Cannabis Conversations with Parents: What Was Your First High Like?

Whether they smoked pot in high school or recently began using medical marijuana to soothe their pain, many parents have their own experiences with cannabis. The question is — did those first highs begin a lifelong relationship with the plant, or scare them away from it? And would they want a similar experience for their own children? 

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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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