Over the years, the marijuana industry has been battered from pillar to post. At times, it’s barely even been an industry – but, thankfully, times are changing. Today, we can look at the marijuana industry and see people who are making a genuine difference.
These are people who can make things happen, and who have fought the fight for cannabis through their lofty position as CEO of a company. These are the people we need helping to raise more awareness – and they will, hopefully, play a vital role in the years to come.
You’ve probably heard of Mr. Gover before. As the CEO of GW Pharmaceuticals, a company using cannabis-based drug derivative treatments for close to twenty years, he has some clout. Indeed, 2016 was a good year for the company – they’ve seen stocks increase more than 100% in early 2016. This leaves the company worth not too far off $2 billion, and pulling considerable clout for the medical marijuana community in general.
The breakthrough in epilepsy medication was a landmark moment, and helped to send GW into the stratosphere – and bringing a lot of goodwill with it. As the world stops viewing cannabis with scepticism, people like Gover could be vital to leading that charge.
As a powerful investor in the industry, and a long-time supporter of legalization, DeAngelo has seen his influence soar in recent years. He founded the Harbourside Health Center in Oakland around a decade ago, and says it’s taken in more than $35m in that time of annual medical pot sales.
More importantly, though, he’s part of the ArcView group, an investment group that wants to get involved – heavily. As the president of a group that’s spoken of raising more than $70 million for over 100 companies since founding just six years ago, his clout is only likely to increase as the years go by.
Dronkers is a powerful individual within the marijuana industry as the owner of the seed bank Weed Seed Shop and the hemp company HempFlax. His importance to the industry comes in a far more sceptical market, Europe. As the owner of one of the most powerful weed seed shop fronts in Europe, he’s a pioneer for a part of the world which is becoming increasingly more open-minded.
Having discovered the importance of hemp fibre working as a craftsman of fine clothing through travel and trade in Asia, Dronkers found inspiration for what has become a ground-breaking industry in Europe.
His work in not only Weed Seed Shop but also HempFlax will be vital for helping to improve the marijuana – and crucially, the hemp – industries. As far as his importance to the market goes in selling the best image possible of marijuana to Europeans, Dronkers has been a most positive proponent for the majority of his life. Few better salesmen exist, as the west begins to soften as a whole (albeit slowly) on marijuana.
Although many people are making a huge name for themselves in the industry, the three above are becoming particularly prominent for those interested in the business side. The future, with their assistance, could be very interesting.