Jerry Garcia could be in awe of how far the marijuana motion has come. Today, the beloved, late Grateful Dead frontman — who alongside together with his bandmates was demonized for many years for drug use — would have been 78 as his namesake hashish model debuts.
“He would be so excited. So proud. And [that it’s] like [saying] a big f@#* you to the man,” shared Trixie Garcia, Jerry’s daughter and spokesperson for the Garcia household, in an unique cellphone interview. “When Nixon attacked the anti-war protestors by making the drug war happen — we know that the stereotypes were artificially implanted against long hair hippies, pot smokers, and Black people. We won’t stand for that anymore. We want to uplift the stereotypes and heal some of those wounds. We’ve always worked to create a society that we want to be a part of, and are a part of, instead of being outcast from.”
It was Trixie who first revealed plans for Garcia Hand Picked (GHP) final December throughout opening evening of the Home for the Holidays exhibits celebrating Jerry on the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. It was 5 years and plenty of conferences throughout the authorized hashish business within the making. Countless corporations vied for such a coveted collaboration. The choice on Holistic Industries as its official cultivation and distribution collaborator was as much as the Garcia Family — his daughters, Trixie Garcia, Annabelle Garcia, Sunshine Kesey and Heather Katz and Tiff Garcia’s property (Jerry’s brother who handed away in 2017).
Based in Washington D.C., Holistic Industries is among the main non-public, vertically built-in MSOs (multi-state hashish operators) within the U.S. spanning California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.
For CEO Josh Genderson, who based Holistic in 2011, the chance to develop GHP with the Garcia household was kismet. A self-described Deadhead, as is almost all of Holistic’s senior management workforce, he had turned down each licensing alternative that had come his manner. He modified his tune after an opportunity assembly with Red Light Management about Genderson’s advocacy for hashish merchandising at live shows. Red Light occurred to have Jerry Garcia’s property as a shopper.
“Growing up and still to this day, my main hobby is live music and that hobby really was cultivated by the Dead and the [jam band] scene that came out of the Dead,” Genderson shared with me throughout a current cellphone interview. “I’m 36 so I missed the boat [of seeing Jerry live], but my whole world changed when I listened to the Europe ’72 album when I was 15 or 16 — it just blew my mind.”
Aligning with a company hashish workforce filled with Deadheads was a significant deciding issue for the Garcia household. The band’s legions of loyal and longtime followers are recognized to talk out towards something they resolve is disingenuous — the information of GHP included.
“It’s always risky,” admitted Trixie, now 46. “Like, people are going to say, ‘Oh man. They’re exploiting Jerry again.’ No. That’s [our family’s] number one thing — don’t offend the fans. Don’t offend the people that Jerry means so much to. That’s the worst thing we’d ever want to do, so we lead with that always.”
“I think the difference between us and any other cannabis business of our size — we have more than 500 employees now — is the way we got here,” mentioned Genderson. “We built the company very purposefully and passionately and culture is so important. We had the reach and the capital to really do this right. We also had the desire to make GHP super authentic. The last thing in the world we ever wanted to do was have a kitschy celebrity brand.”
Amid an ever-expanding market of celebrity-backed hashish manufacturers (Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart’s Mind Your Head included), Holistic’s chief advertising officer Kyle Barich likened GHP’s launch to filling a lacking fourth spot on the “Mount Rushmore of Weed.”
“If Snoop and Bob Marley and Willie Nelson already have [cannabis] brands — Jerry was the only one missing without one,” defined Barich of the earliest inspiration for GHP. “If there’s anyone who is forebearer of cannabis culture, who raised consciousness about marijuana in the United States — and beyond — Jerry is on the top of that list.”
Jerry himself first received excessive as an adolescent. As he recalled to Rolling Stone in 1972: “I used to be 15 after I received turned on to marijuana. Finally there was marijuana: Wow! Marijuana! Me and a buddy of mine went up into the hills with two joints, the San Francisco foothills, and smoked these joints and simply received so excessive and laughed and roared and went skipping down the streets doing humorous issues and simply having a helluva time.”
Every facet of GHP was fastidiously curated by the Garcia household “to create an inspired cannabis experience that’s spontaneous, harmonious and can bring people together in the way only Jerry could.” Holistic and the Garcia family worked together — beginning with a dedicated “Jerry Day” at Holistic’s headquarters — in figuring out and deciding on old skool strains that have been Shakedown Street favorites in addition to new genetics handed down from life on tour. Strains accessible at launch embody Chemdog (Sativa), SFV OG (Indica) and Fire OG (Hybrid), amongst others.
“We don’t probably have to convince you that the Grateful Dead still is relevant,” mentioned Barich. “It’s incredible all these years later … 25 years after Jerry’s been gone. With John Mayer entering the scene and drawing this whole new crop of younger fans and all the fashion work being done — it’s amazing.”
Alix Kram, the VP and head of worldwide retail and model licensing at Warner Music Artist Services, which holds the Grateful Dead license and who labored with Nike and Chinatown Market on two buzzy drops, remarked final month in WSJ. Magazine, “Part of the way to keep the music in perpetuity is by touching the younger generation and right now the younger generation speaks through product … [if a shoe collaboration] touches one in every five and influences them to understand more about the music, then we’ve done our job.”
GHP is poised to attach a number of generations to the music far additional and on a a lot deeper stage via hashish — even throughout a pandemic.
“We had plans to launch the brand earlier this summer during festival season with an exclusive concert, but due to COVID, we had to pivot to a safer experiential activation,” added Barich. “As we roll out the new brand in California, we will also debut ‘Bertha,’ a custom, COVID-friendly Airstream that will start touring dispensaries up and down the coast of California, filled with merchandise, music and magic.”
As for a way Jerry might need dealt with seven months (and counting) with out dwell music?
“I can imagine there would be software engineers working on some real time streaming so that he could remotely jam with someone on another continent,” mirrored Trixie with amusing. “He had that ability to detach, pop into the surreal, the magical, the mysterious, and be like, ‘Hey. Slough off all of the bullshit, and just be.’ He had those simple tricks of changing your perspective that can really change everything. We just want everyone to take Jerry home every night in the form of a nice joint and enjoy themselves. Man, what a trip.”
Garcia Hand Picked highlights:
• The “Garcia Hand Picked” title and brand pays tribute to Jerry’s iconographic hand — a lot of the musician’s proper center finger was misplaced in a wooden splitting accident in 1946 whereas on trip together with his household within the Santa Cruz Mountains.
• GHP’s lead model imagery was reimagined from taken of Jerry in entrance of the Great Pyramids in Egypt in 1978; it’s Trixie’s favourite picture of her father.
• Trixie revealed that Jerry hardly ever smoked weed by himself, relatively, “It was more of a social interaction; a joint became a bridge between him and those around him” so Holistic and the Garcia household put an emphasis on pre-roll packs. Eco-friendly packaging produced from recycled paper comes with matches and a customized glass tip with Jerry’s handprint.
• The line of edibles, “Jerry’s Picks,” are gummies formed like Jerry’s precise guitar picks.
• Each product is paired with a curated playlist of Jerry’s music that corresponds with every of the strains to convey out the most effective expertise.
• Concert-like merchandise, together with attire and equipment with Jerry’s unique art work, the GHP brand and different limited-edition designs may even regularly be launched.
Holistic industries carried out a fan contest in September to rent a model ambassador (aka tour bus driver) to take “Bertha” on the street in celebration of GHP’s launch. GHP merchandise might be accessible in choose dispensaries in California beginning in mid-November with plans to develop into extra states in 2021. For an inventory of preliminary stockists and to seek out “Bertha” in a metropolis close to you, go to garciahandpicked.com.