Medicine Box Monday: Meet Jill
Hi, I’m Jill. I’m the baker/web developer here at Medicine Box.
Growing up in Michigan, skiing was my favorite thing to do. I spent years as a children’s ski instructor and a few more years volunteering with the National Ski Patrol. I loved it, and snow still makes me happy every time it falls from the sky. In 2008, my life was drifting a bit. All I knew for sure was that I wanted to ski more, so I decided I’d try a winter in Tahoe. A friend invited me to sleep on his couch, so I packed my car and drove 2,200 miles west. That worked out well for me.
I spent that first winter working as a ski instructor, but I quickly learned that working in restaurants was a great way to support my ski habit. I was never a great line cook, but I loved baking. Eventually, I found people willing to pay me to bake cookies. If only five-year-old me had been able to see the future…
How Medicine Box Found Me
Working in restaurants actually led to my current position at Medicine Box. When our founder began putting the team together, he reached out to friends from his own time in the food and beverage industry. One of those friends was a chef I’d baked for. He reached out and asked me if I wanted to help open a new restaurant. I gave him an enthusiastic yes, so he passed along my phone number.
When Brian called me, there was no restaurant. Instead, he was transparent with me about the company he wanted to build and why he wanted to make edibles. It wasn’t what I expected, but I decided to meet him. The short version of our interview: I brought him snacks and he gave me a job. That was September 2015. After a few months working on the vision, we spent the next year doing product development and trying to find our niche in the cannabis world.
Before working at Medicine Box, I didn’t have much of a relationship with cannabis. My dad and siblings smoked on a regular basis, but I just never got into it. I took this job because I love baking and this seemed like an interesting new approach. I had a lot of catching up to do, so I started educating myself. That’s actually how our weekly news posts started — I just share the articles I find particularly interesting or helpful.
Eventually, I tried our products. (Voluntarily.) Once I start falling asleep within minutes instead of hours, it was obvious to me that there’s more to cannabis than just getting high. I still feel new to this industry, but I’m excited to see what we can do with the emerging science of terpenes and strain-specific approaches.
What I Do at Medicine Box
Working for a startup is interesting every single day. Making our energy bars and truffles is one of my main responsibilities, but Medicine Box has also given me a great opportunity to learn new skills. Where else could I spend time baking, developing the website, and writing for our blog? Every day is different and it’s exciting to help an idea turn into a company that understands cannabis from soil to oil.
Aside from working and skiing, I spend my time reading (history and science fiction, which are often quite similar), knitting, and going on ridiculously bad dates.
I’ll leave you with my favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies.