Chamber co-founder breaks down barriers, connects and uplifts the cannabis community
For Tina Ulman, the journey to legalizing cannabis was personal.
“One more person in my life has lost their life to drug addiction and imprisonment for an unfair drug policy,” she said, “and I am determined to help change the system. for the next person who might also experience similar events. “
So far, the efforts of the legalization movement are bearing fruit and Ulman has been a leader in setting the next steps for Nevada and the country.
As co-founder and president of the Cannabis Chamber, and brand manager for Old Pal, Ulman helps make the industry more inclusive. The chamber was founded in October to foster resources and connections, and build relationships with political and judicial leaders. He has already achieved great victories in the state.
Do you have recent news to share?
This year, we campaigned for the passage of House Bill 341, Legalization of Cannabis Consumption Lounges, and AB400, DUI Cannabis Reform. We were also able to unite and uplift our cannabis community when most people were feeling disconnected and anxious. Nothing has been more fulfilling and necessary for our mental health.
Why is the cannabis industry important to you?
This herb has the ability to positively impact minds, bodies and economies like we have never legalized before. We have embarked on a “green revolution” and it is imperative that people in the industry operate with conscious capitalism and recognize that it is a privilege to be in this space. Thousands of people have spent years in prison for cannabis, and now that we have the opportunity to build a thriving industry, we need to do it right and well, and not just what benefits the rich and the well-connected.
The industry has achieved major victories in recent years after decades of activism. What are the next three or four goals?
The next goals we will focus on are …
1) Continue to increase opportunities for owners and operators in crops, production, retail, delivery and laboratories for those who did not participate in the first two licensing cycles, which include: Blacks, brown people, women and those affected by drug policy failure.
2) Continue to work with the Cannabis Compliance Council to improve regulations that were created at the start of adult legalization and that should be revised to increase efficiency, reduce waste and better meet patient needs.
3) Deprogram and decriminalize at the federal level.
4) Increase salaries and employee benefits. We have far too many people in Nevada who are only hiring part time because they don’t want to pay benefits.
What disinformation would you most like to clear up about cannabis?
That cannabis is an “entry drug” when in fact it is an “exit drug” in many cases of substances that have ruined the lives of so many people, such as alcohol, prescription drugs, methamphetamine and heroin. We are now at a point where everyone knows someone whose life has been negatively affected by these substances to the point of losing their family, everything they have and their life. If we were to give people cannabis and advice instead of arresting and imprisoning them, drug addiction and misinformation would be very different in the near future.
What will recent cannabis legislation mean for the state? And why didn’t consumer fairs already exist here? Was it just a blind spot in the original law that no one took into account?
Recent legislation means that dispensaries and independent owners will be able to legally open a place for the consumption of cannabis and infused food and drink. Twenty independent salon licenses will be issued and 10 of them will go to applicants for social equity and diversity. This bill is also the first to establish what constitutes “social equity”. Consumer fairs did not exist before because it was not included in question 2, which was irresponsible on the part of our political leaders not to give consumers a legal place to consume. Fortunately, MP Steve Yeager and current lawmakers thought differently and passed it this year.
What has been your most exciting professional project to date?
Create and build the Cannabis Chamber with my colleagues in the industry who have helped me fill my cup in any way I can. Whether it’s knowledge, love, light or memorable experiences, the growth of this organization has been extremely exciting this past year. The more I learned about the laws and industry demographics, the more I wanted to change them, but I wasn’t sure how. So I’ve become a sponge and a workaholic over the past two and a half years, and so far it’s paying off.
What are you reading at the moment? Or binge-watching?
Aside from browsing rabbit holes on Instagram about the cannabis universe and current events, I like to listen to podcasts to keep my mind straight. My favorites are the NPR Politics Podcast, Oprah Super Soul Conversations, Everything Abraham Hicks and Cannabis Invest.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I consider myself the owner and operator of a successful cannabis business – so successful that I can donate thousands of dollars to organizations that support my passions and give others the opportunity to live their visions. I see myself leading my community to more victories and shaping Nevada to be even more dope and prosperous than it already is.
Who do you admire?
I admire my parents for not tying me to a tree and leaving me there, because I talked so much and was quite sassy when I was a kid, and 100% worse when I was was preteen and teenager. I truly admire them for being wonderful humans who have taught me more lessons than I could ever mention. I also admire my grandmother, my aunts and all my cousins who are badass women who know how to lead, love and laugh at all my jokes.
This story appeared in Las Vegas Weekly.