Company Mission/Philosophy

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.

Founder's Vision

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.

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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

Leadership Team

Obie 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.

Jacques Habra

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.

Adam Wolf

Chief Operating Officer

Adam Wolf is an energetic, compassionate, and dynamic operations and sales executive with a proven track record of building high performing brands, companies, and teams. Adam spent the last several years bringing best-in-class practices to early-stage cannabis enterprises to help them scale and mature into global organizations. Adam joins Grown Rogue with 15 years of hands-on leadership experience across operations, logistics, supply-chain, sales, and revenue optimization in both large corporations and start-up ventures including The Wonderful Company, Hyatt and Hilton Hotels, and MarijuanaPackaging.com. Adam graduated at the top of his class at The George Washington University and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management where he received his MBA with a focus on strategy and operations.

Mike Johnston

Chief Financial Officer

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. 

Adam August

VP of Finance

Adam serves as the Financial leader for Grown Rogue. He previously spent over 15 years at Harry & David, a vertically-integrated multi-channel specialty food retailer where he held multiple roles with increasing levels of responsibility, ultimately serving as Vice President of Finance and Corporate Treasurer. Adam graduated with honors from Whitman College with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He also graduated at the top of his class when earning his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon.

Rob Rigg

VP of Marketing

Rob Rigg is an entrepreneurial modern marketing leader with a broad range of experience having worked with both start ups and Fortune 500 companies to propel growth by focusing on empowering and inspiring consumers. Rob joins Grown Rogue with over a decade of leadership in brand and product marketing, digital and social media management, strategic planning and consumer insights. He started his career with Goldman Sachs, before moving into the passion sports world where he founded and launched the innovative golf footwear company TRUE linkswear, and held various marketing and business leadership roles at Nike, TaylorMade, and Cannondale. Rob graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College.

Operations Team

Elizabeth Bobek

Head of Administration

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.

Sarah Strickler

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.

Mike Brady

Director of Sourcing

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.

Senior Advisors

Abhilash Patel

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.

Buck Jordan

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.

Stephen Gledhill

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.

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Outdoor Grow

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.

Manzanita Glen

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.

Trails End

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.

Indoor Grow

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.

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Please find some of our recent press below. To access our media assets, click here to download our .zip file of assets. For information on GR Media or to schedule an interview, please contact us at media@grownrogue.com

Grown Rogue executives double down on their strategy to increase the company’s market share on the West Coast

Grown Rogue is one of the most recognizable brands on the West Coast, with well-established cultivation and distribution operations in Oregon and California and plans to make even bigger headlines in 2019.

Oregon cannabis company says it wants to build ‘community’ in Humboldt County

A cannabis corporation with over 200 dispensaries in Oregon is making its way into Humboldt County, but the company’s chief strategy officer says he doesn’t want to displace any local businesses.

“We’re taking things slowly,” said Jacques Habra, whose company, Grown Rogue, has begun leasing property in Eureka. “Rather than opening shop to sell right away, we want to listen, ask questions and understand the environment.”

Midas Letter features Obie Strickler CEO Grown Rogue International Inc (CNSX:GRIN)

Obie Strickler shares insights on industry and future plans for company.

Grown Rogue Launches Edibles Line with World Renowned Chocolatier

Grown Rogue Launches Cannabis Edibles Line with Jeff Shepard, Edibles to be distributed in Oregon and California.

GrownRogue today announced a formal partnership with Jeff Shepherd, voted one of North America’s Top 10 Chocolatiers by Pastry Arts and Design to create a line of dark chocolate cannabis edibles.

Grown Rogue Launches 3.5g Nitrogen Sealed Cannabis Glass Jars to Guarantee Freshness

MEDFORD, OR, Dec. 3, 2018 /CNW/ – Grown Rogue International Inc. (CSE:GRIN) (“Grown Rogue” or the “Company“), announces the latest addition to its experience-branded cannabis product line, with the launch of 3.5g nitrogen sealed flower jars.

CFN Media Exclusive Executive Interview: Grown Rogue Goes Public

Grown Rogue International Inc. (CSE: GRIN) went public on November 26, 2018, following its reverse takeover of Novicius Corp. on November 16. The company is a premier vertically-integrated, multi-state brand specializing in “seed to experience” products, with an experienced management team, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, and a proprietary distribution platform featuring an exclusive partnership with Microsoft 365. CFN Media sat down with Chief Strategy Officer Jacques Habra to discuss the company’s approach to the legal cannabis market.

 

Grown Rogue Cycling Team

Lest you think this is Portland’s first direct commercial connection between cannabis and cycling, keep in mind that the Grown Rogue Cycling Team  boasts 25 full time racers and has been competing in Oregon Bicycle Racing Association events all year. Grown Rogue is a “seed to sale” cannabis company

 

Grown Rogue Vape Pen

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….

 

Why This Oregon Town Could Be the Next Napa

Ashland hosts a crop of shops serving up locally grown goods. Sarah Strickler, director of community relations at Grown Rogue, recommends Madrone Cannabis Club, where budtenders will help you find the strain that suits your fancy

 

Black Chem Diesel CO2 Cartridge by Grown Rogue

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.

Good Herb

June/July 2018

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)

Oregon's Grown Rogue aims to deliver a dialed-in cannabis experience

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.”

Overproduction of marijuana floods market

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.

Oregon Leaf Instagram

May 14, 2018

Featuring the ROGUE Experience Study

 

The Pre-Rolls: Nitrogen-sealed joints from Oregon’s Grown Rogue

April 20, 2018

The Pre-Rolls: Nitrogen-sealed joints from Oregon’s Grown Rogue. Which give off a small hiss after opening their glass tube, like tennis balls or soda. Only with super fresh, high-grade outdoor herb inside. And not, say, Tab. Grown Rogue


 

Portland Business Journal - Grown Rogue named 3rd Largest Cannabis Business

April 19, 2018

Fully integrated, seed-to-experience cannabis brand offering quality, consistency and customer service


 

DOPE Pre-Roll Review

April 10, 2018

 

 

 

Grown Rogue Introduces CO2 Cartridges

March 20, 2018

As a pioneer in developing cannabis products that provide consistent experiences to consumers, Grown Rogue is now making “The Right Experience” products available in CO2 oil cartridge form.

 

Cannabis Company Grown Rogue Unveils its
Seed-to-Experience Concept and Products

March 20, 2018

Founded in Oregon in 2016, cannabis company Grown Rogue is pushing the envelope on what a company in the marijuana industry should be. They are a business that is focused on the environment, the community and educating consumers about the cannabis plant.

 

Magnetic Magazine

March 16, 2018

Learn all about their seed-to-experience concept!

 

The Weed Blog

March 15, 2018

Grown Rogue, a fully integrated cannabis company out of Medford, Oregon with Clean Green Certified cannabis, is now launching a full line of cannabis experience products.

 

Marijuana Times Video Show

March 9, 2018

Marijuana Times’ Joe Klare interviews Obie Strickler about Grown Rogue.

 

Willamette Week

February 28, 2018

Medford’s Grown Rogue is the first farm in Oregon to tackle the Pre-Roll Problem by nixing air from the equation.

 

Not after the Cheech & Chong profile': Inside the normalization of cannabis marketing

February 16, 2018

Legal cannabis is projected to be a $21 billion market in the U.S. by 2021, and providers of recreational pot are gearing up for consumer demand.

 

OR Based Grown Rogue Introduces Nitrogen Sealed Pre-Roll Tube

February 15th, 2018

The only way to ensure that cannabis is packaged for retail void of any oxygen is to hermetically seal the container…

Cannabis Gifts For Valentine's Day

February 14th, 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.

3 Big Mistakes for Cannabis Investors in 2018

January 26th, 2018

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…

 

Cannabis Industry Leaders Talk About Future

January 26th, 2018

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…

Grown Rogue Introduces Nitrogen Sealed Pre-Roll Tube

January 11th, 2018

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…

Does Cannabis Belong in Bike Racing?

November 24th, 2017

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…

Cultivating Trust

As marijuana moves out of the shadows of the black market and the gray area of poorly-regulated dispensaries, consumers are increasingly paying attention to how their cannabis is grown. Like with produce, many health-conscious people want to know exactly what they’re ingesting…

Oregon Marijuana Company Tries to Grow Brand Through Cycling Sponsorship

December 12th, 2017

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…

My Ideal Cannabis Experience

July 30th, 2017

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…

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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:

Epileptic Seizure

Glaucoma

Arthritis

Multiple sclerosis 

Dravet’s Syndrome

Hepatitis C

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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:

 PTSD

 Eliminating Nightmares

 Schizophrenia

Opioid Addiction

Sleep Disorders

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.

Protects Brain from Concussion and Trauma

Prevents Alzheimer’s

Protects the Brain after a Stroke

Spinal Cord Injury

 

Citations

 1 https://www.epilepsy.com/learn/treating-seizures-and-epilepsy/other-treatment-approaches/medical-marijuana-and-epilepsy

2 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15258006

3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22048225

4 https://greatist.com/health/your-brain-on-marijuana

5 https://www.news.vcu.edu/article/Marijuana_and_its_receptor_protein_in_brain_control_epilepsy

6 https://www.nei.nih.gov/news/statements/marij

7 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3552517/

8 http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/324901

9 https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/medical-marijuana-2018011513085

10 https://journals.lww.com/eurojgh/Abstract/2006/10000/Cannabis_use_improves_retention_and_virological.5.aspx

11 https://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddisalvo/2018/04/24/how-do-marijuana-strains-and-doses-affect-depression-and-anxiety-a-new-study-looks-for-answers/1#794826482a1f

12 https://www.helpguide.org/articles/ptsd-trauma/ptsd-symptoms-self-help-treatment.htm

13 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19228182

14 https://www.psychiatrictimes.com/medical-marijuana-and-mental-health-cannabis-use-psychiatric-practice/page/0/1

15 https://www.rand.org/pubs/external_publications/EP67480.html

16 https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11920-017-0775-9

17 https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/psychology-masala/201204/cannabis-and-creativity

18 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25264643

19 https://www.scripps.edu/news-and-events/press-room/2006/080906.html

20 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604192/

21 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21915768