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“I’d like to inspire a movement for more individuals to start growing vegetables, fruits, & other herbs” With Corey Dunson

If I could inspire a movement, I would inspire more individuals to start growing. Not just cannabis, but vegetables, fruits, & other herbs too (whatever you want to grow. Just grow!). I like to surround myself with things that are living/growing, and believe it or not, spending time in my garden has taught me a […]


If I could inspire a movement, I would inspire more individuals to start growing. Not just cannabis, but vegetables, fruits, & other herbs too (whatever you want to grow. Just grow!). I like to surround myself with things that are living/growing, and believe it or not, spending time in my garden has taught me a lot of life lessons… On top of that you get to control the quality of what you consume which I find to be a very rewarding process.


I had the pleasure of interviewing Corey Dunson. Corey is the Founder/Owner of Bouqé rolling papers, The Garden District, & GRDN Athletic Wear, Corey Dunson. A former collegiate athlete from the University of Georgia, A fitness professional located in the Nation’s capital, Corey Encourages people to stay fresh and live their best lives.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”? How did you first get into this business or get interested in the business?

No problem, Thank you for the opportunity! Having grown up in a household that valued holistic approaches to wellness, it was instinctive for me to source a natural remedy for the physical trauma and concussions I’ve endured as an athlete. The more I immersed myself in the cannabis culture, I fell in love with the experience that rolling papers provided. Inspired by the many entrepreneurs in my family, I was motivated to build a cannabis business that endorsed sparking responsibly, emphasized proper rolling etiquette, and most importantly upheld my core values.

Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that happened to you since you started your cannabis company?

Really everyday is something different. But I guess one that stands out the most was the conversation I had with my family about wanting to be involved in the cannabis industry. Thats always an interesting conversation lol. It was just funny to see the family members that were really for it (you know that one uncle you always suspected but wasn’t really sure) and funny to see the shocked look on the faces of other family members. The imagery is still funny to me.

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

Similar to high end designer goods, Bouqé delivers a premium offering to the paper market. It is our belief that the brand of paper you choose to roll with says a lot about “you” the smoker, and the Bouqé brand speaks to the refined smoker with a preference for flowers of a certain caliber.

A friend once told us that our packaging wasn’t bold enough and referenced an established competitor that has a much more bold approach to packaging Like the “ supreme clothing brand”. I simply explained to him that Bouqé’s taste is targeted towards those that steer away from Loud/bold trends. Instead, the quality of our product demands a slicker design that appreciates over time like Louis Vuitton. The analogy was so on point, the doubter was able to subscribe to the vision turning into a believer/ buyer.

Besides that, the people that are apart and collaborate with the Bouqé team have really helped us stand out. I think our energy is just different and people have taking a liken to it.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

While there is a stigma that surrounds the cannabis industry and the people associated with it are referred to as potheads and stoners, terms that are generally negative, I’m lucky to have an open-minded family that supports my dream. Having family, friends and fraternity brothers that champion my success means a great deal, especially when the day to day responsibilities of entrepreneurship can be challenging. We are also grateful for the D.C. /DMV cannabis scene. The community has been very welcoming and supportive of our efforts and we are proud to be apart of it. Most importantly, We have assembled a team of creatives, professionals, and thought starters who collaborate and push the brand to think outside of the box. Business is a team sport And when you love what you do, you never feel like you’re ‘working.’

I specifically remember this one conversation I had with my brother Jamaal while kicking it one day. It basically boiled down to “why not?” A top paper brands in the

cannabis market, Why not Bouqé? A brand that could appeal and represent our culture, Why not roll with Bouqé? A brand that could be in cool interviews like this, Why not Bouqé ? lol. That convo basically sparked another level of hustle and faith that has allowed us to grow. We keep saying “as long we continue to put in the work, why not Bouqé ?”

Are you working on any exciting projects now?

As a relatively new brand , we are excited about the organic momentum we’ve been able to maintain since inception. Weeks after launching Bouqé, we have hosted sold-out events as well as established relationships with multiple retailers in the DMV area. The upcoming rollout of our GROW THE REVOLUTION campaign, aimed to promote good-will in the community and celebrate cannabis user duality, has us buzzing with anticipation.

Can you share 3 things that most excite you about the Cannabis industry? Can you share 3 things that most concern you?

3 things that most excites me about the Cannabis industry.

1. Working in an emerging industry is exciting because there are a lot of newness. There’s alot of new solutions and blank spaces that need to be filled. I like challenges, and problem solving.

2. Now that the use of cannabis is becoming more mainstream, more and more

people are accepting and supportive of its use; this provides us with opportunities to shatter the negative stereotypes and stigmas.

3. I am also excited about the current culture that is surrounding the cannabis industry. Especially the arts.

3 things that most concern me about the Cannabis industry.

1. Big Business and the introduction of “fast food cannabis”, producing flowers only for the sake of profits, greatly reducing the quality.

2. Over indulging. The new legal market can be exciting, so I’m concerned about people over indulging. I truly believe in everything in moderation.

3. The politics surrounding the cannabis industry. I would hate for the politics to hinder an industry that seems to be very promising in a number of ways. There is alot of grey area and lack of congruency in the laws surrounding the industry which can be very confusing. -Just my thoughts.

Can you share your top “5 things you need to know in order to succeed in the Cannabis industry”? Please share a story for example for each.

1. Remain authentic to your brand as consumers can always tell when you’re faking the funk. Energy doesn’t lie.

2. You need to know and understand what your craft and role is. What do you have to offer, that the consumer would want. Once you figure that out, become a master at what you provide and the way that you provide it. (as an individual and as a brand, ask yourself how do you fit it).

3. You need to know how to be active and network in the real world. Although social media is a great tool, nothing beats interacting and making face to face impressions with the people in your industry. Get out and get to know your scene, how can you be apart of it if you don’t even know the players/influencers?

4. You need to know how to not be discouraged from hearing the word, “no.” I Hear a lot of that lol. Not everyone is going to see/ get the vision at first. But with Determination, flexibility and perseverance you’ll start to see some of those no’s turn into yeses.

5. Finding the right partners/teammates that share the same sense of business practices and values but come to the table with different skill sets that compliment you. Having a strong professional network is paramount. In our experience when people are passionate about what they do they are more successful. Where does your cannabis passion come from?

I consider myself a grower (sounds cooler than gardner lol). I grow different fruits and vegetables in my garden, so naturally the art and craft behind growing topshelf flowers is fascinating to me. Also, as a former collegiate football athlete I have suffered from a series of concussions and just physical trauma in general. Cannabis has been very beneficial in my healing process and I know it could help other athletes as well.

What are some cannabis industry pain points that you would like to see a solve for?

1. I would like to see the laws catch up. There is a lot of gray area that can be very confusing to both businesses and consumers. I would also like to see the cannabis industry treated the same way any other legal industry is treated. IE being able to work with banks and other infrastructures (I think it’s just safer that way).

2. I would like to see equal representation in terms of ownership in the industry.

Especially given the history behind the plant. 3. I would also like to see hemp become legal as well. You are a person of great influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂

If I could inspire a movement, I would inspire more individuals to start growing. Not just cannabis, but vegetables, fruits, & other herbs too (whatever you want to grow. Just grow!). I like to surround myself with things that are living/growing, and believe it or not, spending time in my garden has taught me a lot of life lessons… On top of that you get to control the quality of what you consume which I find to be a very rewarding process.

What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?

@rolling_bouqes @GRDN_Athletics @mygardendistrict @C_ToTha_K www.mygardendistrict.co

This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us! No problem 😉 Thank you for taking the time to roll with us!

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