An amazing recounting the U.S. War On Drugs from Etienne Fontan, @atn420 co-founder and VP of Berkeley Patients Group, @my.bpg, who has served and is still active on the frontline of cannabis activism in the U.S. fighting the good fight for over 30 years. I have so much respect for those Americans who put their lives on the line to fight for cannabis legalization that I am now privileged to enjoy. It was a real joy to sit down and learn more about this history from Etienne himself.
Etienne Fontan, @atn420, is the co-owner and VP of Berkeley Patient Group, @my.bpg, the oldest cannabis dispensary in the U.S.
Etienne has been working for patients’ rights back in the era of Prop 215 in California alongside Dennis Peron, Jack Herer, and all the other cannabis warriors that paved the way for the access we have today. Additionally, he’s a war veteran fighting for the right for vets to legally medicate with cannabis.
Etienne Fontan Bio:
Etienne is Vice President and Co-Owner of Berkeley Patients Group (BPG). BPG is the nation’s oldest, and most respected medical cannabis dispensary, established in 1999. For nearly two decades, Etienne has helped position BPG as a model medical cannabis dispensary, with a vision to lead the emerging industry as it expands, evolves, and becomes more professional. He has founded medical and recreational cannabis retail, cultivation, and processing facilities in Berkeley, Emeryville, Incline Village, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Reno, Sparks, and West Hollywood.
As a business owner, Mr. Fontan is focused on making operations predictable, while continually working to improve the quality and affordability of medicine for patient members. Mr. Fontan has an extensive background as an engaged activist and public speaker dating back to 1993, seeking to make cannabis legal and safe. Starting in 1993, he was a director of the Cannabis Action Network and traveled through 47 U.S. states speaking at rallies, teach-ins, and tours, and reaching out to the general public on all cannabis-related issues. Mr. Fontan lobbied local, state, and Federal governments across the country for cannabis and industrial hemp rights. He is a combat veteran of the first Gulf War and now lobbies on the veteran’s behalf for the use of cannabis to treat PTSD and post-war injuries.
Mr. Fontan is a founding board member continuously serving on the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) Board of Directors, including as Board Chair during 2012-2013.