Interview with new Celebrate Cannabis Board Member Taylor Du Mond, Owner, and Chef at Delta 9 Confections.
Taylor is the founder and owner at Delta 9 Confections, a local edible and beverage company that specializes in a classic line of nostalgic type products that are all handmade and baked with love in Bend Oregon and we are so lucky to have him on the Celebrate Cannabis Board.
What was your motivation for starting Delta 9 Confections in Central Oregon?
It all started years ago for medical patients; my father passed away from cancer about 8 years ago and cannabis and edibles really helped him with pain and quality of life to the end. After that, I continued to make edibles for local medical OMMP dispensaries and that is what eventually became our current local company, Delta 9 Confections, in 2015 in Bend Oregon. My family and I love living in Central Oregon because it has the best of all worlds. Bend is not too small, not too big. Everything we look for in a home is here in Central Oregon; mountains, lakes, outdoor activities and beautiful weather all summer. Skiing and snow sports in winter, and of course the mecca of craft beer and cannabis. Central Oregon is special to me because it is home, it’s where I live, work and raise my family.
Where do you see the edible industry going?
The edible industry is big and I believe it will continue to grow at a rapid rate. With forms of ingesting Cannabis outside of inhalation, there are lots of options for eating, sublingual applications, beverages, etc. that provide a healthy alternative to smoking or inhaling cannabis. There will always be some craft products available in terms of edibles and beverages in but my opinion when it eventually goes legal nationwide or worldwide, unfortunately, I see it moving to the regular food industry now; vast options of over processed, mass-produced food items that are made by some of the largest companies on earth.
What keep you committed to your craft and to Central Oregon?
Seeing the way the cannabis space is changing keeps me very dedicated to my craft; outside investors and big money, jumping into the space with low price points and low-quality products that are mass-produced, is hard for me to see. Born and raised in Oregon, I am happy and proud to be a local, small family owned and operated business. There is always room for craft cannabis companies, especially in a place like Oregon. I always support local, support small business, I am a firm believer in anti-corporate cannabis.