Hi, I’m Ryan. Welcome to my new cannabis marketing website. It was made from a Ronneby template, is hosted on Go Daddy and was designed with wordpress and adobe products. I’ve built several websites over the years but I think this one really stands out.
My first exposure to drug propaganda was through the “C.H.I.C.K.E.N. Club” in grade 4. This was an acronym for “Cool, Honest, Intelligent, Clear-headed, Keen, Energetic and Not interested in drugs”… a Canadian type D.A.R.E. Program, if you will. It did little to deter me. In fact, quite the opposite. I’ve worked most of my adult life rectifying cannabis prohibition.
The Milton Hilton
I grew up on a farm in Milton, just outside of Toronto, Ontario. We called our farm “The Milton Hilton” and had lots of friends and family come and go. It was a veritable bed and breakfast!
Over the years, I won several awards at public speaking competitions, including the Optimist Club. The Optimist Oratorical Contest gives youngsters the chance to speak to the world. More than $150,000 in college scholarships funded by the Optimist International Foundations is awarded annually from this program.
The Hidden Jungle
My first job in the cannabis industry was an internship at the Hidden Jungle in Oakville. What a way to earn my last two high-school credits. I learned to DJ there too. The owners Kevin and Carol-Ann were nice enough to let me set-up my turntables and entertain customers. This was a tradition that continued at my next job, Spiritual Smoke in Hamilton. #Goldenyears.
Causmo Effect Concepts started as a school project back in 2001. While studying advertising at Mohawk College, my first assignment was to create an advertising agency. At the time, I was djing as “Ryan Cosmo” due to my crazy, “Cosmo Kramer” hair.
The core of this program was art direction, copywriting, layout design, basics of photography, graphic design, UX app prototyping and idea generation techniques.
Naturally, many of my assignments revolved around cannabis marketing. My professors would often leave comments like “broaden your horizons”. They were right, but cannabis was my raison d’etre.
15 years later, I matured with improved analytical and artistic skills. After enrolling in the Science of Cannabis continuing education course at McMaster University, this class clown got an 89% average.
Up In Smoke Cafe
The cafe was ahead of its time. Respect to all the dispensaries, consumption spaces and responsible adults who’ve taken a risk in this business. Chris went on to other great things like Hash Mob Media.
A Model Hemployee
In 2019 I worked as Regional Manager of the Cannabis Supply Company, a chain of medical clinics in Southern Ontario. It was like family. As COVID started, we were on the verge of getting an AGCO retail license. During the first lockdown, I left for greener pastures in the publishing and hospitality business.
CSC would soon get that well deserved AGCO license. I’m glad I helped make that happen. As per the 2021 Ontario Cannabis Store Report, Cannabis Supply Co ranked ninth in the top ten retailers by store count.
Living the Dream!
I have now found myself back on the farm, living that entrepreneurial life and running a 420 friendly business near Sauble Beach. Dreamers Creative Writing is a publisher and AirBnB writer’s retreat. My fiancé Kat and I are building a lifestyle brand and media company dedicated to heartfelt writing. Please visit writingfarm.ca.
Passion for the Plant
I’m a Briggs-Myers ENTP, for you social science people. That’s a “debater” type person with Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Prospecting personality traits.
If you work in cannabis marketing, I suggest you check out the book Writing for the Legal Cannabis Industry by Anne-Marie E. Fischer M.Ed. It was a great source of inspiration for this website. Also, thank you Kat for inviting me to build on your business.
My other love is producing and performing music as a dj. Check out my song “Healer of Nations”, co-written with MC Chippy Frass.
References Available Upon Request
I’m skilled in creative work like writing, graphic design, video editing and producing vr content. Soon I’ll be selling these services on Fiverr. You can check out my portfolio here. Please email email@example.com if you have a cool project or just want to connect. More of my professional and education experience can be found on my LinkedIn profile.
Clients & Work Experience
Editor • Art Director • Website Administrator
2008 – 2012
Regional Manager • Cannabis Marketing Support
2016 – 2019
Marketing • Advertising • Web Administration • Property Maintenance
2019 – Ongoing
Territory Sales Specialist • Cannabis Marketing Support