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Amber moved to California on Feb 11, 2014 after she was diagnosed with lupus on October 31st of last year. She was living in Chicago at the time and because the winters are very harsh and she’s hypersensitive to the cold. Her doctors advised that she move to a warmer climate to try to get the disease under control. She planned on moving back to Atlanta, GA where her family lives but it was not the best decision as she chooses cannabis to help treat her disease and cope with the symptoms. Georgia is not a medical marijuana state, so when she was presented with a wonderful opportunity with Compassion Medicinal Edibles (CME) in California, she decided to take it. Ladybud Magazine Publisher Diane Fornbacher caught up with Amber while she visited her family in Georgia after a crazy move to the Golden State of California.
When did you start working with CME?
I started working with CME as soon as I got to California, literally as soon as I got off of the plane. I was very excited to start working.
How did you find out about CME?
I knew of the founder Mickey Martin. I was a fan of his writing on Weed Activist and friended him on Facebook. From there I found out about CME and that he was the founder of Tainted. I had heard of Tainted back in 2007 when they were raided by the DEA, it was all over the national news media at the time.
What is your favorite CME product? I love them all but my favorite has to be the Pistachio Tainted Truffle.
The sea-salted caramel bar dipped in chocolate is my favorite by far. It has the perfect balance of sweetness and saltiness, that all goes together well with the pleasant cannabis taste from the caramel. The potency is also great. It works well to relieve muscle pain and loosen my joints, it offers a very nice relaxing sensation overall.
How long have you been a cannabis consumer?
I started smoking weed when I was 18. I was home on break from military school. I hated military academy life and I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do next. I smoked with my cousins twice and I did not get high. I vowed to never try it again if it didn’t work the third time. The third time was a charm. Since then I have been daily cannabis user.
What are your favorite things about cannabis?
I love everything about the plant. I love to grow it. I love the big white fuzzy roots, the green shades of the leaves. I love the beautiful, sparkly, sticky trichomes. I love the intoxicating scent. I love the versatility of the plant, I love how it can be used in so many ways. It is an amazing plant really, it is easy to fall in love with.
Did you think 10 years ago that this would be your job and life?
Ten years ago I was a graphic designer at a next day turnaround thermography business card printing company. I smoked weed everyday. I never imagined I would be doing what I do now. I still pinch myself.
How are you liking CA?
I like California a lot. I love the scenery, it’s really beautiful. The mountains are awesome, the beaches are pristine. It’s been great traveling around and getting to see all of California.
What do your friends at home think about what you do?
My friends are really amazed at what I do. Everyone thinks I have a dream job. It is definitely a baller job for sure, however it also requires a lot of hard work.
You have some seriously fly style — who are your fashion icons?
I am a huge fan of Marlene Dietrich and James Dean. Classic, timeless style from both. Marlene’s androgynous style really intrigued me at a young age, I always loved to wear more “masculine” accessories like ties, cuff links, hats. I loved to wear my military uniform, it was quite sexy. James Dean is the king of cool, the rebel without a cause. He was hot, it was effortless.
What did you do in the armed forces?
I was in the United States Coast Guard in an officer training program. After I decided to leave military school I stayed in the Coast Guard as a reservist and transferred to Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Florida. I smoked a lot of weed while I was in the service, especially after I got to Florida. I was lucky to not get caught.
How long were you in the service?
I was in the military for three years. I played soccer while I attended Bethune-Cookman College and I tore my rotator cuff during a game, which was a disqualifying injury for the officer program I was enrolled in. I transferred to Great Lakes Naval Hospital where I underwent physical therapy for a year. I received and honorable discharge from the military 10 days before the 9/11 attacks.
What do you like to do in your off time?
I love to be outside, I love nature. I love to go for walks, go camping, fishing and boating. I also love to garden, I am an avid gardener. I love art, I love beautiful things. I love to spend time with my family and friends. I also love to smoke weed.
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