Crew Leader & Founder
Ben Owens began his cannabis career during his undergraduate years at the University of Missouri – Columbia with the help of a few friends, a blunt wrap, and a gram of ganja. Graduating with a Masters and Bachelor’s in Strategic Communication & Journalism, Owens’ focus has been on integrating the professionalism and high standards of the advertising and journalism industries into the cannabis and counter culture realm. Owens founded CannaVenture® in March 2016 as the merger between two of his utmost passions: the outdoors and cannabis.
Dustin Sweden began his cannabis career in the heart of Mesa, Arizona. Eventually migrating to Colorado, Dustin began a passionate career in cannabis, working tirelessly to showcase his ability to be a productive, enthusiastic cannabis professional as the Lead Budtender for Sweetleaf Cannabis. Sweden met Owens at the second CannaVenture in 2016 and has since attended or staffed almost every event. You can typically find him with a footlong blunt or joint or wood-burning one of his custom wood rolling trays by hand.
Nick Sierra began his cannabis career lost amidst the rolling hills and plateaus of Texas. While roaming, he stumbled upon a few good companions, an associates in Manufacturing, and a voracious love of nature. In order to further his education and become a Roaming Earth Architect, Nick moved to Colorado in 2019. Owens and Sweden working to create a fun bright world of bliss welcomed Nick in. Most days he is near a tree with his wizards pipe or researching and designing off-grid micro ecosystems.