CANNABIS CULTURE – “You build perseverance, and no one can take that away from you. They can take your money, take your bank account, they can change legislation, but they can’t take away your perseverance. They cannot take away your will,” Earl Carruthers says of his journey from injustice to advocacy.
See, Earl wasn’t always as passionate about cannabis, as he is now. After a debilitating injury and a historic brush with the law, Carruthers has taken this journey personally and professionally, one step at a time…
Step One – Developing His Passion
Like most people who turn to the use of medical marijuana, an injury offset Earl’s path into cannabis therapy. While playing collegiate football, he endured a pelvic fracture and turned to natural alternatives versus pain medications and opioids. Hence, where his passion for cannabis began.
After taking a course on the in’s and out’s of medical cannabis – Earl knew what he had to do. He took his entrepreneurial spirit nurtured with a degree in Finance and set forth into the growing medical marijuana business when legalization hit Michigan in 2008.
Step Two – Starting Over
It’d be nice if we told you that Carruther’s journey was smooth sailing from there. But, stigmas still surround the use of cannabis; it’s the eyes of the law. After a journey through the courts to prove his innocence and rights, Earl was pivotal in Michigan’s legislation concerning what ‘usable marijuana’ truly meant.
Notoriously termed ‘the brownie case’, Earl saw first hand what can happen when ‘legal-ish’ rights are threatened by those in power. His legitimate business Green Greener Grow was entrapped in a raid, offsetting more legal battles. The battle not only took his first successful business from him but fueled his fire to preach on legalities every conscious cannabis consumer should know.
Step Three – Spreading the Good Word
Now, Earl’s journey is centered on spreading the good word, building a collective of like-minded consumers to more strongly ‘fight the good fight’. That includes educating and empowering those around him, to the truths behind cannabis use, legalities, and successful growth in the industry. For Carruthers, it’s not about competition or ‘giving away’ industry secrets – it’s all about elevating conscious craft cannabis for natural therapy.
The Onward Journey
More important than Rolling Stone Magazine highlighting Earl’s spirit, it’s his close friends, family, and associates that know him best. As his good friends will tell you, “He’s committed to fighting the good fight. He’s definitely a trailblazer doing great things for the cannabis industry and community.”
The Homegrown Weed Summit is just the next step on his path for using his past to improve the future for others. Carruthers developed this one-of-a-kind virtual event designed for the canna-curious, and canna-advocates who can benefit from cultivating their own craft crops (legally, of course).
So join Earl on his blaze of redemption for the legal right to blaze freely. Take part in the upcoming Homegrown Weed Summit, or see how else you can partner with his many consumer-forward cannabis ventures.