Barry Jahn started our business in 2008 as a tribute to Kanani. Kanani Christine Wong came into our lives in 2002 on the beautiful island of Oahu in Hawaii. Barry fell in love with her and soon they were living together with the ocean as their backyard. Barry’s lifelong friend, Steve Crane would often fly in for short vacations, and soon Kanani adopted him as family. She was intelligent, beautiful and spiritual – the quintessential native Hawaiian island girl.
She was also very private and stubborn. So it was with great surprise that Barry learned she had suffered through and beaten lung cancer just a short while before they had met. She believed strongly that cannabis had helped her beat and recover from cancer – it helped her appetite, sleep and mood. She continued to use it regularly. In fact you would rarely see her without a partially smoked joint nearby. Her motto was “just a puff or two, to keep things easy.”
Barry had been a backyard grower as far back as the 80’s, so he took advantage of the Hawaiian soil and climate and grew for Kanani’s own supply. When they moved to the Californian high desert in 2008, Barry tried his hand at indoor growing and hydroponics with the old reliable San Fernando Valley OG strain. Soon he had ten lights, and formed a cooperative to legally supply medical marijuana to those in need.
In 2012, Kanani learned that her cancer had returned, and again, she told no one, not even Barry. Barry travelled for months at a time for his work to places like Alaska and when he returned the crop would be beautiful, a full harvest would be trimmed and bagged and Kanani would be exhausted. But she never complained and never let on that she was sick. One day Barry got a call from a hospital. Kanani had been rushed in and despite her protests, the doctors told Barry that she had terminal cancer.
Here in 2017, Steve has joined Barry and together we have created our medical cannabis cultivation company in Kanani’s honor. We saw first-hand how much comfort it gave her in her recovery, and were amazed how she lived during her terminal illness. We hope that our cannabis can help others like it helped Kanani, and our goal is to make it available to as many patients as possible.