Starting a family business in the cannabis industry

The cannabis plant that we consume is a female plant. In cannabis breeding, the "mother plant" is what's used for clippings that turn into clones, which are identical plants that can be grown anywhere. But cannabis is maternal beyond simply bearing offspring; some use the analogy of a mother to describe the plant: she nurtures and heals, and can bring solace to those who need it. When used socially, cannabis brings people together, creates connections, and builds bonds. When used medically, cannabis improves quality of life.

A plant that has so many parallels to motherhood and family may foster a natural transition into family business for some entrepreneurs. That was the case for Tara and Susan Phillips, the founders of Phillips Field Facility (PFF), a mother/daughter cultivation team in Oregon that specializes in high-CBD strains of cannabis. Not only does the mother/daughter partnership offer a built-in support system, but it creates a unique branding opportunity.

"We recognized the opportunity to introduce ourselves as a mother/daughter owned and operated recreational cannabis farm and curated an environment to facilitate the needs of 1:1 [THC:CBD] and higher CBD strains growing in the mid-Willamette Valley," Tara tells Civilized.

The duo's business partnership started when Tara began a medical grow on her mother's farm with her now-former partner. Enthusiastic about what her daughter was doing, Susan offered to continue the grow after Tara and her partner broke up. The Phillips don't only nurture plants, but nurture each other, a professional sense.


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