There are few signs of success as impressive as the ability to be recognized merely by your first name. As evidence, look no further than Sailene, who’s been a folk hero in Venice, CA, and, as the cannabis world matures, to its emerging culture.
As queen of Abbot Kinney since the mid-90s, when she managed Abbot’s Habit, the legendary hub of the local community, she was a public figure with a secret life. In addition to the coffee shop, for those in the know, she ran the equally legendary (no-name) delivery service, which kept the locals supplied with their favorite herb.
As legalization and normalization progressed, Sailene emerged out of the green closest as one of cannabis’ most trusted advocates. Never losing sight of her sense of mission and love for the plant, she branched out in a variety of ventures. The web series, Smoke in the Kitchen with Mama Sailene, introduced her love of food, cannabis, and entertaining to an international audience. Her upscale pop-up events and private parties for the likes of P. Diddy, proved that cannabis-enhanced social gatherings could be as elegant as they were fun. Her support of charitable and political organizations such as the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force, California Cannabis Advocates, Mexican and Northern California Disaster Relief has made her a fixture at community meetings and demonstrations. And her work with the exploding Ganja Goddess Getaways, a series of women’s empowerment retreats, has become the coveted golden ticket in cannabis circles.
Throughout her career, reflecting the reverence for the plant that she so loves, she has operated with integrity, grace, gratitude, and humor. Which perhaps explains why there is only one Sailene, and why sometimes, one word is really all you need to say.