S T O P   &   S M E L L   T H E   R O S E S



Stop & Smell The Roses is one of the first hemp-based wellness centres in Ontario. We’re dedicated to ending the negative stigma around the cannabis industry and educating people on the many benefits of hemp-based wellness products like CBD.

Cody started Stop & Smell the Roses when he was 22 years old. The company started as an online franchise that Cody managed from his Toronto apartment, and has now grown into 4 successful brick and mortar stores and employs over 20 people around Ontario.


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C O D Y   C O U L S O N
Founder / Consultation Specialist

When Cody was 18 he had his first grand mal seizure. Shortly after, he was diagnosed with epilepsy and prescribed a series of daily prescription drugs. Almost immediately, he began experiencing cold sweats, insomnia and a severe loss of his emotions. Cody decided to quit his prescription and try CBD.

The side effects of stopping his previous prescription and starting CBD were incomparable. CBD allowed Cody not only to rid himself of the negative side effects associated with his previous prescriptions, but also from having to take further prescriptions his doctors had prescribed to minimize those negative side effects.

Thrilled with his success with CBD, Cody decided to share his story throughout different communities. The more he shared, the more he noticed a need for CBD products and a lack of access. At 23 years old, Cody now holds a Plant Production and Facility Management Diploma from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. He has also written and published multiple papers on CBD and has founded his own businesses, Stop & Smell the Roses, Coulson Canadian Glassware and Coulson’s Cannabis.


C A S S I E   B E R B E R I C H 
Chief Executive Officer / Management, Hanover Location

Cassie is passionate about helping people learn and understand the benefits of industrial hemp. In fact, she went from being totally against the cannabis industry to someone who is passionate about the benefits it can provide! After seeing first-hand how CBD helped her son (and our Founder) manage Epilepsy, she made it her mission to ensure everyone else could have the same access to both information and product. Now, Cassie is Cody’s “right hand” – she handles accounting, manages our franchises and runs our Hanover location.


K U R T I S   O H M
Chief Operations Officer

Kurtis has been following the cannabis market for years and has always wanted to get involved in spreading positive awareness about the industry and its health benefits. Stop & Smell The Roses has turned Kurtis’ dream into a reality – as soon as he heard about the company, he was onboard with no hesitation. Now, he helps with all SASTR operations and is eager to help the company grow.


A N D R E W   C A T I O N
Chief Operations Officer

Andrew has always wanted to revolutionize hemp, but he didn’t know exactly how until he was introduced to SASTR. After learning more about the company and its values, he saw potential for something amazing that he was eager to be part of. Now, Andrew helps oversee all company operations, making sure progress is going smoothly and growth is on track.


G I L L I A N   M I C H E L 
Management, Port Elgin Location

Gillian speaks with customers in store about their ailments and which CBD solution is best for them. Gillian studied Health Sciences and has always been passionate about the healthcare industry, but when she discovered the many benefits of CBD, she knew she had to get involved! You can find her in our Port Elgin and Hanover stores – feel free to approach her at any time, she would love to help!


S H E L B Y   A N D R E W S
Director, Branding and Marketing

Shelby is dedicated to spreading positive awareness through branding and marketing. She believes in the power of communication and is thrilled to have an opportunity to educate and inform the public on the benefits of CBD. Shelby uses CBD for joint pain and has seen how quickly and effectively the product changed her lifestyle for the better.

Please send all media, sponsorship or advertising inquiries directly to Shelby at sandrews@sastr.ca


B R E T T   C O U L S O N
Product Delivery Manager

Brett has experienced first-hand the benefits of CBD through his brother’s Epilepsy and his own anxiety. Now, he’s excited to educate as many people as possible and show the world that there is hope in CBD. Brett handles all day-to-day management in our stores.


A B B E Y   C O T T R E L L 
Co-Owner, Owen Sound Location

Abbey has had a passion for the cannabis industry and its many benefits for years, often wondering how to share that passion with the world. Suffering from anxiety and depression, she has first hand experience of what CBD can do for the brain and body! As Co-Owner of our Owen Sound location, she is thrilled to be able to aid people every day and find the comfort they need.

B E N   C O T T R E L L 
Co-Owner, Owen Sound Location

Ben is passionate about the cannabis industry, as well as helping others, but never knew how to translate it into a profession. CBD has given Ben the perfect opportunity to combine his two passions. As Co-Owner of our Owen Sound location, Ben has had the opportunity to speak with many different customers and has quickly felt how rewarding it is to see the difference CBD can make.


S A M A N T H A   S M I T H 
CBD Expert, Customer Service / Consultation Specialist

Samantha is passionate about health, nature and how the two go hand in hand. She has always relied on alternative medicines where possible. Through her journey with Stop & Smell The Roses, she has found it incredibly rewarding to see firsthand the difference CBD has made for so many people in our stores! Samantha speaks with customers in store about their ailments and which CBD solution is best for them. She also spends time doing industry research and sharing her knowledge with the rest of the team.