When we look back at that paths that our lives have taken, rarely have we ended up exactly where we had envisioned. For better or worse, life is full of uncertainties that have a way of creating new chapters so vastly different than the last that we can look back and not recognize the person we once were. Jessica VerSteeg’s move into the cannabis industry is one such story.
Jessica grew up in a small town, eventually became Miss Iowa, and finally met the man she thought she could be with forever, New York Giants safety, Tyler Sash. Then everything changed. “I ended up in the hospital. I asked myself “How did this happen?” “How did the person I love, I was Miss Iowa, he was a super bowl champ. How did we end up in this position and why am I here?” VerSteeg explains, with a shaking voice that reveals the sorrow that is still palpable. Sash’s violent and aggressive outbursts (that after his death were attributed to the extraordinarily high level of CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) lead to VerSteeg’s hospital stay and the end of their relationship. In a bit of a depression VerSteeg removed herself from the situation stating that, “I kind of ran away to San Francisco.”
During VerSteeg’s stay at the hospital she researched ways in which she could help Sash get off of the painkillers that she attributed his outbursts to and marijuana came up as a medicinal replacement option. It wasn’t until her move to San Francisco that things really began to come to fruition. VerSteeg though to herself, “Wow, these women are so responsible. One girl is a lawyer and she’s working every day and she’s able to medicate this way,” VerSteeg says explaining her excitement at how conventional cannabis use was not only normalized and accepted but something that she could relate to.