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Meet Shun Jefferson of SkyHigh Club; The Forgotten Ones in South LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Shun Jefferson.

Shun, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in South LA in the 80’s. My parents were both addicts and unfortunately I was placed into the system at only three days old and never had the opportunity to meet them before they died. Despite my foster homes being less than stellar and quite traumatic for the most part I remained focused and eventually went to college once I aged out of the system at 17.

I received my degree in Criminal Justice and life wasn’t perfect but it was good enough until I got a DUI and reckless driving which ultimately derailed me for approximately for four years while I was engaged in the system. I was eventually able to get my case “expunged” and used my second chance to do good rather than repeat the same toxic behavior. I started working in a law firm and in my spare time, I offer free landlord-tenant help and guide people with a criminal background through the process of expungement and/or obtaining a certificate of rehabilitation.

About six years ago two unlikely people met, connected and realized they had more in common than they would have ever imagined. They had similar childhood backgrounds and shared in the same struggles and experiences throughout their life and that bonded them in a sibling style friendship. Kevin had worked his way into developing a long-standing working relationship with an art dealer with whom he worked with for over ten years, while Shun had forged a legal career with over ten years of experience. After years of individual mild success the pair realized that the only way to truly become successful in the way they had always dreamed was to own their own business. Kevin had a concept for wanting to own and operate a company he could call his own. He had a desire but no vision or concept and Shun wanted the same. The pair wanted to become entrepreneurs and knew that it was time to finally take the leap into and operating their first business.

We did not just want to start any ordinary business. We wanted to create a long-standing brand that provides endless opportunities to a wide range of clients. One day after eating a harsh, unsweetened bitter cannabis-infused brownie, we knew that we could do better. Why not? We had the experience, if not more, than the average edible baker and/or cannabis infuser. We did not just want to make edibles; we did not want to just get people high and watch them have a terrible “trip”; we did not just want to make money without any regard for the client. We wanted to be able to provide an opportunity where none existed by putting the power back into the hands of the client.

SkyHigh CLUB has far exceeded our expectations in creating a limitless world of possibilities for our clients who prefer alternative methods of medicating. Our products allow any person to create a world that works for them. It allows our clients to create a world where they control their fate and they can birth a world of beautiful edible food items.

Because of the success of our cannabutter & kannaoil we’ve expanded our brand to include SkyHigh Body Cream (scented for men & women) & SkyHigh Body Wash. The cream and body wash allows for direct healing and relief on ailing muscles, muscle ligaments, headaches and migraines, and helps reduce surgery scars, reduce inflammation, amongst other things at a much quicker rate. Our goal is provide a safe, healthy alternative methods to smoking cannabis for those who never thought it was possible. We are unique in that we provide medical prices but PPO services. We understand that everyone is not able to afford alternative medications, so by reducing our packing costs and offering other incentives we are able to have the lowest yet best quality products on the market.

Throughout our childhood because we were children of color born to parents who chose not to parent in a system where we meant to be forgotten and beat the odds, we wanted to create a company that recognizes others whoever felt left out, discounted, undervalued or just plain…FORGOTTEN. Hence, The Forgotten Ones. The Forgotten Ones are often the most discounted but most valuable person on the team. We want to shine a light to show people you don’t have to become what THEY want you to become. We will be releasing a clothing line soon along with a few charitable links for provide funding for children who are going to back to school, amongst other things.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Starting a company from scratch with no money is always difficult. The reality is that the passing of the California Cannabis Law was never to benefit small urban business owners like SkyHigh CLUB.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
We did not just want to start any ordinary business. We wanted to create a long-standing brand that provides endless opportunities to a wide range of clients. One day after eating a harsh, unsweetened bitter cannabis infused brownie, we knew that we could do better. Why not? We had the experience, if not more, than the average edible baker and/or cannabis infuser. We did not just want to make edibles; we did not want to just get people high and watch them have a terrible “trip”; we did not just want to make money without any regard for the client. We wanted to be able to provide an opportunity where none existed by putting the power back into the hands of the client.

SkyHigh CLUB has far exceeded our expectations in creating a limitless world of possibilities for our clients who prefer alternative methods of medicating. Our products allow any person to create a world that works for them. It allows our clients to create a world where they control their fate and they can birth a world of beautiful edible food items.

What were you like growing up?
Children like me growing up in foster care in Los Angeles County in the 90s, our story was already written. We weren’t expected to be much more than a stereotypical statistic. I wasn’t afforded many things because I grew up in foster. Unfortunate circumstances happened and I was fortunate to be able to spend my high school years at a much better high school where education was a primary focus but that didn’t help my home life. The foster care system needs a major reform and we really need to take a closer look at families we “allow” to foster the future.

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