"Quality training for the cannabis industry"
Dale Skye Jones first became evolved in the cannabis industry when it was still considered the medical cannabis movement. Over the years she has watched and helped it evolve into the cannabis industry that it is today. Dale was the spokeswoman for the Prop 19 Campaign in California and currently is the Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam University, Chairwoman of the Board for the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform and a founding Board Member of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA).
‘When Oaksterdam University coined the phrase "quality training for the cannabis industry" ‘it was the first time anyone viewed what we were doing as more than just activists and advocates, but also as business people. I began working with mainstream doctors who wanted to provide medical cannabis recommendations to their patients, so I was blessed to get to know cannabis first from the patient perspective, those seeking relief and safe access to their medicine. This experience hammered home the importance of patient's rights, and later working on policy with Prop 19 in 2010 solidified my priorities with respect to civil rights and social justice in HOW we write laws.’
‘An example is Florida, ‘where they first offered applications for five permits, but to be eligible you had to have owned a licensed nursery thirty continuous years to even apply. How many people of color, women or veterans owned nurseries in Florida thirty years ago? The very expensive and exclusive application process immediately weeded out most responsible minority small business owners. Those who have been involved in changing the laws, doing the work, or getting busted trying, are excluded from participating in the new legal atmosphere.’
‘The kind of environment that we’re entering into is a competitive and expensive one, so folks facing the new regulatory system may struggle to adapt and compete. I focus on the education and empowerment of those seeking the knowledge of how to enter the industry, improve their yield or navigate next steps, and we also talk about getting legalization right with respect to both the marketplace, public trust and social justice. It's important for women, people of color and veterans to get involved with the regulatory process early and often because the glass ceiling has yet to be built.’
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