Meet The Team: Ellie

At LeafLine Labs, we know that exceptional patient care starts with an extraordinary team. That’s why we pride ourselves on our people. Get to know us!

Meet Ellie, a Patient Care Coordinator at our Eagan patient care center.

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30-second elevator speech: Hi! I’m Ellie. A Minnesota-native, I studied Neuroscience at the University of St. Thomas, where I fell in love with the concept of positive psychology and working towards a healthier community. I’m excited to be starting here at LeafLine as a Patient Care Coordinator, and hope for some great things to come.

What does a typical day of work look like for you? It is my pleasure to assist LeafLine customers in understanding and using our products, and answering any questions they might have regarding their care.

What is your favorite part about your job? I look forward to solving new challenges each day, providing care for our customers that is exceptional, and being able to do so in a welcoming environment.

What are you passionate about? A great night of sleep, interesting weather, and helping people feel well!

Favorite way(s) to spend your free time: I really enjoy meditation and mindfulness practices. Traveling is also a big part of my life. Be it snowboarding in the mountains, or road trips up north—I feel very grateful to experience the world around me.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In 10 years, I hope to be owning my own home with my long-term boyfriend, near friends and family. I also hope to have plenty of opportunities to travel and explore, and to be advancing in my career.

Favorite Minnesota sports team(s): Go Vikes!

What is your least favorite vegetable?
Spaghetti squash is a confusing (but arguably tasty) veggie/carb.

Meet The Team: Hailey

At LeafLine Labs, we know that exceptional patient care starts with an extraordinary team. That’s why we pride ourselves on our people. Get to know us!

Meet Hailey, a Patient Care Coordinator at our St. Cloud patient care center.

30-second elevator speech: Born and raised in Minnesota, lived in Virginia Beach (VA) for 3 years, loves horses, chickens, guinea hens, ducks and dogs. Deathly afraid of spiders. Middle child of 3 girls and we're all gingers.

What does a typical day of work look like for you? Busy, steady, happy.

What is your favorite part about your job? Being able to help people.

What are you passionate about? Helping people.

Favorite way(s) to spend your free time: Horseback riding, going to concerts, trying new things, and obviously shopping.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Wherever I am meant to be. Who knows what I've got in store for me! Hopefully it's something great.

Favorite Minnesota sports team(s): What are sports? ;)

Share a fun fact about yourself: Natural redhead

If you were famous, what would you be known for? Singing The Banana Song by Michael Alvarado

If you could create a holiday, what would you create? National Pajama Day

Meet The Team: Alex

At LeafLine Labs, we know that exceptional patient care starts with an extraordinary team. That’s why we pride ourselves on our people. Get to know us!

Meet Alex, a Harvest & Sanitation Technician at our production facility in Cottage Grove.

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30-second elevator speech: I'm originally from Stillwater, MN. I'm currently taking an online program at Colorado State University to get my Bachelors degree in Horticulture Science. Before that, I was coaching soccer full-time. I currently live in White Bear Lake with my girlfriend, our two dogs & Cat (Zizou, Louise, and Blanche). I am a die-hard Tottenham Hotspur fan (English Premier League).

As concisely as possible, what does a typical day of work look like for you? It varies day to day, usually I assist the cultivators with light plant maintenance as well as moving and harvesting of plants. A major part of my job is helping keep rooms clean and ready for the next batch of plants, and getting rid of waste.

What is your favorite part about your job? Being able to work with cannabis knowing that it’s medicine that is going to improve someone’s quality of life.

What are you passionate about? The science and research that is being done in Cannabis both from a cultivation stand point as well as medical efficacy.

Favorite way(s) to spend your free time:
Hanging out with my dogs. I love the outdoors as well so any type of hiking and camping is great. I’m also a major soccer fan so just messing around on the field and going to Brits or the Nomad and watching English Premier League games.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (Who’s there with you, where do you live, where do you work, what do you do? Sky’s the limit.): Hopefully still at Leafline either in a lead cultivation role or a position doesn’t exist yet like a Cultivation R&D and/or Genetics and Breeding. I’ll hopefully be done with my Masters degree at that point (I pray I’ll be done before then!) It’s definitely up in the air and dependent on how Cannabis legislation moves in Minnesota. Either way I’m nothing but excited for what’s to come.

Favorite Minnesota sports team(s): Minnesota United!

Who or what is your spirit animal? A wolf for sure

If you were famous, what would you be known for? Medical Cannabis Breeding or Professional Soccer Coach

What did you name your first car? The Terminator (Geo Prizm)

What is your favorite Disney movie? The Jungle Book or Aladdin

Meet The Team: Jolene

At LeafLine Labs, we know that exceptional patient care starts with an extraordinary team. That’s why we pride ourselves on our people. Get to know us!

Meet Jolene, a Patient Care Coordinator at our Saint Paul patient care center.

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30-second elevator speech: I live in Saint Paul with my husband and daughter.  I love plants and have studied herbalism as a hobby over the years.  I love natural health and have worked in the health field for 15+ years mostly in natural health.

As concisely as possible, what does a typical day of work look like for you? My day is full of patient interaction, ranging from greeting patients in person and on the phone, to educating them on our policies and medications.

What is your favorite part about your job? Having the chance to help patients with such a great medication.

What are you passionate about? Natural Healthcare

Favorite way(s) to spend your free time: Spending time with my family, reading, hiking, gardening, enjoying Saint Paul’s wonderful arts and entertainment.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? My family and I will still be exploring all the wonderful hiking MN has to offer.  I will be working with natural medicine still, hopefully with Leafline Labs.

You have to sing karaoke, what song do you pick? Eagles Desperado

What is your favorite Disney movie? All of them!

Medical Cannabis & Cancer: Mike's Story

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Mike, age 29, is a Minnesota-native who currently resides in Roseville with his wife, who is from Russia, and 4-year-old daughter. He enjoys traveling, In The Groove (a dance game similar to Dance Dance Revolution), Russian culture--he has been teaching himself the language over the past several years—and Rubik’s cubes.

Starting in 2015, Mike had difficulties falling asleep, even after periods of 40 to 60 hours of being awake. While being heavily sleep-deprived, he would experience an elevated heart rate and occasional mild, seizure-like muscle spasms when trying to fall asleep. There was one occasion where he experienced temporary blindness in the left half of his left eye.

With a recommendation from the Minnesota Epilepsy Group in August 2015, Mike decided to undergo an MRI; the imaging of his brain scan came back abnormal. He was told he had a benign brain tumor in his right frontal lobe. In February 2016, Mike underwent a craniotomy to resect the majority of the tumor, and after he did standard treatment of radiation and chemotherapy.

Having used recreational cannabis before his diagnosis, he was recommended to enroll in the Minnesota medical cannabis program. He began to pick up medication from LeafLine Labs. Being responsible for his family, he found comfort and security in pursuing medical cannabis legally. It also helped him to cope with the side effects during recovery.

His tumor responded to the treatment and Mike’s condition was stable for some time. Unfortunately in late 2018, the tumor re-occurred as a Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM), a rare and aggressive type of brain cancer.

He went through radiation and is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Additionally, he was prescribed a long list of medications, many that came with various side-effects. For Mike, the biggest benefit of medical cannabis has been in dealing with nausea, and improving his overall mood. Although not a cure, medical cannabis helps to greatly improve his quality of life and affords Mike the opportunity to spend quality time with his loved ones and enjoy the things he is passionate about.

Meet The Team: Sydney

At LeafLine Labs, we know that exceptional patient care starts with an extraordinary team. That’s why we pride ourselves on our people. Get to know us!

Meet Sydney, a Harvest & Sanitation Technician at our production facility in Cottage Grove.

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30-second elevator speech: I grew up in Woodbury, Minnesota in a big family. Once I finished high school I received my Bachelors of Science degree in agriculture from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota. I started working at LeafLine shortly after graduating from college!

What does a typical day of work look like for you?: A typical day of work would be getting the plants and supplies ready for harvest that week, taking plant inventory, assisting with the moving of plants, de-fanning of plants, harvesting the plants, and the cleanup after harvest.

What is your favorite part about your job?: My favorite part about my job is being able to work hands on with the plants every day no matter what we are doing that day. I also love working with my team- they are great and we all love the fact that the work that we do truly helps our patients!

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about plants and cannabis and how they live and grow. I am also passionate about helping people and making a difference in their lives for the better!

Favorite way(s) to spend your free time: I love spending time with my family and friends, going to movies, and going on adventures with my dog Buddy!

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I would love to still be working at LeafLine as we grow and become a bigger and even better company to help more and more people! I see myself staying in a cultivation position a little higher up so that I can work hands on with the plants all day long.

Favorite Minnesota sports team(s): I love the Minnesota Vikings, and of course the Golden Gophers! GO GOPHS!

Share a fun fact about yourself: I would love to start my own business someday!

My favorite Disney movie is: Either the Lion King or Toy Story!

Meet The Team: Deena

At LeafLine Labs, we know that exceptional patient care starts with an extraordinary team. That’s why we pride ourselves on our people. Get to know us!

Meet Deena, a Pharmacy Technician at our Saint Paul patient care center.

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30-second elevator speech: I am from Minneapolis, MN. I grew up playing hockey. I’ve worked as a certified pharmacy technician for about 3 years at Walgreens. I received my certificate as a Nursing Assistant & Home Health Aide. I am also studying Pre-Nursing.

What does a typical day of work look like for you? Helping patients coming in to get their medicine. Maintaining standard operating procedures. Typing and filling prescriptions, inventory, logging and filing paperwork.

What is your favorite part about your job? Being able to help patients. I love seeing what a huge impact medical cannabis has made on patients’ lives for the better.

What are you passionate about? Helping people and healthcare!

Favorite way(s) to spend your free time: Spending time with family and friends. I love traveling, being outside, hammocking, walking around the lakes, and all the awesome trails we have in Minnesota.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 10 years seems like such a long time. I see myself graduating with a bachelors in nursing, or maybe by then a doctorate!? I’ll be working in healthcare. Who knows, maybe I’ll be working at LeafLine in another position as a nurse!

Favorite Minnesota sports team(s): Wild!

Share a fun fact about yourself: I am obsessed with tie dye. Anything tie dye I have to have, I could fill a closet full.

Spirit Animal: Monkey

Disney Movie: Jungle Book & Cinderella

Honoring Minnesota Veterans: Discount in Effect Beginning 5.20.19

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As a veteran of the US Army, I have personally seen and felt the importance of caring for fellow soldiers.  Members of our military forces pledge to protect our American way of life and many times that protection comes at a great personal cost.  Many veterans return home with mental and physical conditions that greatly affect their quality of life. These brave men and women do so much for our nation.  We, as a society, must do more to support them upon their return.

One way we can help is to improve the affordability and access of medical cannabis.  Medical cannabis presents a safe, reliable alternative to traditional therapies for common veteran conditions, including PTSD, depression, and intractable pain.  Medical cannabis can lessen, if not replace, the need for opiates and other prescription medications.

That’s why we at LeafLine Labs are doing more for our Minnesota veterans: Beginning on Monday, May 20, we will offer a 15% Veterans’ Discount on all medical cannabis products. LeafLine Labs’ staff will be happy to provide details and answer questions.

This Memorial Day, please, take a moment to recognize the veterans in your life and acknowledge the sacrifices that they’ve made to protect our freedom and way of life.

And from one veteran to another, thank you for your service!

- Bill Parker, CEO

Meet The Team: James

At LeafLine Labs, we know that exceptional patient care starts with an extraordinary team. That’s why we pride ourselves on our people. Get to know us!

Meet James, a Pharmacy Technician at our Saint Paul patient care center.

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30-second elevator speech: I was born and raised in Colorado and moved to Minnesota in December of 2017. I have spent a majority of my career working within the specialty drug market helping patients with some of the most severe disease states. So special populations and medicines are definitely not new to me and I love being able to help Minnesota residents with their medicinial cannabis needs.

What does a typical day of work look like for you? I work with John Wasko in Saint Paul filling and getting orders completed and to our patients.

What is your favorite part about your job? Learning more and more about the industry and the potential use of the medicine.

What are you passionate about? Cannabis, balance and sustainability.

Favorite way(s) to spend your free time: I enjoy playing video games such as Red Dead Redemption 2, FIFA 19 and Mario Party. While it's not always the most fun I also enjoy spending time remodeling the house my wife and I purchased last year.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? As it stands my ten year plan looks pretty similar to where I am now - I'd like to be in Minnesota but maybe in a bigger or better designed house.

Favorite Minnesota sports team(s): Minnesota United FC. I cheer for a team outside of Minnesota for the other big 4 sports.

Share a fun fact about yourself: My go-to is that my eyes change colors, but another fun fact would be that I have never watched Forest Gumpp.

You have to sing karaoke, what song do you pick? Bye Bye Bye by N'Sync because why not?

If you were famous, what would you be known for? Probably for promoting a different way of thinking or conducting one's self.

What is your least favorite vegetable? I don't necessarily enjoy radishes.

What did you name your first car? It was named "Pony" - The car was a 1989 Ford Escort Hatchback, so it was like a Mustang, but wayyy slower.

Meet the Team: John

At LeafLine Labs, we know that exceptional patient care starts with an extraordinary team. That’s why we pride ourselves on our people. Get to know us!

Meet John, a Site Lead and Pharmacy Technician at our Saint Paul patient care center.

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30-second elevator speech (Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? What is your background? Etc.): Born, raised, and graduated in Woodbury, MN.  Attended and graduated UTI-Phoenix, UC-Cincinnati, and UMN-Minneapolis.

As concisely as possible, what does a typical day of work look like for you? Create orders and patient labels based off of clinician hard copies. Distribute orders to patients while maintaining LeafLine Labs and Office of Medical cannabis standard operating procedures  (SOPs).

What is your favorite part about your job? The fast paced environment. Did the office life for a while.. HOW PEOPLE. HOW?!?!?

What are you passionate about? Sounds corny... but its work. Gives me meaning and purpose in life.

Favorite way(s) to spend your free time:  Huge online gamer. Twitch streaming.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Here at Leafline being at the forefront of the fastest growing industry

Favorite Minnesota sports team(s): Twins and Wild.  However... i'm a huge Packers fan and love my Pittsburgh Penguins.

Share a fun fact about yourself: I slap the bass.

Who or what is your spirit animal? Penguin

You have to sing karaoke, what song do you pick? Fergalicious

If you were famous, what would you be known for? Always wanted to be a rockstar, rally car driver, or an astronaut.... still do.

What is your least favorite vegetable? Cauliflower

What did you name your first car?  Cammy (the Camaro)

What is your favorite Disney movie? Aladdin

Medical Cannabis & Intractable Pain: Kaylie's Story

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When Kaylie of Woodbury, Minnesota was 15 she struggled with passing a kidney stone and underwent surgery. Six months post-surgery, Kaylie started to experience excruciating pain again similar to when she was passing her kidney stone. After going to some of the best doctors at Mayo Clinic and Cleveland Clinic, she was told her nerves connected to her kidney had been damaged and that she would live with the pain forever.

In the years after the life-altering news, Kaylie was diagnosed with a number of other conditions including endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), migraines and interstitial cystitis (IC).

From 2012 to 2018, Kaylie was under the care of a number of different doctors with moving from Minnesota, to Michigan and back to Minnesota again. For a period of time she saw a doctor in Grand Rapids who prescribed her several different opioids; that doctor is now being prosecuted by the government for over-prescribing opioids to Medicaid patients.

Every day, Kaylie lived in excruciating, crippling pain. In June 2018, Kaylie was at her worst; she was bedridden 22 hours per day and was on 23 daily medications, including opioids every three to four hours. On top of all the medications, she would visit a pain clinic once per week for spinal injections.

“I thought her life was over,” her mother, Shannon shares, “All she wanted to do was eat, lay in her bed and cry.” Kaylie gained nearly 100 pounds from 2012 to 2018.

“There were times where I would wake up and I would feel my mom standing above me and putting her hand on me just to see if I was breathing,” Kaylie remembers.

Kaylie lost any will or ability to participate in her own life. “She wouldn’t go 20 minutes past her time to take her pills,” her mom says, “She had all these containers, all these pills. She’d sort them out, it was like a job. It was all she could think about and she carried them around everywhere.”

Desperate to find relief for Kaylie, her mother sent her to Oregon, where medical cannabis is legal, while they waited for her certification to go through for the medical cannabis program in Minnesota. Kaylie’s grandmother lives in Oregon, ultimately to save her life.

Kaylie was in Oregon for approximately one month, and in that time she was able to begin weaning off her prescriptions. Since she left in June 2018 and came back to Minnesota, she has only taken two pills to relieve her pain.

While her stay in Oregon was the catalyst for change in Kaylie’s health and wellbeing, Kaylie is now a patient at LeafLine Labs and continues to heal and reach important milestones. Other than medical cannabis, she is now down to three medications for things like depression and acne. She has weaned off of all prescription painkillers and no longer sees a pain specialist.

She has lost 40lbs and counting since January and is finally starting to feel herself again, physically and mentally. “She’s coming back to life,” her mom shares, “She’s a totally new person...her entire chemistry changed. She physically couldn’t even form sentences before [when she was on all of her prescriptions.]”

Although Kaylie has not yet returned to work, she plans to. This May, she is starting school again; she’s excited to get back to the classroom and learn, meet new people and to figure out what career path she’d like to pursue. At the moment, she’s interested in business and veterinary school.

“All the side effects are so much less. I can go to the bathroom on my own. I can enjoy time with my family, which I’ve noticed in the past almost year now that just laughing with them and enjoying time is what’s important,” Kaylie reflects, “I didn’t get that, I was always in my room. I don’t have many memories [from before medical cannabis]…it’s nice to just be able to giggle and have fun and enjoy life.”

Kaylie will always live with pain and other symptoms that come with her many diagnoses, but medical cannabis has become a life-changing tool for Kaylie in finding relief, naturally. Her quality of life has improved ten-fold. The difference from before medical cannabis and now for Kaylie is night and day, the same goes for her family.

Rather than counting pills and spending the overwhelming majority of her time in bed, wracked with pain, she has the desire and ability to live her life again. She has rediscovered her passion for cooking and spends time every day grocery shopping and preparing food for her loved ones. She is able to spend quality time with her sister and grow their relationship, something that wasn’t possible when she constantly in a fog from opioids and her other medications.

Kaylie is strong, resilient and determined to get the most out of her life. Her experiences have made her appreciate the smaller things in life and take nothing for granted; she is thankful each day for the hope, healing and stability that medical cannabis has brought her. Her family is ecstatic to have her back, and she is excited to move forward and see what she can create and accomplish.

Meet The Leadership Team: JP

At LeafLine Labs, we know that exceptional patient care starts with an extraordinary team. That’s why we pride ourselves on our people. Get to know us!

Meet JP, LeafLine Labs’ Chief Operations Officer.

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30-second elevator speech: I am a true Minnesotan, married for 15 years and have two boys, ages 9 and 10. I have a background in healthcare for 20 years working in various areas, the last half of those years were spent in leadership.  The passion I have in my work life is enhanced by my ambition to lead by example.

What does a typical day of work look like for you? Being available and easily accessible at all times is important to me.  Ensuring that my teams are prepared, have the needed resources and support they need is a daily priority.  Being able to act swiftly to the needs of our patients and team members is something I take a lot of pride in doing well.

What is your favorite part about your job? Experiencing the passion that is displayed by each team member daily and the satisfaction that our product is providing to our patients is well worth going to work for LeafLine Labs every day!

What are you passionate about? Putting patients first and providing them with a medicine that can be life changing is very rewarding. I’m passionate about leading the amazing team I am apart of while providing opportunities for growth and stability to them as well as the company. I take pride in doing the right thing for the right reason.

Favorite way(s) to spend your free time: Outdoors with my family. We are very active – both boys are hockey and baseball players. We enjoy playing golf together, fishing, camping and having our weekly Sunday family dinner get togethers.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I hope to still be a part of LeafLine Labs.  I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the support of my family, so they will always be right by my side.  We hope to have a spot we can call ours somewhere in the north country of MN so we can fully enjoy the MN outdoors and create more family memories.

Favorite Minnesota sports team(s): ALL of them! There is always a sport of some kind on the TV in our home lol  I love any kind of trivia games, specifically sports. When my family travels we typically have a trivia game on an electronic device that we play as a family.

Share a fun fact about yourself: I am ambidextrous and I have a lazy eye.

Meet The Team: Matt

At LeafLine Labs, we know that exceptional patient care starts with an extraordinary team. That’s why we pride ourselves on our people. Get to know us!

Meet Matt, a Clinical Research Associate at LeafLine Labs.

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30-second elevator speech: I’m from Woodbury, Minnesota and studied neuroscience at the University of Minnesota, where I first worked on cannabinoid research as an undergraduate and shortly after graduation. After that, I worked as a scribe in emergency medicine, where I learned firsthand about the worsening opioid crisis and the daily challenges those with chronic illnesses face. I joined LeafLine in 2016 to help us understand the impact medical cannabis is having on our patients.

What does a typical day of work look like for you? I work on a variety of different projects, so no day is exactly the same for me, which is one of my favorite parts of my job. I have worked to set up internal studies to see how effective our medication is, coordinated research with local hospitals and health care providers, conducted market research, among a variety of other tasks that keep my days varied and interesting.

What is your favorite part about your job? I love that I get to work on collecting and quantifying evidence that shows the positive effect medical cannabis is having with our patients. Minnesota’s medical cannabis program combined with LeafLine’s pharmaceutical grade medical cannabis allows for a unique opportunity to study how cannabis can improve patient’s lives.

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about reducing the impact of the opioid crisis in Minnesota. Many of our patients have successfully replaced or tapered down on their opioid medications with the aid of medical cannabis, and the improved quality of life these patients have from eliminating or reducing their opioids drives me to continue my work.

Favorite way(s) to spend your free time: I enjoy running and spending time up north with my family.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I hope to still be working at LeafLine, and look forward to seeing how the cannabis industry will change over the next decade.

Favorite Minnesota sports team(s): I am a lifelong Vikings fan despite the constant heartbreak.

What is your favorite Disney movie? Finding Nemo

Medical Cannabis & Autism: Kali's Story

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Kali of St. Cloud, Minnesota is a junior at Apollo High School. She loves camping, swimming, traveling (Duluth is one of her favorite destinations), art and pursuing her new-found passion for photography. Kali has an older brother, loves to visit her grandpa Marvin in Sleepy Eye, and enjoys spending quality time with her family; their go-to activities include camping trips, bowling and trips to Denny’s.

When Kali was a baby, she didn’t start crawling until she was nearly eight months old; she didn’t start walking until she was two. She would never look at people--even at daycare. She didn’t interact with her peers and would sit by the corner of the fence and watch. As she grew up certain things improved but there were always new issues popping up.

In 2007, Kali was diagnosed with autism and severe anxiety; in 2019, she was officially diagnosed with sensory processing disorder.

The day-to-day for Kali and her family was difficult at best. She would have meltdowns that lasted anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, and typically had several per day. At a certain point in time, they could not go anywhere or do anything with Kali--the simplest things would set her off, from the weather to attending school.

Kali was aggressive toward herself and others; she would often pull her own hair and hit herself. Once on a trip to Target on a busy afternoon, Kali had a meltdown and was kicking and screaming--she bit through her dad’s winter coat and drew blood. The anxiety and aggression sparked a lot of difficulties at school for Kali with peers and teachers.

In order to help her deal with symptoms of her diagnoses, they tried everything. Occupational therapy, speech therapy and in-home therapy. Over the years she took 23 different medications; Kali hated taking them, she didn’t like the way they made her feel. Every option they pursued, including her prescriptions, provided less-than-ideal results. Eventually, they discovered through testing that all of the medications were not absorbing correctly through the main pathway in her liver.

Exhausted and wanting to find relief for their daughter, Susann and Adam began to research alternative forms of treatment. A friend of Adam’s recommended a physician who certifies patients for the medical cannabis program in Minnesota. They were hesitant at first and took their time weighing the benefits before they made a decision, but Kali was still having trouble getting restful sleep at night, even with Trazadone and six other medications, and her aggression and anxiety still persisted. Something needed to change.

On a Thursday in October 2018, Kali’s condition was certified by her new doctor. Prior to their initial consultation, her parents stopped by the LeafLine Labs patient care center in St. Cloud for a run down of the process; they were pleased with how welcoming, friendly and informative the staff and overall visit went. “It was professional, like a doctor’s visit,” Adam and Susann shared. The next week, Kali and her parents met with a pharmacist and purchased medication for the first time.

Since beginning medical cannabis, Kali’s issues with aggression and harm toward herself and others has become non-existent; the family had an outing in Bentleyville not long after on a busy, crowded Saturday night and Kali did great--she had a blast and was in a fantastic mood throughout. Over the Holidays, Kali and her family were able to take shopping trips to the Mall of America, something they never were able to do before. There were many instances in the past where she would constantly cry about everything--there haven’t been any instances like that since October.

“I wish we could have done this a long time ago,” Susann said, “It would have made her life and ours a lot easier...It’s nice to to do simple things like go out to dinner and not have to worry.”

Now, Kali has a part-time job. She can tolerate being around people. She goes to, and stays, asleep without the help of Trazadone or other sleep aids. Most incredibly, she has been able to wean off of every single medication from before medical cannabis, including her Xanax extended release and Gabapentin. Kali feels like herself again, more so than ever.

Adam and Susann used to regularly receive emails and calls from school with concerns about relations with other students and poor performance in classes. Now, Kali is earning all As and Bs and she enjoys going to school. She is able to refrain from getting involved in the typical high school drama she used to not be able to stay away from.

She enjoys seeing her case manager who is helping to teach her new life skills; teachers at school have remarked about how focused she is and how they can tell she is able to think before she acts. A few months back, the principal pulled her aside and told Kali how proud she was of her.

Kali’s parents describe her as happy, loving and giddy these days. They are elated to see their daughter thriving and truly coming into her own. Before medical cannabis, Kali and her family’s quality of life was anywhere from a 1 to 3. Now, they say most days are an 8 or 9.

Adam and Susann are grateful for the profound impact medical cannabis has made on Kali and their family’s lives; they are more aware of, and are able to enjoy and appreciate the seemingly simple things in life yet again. They are hopeful and excited for Kali as she finishes high school and continues to reach important milestones in her life. They couldn’t be more proud of how far Kali has come.

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Meet The Team: Hunter

At LeafLine Labs, we know that exceptional patient care starts with an extraordinary team. That’s why we pride ourselves on our people. Get to know us!

Meet Hunter, a Cultivator at our production facility in Cottage Grove.

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30-second elevator speech: Born in Fairmont, Minnesota in 1993. Grew up in Council Bluffs, Iowa. I went to college at Iowa State University and got my B.Sc. in Horticulture with an emphasis in greenhouse production and management. I grew ~6 acres of perennials for a short period of time after college and enjoyed it, but I wanted to do something more than just grow plants that I knew people would eventually kill. I’ve always wanted to grow cannabis, but I didn’t expect to be able to do it right out of the gate when I finished college. So, I grew perennials and after a while I heard about a job opportunity at LeafLine through Vince, who was a good buddy of mine in college. After hearing everything about the company and my interview, I knew I had to jump at the opportunity to come work here and decided to make the move up to Minnesota. 

What does a typical day of work look like for you? A typical day for me is watering the moms or cuttings that have been hardened off in the propagation room in the mornings and end of day, scouting the plants (signs of disease, pests, viruses, abnormalities), mixing nutrients, tending to the plants (defanning, pruning, pinching, culling), transplanting, trellising plants, checking pH/EC, harvesting, cleaning, emptying drainage buckets, grinding root balls, keeping batch logs and detailed inventory logs.

What is your favorite part about your job? I think my favorite part about this job is that it’s more than just growing plants. We grow and produce medicine for people that really need it. Knowing that I play a role in producing medicine for our patients is everything to me. It’s what keeps me motivated and wanting to work harder.

What are you passionate about? I’m passionate about growing all plants, but specifically cannabis. It’s why I went to school to get my degree and I’m also passionate about helping people too. So, growing medical cannabis is a perfect meld of both those things.

Favorite way(s) to spend your free time: I like to spend my time with friends, going to see movies or go to concerts to see live music. I like to skate, bike, hike, and snowboard when I can. I play video games when I’m feeling lazy. I like to paint/draw and read books on growing.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? In 10 years I see myself still growing cannabis and hopefully I’ll have a family of my own by then. Not too picky on where I live or work, just as long as the community is safe, the people in the town are nice, and the company I work for treats me well.

Favorite Minnesota sports team(s): Vikings

What is your favorite Disney movie? The Star Wars series now that it’s owned by Disney. I also really liked Toy Story growing up, but that’s Pixar. 

Meet the Team: Nick

At LeafLine Labs, we know that exceptional patient care starts with an extraordinary team. That’s why we pride ourselves on our people. Get to know us!

Meet Nick, a Packaging Technician at our production facility in Cottage Grove.

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30-second elevator speech: I was born in Moline, Illinois but moved here at a young age and have lived in MN ever since. I am the youngest of 3 siblings and I am 23 years old. I have a Pit Bull named Shady that I love to spend time with. I spent time working for Sun Country Airlines in which time I often traveled to Colorado to see concerts at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

What does a typical day of work look like for you? A typical work day consists of mostly filling and packaging vaporizer cartridges - however the packaging team also handles the transportation of the medicine to our care centers. We also love to help out in grow as much as we can!

What is your favorite part about your job? The best part is knowing that we are truly helping a lot of people. It’s also great working here because I never thought it’d be possible to work with cannabis in my home state!

What are you passionate about? I’m passionate about cannabis and all the different ways it can be used to help people.

Favorite way(s) to spend your free time: listening to live music, playing video games, spending time with my friends and family.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? My hope is that everything will continue to go great at LeafLine and I will still be here. I would love to get into the grow or lab side of things as well someday.

CBD: A Brief Introduction

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Interest in cannabidiol, or CBD, has exploded over the past months. Cannabidiol is one of the two main cannabinoids in cannabis, the other being THC. CBD, unlike THC, is not psychoactive and does not produce the same effects as THC. CBD has many different potential therapeutic uses and many patients have found pain relief, reduced anxiety, and improved sleep through CBD. Researchers across the world are currently working to better understand the mechanisms through which CBD works.

Most widely available CBD products are derived from hemp, which was recently legalized in the 2018 Farm Bill in December 2018. Hemp is a variety of Cannabis sativa that, per the 2018 Farm Bill, contains less than 0.3% THC. LeafLine Labs CBD products are not hemp derived, but rather from CBD-rich strains of cannabis. This bill also legalized products derived from hemp federally, such as CBD oils, prompting larger retailers such as CVS and Walgreens to stock CBD products. Hemp production will be tightly regulated, per the Farm Bill, and states are developing their own regulatory frameworks for hemp production as required by the new laws, though these regulations are still in their infancy and are still being developed in many cases.

The wide variety of CBD products available for sale from an ever-increasing number of sources can be daunting. One thing to consider when choosing a CBD product is that LeafLine Labs’ CBD products are subject to testing and regulations that far exceed most hemp-derived CBD products, due to the regulations of the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program. All LeafLine Labs products must be tested for purity by an independent third party laboratory before they are sold to patients. This ensures that patients receive high quality, pharmaceutical grade medical cannabis.

Additionally, LeafLine Labs CBD products are full spectrum cannabis concentrates. This means that unlike other CBD products, which are often created from hemp distillates containing nothing but CBD. This means that they do not contain the terpenes and other naturally occurring cannabinoids and compounds that LeafLine Labs CBD products do. This limits how much they benefit from the “entourage effect”, the well documented phenomenon of terpenes maximizing the therapeutic effect of cannabinoids.

Cannabidiol therapy is an exciting branch of medical cannabis that needs to be investigated by researchers further to unlock its full potential. If you are a current LeafLine Labs patient, ask your pharmacist if a CBD product could help manage your symptoms. If you are interested in becoming a patient, click here to learn more about becoming certified as a patient under the Minnesota Medical Cannabis Program.

Meet The Leadership Team: Bill Parker

At LeafLine Labs, we know that exceptional patient care starts with an extraordinary team. That’s why we pride ourselves on our people. Get to know us!

Meet Bill, our fearless leader and Chief Executive Officer.

Bill Parker, Chief Executive Officer

Bill Parker, Chief Executive Officer

30-second elevator speech: I’m an Army kid who was born overseas and moved to Minnesota when my family relocated years ago. Fresh out of high school I joined the US Army and served four years of active duty. It was my military experience that created a desire to help others. So, I went to school for paramedicine and worked within that industry for 14 years. I have a beautiful wife named Jen. We have three children: Gabriella, Maverick, and Emma and a Catahoula Leopard Dog named Hazel.

What does a typical day of work look like for you? For me, no two days are the same and I like it that way. My work days include multiple meetings, employee rounding, phone calls, and frequent curveballs. I tend to thrive in chaos, but I’m especially proud of the stability and growth of Leafline Labs over the past year.

What is your favorite part of your job? Helping others. I really appreciate being able to help remove barriers that may impede our team’s ability to produce medicine and care for our patients. I also love to hear our wonderful patients’ success stories – they keep me motivated and fuel my inner passion.

What are you passionate about? Cannabis as medicine, of course! I firmly believe that medical cannabis is a miracle drug that needs to be available to all. I have seen what medical cannabis can do and it’s nothing short of amazing.

Favorite way(s) to spend your free time: I enjoy the great outdoors (sports, fishing, hunting, hiking, cabin, etc.), movies, and anything that brings my family together.

Favorite Minnesota sports team(s): Twins and Vikings

Share a fun fact about yourself: I’m obsessed with kettlebells! I really appreciate perfecting the techniques and the workouts are killer.

Who or what is your spirit animal? I’ve always envisioned grizzly bears.

You have to sing karaoke, what song do you pick? Badfish by Sublime

What is your least favorite vegetable? Okra, I just can’t get over the texture.

Meet The Team: Jordan

At LeafLine Labs, we know that exceptional patient care starts with an extraordinary team. That’s why we pride ourselves on our people. Get to know us, why dontcha?

Meet Jordan, a Pharmacist at our St. Cloud patient care center.

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30-second elevator speech: I was born and raised in Fargo, ND. I went to college at NDSU and obtained my PharmD there.

What does a typical day of work look like for you? I spend my days making care plans for patients and giving them the tools to improve their life with medical cannabis!

What is your favorite part about your job? I love seeing how medical cannabis changes my patients’ lives and gives them the power to get their life back.

What are you passionate about? I am passionate about spreading the word and sharing success stories about medical cannabis.

Favorite way(s) to spend your free time: I love spending time with my husband Aaron, my baby girl Lillian, and our dog Truffles. I love swimming and doing yoga.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I see myself here at Leafline helping patients as a lifelong career!

Favorite Minnesota sports team(s): Minnesota Vikings (SKOL!)

You have to sing karaoke, what song do you pick? I Want It That Way by the Backstreet Boys

What is your favorite Disney movie? Beauty and the Beast



Meet The Team: Robin

At LeafLine Labs, we know that exceptional patient care starts with an extraordinary team. That’s why we pride ourselves on our people. Get to know us, why dontcha?

Meet Robin, our Director of Compliance and Training.

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Tell us about yourself: I grew up in Prior Lake, MN, was a competitive swimmer, and brought home just about every animal I could find. I went to college at Winona State and got my B.S. in Cell/Molecular Biology. After college I started working as a Pharmacy Technician in home infusion pharmacies, making sterile IV's and coordinating patient care. I am married to my husband, Ryan, and have two beautiful little girls, Shaye is 5 and Remy is 2 years old. I don't swim so much anymore but I still have the urge to bring home every animal I find.

What does a typical day of work look like for you? The compliance side of my job has me communicating with OMC about any number of different things. Also looking at our SOP's, working with department heads to tweak what we need to to better fit our ever changing operations. The training side of my job has me spending time with each of our new hires to introduce them to this world we all live in and teach them about LeafLine Labs and medical cannabis.

What is your favorite part about your job? Getting to meet and teach all of our new people about the amazing work do here. I also like to follow rules so compliance makes me feel good.

What are you passionate about? My kids, animal welfare, enjoying life and not taking it too seriously.

Favorite way(s) to spend your free time:
 I'm a mother of 2 young children. . . I have no free time.  BUT I do love spending my time with my family.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I would love to be even more involved with the company and the Cannabis industry as a whole. I have learned so much since starting here and I feel like there is so much more that can be learned. The reality is that I will have two teenage daughters at that time so I'm hoping to just be surviving life and keeping them alive!

Favorite Minnesota sports team(s): Minnesota Wild

Who or what is your spirit animal?  A turtle, (and not just because I resemble one) but because slow and steady wins the race.