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California was the first state to establish a medicinal marijuana program enacted by Prop 215 in 1996 and SB 420 in 2003. In 2016, Proposition 64 titled, The Adult Use of Marijuana Act, passed. It legalizes “specified personal use and cultivation of marijuana for adults 21 years of age or older” and much more. Section 9 “provides for the production and processing of industrial hemp as a small scale to large scale agricultural crop and manufacturing resource.”
This diverse panel of cannabis and hemp professionals will discuss the multi-faceted cannabis plant and developing federal policy and law, grower’s rights, cultivation, neighborhood dispensaries, public and industry education, and industrial farming as a result of recent state legislative and electoral developments.
Moderator Linda Delair, LEED AP, is a Green Building Consultant, U.S. Green Building Council Redwood Empire Chapter board member, and California Outreach Coordinator for Hempstead Project HEART, who advocates for a healthy and thriving.
Michael Straus has specialized in developing the organic food and sustainable agriculture sectors for 25+ years, including Straus Family Creamery(the first organic dairy west of the Mississippi), and working with 100+ pioneering companies while running Straus Communications, one of the first sustainability-focused public relations agencies. Michael’s new sustainable cannabis company, “Hugo Straus” (www.HugoStraus.com), is predicated on the belief that nobody should be smoking pesticides.
Constance Finley, founder and CEO of Constance Therapeutics, was inspired by her own personal experience with a chronic illness. After nearly dying from the pharmaceuticals prescribed to help alleviate pain and inflammation caused by a rare autoimmune disease, Finley turned to medicinal cannabis for relief.
Dress Wedding is co-founder of Harborside Health Center. As general manager and CFO, he solves complex banking and business challenges. As director of free holistic services, he institutes support groups for seniors and CBD patients.
Carrie Tice is CEO and Co-founder of Octavia Wellness, the first in-home direct sales cannabis company focusing on seniors, the fastest growing and most underserved segment of the cannabis market.
Two years ago, Carrie recommended CBD to her mother who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The positive results her mother experienced were life-changing and together they began sharing their journey.
Carrie resigned from her long-time career in video gaming, and sold the Victorian home which she and her mom owned together for 15 years, located on Octavia Street, in San Francisco, to bootstrap Octavia Wellness
Attorney Patrick Goggin has waged battle on the front lines of industrial hemp and general cannabis reform for two decades. He sits on Vote Hemp’s board and is working to implement hemp research in California.