Mary and Patrick Ersig can best be described as serial entrepreneurs and passionate philanthropists. Born and raised in Michigan, the Ersigs have a long history of caretaking. Before they packed up their three kids to make the cross-country move to California, Mary and Patrick could be found on the streets of inner-city Detroit feeding the homeless and providing meals and clothes to those in need.
Mary and Patrick Ersig love Southern California and their love for the ocean led them to pack up the kids and make the move out west. The Ersig’s California journey began with their work on LA’s Skid Row, running a homeless shelter called The Jonah Project for seven years. It was during that time that they realized the power of cannabis as medicine. After the unfortunate closure of their facility, the Ersigs left their nonprofit roles to produce a line of cannabis products for medical cannabis patients.
As they began expanding their medical cannabis company into a recreational brand, they knew that the ocean would be a part of that brand. At first, it was simply the logo. But Mary and Patrick soon realized that they could use their philanthropic background to create a more socially conscious cannabis brand. They wanted to do their part to rid the world’s oceans of plastics and decided to make recycled plastic a central theme of their brand Ocean Cannabis Company.
Ocean Cannabis Company is a family-run business and the Ersig family is a force to be reckoned with. Today, Mary and Patrick work alongside their adult children to build Ocean Cannabis Company into a world-class brand that builds customer loyalty through social and environmental consciousness and an initiative to clean the ocean.
Ocean Cannabis Company offers a full line of premium cannabis products including vapes and disposables, concentrates, and pre-rolls available in licensed dispensaries throughout California. By sourcing its product packaging from 100% reclaimed and recycled ocean plastic, each purchase of an Ocean Cannabis product recovers the equivalent of 15 straws or one water bottle’s worth of reclaimed plastic from our oceans. The Ersig’s goal is to remove over 10 tons of plastic from the ocean this year. It is the hope of Ocean Cannabis Company to “smoke the ocean clean, one joint at a time.”