ON A MISSION TO UNITE THE TRIBES OF AMERICA

NATIVE AMERICAN OWNED CANNABIS COMPANY

Refined Processes is a Native American-owned cannabis manufacturing and distribution company based on California's pristine Santa Ysabel Reservation.* Thanks to our partnership with Prodigy Extraction, our state-of-the-art BHO extraction facility will be the first EU GMP FDA cGMP compliant cannabis extraction laboratory in the United States. We are positioned to produce the highest quality, pharmaceutical-grade cannabis and hemp products at an unrivaled processing rate. 

We are deeply committed to enriching and protecting the sovereign tribal cannabis economy. We do this by serving as America's number one provider of high-quality cannabis and hemp products for all sovereign tribal nations and offering our experience and insight as advisors for the progressing legislation.

We bring over 20 years of combined professional experience as licensed cannabis operators in the California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC)-regulated market.

Our mission is to unite the tribes of America. Our goal is to be the first vertically integrated Native American-owned cannabis company that paves the way for sovereign inter-state cannabis distribution and import-export between sovereign nations internationally. We are committed to working with federal and tribal law to create this legal sovereign pathway. In the meantime, we are distributing connoisseur quality cannabis in the regulated California Indigenous tribal market. And we are shipping the highest quality hemp-derived products nationwide, following Farm Bill regulations.

*Refined Processes is located on Santa Ysabel Reservation, but not owned by or affiliated with any Indian tribe.

Refined Processes
Trust The Process

We understand the unique challenges that tribal cannabis businesses face.

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These unconventional obstacles present an unprecedented opportunity to leverage our sovereignty in unity.

Honoring the spirit animal that represents strength and protection, Sugar Bear Cannabis is the leading Native American-owned cannabis brand consumers can trust for clean, high-quality, connoisseur-level cannabis products.

When consumers see the guardian of handcrafted tribal products, they can be confident they get the highest-quality, pesticide-free cannabis products. Proudly made on tribal land under FDA cGMP compliant standards, Sugar Bear consumers know they're supporting and reinvesting back into the Native American economy. 

Sugar Bear cannabis is the gold standard of premium Native American-owned cannabis brands.

GUARDIAN OF HANDCRAFTED TRIBAL PRODUCTS

SUGAR BEAR

> PACKAGED CONNOISSEUR FLOWER
> DIAMOND INFUSED PREROLL
> HASH INFUSED PREROLL
> VAPE PRODUCTS
> LIVE ROSIN
> LIVE RESIN SAUCE

> CBD TINCTURE
> FUNCTIONAL MUSHROOM TINCTURE
> CHOCOLATE
> HARD CANDY
> DISSOLVABLE STRIPS
> TOPICAL MUSCLE LOTION & ROLL-ON

> LIVE RESIN DIAMONDS
> THCa CONCENTRATE
> THCa DIAMONDS
> GUMMIES
> SYRUP TINCTURE
> DRINK SHOT

PRODUCT OFFERING

CANNABIS

Refined Processes has plans to build a six-acre state-of-the-art cannabis greenhouse on the Santa Ysabel Reservation, expected to launch late 2024. Our vertically integrated facility will feature cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and showcase our state-of-the-art prefabricated retail dispensary solution. 

CULTIVATION
{COMING SOON}

this is the future of NATIVE AMERICAN OWNED cannabis
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Aaron R. Thomas is the CEO of Refined Processes, a biotech consulting firm-turned Native American-owned and tribal-focused cannabis company that has specialized in cannabis operations since 2016. Mr. Thomas has successfully consulted, built, and operated eight cannabis businesses in the State of California, including being judge-appointed to run a receivership-run operation. He has successfully raised more than $100MM in the industry. Mr. Thomas pioneered the California cannabis licensing process and worked alongside cities to pave a safe and legal pathway for cannabis manufacturing. As a result, he was appointed the first manufacturing license in the State of California in San Diego in 2016. He has extensive knowledge of the licensing process and the technical know-how of efficiently operating licensed cannabis businesses. Mr. Thomas’ visionary mindset continues to pioneer in the industry, as he now focuses on the Native American Tribal cannabis market. 

Stefanie Phan-Thomas is COO of Refined Processes. Previously, she was CEO of Touchstone SNA, the first California manufacturing facility licensed under Orange County Fire Authority in Santa Ana, California. Under Ms. Phan-Thomas' direction, Touchstone SNA provided white labeling manufacturing and packaging services for some of the state's most successful cannabis brands, including Dosist, Pacific Stone, Mario Sherbinski, STIIIZY, FlavorRX, Dr. Norms, Select, Muha Meds, Napalm, Double Barrel, and more. She brings her experience navigating the California state cannabis industry to the tribal cannabis market and is excited to make accessible, compliant, clean plant medicine to the masses through Refined Processes' national distribution plan.

The husband-wife team have been married for twelve years and bring more than 20 combined years professional cannabis experience.


Aaron R. Thomas is the CEO of Refined Processes, a biotech consulting firm-turned Native American-owned and tribal-focused cannabis company that has specialized in cannabis operations since 2016. Mr. Thomas has successfully consulted, built, and operated eight cannabis businesses in the State of California, including being judge-appointed to run a receivership-run operation. He has successfully raised more than $100MM in the industry. Mr. Thomas pioneered the California cannabis licensing process and worked alongside cities to pave a safe and legal pathway for cannabis manufacturing. As a result, he was appointed the first manufacturing license in the State of California in San Diego in 2016. He has extensive knowledge of the licensing process and the technical know-how of efficiently operating licensed cannabis businesses. Mr. Thomas’ visionary mindset continues to pioneer in the industry, as he now focuses on the Native American tribal cannabis market. 

Stefanie Phan-Thomas is President of Refined Processes. Previously, she was CEO of Touchstone SNA, the first California manufacturing facility licensed under Orange County Fire Authority in Santa Ana, California. Under Ms. Phan-Thomas' direction, Touchstone SNA provided white labeling manufacturing and packaging services for some of the state's most successful cannabis brands, including Dosist, Pacific Stone, Mario Sherbinski, STIIIZY, FlavorRX, Dr. Norms, Select, Muha Meds, Napalm, Double Barrel, and more. She brings her experience navigating the California state cannabis industry to the tribal cannabis market and is excited to make accessible, compliant, clean plant medicine to the masses through Refined Processes' national distribution plan.

The husband-wife team have been married for 12 years and bring more than 20 combined years professional cannabis experience.


Leading manufacturers in the California cannabis market

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A PERSONAL STORY OF RETURNING HOME

Our company was founded from a personal journey of healing. After surviving a 30-foot fall, Aaron R. Thomas found himself in the ICU with multiple broken bones and a Traumatic Brain Injury. 

Having never experienced cannabis before his fall, he tried it as a last resort while fighting depression and suicidal thoughts. The feeling of wellness was immediate and inspired him to change careers from art and design to create a consistent cannabis medicine for the masses.

However, after pioneering the California cannabis market for more than ten years, Aaron felt dissatisfied. The lack of transparency, integrity and imminent greed of those who dominated the market with a soul-less drive to simply capitalize left him wanting to leave the cannabis industry altogether. 





"Cannabis saved my life. When I learned that tribal communities were experiencing severely limited access to reliable, clean, high-quality cannabis products, I knew I found my calling." 

In 2023, Refined Processes became a licensed cannabis company on the Santa Ysabel Reservation, and in 2024, launched its first Native American-owned cannabis brand, Sugar Bear Cannabis, and sister CBD brand, Sugar Bear Medicinals. Refined Processes is dedicated to serving all Native American tribes the highest quality cannabis and CBD products. Our mission is to unite the tribes of America by offering the first vertically integrated Native American-owned cannabis company to pave the way for sovereign inter-state cannabis distribution and import-export between sovereign nations internationally. We acknowledge that this pathway requires clarity in regulations and we're committed to working with federal and tribal law to pave the path forward. 

Aaron R. Thomas, Refined Processes CEO & MESCALERO APACHE

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After reflecting and turning inward, Aaron, a descendant of Apache tribal warriors Geronimo and Black Knife, felt called to dedicate his expertise to the land and people of his heritage. "Cannabis saved my life. When I learned that tribal communities were experiencing severely limited access to reliable, clean, high-quality cannabis products, I knew I found my calling," Aaron states. In the spirit of Geronimo, the Native American war hero who devoted his life to fighting for his people, Aaron R. Thomas has committed to making Refined Processes a company for his people.

“While living, I want to live well.”

— Geronimo, Apache warrior and ancestor of Aaron R. Thomas

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sovereignty

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our values

We are a family-owned and operated business, deeply invested in building and leaving a legacy

We have deep respect for our sacred land, fellow tribes, Indigenous culture, and heritage

We believe in protecting Sovereign rights as we navigate tribal cannabis legislation 

The pioneer's path is not always easy. We are committed to executing our mission; we're all in, all the time.

Having experienced success in the California DCC-regulated market, our true calling is to bring our knowledge, expertise, and profitability to the land and people of our heritage. Refined Processes is dedicated to serving and improving the Native American tribal nations. 

We are dedicated to growing, enriching, and protecting the Native American tribal economy together.