and wife take part in some UFO hunting with me, even though they think I’m nuts (laughs). After some time working at Canna Provisions in Lee, I was introduced to a spot in Tyringham nearby where I would go for some sky time. Eventually I bring my wife out to this spot, and tell her I like to skywatch there. Over a few sessions we see the same kind of thing happen: a few comets/shooting stars, various distant orbs or satellites (seeing the ISS Space Station pass is always fun out here). Yeah, you see where this is going.
On this one night, in the field we hiked into after parking a distance down the hill, I turned around and suddenly saw two beach ball sized lights, right in the middle of the field we were in. I thought they were headlights coming at us. But then they turned into one ball together, and now I’m thinking it’s some kind of spotlight on us, like an angry farmer was about to chase us down.
I freaked out and ran down the hill. Without my wife (she hasn’t let me forget that part when I tell this story). I turned around to look for her, and saw that bright light approaching my wife about thirty-feet away, and she was transfixed, yelling “WHAT IS THAT???!!?!?!”
I grabbed her, and took off running down the hill. We got in the car and calmed down, so I got my nerve up to check again, scrambled up the hill nervously, and it was gone.
My wife won’t go back to that spot with me anymore (which is understandable) but there’s ANOTHER spot out here I found as well, one we liked because we could properly park and just look out the sunroof or hang out on the hood.
Sure enough, one night as soon as we get out of the car, we see FLASH FLASH FLASH FLASH FLASH in the sky directly overhead. Just saw balls of light coming out of nowhere, that then cruised across the sky and disappeared. Now we don’t go there either.
But ever since working out here and connecting with the UFO community, that involves a lot of novel characters and lots of gorgeous scenery, I just look back on those two events and how I ended up here in this weird alleyway of unexplained phenomenon (not to mention working a few minutes away from the famed UFO park in Sheffield), to live and work and do what I love with the people I love.
As for the strain we launched, I think that people that have an open mind are open to seeing things like what I and others have seen will really love it. Besides the fact it’s a spectacular flower from terpene profile to the kind of buzz I like from good cannabis, the fact that I’m out here, getting to create UFJoe with this team of cultivators and operators and general awesome humans we have here all based around these weird experiences I’ve had (and continue to have in various ways)… I don’t know. It’s special, a calling for me. I mean, why else did all that happen? Twenty years ago I saw what the government now admits the existence of, and recently tweaked the old standard UFO’s to UAP’s – Unexplained Aerial Phenomenon. But what I saw in VT was not a “phenomenon”. It was a ship. That’s what I saw.
Ultimately I’m just excited to funnel this whole experience into a truly killer strain, and I’m pretty sure UFJoe will please any skywatcher OR cannabis consumer looking to open up that 3rd eye, the one ready for that experience you need while scoping the sky for eclipses, comets, meteor watching, or tracking science gear floating around.
Or, you know, screaming your head off while a massive ship zooms over your head in a field at night in Vermont.
STAY TUNED FOR PART III: JOHNNY GREENFINGAZ, PHENOHUNTING, AND THE BIRTH OF UFJOE.
ABOUT UFJoe THE STRAIN
Named in part for one of Canna Provisions staffers’ long history with close encounters with UFOs (feel free to ask him about it if you meet him), with this strain in his (or your) pocket those skywatching sessions for intelligent life elsewhere just got a whole lot better with Smash Hits, exclusive to Canna Provisions in Massachusetts. The uber-berry and citrus notes from the Grandaddy Purp and Melanade parent strain genetics, which along with the Gelato cross presents a creamy sweetness to the entire body-relaxing flower, the dense buds of this top shelf stunner break apart for a floral tsunami. In short: expect a custom cross that can bring you to the outer realms of innerspace, even if that innerspace is the place where munchies are born.
FAMILY HISTORY: Granddaddy Purp x Melanade x Gelato
PALATE: Rich tropical berries, classic Granddaddy Purp notes, and crisp lemon-sour candy.
EFFECT: Social, clear minded and supreme body relaxation without couchlock. Expect snacking fury.
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“My first thought opening up this eighth package was “wow!” The smell was amazing, very berry and sweet, the 3.5 grams looked more like 4.5-5 grams – the buds were still pretty dense for having a few different nugs in there. Grinding it up showed a lot of the purple tones to the plant, which is what I love to see. The high was great! Onset was not very speedy, at first I was like “damn you UFJOE!” But then about 10-15 minutes later I was laughing way too much at a game show that probably isn’t even that funny. My mind was pretty clear and my body was the most relaxed I’ve been in a long time. Wasn’t relaxed to the point of couchlock, I was still finding myself in the kitchen looking for some snacks.” – Rhiannon B.
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