GRASS VALLEY, Calif. December 1, 2016 – Please join us tonight, December 1st for “Cannabis Allies: Ending the Stigma.” We will be bringing in 2 keynote speakers to speak on their personal experiences with the plant and how it has changed the lives of ordinary people.
WOMEN GROW EVENT, THURSDAY DEC. 1ST, 6PM—‘CANNABIS ALLIES: ENDING THE STIGMA’ at Summer Thyme’s Bakery in Grass Valley, 231 Colfax Ave.
Marijuana has for a long time been viewed as a negative thing: a hard drug which only less than reputable people partook in and as a gateway drug. People who partook were stigmatized by society and frowned upon as “hippies” or “stoners”.
That is all changing. After the November election, there are a total of 28 states that have legalized cannabis to some degree. The benefits and uses of marijuana are slowly coming to light and the stigmas around it are fading into the not so distant past.
Medical research on the myriad of ways cannabis works on our bodies along with the profitable industry and jobs that come along it are the main reasons why the stigma is fading away.
Mark A. Carrillo
Mark A. Carrillo was born in Redwood City, California, October 1985. His family moved to Sacramento, California in 1999, where Mark graduated from Foothill High School and enlisted into the United Stated Marine Corps in 2003.
After the completion of boot camp in December 2003 from MCRD, San Diego, he was trained as a Field Radio Operator and assigned to the 2D Reconnaissance Battalion in Camp Lejuene. Mark deployed twice with 2D Reconnaissance Battalion to Fallujah, Iraq. During his first deployment in 2004 he was with the S-3/Operations. Mark’s second deployment in 2006 he was a platoon Radio Chief.
In 2007, Mark fulfilled his honorable 4 year commitment to the U.S. Marine Corps and returned to Sacramento. Shortly after returning home, he found himself drinking more than a fifth of vodka a day in order to cope with post-military life. After more than a year of heavy drinking, his health care provider explained that he was starting to show symptoms of alcohol abuse. Looking for other means to alleviate his emerging health concerns, he turned to cannabis and found that it was a much better form of medication for him than the alcohol.
In December of 2014, Mark discovered a veterans organization that was helping other men and women cope with post-military life. Right then, Mark knew this was his calling and he decided to start helping veterans in the Sacramento area. Mark founded Meds4Vets in January 2015, when he began providing free medication for veterans twice a month out of a legal medical marijuana dispensary in Sacramento. Meds4Vets joined Weed for Warriors Project in August 2015 and is now the Weed for Warriors Project’s longest running and largest chapter. Meds4Vets continues to hold monthly meeting for Veterans. Mark is currently Director of Chapter Development and Operations of the Weed for Warriors Project where he focuses on helping veterans set up new chapters all over the country. Veterans helping veterans.
Lisa Pfadt, MS, BSN, PHN, RN
Lisa Pfadt is passionate about people, health education, and patient advocacy. Ms. Pfadt is a Registered Nurse with a medical-surgical background, a public health nurse, a health coach, a lactation educator, and holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing from Western Governors University. Ms. Pfadt is a member of the American Nurses Association, the International Nurses Association, the International Lactation Consultants Association, the American Cannabis Nursing Association, and Women Grow.
Advocating for health, wellness, and the power that people have to create change in their lives inspired her to establish the Platinum Wellness Institute, Inc., a widely recognized health education organization, which empowers people for self-management of their health, and ISP Wellness Cooperative. A patient health and education focused medical cannabis cooperative serving the needs of medical cannabis patients and their caregivers. Ms. Pfadt successfully helps her clients become empowered patients, relieve caregiver burnout, participate in the management of chronic illness, and become informed healthcare consumers.
Among her health education and health advocacy activities, Ms. Pfadt strives to educate people on changing the perception of medical cannabis by altering the current landscape to reduce the stigma associated with medical cannabis for patients, caregivers, and the public.
She is passionate about helping enhance the overall quality of life for people through outstanding services that integrate the individual’s values with evidence-based research to create life-changing growth.
Get tickets here: http://iflw.co/wggc-dec
6:00PM Check-in and Open Networking
6:30PM Opening Presentation
7:00PM Featured Speakers
8:30PM Open Networking
9:00PM Meeting Concludes
Who attends? You’ll meet women (and men) at all different stages of their career in the cannabis industry. Many will be in the research phase, just learning more about opportunities, while still working day jobs. Some are looking for jobs with existing organizations. Others are starting up their own cannabis venture or ancillary business. Depending on the status of legalization in your state, you’ll also meet cannabis business owners & investors who are well on their way.
Why should I attend? Personal connections are the key to professional success. Through the wide variety of events offered to members of Women Grow, trustworthy business relationships sprout from the face-to-face interactions of our members. Together we have more power. As the cannabis industry grows on a national and global scale, women have the opportunity to build a new American industry from inception and redefine the workplace to create environments in which we can flourish and define our own destiny, and cultivate the next generation of industry leaders.
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