Grown Rogue is a seed-to-experience cannabis brand passionate about the environment, community, and education. We operate all facets of our business with principles of transparency and integrity. Our products are always organic meeting Clean Green Certification and our approach to classifying the experience of cannabis is rooted in science. We combine 50 years of cultivation knowledge with a diverse private sector background to bring you a fully integrated cannabis company offering top-shelf flower and extracts, business services for our peers, and education.
The genesis of Grown Rogue came about over a decade ago when we began cultivating cannabis under the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program. What started as a hobby evolved into a passion to help local Oregonians who were beginning to turn the tide from traditional pharmaceutical products to cannabis. From cancer to glaucoma, veterans to grandmothers, we saw the potential of this plant to bring people together in common goals and to create better, healthier lifestyles.
We met in early 2000 while both playing collegiate basketball and quickly realized we shared common goals with regards to ambition, drive, dedication, and trust which has not only carried us through our now 15-year marriage but is also the backbone of Grown Rogue’s culture which is built on family values, community, and respect. As we realized the need in Oregon for superior quality cannabis products, we expanded our medical operation to provide quality medicine to over 50 patients in Oregon. With the onset of legalization there was no question in either of our minds to apply our business principles and cultivation experience to provide premium cannabis products to the entire Oregon community and beyond.– Obie and Sarah Strickler
Chief Executive Officer
Grown Rogue is led by Obie Strickler, founder and CEO with a BS in Geology from Southern Oregon University. Obie has over 15 years of cannabis experience where he organically scaled his first medical garden in 2006 from a 15 plant single facility to 200 plants and 4 facilities. Obie founded GR in 2016 to capitalize on the opportunity to grab market share in this burgeoning recreational cannabis space. In addition to his cannabis expertise, Obie brings a diverse private sector background that includes running the Oregon division of regional environmental consulting company, founding a firm to provide full management services for multi-billion dollar natural resource projects, and co-founding a hyper-velocity impact technology company.
Operations and Distribution
Elizabeth manages company Operations with an emphasis on growing the Distribution reach of Grown Rogue. Liz is the former CEO of Gilded Rogue, an impact investing company she founded to provide economic stimulus for small rural communities. She is the former CFO/GC for a $450MM annual revenue retail food company in Oregon. She has her JD/MBA from University of Oregon and was selected in the Portland Business Journal as a 40 under 40 accomplished executive.
Chief Strategy Officer
Jacques Habra is an award-winning serial entrepreneur recognized by national and regional media for excellence in entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation. Jacques was the lead investor in FirstClick, SelfEcho, TrackR which recently won $50MM in Series B funding through the Amazon Alexa Fund. Jacques led early-stage fundraising for Grown Rogue and as Chief Strategy Officer he focuses on brand creation/development, management, and marketplace strategy. Jacques graduated with degrees in Philosophy and English from the University of Michigan with Honors.
Business Development Director
Mike brings 15 years of sales and marketing experience to Grown Rogue. Mike believes cannabis as is opportunity to impact so much across our globe in a positive way; medical use, a renewable energy resource, tax revenue, jobs, etc. He is passionate about being on the ground floor with a team comprised of friends and experts from various fields who all share in that vision.
Director of Community Relations
Sarah is the co-founder of Grown Rogue with a BS in Communications that was started at the University of Hawaii where she was an NCAA Division I athlete (basketball). Sarah is a former Licensed Massage Therapist and Project Manager for a real estate development company. Sarah’s focus with Grown Rogue is in community outreach and brand management. Her deep seeded roots in the Southern Oregon community resulted in Grown Rogue securing their 17,000 square foot warehouse and fostering many of the relationships with local professionals and community members that have helped Grown Rogue become the company it is today.
Sarah is also a devoted wife and enjoys running marathons, mountain biking, and anything outdoor related. She is adventurous and loves to live her life in a passionate and meaningful way.
Born and raised in Southern Oregon, Noah graduated from Ashland High School in 2008. Noah has a background in Automotive work after completing an associates degree in automotive technology from Rogue Community College in 2010. Noah has been working with Grown Rogue since 2015 as an outdoor specialized grower. In 2017 Noah was the lead grower of a Tier 2 outdoor recreational facility for Grown Rogue. He is now a co-lead grower for Grown Rogue’s new indoor growing facility. Outside of work Noah has a passion for music and has been producing music for almost 10 years.
After nearly two decades of experience in landscape design, Ken utilized his master gardening experience managing a local tier one recreation grow for two abundant years before joining the team at Grown Rogue. He has a passion for cultivating organic, regenerative, and biodynamic practices. Rooted in living soil and natural concepts he is a driving force for sustainability that is thriving in our indoor operations.
Matt is a native Oregonian. Leaving his passion for preparing food and leading kitchens as a chef he has transferred his high standards and organizational skills to the world of cannabis cultivation.
A Rogue Valley native born and raised in Medford, I am literally grown Rogue. Stemming from a culinary background, I bring an accurate eye for detail and and a strong aspiration for perfection all backed with a solid work ethic to support me along my way. Surrounded by such a knowledgeable and amazing cast here at Grown Rogue, I am ecstatic to see what seeds the future sows. So it goes!
Operations and Administration
I am a hardworking family man that is dedicated to family and work. As for my job description I lead our crew through projects, and make sure everything gets done professionally and correctly in a timely manner.
Drew harnesses a wide variety of experience in the workplace learning and performance field centered around creating evidence-based performance improvement solutions for non-profit, higher education, health care, and IT/Technology organizations. As a consultant, Drew has had the opportunity to work with both large enterprises and startup companies to identify and close performance gaps to improve overall company efficiency and performance. Drew is excited to engage in a blossoming industry to help create industry standard best practices and procedures.
I have over 28 years of project management experience in the Mining and Construction Industry. My passion for executing and completing complex and large-scale investment projects has been my inspiration throughout my career, I am extremely excited to be working in the cannabis industry for a company like Grown Rogue. The opportunity offers new and exciting challenges that lend themselves well to my experience. I look forward to helping Grown Rogue become a leader and helping to create a sustainable company that people know produces the highest quality cannabis in the industry.
Isaac was born and raised in southern Oregon graduating in the class of 1995 from Phoenix high school. After spending five years as a journeyman painter at Lazzara yacht company in Florida he returned to the seasons and landscapes in Oregon. With ten years in outdoor gardening experience he joined the Grown Rogue team full time in the spring of 2017 to design, build, and manage the outdoor recreational gardens.
Director of Sales
Dave Aldersebaes brings 20 years of sales experience to the Grown Rogue team, along with his love of all things cannabis. Dave acted as the National Sales Manager for Ironclad Performance Wear, as well as the Brand Manager for Olympia Beer, a division of the Pabst Brewing Company before joining Grown Rogue. Dave brings a proven track record of building sales teams and brands across multiple market platforms. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife Emi, and is a competitive cyclist and accomplished bass player.
Kelly draws her business experience from being part of her family owned business for the past 35 years. Before Grown Rogue she was an Elementary School Teacher for 13 years.
Brent has over 10 years in sales and 8 years in the Oregon medical marijuana industry. I’m an Avid reader and cyclist when not snuggling my pitty!! Residing in SE Portland with fiance, two kids, and a small jungle of animals.
I have 10+ years experience in Cannabis and customer service. My experiences in these fields have developed a love and passion inside me for both people and Cannabis. I believe the Cannabis industry is in its infancy stage and we are yet to see the red carpet be rolled out. I am proud and excited to sell high quality Grown Rogue products. Grown Rogue is an industry innovator and soon to be industry leader.
Britney started her cannabis journey about 3 years ago as a trimmer. Soon after, she embarked on a new journey as a grower’s assistant, growing medical cannabis for 2 years. After that, Grown Rogue came into fruition and she continued growing for one more year under the recreational bracket. Today, she is a sales representative for Grown Rogue. In her free time, she enjoys aerial silks and circus arts.
A serial entrepreneur, venture investor, speaker, and philanthropist. He is currently Founder & Principal at Lotus Capital, an early-stage investment fund in Santa Monica, CA. He is on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations in Southern California, including the Los Angeles Food Bank, Junior Achievement of Southern California, and 10,000 Beds . Previously Abhilash was founder and CEO at Ranklab, a digital marketing agency listed in Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing private companies in 2015, and Co-founder at Recovery Brands, a digital publishing company based in San Diego, CA. In 2015 both companies were acquired by AAC, Holdings Inc. and Abhilash remained in an active leadership position at both companies until his exit in late 2016. Abhilash holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Philosophy from Columbia University, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles’ Anderson School of Management.
Founder of the early stage venture funds “FUTURE” and “Canyon Creek Capital”, Buck Jordan is a technologist focused on investing in transformative businesses disrupting massive markets and solving hard world problems through technology. He has collectively invested in over 50 Companies and his fund is currently performing in the top quartile of venture funds. Prior to starting Canyon Creek, he founded a fintech company in the commercial lending space, was a management consultant and worked in Senator Arlen Specter’s office. He is an advisor to several start-ups in the Los Angeles community, received his MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management and is a former Army Captain and Blackhawk Pilot.
Mr. Michael Johnston (CPA, CA)
Mr. Johnston is a graduate of Western University, and joined Forbes Andersen LLP, Chartered Professional Accountants in 2004 and became a partner in 2012. Mr. Johnston has over 10 years of experience with both private and public companies in various capacities, including that of Chief Financial Officer.
Michael founded WGD Partners, with over 25 years’ experience advising and investing in growth companies. He is focused on working with technology and cannabis companies and has successfully raised equity capital for and/or executed the sale of a number of businesses in the US, Canada and Israel. He brings the perspective of both an advisor and investor to his work, and in addition to his experience executing M&A transactions, has raised over $500 million of private equity capital for emerging growth companies.
Based in Silicon Valley, Michael was previously Managing Director and Head of Private Placements at U.S. Bancorp Piper Jaffray where he was also on the firm’s fund investment committee. Earlier, he was with Salomon Smith Barney’s technology investment banking team in New York and BMO Nesbitt in Toronto.
Michael served on the board of private equity backed Flexstar Technology, the executive board of the Silicon Valley chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and as Vice Chair for the Business Leadership Council. He holds a BASc. in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo, an MBA from Columbia Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.
Michael is an avid sailor having sailed the Pacific (from California to Australia) for over two years with his wife and two kids.
Stephen Gledhill is a seasoned executive leader with over 25 years of C-suite and senior management experience. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Mr. Gledhill has built his career on his meritorious and professional conduct and his experiences encompass both the corporate and entrepreneurial sectors. He has been a successful business executive, entrepreneur, partner and trusted advisor.
Our outdoor properties are nestled in two distinct locations in the world famous Rogue Valley of Southern Oregon. The diverse micro-climates coupled with our team’s 50 years of cultivation results in the most consistent, highest quality product available. Our clean-green certification and phylos certification provides assurance to the consumer and our dispensary partners that our product was Grown Rogue.
Situated in a wide open valley just outside of Grants Pass, this farm is a true cannabis gardeners’ dream. Constructed by our team in 2015, it embodies all of the learnings from years of operations. Constructed with individual cedar beds, this garden is nestled between groves of manzanitas and madrones with fantastic south facing sun angles, this property produces some of the largest and most potent strains in our portfolio. With rows of terraced hitting hillside sitting below a large pad, these rows of cannabis plants have all the space, nutrients, water, and sun to be one of our showcase gardens.
Situated in the northern portion of Jackson County, Trails End was the first garden built by Grown Rogue management under the Oregon Medical Marijuana program. With natural spring water providing the source of water and nestled in the towering pines and cedars of Southern Oregon, this garden is typified by long continuous beds terraced on the southwestern sloping hillside that contains more than 500 yards of premium, mature soil. Catching the late afternoon sun’s rays until they disappear over the horizon results in wonderful aromas and vibrant colors of the Grown Rogue strains produced.
Grown Rogue’s state of the art 17,000 square foot grow facility ensures our customers can achieve the Right Experience, Every Time -all year long. In this well-engineered facility, we control all aspects of the climate to maximize the number of healthy harvests. The indoor grow environment provides stability and optimal conditions for ideal growth with none of the challenges and risks of Mother Nature. The net result for Grown Rogue are stunning flowers with calculated Terpene and THC levels.
Sativa Shatter, shaken not stirred…
Oils, waxes, shatter, and sugar… A vape pen that can handle such an array of extracts has clearly “Grown Rogue”. Not to be pigeon-holed as just another pedestrian vape with rechargeable battery the “Grown Rogue” pen appears to be quite serious about the weed game. Like an inhalable version of Jason Bourne….
June 5, 2018
The “Rogue” in Grown Rogue stands for the company’s “Experience Profiles”: Relax, Optimize, Groove, Uplift and Energize. Each strain is categorized as such to ensure customers know what they’re getting.
Three articles featured Grown Rogue:
- 3rd Largest Cannabis Company in OR (page 9)
- Standing Out from the Crowd, branding story with CSO quoted and pictured (pages 32-34)
- Article about Entourage Effect, with CEO quoted (pages 36-38)
May 31, 2018
Obie Strickler, who co-founded of Grown Rogue with his wife, Sarah, says they came to understand that “the concept that resonated with us was enhancing an active lifestyle.”
May 26, 2018
Recreational cannabis has been legal in Oregon for only two years, but the state produced enough last year to supply every adult resident with more than 5 ounces of legal marijuana. There were more than 1 million pounds in the supply chain.
April 20, 2018
March 20, 2018
February 16, 2018
Forget flowers and candy, your Valentine really wants cannabis this year. Fortunately for you, there’s a variety of lovely items to make Valentine’s Day extra special this year.
Mainstream media like CNN or CNBC is not the place to be gathering information about Cannabis Investing. Instead take time to visit cannabis focused sites like this one…
A cannabis industry representative says marijuana brought in 500-million dollars in sales in Oregon last year, and he expects it to bring in even more this year…
The only way to ensure that cannabis is packaged for retail void of any oxygen is to hermetically seal the container. The process of nitrogen-sealing has been used extensively for years to package foods around the world, preserving freshness and allowing for longer transport and extended shelf life…
Opening up a conversation about drugs in cycling world is dangerous. One quickly falls into a big black hole of past scandals that continue to taint our sport. But riders like Floyd Landis and Teal Stetson-Lee are willing to take the risk if it means de-stigmatising the use of cannabis…
As more and more marijuana companies look for ways to get their brand name out in front of the public, an Oregon cannabis business has decided one way to do that is to sponsor a local cycling team…
Enjoying cannabis can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. The more sophisticated approach involves achieving an experience like unwinding after a stressful day, or a post intense workout chill session, or a natural enabler to fall asleep easier…
Medical Benefits of Cannabis
Our approach to classifying the cannabis experience is rooted in science. With more studies being released by the scientific community, sharing the importance and value of medical marijuana is imperative.
Scientific studies have shown that cannabis can work for a variety of conditions such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain. Thus, we not only believe in cannabis’s potential to create a better and healthier life, but it’s ability to save lives, as well.
From mild to severe medical conditions, we believe cannabis can save lives in three ways: increasing relaxation and relieving pain, reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, and improving cognitive function.
Increases Relaxation and Relieves Pain
Cannabis is known to be a fantastic muscle relaxant and when the body relaxes, the brain follows. When our bodies experience pain or stress, our bodies release endocannabinoids which help calm the body. Cannabis contains cannabinoids, which look and act the same as the cannabinoids that our bodies make. This makes them excellent for attaching to cannabinoid receptors—relaxing the mind and body one receptor at a time.
There are many benefits to a relaxed mind and body, such as a reduction in inflammatory response, stress, and pain. And while science isn’t clear on how cannabis works to prevent and treat known diseases, many studies have found its relaxation properties to aid in reducing symptoms. Below is a list of conditions cannabis has been proven to help:
Reduces Depression & Anxiety
Traumatic events in our lives can leave us feeling anxious and depressed. But does cannabis improve symptoms of anxiety or depression? Or does it make it worse? Studies of cannabis have shown that cannabis can positively affect depression and anxiety. In a study done by Washington State University, which collected data from thousands of medical marijuana users found that depression symptoms were reduced in 89.3% of smoking sessions and anxiety was reduced in 93.5% of smoking sessions.
As we can see, cannabis is having a positive effect on depression and anxiety within users. Below are three examples of mental health issues that cannabis has been proven to help:
Improves Cognitive Function
Contrary to the “stoner” stereotype, Cannabis has been shown to have many positive cognitive effects. While short-term memory is temporarily stifled while high, creativity actually gets boosted. Researchers have found that participants in a study had better “verbal fluency” and could come up with different words when high.
This boost in creativity might be due to increase dopamine in the brain, which lowers inhibition and allows people to perceive things differently. Below, we can see cases of cannabis’s positive effects on conditions like Alzheimers, strokes, and brain injury—bolstering its case in its ability to heal the brain.