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GCT100 2023 Nominees: Health & Wellness




Recreational cannabis gets much of the press these days, but the legal industry began with the opening of regulated markets to medical marijuana and CBD products. Today, THC+ medicinal cannabis and THC- CBD are legally available in some 55 countries around the world, while adult-use cannabis is fully or partially legal in just seven countries and decriminalized in about 35 more. Here are the scientists, doctors and businesspeople advancing cannabis as health care and therapy.


Derek Besenius
Co-Founder & CEO, LabCanna
Nashville, TN, United States

Hervé Damas
Founder & President, Dr. Damas Wellness & CBD
Miami, FL, United States

Christina DiArcangelo
CEO, Aevum Therapy
Las Vegas, NV, United States

Franjo Grotenhermen
Physician & Author
Hannover, Germany

Al Harrington
Co-Founder & CEO, Viola / Harrington Wellness
Los Angeles, CA, United States

Karen Herrera
Founder, Palm Organix
West Nyack, NY, United States

Bao Le
Founder & CEO,
Medford, OR, United States

Valentina Milanova
Founder & CPO, Daye
London, United Kingdom

Oludare Odumosu
CEO, Zelira Therapeutics
Newton Square, PA, United States

Trista Okel
Founder, Empower Bodycare
Clackamas, OR, United States

Mike Robinson
Founder, Global Cannabinoid Research Center
Santa Barbara, CA, United States

Lisa Rodwell
CEO, Daye
London, United Kingdom

Jacques Tortoroli
CEO, Charlotte’s Web
Denver, CO, United States

Geoff Whaling
Co-Founder, rePlant Hemp Advisors
Philadelphia, PA, United States

Medical Marijuana

Dr. Maria-Fernanda Arboleda
Resident, Santé Cannabis Clinic
Montreal, QB Canada

Jose Bacellar
President & CEO
VerdeMed, Toronto, ON Canada

Sagnik Bhattacharyya
Professor of Translational Neuroscience, King’s College London
London, United Kingdom

Heather Bradshaw
Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences, Indiana University
Bloomington, IN, United States

Robert Flannery
Founder & CEO, Dr. Robb Farms
Danville, CA, United States

Gabriella Gobbi
Professor, McGill University
Montreal, QB Canada

Heather Jackson
Co-Founder & President, Realm of Caring
Colorado Springs, CO, United States

Rachel Knox
Portland, OR, United States

George Kunos
Scientific Director, NIH National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
Bethesda, MD, United States

Shanel Lindsay
Founder & CEO, Ardent Life
Boston, MA, United States

José Lugardo
Founder & CEO, Grupo Sativa Health
Mexico City, Mexico

Iain McGregor
Director, Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics
Sydney, NSW Australia

Raquel Peyraube
Director & Doctor, International Association for Cannabis Medicines
Montevideo, Uruguay

Sue Sisley
President & Principal Investigator, Scottsdale Research Institute
Phoenix, AZ, United States

Fleta Solomon
CEO, Little Green Pharma
Perth, WA Australia

Matt Stang
Co-Founder & CEO, Delic
Los Angeles, CA, United States

Alvaro Torres
Co-Founder, CEO & Director, Khiron Life Sciences
Bogotá, Colombia



Going Global - Pioneering Cannabis Hospitality: A Conversation with Arend Richard

In this enlightening interview, Arend Richard, a seasoned entrepreneur from the cannabis industry, shares his journey from starting a YouTube channel to educate on cannabis use, to co-founding WeedTube, and developing a unique cannabis hospitality business. Born and raised in Colorado, Aaron discusses the evolution of his business ventures and his current project—creating a welcoming, educational environment for both seasoned and first-time cannabis users. He delves into the challenges of establishing a cannabis-friendly social space, including regulatory hurdles and community engagement, and highlights his vision for a new kind of social interaction centered around cannabis.

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