Andrea (Drayah) Sallis | FOUNDER, HEALTHWAY EDUCATION SYSTEMS
With Healthway, over the past four years, Ms. Sallis has assisted patients and healthcare offices to be “Pro Patient” and exhaust every option of wellness, to include adding hemp and cannabis as part of the solution. Healthway Education Systems provides a catalog of education modules from What Physicians need to Know, Cannabis and Elder care, Cannabis Treatment for Patients & their Choice to Cannabis in cancer and palliative care and Neuropathy and Neuropathic Pain Management. Andrea, knows the business of cannabis and in Texas, formed Texas Hemp Harvesters Association, where the future of hemp is Now. Providing a central, standardized marketplace for the hemp industry, focused on ethical business practices, use of environmentally friendly disciplines, sustainable and organic agriculture to produce high quality products. As far as we’ve come as a nation with more social acceptance of cannabis, Andrea has not forgotten “Why” cannabis chose her: to bridge the gap between cannabis, commerce, and community.
What social justice and/or criminal justice reforms do you want the US to make around its drug policy, particularly around cannabis?
The US has created a Terminal Condition in the “urban” community where we are still at war with drugs. The War is now evident that it was to dissolve of fabric of family in underserved communities. If I could choose one area where the US must change the drug policy in their effort to prevent so-called more drug abuse, [it would be] to acknowledge a core deficiency: the Mental Health issues and lack of access to healthcare services. The challenge with minorities, who are the most socially impacted, is overcoming the stigma associated with cannabis.
How do you incorporate gender parity, social justice, and environmental sustainability into your work and the growth of your business/organization?
Access to federal funding and lending will soon be accessible within the cannabis industry soon enough. The old adage, he who has the gold rules the world; and the same for cannabis businesses and organizations. There is a clear intent to maintain barriers of entry for the average person to access the cannabis space; and that most commonly inflicted are those that have experienced social injustices. With Our Cannabis Culture, we being to bridge that gap. Community, commerce, then Cannabis. Equip the community most affected by real change of social justice reform and redefine a sustainable environment. Empower businesses and organizations to be responsive to a disenfranchised population, that embracing the need for social ratification is necessary and will increase the bottom line of their cannabis commerce.
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