bill monroe (the founder of honestly) became a patient in michigan’s medical marijuana program in 2008, then dropped out of college to pursue an entrepreneurial path that included a canna-business as a caregiver and later a cannabis cultivation consultant. at 15 years old, bill suffered a snowmobile accident that left him bedridden for four months with two broken arms, a broken leg, a shattered ankle, four broken ribs, a punctured lung and a contusion on his heart. cannabis and hemp products helped manage his long-lasting pain and stiffness, and he currently has no residual issues. with an agricultural upbringing in michigan, bill had a vision for clean, sustainable cannabis agriculture, and moved west to colorado to work with commercial cannabis cultivators. in 2014, bill was introduced to industrial hemp and cultivated his first crop in partnership with a cattle farm research project. at this time, he was also co-founder and organizer of cannabis/hemp conferences and trade shows, helping to spread education and awareness of the budding industry. from that first hemp crop, bill continued his focus in the hemp industry before starting his own honest hemp company in 2015, which is now named monroe’s honest hemp company.