For Clement Kwan, cultivating cannabis is a luxury.
The childhood gardener first developed an interest in growing marijuana as a college student. But it was after years of working in tech mergers and acquisitions and then in the luxury fashion world—for companies including Theory, Diesel, Dolce & Gabbana and and YOOX/Net-a-Porter—that he finally found his calling: weed.
Growing up, Kwan’s business partner, Scott Campbell, watched his mother battle cancer. His grandmother helped take care of her in part by baking what he later realized were pot brownies. Ultimately, he and Kwan bonded over this sense of marijuana’s wellness power and founded Beboe, a company that creates and disseminates luxurious cannabis products. For now, offerings an include a concierge service, as well as pre-filled vaporizers and cannabis pastilles with intricate rose gold packaging.
Here, Kwan explains why cannabis can benefit us all. (So, put that in your pipe and smoke it.)
Live The Process: What was your relationship to cannabis before getting involved with Beboe?
Clement Kwan: Ever since I was a child, I loved to garden and was really good at it. So, when I was in college and hippie in Berkeley asked if I wanted to learn how to cultivate cannabis, I jumped at the chance. I did it for my love of gardening, but I was able to finance my education through it, as well.
I cultivated for my entire time at UC Davis/Berkeley and had to stop when I was offered a job as an investment banker doing technology mergers and acquisitions in Silicon Valley. I was heartbroken, but had an inkling that I’d come full circle back to it at some point in my life.
To be honest, the concept of legalization—à la the end of Prohibition—didn’t cross my mind. What I was driven by was passion for cultivation, financial survival and graduating (and not having my mother find out about my extracurricular activities).
LTP: Why is it important, in your opinion, that marijuana be legalized?
CK: The end of Prohibition and the federal legalization of cannabis will be important as it will allow for formal, federally-funded research to commence. That will help unlock information about the medicinal and wellness aspects of the plant. Legalization will also further attract top talent and become a legitimate career choice in the future, creating a new potential avenue for jobs.
LTP: How did you come to launch Beboe?
CK: Scott and I built Beboe for ourselves and our friends. We wanted something lower-dosed, but of the highest quality, and packaged in a way that reflects brands in the luxury world. We envisioned something that would attract the new, more sophisticated customer, who we knew from within the fashion and art worlds. The hope is that our product can be a soapbox for our advocacy.
LTP: Aside from Beboe itself or smoking pot, do you have wellness rituals or obsessions that keep you feeling balanced?
CK: Practicing Transcendental Meditation (or TM), boxing and keeping an inch of space between every one of my hangers in my closet.
LTP: What does happiness look like to you?
CK: After a few years as a banker and fifteen years in the fashion and luxury world, happiness looks like working with cannabis and following a passion. It’s been 20 plus years in the making.
LTP: What does it mean to you to “Live The Process” and how can we all do that more each day?
CK: Living the process means being scared shitless, but never doubting yourself on the journey.