Ardent's ACTIVATE brought the community together for a night of fun and education. Patients networked with caregivers and cultivators, learned about Decarboxylation and discovered a few of the many ways the plant can be used for health and wellness. The bicoastal flavors of Boomshaka Cupcakes mousse, District Growers More juices, and Northern Herb chocolate were the perfect complement to the lounging and laughter. Thanks to everyone who helped to make the night a success, and we can't wait to see you next time!
Ardent was honored to present at the Wicked Good Weed conference at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge. Members of the medical, scientific, and business communities gathered to hear the latest advances in cannabis medicine and technology.
Ardent COO Beth Dost challenged the current "curative" model that often leads to overly aggressive treatments and pharmaceutical dependence, and discussed the clinical transformation she's seen in patients adopting a cannabis regimen to manage chronic illness.
Ardent President Shanel Lindsay talked about the joys and challenges of being a cannabis entrepreneur and unveiled the Nova decarboxylator for the very first time. The audience learned about current trends in the space, the legal hurdles facing start ups, and the road map to product development. A live demonstration of the Nova technology allowed patients to see the algorithm at work and learn more about how precision decarboxylation can make cannabis medicine accessible for anyone.
Patients, caregivers, and advocates gathered at the State House to support House Bill 2065. Three years after the passage of the Massachusetts medical marijuana law, patients still do not have acceptable access to cannabis, and continue to face discrimination and prosecution. The Massachusetts Patient Advocacy Alliance crafted House Bill 2065 bill to ensure that every eligible patient has safe and protected access to medicine.
Patients out of Time, 20th Annual Clinical Conference, “Celebrating the Past-Embracing the Future” held in West Palm Beach, Florida was the place to be if you were a medical cannabis clinician. Doctors, Nurses, allied health professionals, researchers, legal professionals and sponsors participated in the three-day event. Pre-clinical conferences included the ACNA sponsored Core Curriculum Certification in Cannabis Nursing along with its advanced training concurrent with the Medical Cannabis Practicum. Participants enjoyed a visit from the Honorable David Kerner, Florida House, and discussions with the legendary Dr. Lester Greenspoon and Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D.
Other notable moments included panel presentations with Dr. Sue Sisley, Alice O’Leary-Randall, LPN, Dr. Donald Abrams, Dr. Uma Dhanabalan, MD MPH, FAAFP, Dr. Dustin Sulak, Andrew Weill, Ph.D. and a moving discussion on PTSD and Veterans access to Cannabis.
Women Grow Featuring Cannabis Clinician Beth Dost, R.N.
Women Grow Boston May 7, 2015 networking event was an educational experience in a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. Beth Dost R.N., one of the few certified cannabis nurses in the region, shared insight about cannabis medicine and the standards and practices that will develop during in the evolution of cannabis patient and medical practitioner relations. The event found an excited mix of entrepreneurs, students of all ages, artists, and business consultants eager to mingle and connect. Attendees were not limited to women, there were also men in attendance from finance and medical fields, to name a few. Women Grow events are an excellent platform to make connections and get involved within the legitimate cannabis industry.
Uplifting Health: Babson Cannabis Symposium 4/26/15
The Babson Business School, ranked #1 in the nation for entrepreneurship, hosted the first ever Babson Cannabis Symposium on April 26, 2015. Intended to expose students to the breath of the cannabis industry, the event speakers included doctors, lawyers, and entrepreneurs discussing all aspects of the rapidly growing industry.
The 420 weekend in Denver was epic. Cannabis enthusiasts from all walks of life gathered to celebrate the quintessential cannabis holiday and partake in their favorite part of the industry. There was plenty of variety, starting with the High Times Cannabis Cup, where we heard countless stories from patients and caregivers about cannabis transforming lives and met fellow entrepreneurs and the products they hoped would be game-changers. Mass Roots also rocked the weekend with their Rally for freedom and amazing after-party complete with orchestra in downtown Denver. 420 festivities were capped nicely by the Marijuana Investor Summit directly following the Cup and the Rally. Industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors gathered at the summit to hear presentations, build relationships, and get a first-hand view of Colorado's legal cann-economy through dispensary visits and medicated bus tours.
It is evident that the implementation of the Massachusetts medical cannabis program (and the push for legalization of recreational cannabis in 2016) has far reaching implications for the minority community.
The first formal event to highlight these concerns, provide information, and begin to build consensus around these issues took place Friday, April 10 at the Microsoft Research and Development Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
At this historic gathering, we were joined by representatives from the Drug Policy Alliance (Dr. Malik Burnett), The Marijuana Policy Project (Matt Simon), and Bay State Repeal (Bill Downing). Together we discussed the current status and challenges to equal access and just implementation, as well as strategies to successfully address these issues during the 2016 Massachusetts legalization bid.
Medical cannabis is gaining momentum across the nation, and while more patients are becoming curious about marijuana as a medical option, the inability to accurately dose is emerging as an obstacle to broader acknowledgment and acceptance of cannabis as a valid treatment.
I explore this critical issue and cutting edge research on the topic in this article at Ladybud magazine. Please read and comment, I'd love to hear your thoughts!