As Sol Flower’s cannabis delivery service accelerates into a neighborhood near you, it takes a dedicated team of logistics geniuses to make sure everything runs smoothly from the first order to the last. You already met the man leading up the operation, and now it’s time to introduce Robert Barrow, Delivery Operations and Logistics Assistant Manager.
Robert hails from the hippie haven border town of Bisbee, has a background in beer, and loves tinkering with cars until they go faster. Get to know this one-of-a-kind addition to the Sol Flower family:
What does a day at Sol Flower look like for you?
My goal here is to ensure the growth, development and success of our transportation and logistics department out of Sun City. All the time spent in logistics, hospitality, and transportation, dating back to my first distribution job for Budweiser in southern Arizona, has been building up to this moment. I always knew deep down that one day, I’d be able to utilize my knowledge and skill set in an industry that changes people’s lives for the better, and that's exactly what I’m doing everyday here.
Not too many people can claim they grew up in Bisbee. How was that experience?
Living in Bisbee, Arizona at 13 years old was quite a fascinating experience. I was accustomed to living in a much larger city, so to say it was culture shock to me would be a bit of an understatement. The town itself has a very progressive way of thinking and it was there that I was first exposed to the world of cannabis. Bisbee by nature is a border town, and I was always surrounded by a ton of illegal drugs - all of which were horrible and caused nothing but pain and addiction. I realized early on that cannabis was not even in the same category and should have never been lumped into these classes of drugs that provide zero medicinal value.
How did your upbringing shape your relationship with the plant and the industry?
I always knew about the medicinal benefits of the plant but I didn’t really become a strong advocate for it until I moved to Tucson for college. I started working with NORML, a local chapter for cannabis reform, setting up booths on college campuses, collecting signatures and selling merch through a contract with a local clothing company. From that point on I was infatuated with the cannabis industry. Breaking the stigma surrounding cannabis has been a long road, but looking back I’m glad it’s the road I chose to travel.
How have you personally used cannabis to help with symptom relief?
As a youth diagnosed with ADHD, I was always prescribed an exorbitant amount of medication, each carrying their own set of undesirable side effects. I’m grateful now that cannabis is the only form of medicine I need to manage my symptoms. I also enjoy that it alleviates the pain I experience from all the injuries I’ve sustained in the past. I never really knew how much it actually helped until I took a hiatus from medicating for a few months and realized just how painful everything was without it. I’m just glad that others are able to experience similar benefits from its use, as there’s always a strain out there specific to someone.
What are some of your passions outside the industry?
When I’m at home you can find me spending time with my family and wrenching on cars in the garage. I grew up working on muscle cars with my dad, and 20 years ago or so I ended up diving headfirst into the import scene. I’ve always had a passion for modifying cars and making them go faster than the factory intended. I’m currently working on a Nissan s13 drift build and my daily driver is a fully-tuned, 9th generation Honda Civic Si. I also collect period specific hot wheels cars which will inevitably end up collecting dust in storage bins for months at a time before I get around to hanging them up. My wife isn’t always the biggest fan of the clutter, but she supports my hobbies to the fullest extent.
Any preferred methods of cannabis consumption?
I’m pretty old school when it comes to consumption and in my honest opinion, nothing beats rolling up a good old fashion doobie. In recent days however, I’ve been trying to expand my horizons a bit, and I’m not at all opposed to using concentrates, edibles and extracts. The beautiful thing about the cannabis industry is that it’s always evolving into something new and exciting, so who knows how my consumption will change in the future.
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