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Vermont Marijuana Convention: A Deep History Of Healing And Entrepreneurship

Photo Credit: Nicole Higgins Desmet
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Life-changing personal stories were the driving force behind Vermont’s first cannabinoid entrepreneurs at the first cannabis and hemp convention in South Burlington on Saturday.

“I have a sister who has a seizure disorder, so I really got interested in CBD in 2015 when the farm bill was enacted in Vermont,” Kyle Gruter-Curham said at his booth at the back the DoubleTree Hilton’s convention room.

Gruter-Curham is the owner of Creek Valley Cannabidoil in Irasburg. He launched his organic product line including vapor pen cartridges, CBD-infused Komucha tea, and CBD coconut oil last spring.

CBD-infused edible products were abundant at the convention hosted in part by Heady Vermont, a cannabis legalization advocacy group. Folks like Richard Porter and his wife, who sampled Luce Farm’s CBD-infused honey, drove three hours from Wilmington to get tips about growing their own hemp and marijuana and also shop for products.

“It almost eliminates all my shaking and the other thing it does is help me sleep at night. Sleep is so important to Parkinson’s,” Porter explained he uses a mix of edibles and a vapor pen to modify his symptoms from the neurological disease that keeps him in a wheelchair.

Women leaders

Further down the back row of booths, Gyan Devi, of Body Botanicals in Burlington, was selling a salve to a couple made of St. John’s Wort and CBD oil. She said could help ease pain from arthritis. Devi said she’d been making herbal remedies for 25 years, but was launching her new line of CBD-infused products at the convention inspired by her own condition: migraines.

Photo Credit: Nicole Higgins Desmet

Devi was also hoping to see other women get involved and stay at the top in the industry as entrepreneurs as Vermont moves toward deregulation.

The number of women holding executive positions in the cannabis industry fell 9 percentage points from 36 percent in 2015 to 26.9 percent in 2017. It’s still almost four…

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