Following Oregon’s legalization in 2015, Eldridge pivoted to writing about cannabis, fascinated by Portland’s cutting-edge science community, open-source innovations and deep grassroots activism, not to mention her own family’s colorful history with the plant. On that note, in 2016, she founded Prodigal Daughter, LLC as an outlet for creative ventures within the cannabis space.

She now writes a regular column for Civilized; and May 2019 will mark her third year as a Judge for Cultivation Classic, “the most scientifically rigorous cannabis event on the planet.” In the meantime, she’s currently organizing an exhibit in association with the nationally-renowned NIAD Art Center, opening March 2019, and made possible by a grant from the Steamboat Springs Arts Council.

Courtney Eldridge lives in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and Portland, Oregon