3 Takeaways from Toke Talks 2.0 in Portland

On March 16th, we hit up Toke Talks 2.0: The Future of Cannabis is Now in Portland. Toke Talks 2.0 is a one-day convergence of speakers discussing research, innovation, and technology as it applies to the cannabis industry. Topics included genetics, justice reform, the Internet of things, equity, automation, athletics, normalization, data, design, and more. Here are some of the takeaways from speakers we enjoyed the most.

Diversity in the Cannabis Industry, YEP.
OPHELIA CHONG, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST

Ophelia is the founder of Stock Pot Images and Asian Americans for Cannabis Education (AACE). She reminded us what we all know to be true: the cannabis industry needs diversity, and one way we can ensure this is how we choose to represent the industry as whole. 

Virtual Reality and Cannabis for Healing
PETER LUND OF SUPERGENIUS
Peter Lund is the Chief Operating Officer at SuperGenius, a virtual reality and video game development studio. While cannabis and virtual reality can easily be paired together for entertainment purposes, Peter spoke about virtual reality in healing, and as it applies to physical therapy. It really got us thinking about the rehabbing abilities of virtual reality, health, and cannabis.

Diversity in the Industry is Essential for Survival
MOWGLI HOLMES OF PHYLOS BIOSCIENCE

Mowgli is the co-founder and CEO of Phylos Bioscience, a cannabis genomics company based in Portland, Ore. He is a biologist trained in molecular genetics, microbiology, and evolutionary theory. Using his background in genetics, Mowgli shared some eye-opening thoughts on diversity in crops for survival as it applies to the diversity of humans in the industry.

Photo by eggrole / CC BY

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Karen Locke

Karen Locke

Karen is a writer, author, and content strategist with nearly ten years of writing experience. With a concentration on food, drink, and travel, she's written for GQ, Bon Appétit, Sip Northwest, Thrillist, and more. You can find her in dimly lit bars and restaurants, or exploring the Pacific NW when she's not writing full time.

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