CannaGather is New York's premier cannabis education and networking event.
At the May 24th event, Jeffrey Friedland, Marvin Washington. and Bradford Beckerman discussed governmental marijuana policy, Hemp, THC, and CBD. The panel was moderated by CannaGather's Josh Weinstein.
New York-based CannaGather has over 2,400 members. CannaGather sponsors monthly events with a typical attendance of more than 150 industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and New Yorkers interested in learning about America's fastest growing legal industry.
Jeffrey Friedland is an author, speaker and thought leader on the global cannabis industry. He is the author of Marijuana: The World's Most Misunderstood Plant. Friedland is CEO of INTIVA Inc. and INTIVA BioPharma, and managing director of Friedland Capital. He is a director of Israel-based CannaRX and an advisory to Israel-based OWC Pharmaceutical Research (OWCP).
Marvin Washington is a Super Bowl champion and co-founder of Isodiol Performance, the makers of CBD and hemp-powered sports drinks. He won a Super Bowl ring playing for the Denver Broncos. He is a voice for NFL players in the mission to spread the benefits of CBD, particularly to offset adverse effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). An advocate for all-natural, non-habit forming cannabis, Washington is speaking out on the topic of using cannabinoids as neuroprotectants as well as an avenue to alleviate the nation’s #1 health epidemic: prescription opioid abuse and addiction. He has also lobbied the NFL Players Association to push for changes in the sport’s drug policies. Washington is also an ambassador for Athletes For CARE, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness for important issues facing professional athletes and the public at large, including addiction, chronic pain, access to alternative medicines, mental health, CTE and traumatic brain injury.
Bradford Beckerman was a 22 year-old rising business star when a near-fatal accident left him with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and reliant on over 17 drugs to keep from seizing and to manage debilitating pain. Fueled with a desire to break his dependency on pharmaceuticals, Bradford began a successful journey to find natural methods of healing and wellness for himself and others, including creating a thriving business at the forefront of the functional beverage category, sold nationally by Whole Foods. In 2002, Bradford’s journey led him to discover the power of hemp to provide healing an
d improved health, and he became immersed in the cannabis industry. With hemp, he was able to wean off all man-made pharmaceuticals to become seizure and pain-free, and was determined to help others who are seeking organic solutions. As a born entrepreneur, Bradford quickly turned his passion for hemp into a professional life in the cannabis industry. Most recently he became the CEO of the start-up, Hemp and Humanity, a broker, dealer, distributor and manufacturer of hemp materials and hemp-infused consumer goods with a focus on sustainability and social responsibility. With a personal story that offers inspiration and hope, Bradford’s experience and expertise has led him to become one the cannabis industry’s leading authorities.
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