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About Samantha

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Hello there,


My name is Samantha Smith and I am a freelance writer, journalist, medical cannabis patient, and cannabis advocate. I currently live in South Haven, Michigan with my husband and our 2 dogs.


I earned my Bachelor's degree in Journalism with a double minor in Women and Gender Studies, and Advertising, in 2015 from Ball State University. During my time at Ball State, I wrote for The Ball State Daily News and a weekly blog called media matters.


In my junior and senior year of college, I was a Social Media Management intern for Hope for Women Magazine and an Organizational Development Intern for the University’s Women and Gender Studies Program, where I learned management skills and was able to express my creativity through promoting both outlets.


Prior to entering the cannabis industry, I was a journalist for The La Porte County Herald-Dispatch in Michigan City, IN, and The Harbor Country News in New Buffalo, MI. My beats included local politics, community events, and matters related to the Michigan City school system. 

From December 2017 until April 2022, I I held the title of Corporate Merchandising and Marketing Communications Manager for The Green Door. Currently, The Green Door has 5 storefronts in Michigan. 

I was first introduced to cannabis in 2013 after my father, who was a caregiver at the time, approached me about becoming a medical cannabis patient to help treat my epilepsy, anxiety, and chronic pain. Amazed by what cannabis could do for me, I decided to make a career shift in 2017 when my parents opened the first Green Door location in Bangor, Michigan, where I started out as a budtender. Cannabis also helped me while trying to manage a rare digestive disorder I developed in my mid-twenties. 

I credit my professional involvement in the cannabis industry to my family. In addition to opening The Green Door, they also opened Pure Michigan Growers, a 12,000 square-foot, class A, grow facility, in 2018. Both companies are vertically integrated.

As the Corporate Merchandising and Marketing Communications Manager for The Green Door, my duties included acting as the head of the corporate marketing division, creating advertising content and materials for all advertising platforms, managing and ordering incoming merchandise for all Green Door locations and acting as the voice over artist for all Green Door radio commercials. Until March 2021, I was also the Assistant Hiring Manager for Pure Michigan Growers.

Outside of the cannabis industry, I enjoy spending time with my dogs, Ringo and Cooper. I also own a cottage food business, Tranquil Tummy Confections, which focuses on creating dietary sensitive baked goods— a passion that stemmed from dealing with my digestive disorder before it went into remission. I also enjoy spending summer days at the beach, scrapbooking, traveling, and having a good cup of coffee. I can be found on Instagram at @sammyliz92 or on LinkedIn. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you enjoy exploring all of what I have to offer. 

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What I Do

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Writing and journalism are my passions. From newspapers to online media outlets, check out my library of work from my time as a local news, and freelance, journalist. 


Voiceover Work

Four years ago I started voicing radio commercials and I have fallen in love with it! Looking for a clear and concise voice for your next commercial? Give me a buzz! 


Clearing The Smoke: True Stories from Medical Cannabis Patients 

In this blog series, I interview people from all over the country who partake in cannabis use for a variety of medical conditions as well as cover topics about cannabis-related history, politics and culture.

Interview Highlights

Story Highlights

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