Cannabis Entrepreneur Helps Communities Impacted by Marijuana Laws

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LONG BEACH, Calif. — When life gets stressful, cannabis is one way Lionel Tate relieves his stress. But just an eighth of an ounce of marijuana changed the course of his life.

Long Beach, CAMar. 29, 2021 /Spectrum News/ — In 2015, things were actually looking up for Tate. At the time he was chasing his dream of becoming a chef, starting culinary school, and was about to sign a lease for a new apartment.

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That was until he was pulled over by an LAPD officer.

“I was caught with an eighth of weed, and I had my rent money in my sock,” he said. “The officer put two and two together, and said I was drug dealing because they found [$2,000 cash and marijuana.]”

Tate was arrested on felony drug dealing charges and spent four days behind bars.

Although he wasn’t convicted of the charges, Tate was sentenced to three years’ probation.

“It’s just ironic to know how profitable [marijuana] is but also it incriminates a certain [group] of people,” Tate said.

As a cannabis entrepreneur, David Moss believes it’s his responsibility to create change for communities disproportionately impacted by marijuana laws.

“Here we are in a growing industry, where every month it seems like a new state legalizes [cannabis] and we’re out here legally operating trying to make a lot of money,” Moss said. “Meanwhile people are locked up in prison. It’s just not right, and the majority of the people that are locked up are Black and brown.”

Tapping into his passion for philanthropy, Moss started From the Earth Foundation, a non-profit focused on justice reform.

When he heard Tate’s story, he felt compelled to help.

Moss is the chief development officer of From the Earth, a cannabis dispensary in Long Beach. The company is developing a brand of cannabis called “Not Just Another Eighth”, inspired by Tate, who will have financial equity in the brand.

“We call out to other cannabis operators to do the same thing. Take on the same challenge. Find and create ways to be philanthropic,” said Moss

Moss also partnered with Planet Froth Productions to produce a documentary, Not Just Another Day. The film uses Tate’s story as a call to action for marijuana reform laws, as well as asking cannabis companies to build an equity industry by hiring from the communities that are still being targeted for marijuana crimes.

4 Ways Medical Marijuana Can Help People

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Doctor writing prescription for medical marijuana

Many have said that marijuana contains elements that can aid our bodies in many ways. Though we still don’t know much about the drug, and federal testing has been difficult due to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) deeming it a Schedule I drug. This categorizes it alongside harsh drugs like heroin and LSD. 

While there are still about six states which have marijuana fully illegal, others are starting to open up to the idea of at least legalizing medical marijuana. Because of this, more medical marijuana dispensaries are beginning to pop up across the country. If you are interested in seeing your state’s laws on marijuana, this is a great resource. 

 

What We Know

As of right now, the FDA has only approved the use of medical marijuana for those who suffer from two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. 

However, many universities and researchers are doing their best to study the drug in states where the drug is legal. They have seen many benefits to using marijuana for medical reasons to treat several issues many Americans face. These include a number of ailments that cause chronic pain like peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain from diabetes), cancer, chemotherapy, muscle and joint problems and so much more. A study from 2019 also showed that many seniors turn to cannabis to find relief from arthritis and even back pain. 

 

What is Medical Marijuana?

Just as there are many different strains and parts of the cannabis plant, there are many different forms of medical marijuana. Including derivatives of marijuana and synthetic versions. The synthetic forms typically do not give the high feeling traditional marijuana gives, but still gives its health benefits. 

One form of medical marijuana is made up of Marinol, a synthetic form of the delta-9-THC compound found in the marijuana plant naturally. Marinol is typically prescribed to those who have a lack of appetite, vomiting or nausea due to AIDS or cancer, or from the treatment of these conditions. Marinol is only prescribed to those with severe conditions, like those mentioned above. 

Those who do take Marinol can sometimes feel some of the effects traditional recreational marijuana gives such as joy or euphoria, however, it also has its downsides. Marinol can also cause things like upset stomach, paranoia, drowsiness, and unusual thoughts. 

 

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4 Ways Medical Marijuana May Help You

There are many health benefits we have discussed to marijuana and its properties, but what kind of things can it actually treat? There are a number of conditions that marijuana is said to help with, such as an appetite stimulant, pain reliever, anti-convulsant, antidepressant, anti-inflammatory and much more. 

Although the FDA has only approved the use of medical marijuana for rare forms of severe epilepsy as discussed above, many researchers have found it helps with many other conditions. Some of which include, chronic pain, glaucoma, IBS, and more. 

 

 

 Pain Relief

Many people have turned to marijuana for pain relief. Whether from a disease like cancer or arthritis pain, marijuana has been shown to help many find healing without the use of prescription drugs. 

One study done by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that participants favored an indica strain from a sativa. As we know, indica strains to give more feelings of calmness and relaxation, while a sativa promotes more energy and a boost in mood. 

In this study, they found that those who preferred an indica strain found help with things like headaches, joint pain, spasticity, and neuropathy. One thing to note with this study is that there was no controlled setting. People were able to use as much or as little marijuana for their pain as they felt necessary and simply reported back their findings.

 

 

Appetite Stimulant

It is known that cancer and AIDS patients go through an increased weight loss and loss of tissue due to their illnesses. Though a controversial subject, medical marijuana has shown many ways in which it can help those with these diseases. Not only helping with pain relief, depression, and anxiety but also an increase in weight gain. 

The use of oral, or smoking, medical marijuana has been used to help treat anorexia in AIDS patients and shown to be the quickest way to get the THC into the system and increase in appetite. A soluble or edible substance, as many know, tends to take longer for the liver to digest which can take hours for it to kick in. 

 

 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

The first to connect IBS with medical marijuana was researcher Ethan B. Russo. While there is not much research to back up a direct link between using medical marijuana to help with IBS, many, like Russo, think that it can. 

Russo theorized that IBS and other health conditions were direct results of a deficiency in the cannabinoid chemicals that our own bodies produce. He also pointed out that IBS is often seen alongside other health conditions such as migraine headaches and fibromyalgia, which Russo theorized may also involve the endocannabinoid system in the body. 

While much research is still needed and being done, some studies have looked at the effectiveness of Midinol, a synthetic form of medical marijuana that we discussed earlier in this post.  

 

 

Inflammation

Both cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) have been proven to alleviate inflammation brought about by inflammatory related pain conditions. CBD and THC also help to prevent inflammation by reducing the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

There are a number of ways in which you can use medical marijuana to help relieve inflammation. The quickest way to feel quick relief is from smoking or vaping marijuana. However, if smoking isn’t your thing you can always try edibles, solubles, patches, or topicals. Edibles can take longer to kick in but patches can quickly enter your bloodstream through your skin. Topicals are also a great alternative as they can target a direct area to alleviate inflammation pain, are long lasting and are non-psychoactive. 

While research is still needed to determine exactly how medical marijuana can help to treat a variety of illnesses and pains more in depth, we do see a lot of benefits from the drug already. If you are in need of relief, visit your local medical marijuana dispensary and talk to our staff to see how marijuana can help you. 

California-Based Operator From The Earth Closes First Licensing Agreement

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From The Earth's retail footprint expands to Los Angeles

LOS ANGELESNov. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — From The Earth, Inc. (“FTE”), the full spectrum U.S. cannabis lifestyle company, announced today it has signed its first licensing agreement with Los Angeles-based licensee, ACES LA Inc. Under this agreement, FTE will execute its first complete management takeover at a licensed retail store.

Located at 738 N. Highland Ave., From The Earth Highland is expected to open to adult-use customers in March, 2021. This agreement allows FTE to leverage its product expertise, market familiarity, vendor relationships and advanced training programs to bring the Company’s quality products and customer service to a wider audience.

The agreement also enables ACES LA Inc., one of the city’s social equity license recipients, to gain immediate market exposure through FTE’s vast consumer and advertising network.

“Since receiving our license last year, we have been searching for a local business partner that has not only demonstrated its financial prowess in this challenging industry but also understands the importance of supporting their community,” said Arrion Jafari, Principal of ACES LA Inc. “Entering this agreement with From The Earth was an opportunity that we could not afford to pass up, and we believe this will put us light years ahead of where we would be as a standalone operator.”

“The entire From The Earth team is thrilled to enter this agreement with ACES LA, and we are confident in our ability to bring their vision for a more equitable industry to fruition,” said Dan Zaharoni, CEO of From The Earth. “Each retail location is deeply invested in its consumers and local community, and we are excited to bring our quality products and services to Los Angeles.”

From The Earth has been approved for 12 retail locations in CaliforniaMissouri and MichiganCalifornia consumers can find From The Earth dispensaries in Santa AnaPort HuenemeLong Beach and soon, Moreno Valley. For more information on store locations and FTE’s family of brands, please visit fromtheearth.com. 

About From The Earth Inc.

From The Earth Inc., a full spectrum cannabis lifestyle company founded by Kintu Patel and Jayson Quinones, comprises multiple entities and projects that make up a vertically integrated cannabis enterprise. With a team of experts in cultivation, manufacturing and retail sales, From The Earth Inc. has utilized cutting-edge technology, a commitment to quality and experienced personnel to create one of the most recognizable and well-respected brands in the cannabis industry. From The Earth dispensaries have captured market share throughout California and will soon be exported to locations throughout the U.S.

The New Vanguards of Southern California: From The Earth

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Although the Golden State’s regulated cannabis industry has yet to live up to its incredible potential, dozens of companies are setting new standards with their elegant branding, eye-catching design and groundbreaking consumer experiences.

Among these new leaders, companies like March and Ash, Calma and From The Earth have helped spark a resurgence of Southern California cannabis retail, combining business savvy and substance with the right amount of flash to appeal to a broader market. These forward-thinking businesses not only offer consumers a massive selection of products in a boutique retail setting, but have the infrastructure in place for expansion.

From The Earth

After opening two retail stores in Southern California and branching out of state to open a shop in Michigan, From The Earth’s CEO, Dan Zaharoni, was feeling stymied.

“You always feel like you should be bigger,” he says. “We want to have larger dispensaries with a much more luxurious environment, kind of like a Whole Foods vibe.”

So when it came time to open the company’s third store in California, Zaharoni wanted to break through and create something that truly signified who the company is and where it is heading.

And in Long Beach, From the Earth was able to do that because it built the 8,300-square-foot flagship store from the ground up, allocating 3,300 square feet for the company’s distribution hub and setting up the rest as a template for the retail chain’s future endeavors.

Through the wooden fixtures, abundant plants and a hanging wall garden, the store’s interior design illustrates the connection people have with their environment and the planet. The floral patterns along the walls that include pink, purple and fuchsia cannabis leaves embrace cannabis culture and are symbolic of the company’s reverence toward the plant.

“We really go back to an organic, hippy-trippy, retro vibe, like the flower-child days of the ‘60s and ‘70s, in our stores,” Zaharoni says. “As a company that really promotes the organic, healthy way of life that cannabis promotes, we wanted our environment to match that.”

The return-to-nature spirit aligns with the company’s mission of “Learn, Live and Grow” but behind the scenes, From The Earth has built an infrastructure geared toward expansion.

 

The company is already in the process of building two more Southern California stores and has a licensing agreement in place to rebrand another operator’s shop into a From The Earth location.

From The Earth is also licensed to open five dispensaries in Missouri, one of which is already built and waiting for the green light to open from state regulators. The Missouri shops will carry a similar aesthetic as their Golden State counterparts, while ensuring each location fits well with the personality of its community.

“When we go to new locations, we like to have local people as our partners,” Zaharoni says. “I don’t want to go to Missouri and try and do that by myself; I want to find Missouri people who know the Missouri way of life and partner with them.”

In California, From The Earth has licenses for retail, delivery, distribution, manufacturing and as an event organizer, as well as a proprietary delivery service it intends to bring to other states eventually. But its emphasis is squarely on the retail sector.

“All the ancillary pieces that we have are really to support retail,” Zaharoni says. “We have our own brands that come from our manufacturing facility. We self-distribute so that we’re working with the manufacturers to bring the products into our stores. All of it is leading up to the retail experience.”

Within the next year, Zaharoni expects the chain will have tripled in size to a total of 12 retail stores. And to fuel the company’s expansion, From The Earth has filed documentation to complete its initial public offering on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

“We are going to be the first American cannabis company to go public in Israel,” he says. “That’s going to put us in the position to access the capital market, and we’re going to become a very acquisitive group. We’re going to be doing a lot in the next year.”

From The Earth Appoints Courtney Dorne as President

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LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13, 2020 — From The Earth (“FTE”), the full spectrum U.S. cannabis lifestyle company and 2019 Weedcon Dispensary of the Year, today announced the appointment of Courtney Dorne, a successful entrepreneur and proven leader in the cannabis space, as FTE’s new President.

Dorne has over 25 years of experience in executive leadership positions with specialties in marketing and sales, product development and operations management. She joins FTE from Vertical Companies where she was the former President of Brands, responsible for new business development and edible product development. Dorne was central to building and launching multiple unique Vertical-owned brands across the U.S., one of which she spearheaded as the original creator and designer. Prior to Vertical, she spent 20 years as President of Fresh and Ready Foods of Nevada working to grow the business she helped start while still in high school. In her very first leadership role, Dorne successfully increased annual sales from $1.7M to 25M, effectively managed three manufacturing facilities with a total of 500 employees and negotiated all major management contracts.

“Courtney has been tremendously impressive in expanding high-growth companies and brings with her an instinct for leading teams and building valuable industry relationships,” said Dan Zaharoni, CEO of From The Earth. “We are thrilled to have a talented professional who clearly understands the cannabis market join our leadership team.”

Since 2010, Dorne has been a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), initially joining the Las Vegas chapter and currently participating in the Hollywood chapter where she is included in the chapter’s leadership ladder. She has held multiple leadership roles throughout her membership, previously as Chair of WBN (Women’s Business Network), and currently as the organization’s Pacific Regional Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

About From The Earth
From The Earth, a full spectrum cannabis lifestyle company founded by Kintu Patel and Jayson Quinones, comprises multiple entities and projects that make up a vertically integrated cannabis enterprise. With a team of experts in cultivation, manufacturing and retail sales, From The Earth has utilized cutting-edge technology, a commitment to quality and experienced personnel to create one of the most recognizable and well-respected brands in the cannabis industry.

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