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High Hopes – Hemp: Future Thought Leaders panel

March 8 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

| Free


March 8
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


UCSD Student Services Center
9500 Gilman Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093 United States
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For our ninth Future Thought Leaders presentation, a panel of experts will discuss the increasing use of hemp and cannabis in their various forms, including potential benefits and drawbacks.

As an agricultural crop, hemp is the strongest natural fiber in the world and can produce crucial resources such as food, rope, clothing, paper, and housing material. The U.S. sales value of hemp-based products is more than $600 million annually and growing.

Additionally, with the increasing legalization of marijuana in various states, including California, we will explore the differences between hemp, THC, and CBD, and their uses both medicinally and recreationally.


  • Provide enough food and also minimize excess
  • Put your name on the check-in list to receive a free raffle ticket and a chance to win fun hemp-related prizes after the discussion
  • Email you a parking code a few days before the event to be able to park for free on the UCSD campus.

Confirmed panelists:

Jackie Bryant, freelance journalist

Bryan Buckley, CEO and co-founder of Helmand Valley Growers Co.

Erik Cutter, managing director of Alegria Fresh

Dr. Mark Kalina, Pacific Pearl La Jolla

Carolyn Kates, Columbia Care

Rachel King, pastry chef and founder of Kaneh Co.

Douglas MacKay, Senior Vice President, Scientific and Regulatory Affairs CV Sciences, Inc.

Dr. Erica Oberg, CSO and co-founder, Halcyon Botanics

Moderated by Michelle Ciccarelli Lerach of Berry Good Food

2 – 2:30pm: Complimentary food by local chefs

2:30 – 4pm: Live panel discussion filmed by UCTV

Join the discussion via Twitter (@BerryGoodFood) by tweeting in questions to panelists using #BGFhighhopes

Please see the parking map on the Eventbrite page.

Watch video and/or read the recaps from our last eight panel discussions here.


Free and open to the public, Berry Good Food’s thought-provoking series of multidisciplinary Future Thought Leaders panels present varying viewpoints on sustainable food-related topics, such as the climate benefits of creating carbon-rich soil, the impact of meat production and consumption, food as medicine, strategies for combating food waste, and ways to build a more sustainable seafood system.

University of California Television (UCTV) videotapes the panel discussions, distributing the broadcast through its networks.

BGF’s Future Thought Leaders panels have been viewed more than 1.5 million times online to date, and have won 9 San Diego Press Club awards.