A FREE symposium discussing the many uses and benefits of the cannabis plant as well as the new Florida laws and regulations.
Featuring World Renowned Guest Speakers:
In the feature-length film RasTa: A Soul’s Journey, Donisha travels to 8 countries to learn about the roots and evolution of RasTafari globally, and the great impact of her grandparents’ legacy. Currently, she is working on a short film, ‘Earthworm,’ which looks into a new perspective, briefly delving into what the woman and child have endured as a result of the criminalization of Cannabis.
Dr. Jeffrey S. Block
He directs Block Botanical Gardens in Miami, Florida; a leading Institutional Member of the American Public Gardens association (APGA), and serves the Florida Department of Agriculture Extension Office’s programming as a certified Master Gardener and Course Educator for the University of Florida’s institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
Well-documented as a botanical medicine for over 5,000 years, the cannabis plant’s biochemistry, mechanisms of acJon, and anecdotal versus evidence-based safety & efficacy profiles have recently become the subject of intense scientific and legislative scrutiny.
This lecture will discuss the ethnobotanical and cultural use considerations of a plant now known to contain therapeutic balances of phytocannabinoid and terpenoid compounds that are challenging some of the world’s foremost researchers and awaiting clinicians. These chemicals have revealed the endocannabinoid receptor system; a previously unknown ubiquitous receptor system responsible for maintaining physiological balances that are essential in sustaining animal life. Future innovations will abound as international researchers use 21st century science to position cannabis for its reintroduction back into modern healthcare’s therapeutics.
Dr. Murali Doraiswamy
Scheril Murray Powell
She has been selected to present at a number of Cannabis Conferences including the Canna-Ed Conference hosted by the Florida Cannabis Coalition. Scheril is the regular Cannabis Law expert on Cannabis Law Radio every Sunday morning on 900 Talk Radio in Florida. She presented at the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists Joint Conference in August 2016 on the topic of: “Exposing the Truth: Getting Access to Audio and Video Evidence in Police Involved Shootings”. Scheril is the Secretary of the FIU College of Law Alumni Board. While at FIU Law, she was the Charter President of the Palm Beach ABA Student Organization and a member and coach of the Board of Advocates Negotiation Team. In 2013, Scheril won the FIU Law Intramurals Negotiation Competition, also she and her partner won the ABA Southern Region Negotiation Competition. In 2014, she and her partner came in 2nd place in the Nelson Mandela International Negotiation Competition and she was awarded the distinction of Best Overall Negotiator for her efforts.
Scheril served on the Black Law Student Association’s National Board for two years and is passionate about eradicating sex trafficking and other social justice issues such as police brutality. She has interned at the State Attorney’s office in the 15th Judicial Circuit of Palm Beach County and for two judges of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Broward County. In the summer of 2014, she was served as an Anti-Defamation League Summer Associate.
She believes that practicing the law and advocacy for the disadvantaged go hand in hand. She is an activist and has dedicated her time and resources to promoting awareness, access to educational resources, and support for survivors of domestic violence and trafficking. She has a Facebook page called “Police Chronicles” which documents national police interactions with the community.
She sits on the board of two non-profit organizations: Project Ship Foundation which guides the youth through the various “ships” of adolescence including “Leadership”, “Citizenship”, “relationship”, “entrepreneurship”, and “sportsmanship”; and Project 360 Degrees, an advocacy organization for survivors of sex trafficking. She mentors Pre-Law and Law School students of diverse backgrounds and has been a speaker at the Black and Hispanic Prelaw Conference, the Diversity Prelaw Conference, and the HBCU Prelaw Summit and Expo.
Law is a second career for Scheril. She spent over a decade in the wireless industry working for T-Mobile, USA; T-Mobile, UK; RIM BlackBerry; and MetroPCS as a Customer Retention Strategist and Marketing Interface Manager rolling out training, technical change, cultural change, and process improvement projects Nationwide.
Scheril received her undergraduate Business Management degree from Florida Atlantic University with a minor in Marketing where she pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and served as the Student Government Senate Speaker for seven campuses.
Scheril credits her hard working and strict Jamaican parents James and Judith Hall for her work ethic, tenacity, persistence, and commitment to excellence. She was taught at a young age that we all have a responsibility to each other and must be the example that tears down stereotypes while opening the door for others to follow in your footsteps. She stays motivated by remembering that her son Judah is watching how she lives her values and “walks the talk” in her daily activities. Scheril believes that every test is for a testimony that will glorify God. If He can do all that he has done for me…imagine his plans for you.
Michael C. Minardi
Michael has been and continues to be at the forefront in Florida of changing antiquated perceptions, educating the public on the safety of cannabis, and bringing light to the harm being perpetuated by current laws. He is also leading the charge to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol as the Campaign Manager of Regulate Florida. He was named the October 2016, Freedom Fighter of the Month in High Times magazine for his continued fight for cannabis freedom.
Dr. Nadine Gourkow
Nadine Gourkow is a researcher, educator and activist on behalf of animals. She holds a Masters in Animal Welfare Science from the University of British Columbia and a PhD in Veterinary Science from the University of Queensland. She is currently completing a postgrad diploma in Veterinary Herbal Medicine.
Nadine studies links between behavior, emotions, immunity and health in animals. She also examines the therapeutic effect of medicinal plants, including cannabis, on the physical and emotional wellbeing of animals. Nadine promotes the One Health Approach – “The connections among people, animals and our shared ecosystem”. She is an experienced grower embracing veganic agricultural practices to protect the environment and to produce pure organic plant medicine for animals.
She is a member of the International Research Cannabinoid Society, the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids and the Cannabis
Born and raised on his family farm in North Carolina, Preston’s Cannabis advocacy began after witnessing the decline of the tobacco industry, putting his and many family farms out of business. His career has led him to work with local, state and federal legislators and Universities to educate on the viability and solutions for the hemp industry. In 2016 these efforts were validated with the passing of the North Carolina Hemp Bill and he is now working toward getting the first legal cannabis plants in the ground on his farm since 1937. To help jumpstart the hemp industry in NC, Preston founded Source Hemp, a NC based firm supplying genetics, brokerage opportunities and consulting services to the Hemp Farmers of NC. SHNC’s mission is to identify the bottlenecks in the US hemp industry and through leveraging their global networks, craft solutions to create a seamless flow of goods and services, from seed to the final retail product. Preston is the Director of Sales for CBDRx / Functional Remedies, a Boulder, CO based vertically integrated Hemp Company specializing in every aspect of their business including genetics, sustainable farming practices, advanced infusion techniques to their final products. Preston is the Program Director for NOCO Hemp Expo, coordinating content and international speakers into a 2 day International Hemp education, networking and entertainment event. Preston serves as a Technical Advisor to the National Hemp Association and continues his advocacy as the legal landscape of Cannabis continues to evolve.
As Founder and CEO of Ojai Energetics, Will Kleidon helps provide consumers with cutting-edge, science-driven organic nutraceutical and medical food products for achieving optimal physical and spiritual health. With Ojai Energetics, Will aims to provide the purest, healthiest, and most ethically produced CBD product on the market that provides people a viable key to living the most effective and healthiest life possible.
Prior to founding Ojai Energetics, Will studied permaculture in Australia where he apprenticed with one of the world’s leading experts, Professor Robyn Francis, at Permaculture College Australia. There he received the second highest nationally accredited certification in Permaculture Design. At just 17 years old, Will used his interest in helping people and the planet to coordinate a sustainability festival with 25 organizations and 500 attendees.
Will is based out of Ojai, California, where he has planted over 100 trees to organically build back the topsoil on his five-acre ranch.
In 2012, Jacel left New Jersey to return to Miami Florida, seeking help from Miami Children’s Hospital’s brain institute. At three months old, while in New Jersey, Bruno had his first seizure. At six months old, Bruno’s episode rushed them into trauma, and he was then diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome. Jacel attended a Dravet Syndrome conference, where she met a parent whose son was having successful results using cannabis oil.
In 2013, Jacel traveled to Colorado seeking information. While in Colorado, Jacel and Bruno met Dr. Sanja Gupta while filming Weed 2, CNN’s documentary.
In 2014, Jacel testified in Tallahassee on behalf of CBD, before learning of the need for the whole plant reform. While in Tallahassee, Jacel met two other mothers with critically ill children who now, along with Jacel are known as the CannaMoms. CannaMoms mission is to provide awareness of, education about, and access to alternative & supplemental healthcare options for critically or chronically ill, medically-complex, and special needs children.