Cannabis, Pot, Weed, Hemp, Bud... whatever we call it, this plant is becoming legal across the country. What now? We will explore three different topics regarding cannabis - social equity, your brain, and growing your own. First, and most importantly, how do we create an equitable market that ensures that people can transition from the legacy to legal markets and that communities most harmed by the racist war on drugs can prosper? Second, cannabis has been found to be beneficial for your body but is it ever good for your brain? Third, how hard is it to grow your own? And why is home grow important for medical cannabis users in particular? We’ll give you some practical tips for starting your home grow.
The panel is sponsored by Terrace Club and will feature Dasheeda Dawson ʼ00 and Lyon Henry, and be moderated by Abigail Kalmbach ʼ00.
Dasheeda Dawson ʼ00 is founder of The WeedHead™ & Company and author of the bestselling workbook, How to Succeed in the Cannabis Industry. She is a co-host on She Blaze, a weekly cannabis culture and news podcast. She is the founding chair of the Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition (CRCC). Additionally, Dasheeda is the City of Portland (OR) Cannabis Program Supervisor for the Office of Community & Civic Life, responsible for overseeing all regulatory, licensing, compliance and equity initiatives for the city’s cannabis industry.
Lyon Henry is a retired US Army officer and horticulture and alternative medicine professional. He has studied how medicinal plants can be utilized to treat those with PTSD, particularly those in the US Veteran community. He also has experience cultivating cannabis for the medical market in New Jersey.
Abigail Kalmbach PhD ʼ00 is a neuroscientist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University and an adjunct professor at Barnard College. She has initiated studies investigating the potential of cannabis to be used to treat psychiatric disorders, particularly depression.