Native Cultivations, LLC was officially founded in November 2018 by Marc and Toni Shananaquet, an enterprising and highly driven married couple who see an opportunity to grow, process, and sell the very best Cannabis and Hemp-derived CBD products. This open-minded couple first became involved with the Cannabis Industry by becoming registered caregivers under the original Michigan Medical Marihuana Act (MMMA). Toni’s mom has degenerative bone disease, which required intensive medical treatments. Her mom was the primary impetus for registering as caregivers, since she made the commitment that Cannabis would be helpful for her treatment purposes. Under the MMMA, Toni’s mom was able to see success in pain management through cannabis.
Marc and Toni produced a tincture that contained THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid), which is the non-decarboxylated version of THC, the main component in Cannabis that causes a “high.” As a result of this treatment, Toni’s mom was able to stop taking the blood pressure medication she once needed, as well as replace her bone-related treatments entirely with cannabis. They also helped Toni's nephew treat his chronic digestive issues with the appropriate Cannabis products. They saw the incredibly positive effects, continued to study Cannabis as a medicinal product, and attended a variety of seminars. Eventually, attending seminars led to opportunities to speak at these seminars, which is how they became the industry experts they are today.
For Marc and Toni, education was a key aspect to entering the industry, which is why they are so passionate about education related to Cannabis and Hemp. Toni volunteered for MILegalize, which has been instrumental in not only passing key ballot initiatives like the MMMA and Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act (MRTMA), but has also helped advocate for reforms and build the Michigan Cannabis Industry.
Today, their passion for Industrial Hemp products, advocacy, and education continues. Native Cultivations is hard at work with product development, creating a line of topical products made with CBD and emu oil. Helping others and spreading the incredible benefits of Industrial Hemp are clearly an important part of life for Marc and Toni, which is what led them to start Native Cultivations.