The work at Beak & Skiff never stops. Whether it’s bottling homemade cold brew coffee or harvesting tens of thousands of apples, it’s a family business that only continues to grow.
Now, owners are expanding that growth into a new industry — tapping into cannabis.
With one acre of marijuana already grown and a 15,000-square-foot processing facility on the way, sister company Gen V is ready for the next step.
“It’s been a really fun business, and part of the challenge has been convincing everyone why we should do it, why it makes sense, why it’s different and finally, why it’s acceptable,” said Eddie Brennan, owner of Beak & Skiff. “And we’ve kind of crossed all those barriers with a lot of the people here. It’s just been a lot of fun learning about the supply chain, helping grow it and then really understanding how it can help people.”
But growers like Brennan are facing the same challenges other farmers across the state are dealing with — uncertainty.
Gen V, the Beak & Skiff sister company, cannot ship its cannabis anywhere, since dispensaries haven’t been given the right to open in the state. And it’s still unclear when it’ll get the green light.
“We’ve heard anywhere from November to the first quarter of next year, so everybody’s really waiting for that. Everybody needs the dispensaries to open to really pull the supply chain forward, and that’s what we’re all excited about,” said Brennan.
Gen V produces THC drinks, vapes and edibles. Brennan hopes to change the perception around cannabis.
“There’s this stigma around cannabis that it’s addictive or it’s harmful to people, and what I say is try cannabis, not opioids, and really learn about it, learn about how it can help you, whether that’s with sleep, with anxiety or really just integrating it into your life,” he said.
Brennan hopes our region won’t have to wait much longer to begin purchasing his products across the state.
State law presently prohibits growers from shipping cannabis to other states.