Born and raised in Alaska, where cannabis has been decriminalized since 1975, I was well aware of its medical benefits from an early age. My father suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, and I’ve seen first hand how cannabis has drastically improved his quality of life. This motivated me decades ago to begin helping connect patients with cannabis medicine and education. Bit wasn't until 2014, when voters legalized recreational/adult use, that the entire legal landscape in Alaska changed.
From right to left: Pocket Pot Kit creators Nick and Luann, with partners April and Bobby Black.
The following year, my lifelong best friend Theresa and I decided to become partners and open one of the nation’s first cannabis consumption clubs in downtown Anchorage—we called it Pot Luck Events. Over the next couple of years, the club became wildly successful—growing to a membership of over 10,000 people, many of whom were seriously ill patients who were new to cannabis and in need of some advice and guidance. To eliminate the guesswork and make things easier for them, we began putting together complete consumption kits for our patients. Before long, the kits became so popular that our friends, family, and industry affiliates began asking for them too. The seed for our dream had been planted.
Then in February 2017, my husband Nick and I attended the Hawaii Cannabis Expo in Honolulu. There, we met former High Times editor Bobby Black and his wife April, who were there promoting their new cannabis travel agency Higher Way Travel. We immediately hit it off—inviting them to spend a few days with us on the North Shore and beginning what would quickly become a meaningful friendship. Sadly, mere weeks after the expo, Theresa was diagnosed with stage four cancer, and after a very brief battle, passed away that April. Heartbroken, we made the decision to close the club and move to Hawaii to pursue our dream of creating our ultimate consumption kits for the rest of the world.
By 2019, after two years of research and preparation, we were finally ready to realize our vision. Considering their established skills, experience, and connections in the cannabis community (and the strong bond we’d all developed), we decided to bring April and Bobby on board as our new partners. In July 2019, we officially launched Pocket Pot Kit at the CHAMPS trade show in Las Vegas, and the response has been incredible ever since.
Living in paradise and watching our dreams become a reality, it’s no wonder I love going to work everyday. Driven by our deep respect for this plant, our planet, and its people, we’re making it our mission to simplify smoking for everyone by curating the highest quality, best functioning consumption kits possible at an affordable price. Mahalo for supporting us!
- Luann Wendt, Founder