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WIRE: Vela and Village Concepts host Cannabis 101 tour for Seattle seniors

SEATTLE — Vela, a premium cannabis retailer, and Village Concepts, a family-owned business helping seniors thrive in a retirement community, hosted a groundbreaking cannabis 101 tour for seniors on Thursday, March 16, 2017.

Seniors from Sound Vista Village discovered both cannabis’ therapeutic and recreational purposes, consumption methods, strain effect differences and a primer on laws in Washington state.

“Our communities have expressed curiosity about marijuana,” said Tracy Willis, Director of Corporate Development. “With our Village Concepts University initiative, we hope to deliver answers and recontextualize alternative therapies for generations taught that cannabis was taboo.”

Research from the University of Washington’s ADAI shows pot use by older Americans is rising. For Washingtonians over 65, the proportion consuming pot in the previous month increased from 0.9 percent in 2011 to 2.4 percent in 2014.

Erin Green, Vela Operations Director, and John Ulrey, resident cannabis expert, opened the session in front of Field Day’s indoor grow operation, demystifying plant anatomy, different strains of hemp and cannabis, THC and CBD.

Anthony Dalton, Suncliff’s lab manager, unraveled the extraction process and distributed terpene vials to sniff, like glasses of fine wine.

Elena Mishko, Vela guide, assisted seniors as they perused flower, vaporizers, edibles, tinctures, topicals and pet-friendly products.

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About Vela:

Vela, a premium cannabis retailer, elevates recreational and medicinal experiences through curating personalized journeys for guests. The space welcomes first-time explorers and regular purveyors as Vela’s expert guides help guests make personal cannabis choices using the Vela SpectrumTM. The unique facility in which three separate businesses share a corridor allows guests to see the various stages of cannabis product production, growth, extraction, finishing and sale.

About Village Concepts:

Since 1975, Village Concepts owns and operates residential and assisted living communities throughout Washington State and provides property management and consulting services for assisted living communities. Village Concepts is a third-generation family-owned business, drawing upon 40 years of experience providing personalized care to over 1,400 residents in 16 senior living communities throughout Puget Sound, the Olympic Peninsula and Central Washington. Each community encourages residents to “bring retirement to life” by providing personalized care, fostering new relationships and encouraging independence.


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