Chris Ester Vegas
Photo Courtesy: 1933 Industries
Warren Bobrow=WB: Where are you from? When you were a child, what was your ambition? Why did you take this path?
Chris Rebentisch=CR: I’m from Las Vegas, Nevada. When I was growing up I wanted to be a judge. I thought I would be good at handing down creative sentences. I actually ended up on the other side of the judge’s desk, however, due to my interest in and passion for the cannabis plant. I wasn’t any good at school; I didn’t learn the same way everyone else learned. And the education system I grew up in didn’t exactly equip teachers with the tools or a curriculum that helped children with different learning styles succeed. It wasn’t until my mid 20s when I found out how I learned the best and, by then, traditional education was behind me. And you need a traditional education to wear the robe and hold the gavel.
As for how I ended up as a professional in the cannabis industry, I always was attracted to the plant. I started cultivating cannabis quite early—I grew my first plant at age 14. My parents found it, though, and attempted to put a stop to my newfound hobby. In turn, I got smart about where to grow the plants—I’d often plant them on the side of my house or at my friends’ houses. I’ve always been fascinated by the culture surrounding cannabis and even the illegality of cultivating it. At that age, it was such a rush to be doing something I wasn’t supposed to be doing. And even though a lot about cannabis has changed since then—namely, the legalization of cannabis in several states across the country, including right here in Nevada—I still have the same fascination as that curious 14-year old. I took a break from cultivating in my early 20s, but then got right back into it—and much more seriously than before. I started cultivating continuously around 2009, experimenting with different strains and especially noticing the different attributes CBD-dominant strains had. It also was a treat to see people benefit from the plants I was growing. Basically, at that point, I was hooked. Natural wellness is what I wanted to focus my life’s work on.
WB: How do you explain what you do to someone from the east coast. For example: stigmas. How do you deal with them?
CR: I believe