2020 Maryland Connoisseur Readers Choice Awards
Interview With Manny Jay: Maryland Sales Associate
Greetings fellow Connoisseurs, we are chatting with Manny Jay... He is a Sales Associate for Green Thumb and in that capacity we have run into Manny many times both doing "Community Work". the first time was @ Chesacanna in Cockeysville @ a Dogwalkers event - seeing the passion of those fans created an itch for me to know more, and we were educated and enlightened by getting to know Manny and GTI in general.
Manny please tell us a bit about your job and Green Thumb in general, what are some of the
challenges and opportunities in your position?
I am a Sales Associate with Green Thumb in Maryland. Green Thumb, a national cannabis consumer packaged goods company and retail, promotes well-being through the power of cannabis while giving back to the communities in which they serve.
My primary responsibility is to connect the medication we make at our facility to the individual dispensaries here in Maryland, including the Rise stores operated by Green Thumb. I perform a series of tasks to ensure the smooth distribution of those products to each of the dispensaries in our state. I love to connect with the Maryland Cannabis Community and experience how much our products improve the quality of life for so many throughout the state.
What is Dogwalkers all about? I have seen some pretty intense brand / fan interest in
this brand in particular @ the Dog Walking Events... People love their pets and
cannabis which can equal cult-like brand loyalty... in a good way.
These pre-rolls were inspired by the strolls we take with our loyal four-legged friends.
Dogwalkers come in to two very intentional sizes.
Mini-Dogs, perfect for those short walks, (5).35g pre-rolls (1.75g), in a convenient tin and packed with premium flower.
Big Dogs, perfect for those longer strolls, (1).75g pre-roll(.75g), in a glass tube and packed with premium flower.
We use full buds, no trim or shake for our Dogwalkers.
"Rythm Terp Sap is my go-to for concentrates. Rythm Terp Sap contains highly
concentrated, terpene-rich cannabis oil...."
Fun Fact: We really practice what we preach. We included a “Dog Kennel” in our build
design for our lab and cultivation.
Dogwalkers is committed to helping animals in need. Dogwalkers partnered with Maryland
Pet Connect Rescue, where they donate part of the proceeds from its sales of Dogwalkers
to this great organization.
Rythm is now selling Cannabis Flower in Maryland, this is exciting news, please tell
our readers more about this.
We provide individualized care for every plant ensures optimal potency and peak purity
across every grow cycle. Rythm premium flower offers a variety of expertly cultivated and
meticulously cured strains with optimal potencies, lush aromas, and rich flavors. 100% pure
We have heard a lot about the industry and the job, tell us a bit about your personal
faves... what strain and concentrates do it for you?
I love flower with amazing Terpene profiles. I do not make my decision based on THC
content; I look at the terpenes first. I like healthy amounts of limonene, myrcene and
caryophyllene in my flower. I am enjoying a batch of RYTHM Black Afghan right now.
Rythm Terp Sap is my go-to for concentrates. Rythm Terp Sap contains highly
concentrated, terpene-rich cannabis oil. These strain specific full spectrum concentrates
offer high potency and full flavor in a convenient dropper. It’s so versatile, I make edibles
with it, I dab it and love to use it as a “flower topper” to stack on top of a bowl of flower. I
am currently enjoying RYTHM Banana Cookies Terp Sap.
Lastly... Music you are currently into?
Ahh Man! I listen to all genres of music. I was born in Sri Lanka, so sometimes it is funny, I
hear a song that is a classic, but sounds brand new to me. There are some days, I listen to
Pink Floyd, Guns n’ Roses and some days, I listen to Hip-Hop from J Cole, Drake, Logic
However, Juice by Chance the Rapper is my Favorite since 2013!
2020 Maryland Connoisseur Readers Choice Poll & Awards
...And The Winners Are:
Thanks to the almost 3,000 Maryland patients and cannabis connoisseurs who took part in our poll.
The brands had their fans out in force and the voting was fierce in a couple categories with a photo finish for best dispensary, congrats to Remedy Columbia for a hard fought finish and Gold Leaf Annapolis for a late surge that put them in the top 3.
We were impressed by the intensity and devotion that patients had for their favorite brands, with CULTA being of particular note, they seemed to have cracked the code on getting into their fans hearts and minds.
Evermore was the only brand to place in every category, suggesting a very broad base of support, they took the top prize in concentrate products and with their flagship store The Living Room in Pikesville representing as an honorable mention in the best dispensary category.
Verano Brands fans were loud and proud and provided a decisive victory for community favorite flower G-Purps, if you haven't had the pleasure of toking this sumptuous strain get some asap!
Going by the comments Maryland patients are well motivated by price but slightly even more so by a sense of community and that personal touch. The so called "Independent" stores received 4-5 times the comments of the "chain stores" (comments are a key indicator of intensity) and those comments were dominated by the sense of well-being that came from the personal treatment they've received, they knew the names of the managers and workers that have helped them vs price and efficiency marks coming in from the larger players.
The popular culture focus might be on THC, but the talk of the town coming from connoisseurs and insiders is definitely terpenes and those in the know have an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the aromatic arts... With the top two terps being B-Mycene and B-Caryophyllene, take note.
In just three short years a "Cannabis Culture" and "Cannabis Community" has rooted in Maryland that wasn't there before as it was lurking in the shadows and yet is distinct from "West Coast" cannabis values, in other words we have our own special flavor. (This isn't news to Marylanders or anyone in the DMV)
And as with any "Sub-Culture" it has its own values system that might sometime seem ridiculous to those on the outside yet makes perfect sense to those on the inside... This is what a community is.
With medical cannabis legalization in Maryland we are starting to see the benefits of quality, scale and craft that our homegrown and out of state cannabis brands are just starting to deliver on in tandem with the growing strength, diversity and sophistication of our own homegrown community from the support businesses, influencers, non-profit orgs, foodies, cannabis chefs and nurses to musicians/DJ's & artists they seem to mirror and reflect one another creating a self-sustaining synergy and sometimes useful tension.
We will release more of the raw data and our analysis of the mountain of data we received in a power point presentation in the near future, contact us if you are interested.
2020 Maryland Connoisseur Readers Choice Poll & Awards
Congratulations To The Winners & Thanks To All Who Participated!