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2016 Slow Living #4: Plant-based medicines - Raap, King

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PLENARY 4: Plant-based medicines, can VT and our farms be a leader?

Will Raap, Founder, Gardener’s Supply, and Jovial King, Founder, CEO, Creative Director of Urban Moonshine Organic Herbal Apothecary.

Not many people with a medical need know where to begin when considering cultivating or sourcing their own supply of medicinal cannabis or other plant-based remedies. Medicinal plants were once an integral part of every community and home garden. While this know-how has been lost in most of the industrial world, plant-based medicines are part of the $200B+ and fast-growing personalized medicine, complementary and alternative medicine including the legal $2.7B (74% growth) 2014 marijuana market. Topics covered will include: –What do we know about the plant-based medicine opportunity, and where can we learn more? –What’s happening in VT with plant-based medicines globally and how does it relate to the VT local food and ag diversification movements? –What are examples of successful ag entrepreneurship and farm diversification with medicinal plants? –What does a quick SWAT analysis look like for this VT industry and what can the private sector and government do about it? –What are the federal and State legal issues and realities, for medical cannabis and other plant-based medicines? –What is happening in the 2016 Vermont Legislative session, and what does it mean for you? 

Production Date: 
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 08:15

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