Cannabis Conversations with Parents: What Was Cannabis Like When You Were a Kid?

Cannabis has come a long way since your parents were kids. Before it used to be stems and seeds in a dime bag, now as one parent put it, the options are like an entire "Whole Foods worth of weed." From the time when "every strain was the good stuff," now we have options from edibles and tinctures, to capsules and pre-rolls, each specifically dosed out. 

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Few other entrepreneurs in the cannabis space have their hands in quite as many ventures as Lorne Gertner. Currently dubbed the "godfather of the Canadian cannabis industry," Gertner told Civilized, "If we could live through normalization, we could change the world." Hailing from the fashion industry, this Toronto native says he's on a mission to "make the world a better place through cannabis and design excellence." The only catch is, well, normalizing cannabis — and that's where Gertner's keen eye for style comes in. "In the old days, you were going to be different or you were going to be normal," said Thom Antonio, Gertner's friend, creative director, and collaborator of 35 years.

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