The CBD Industry Association (CBDIA) continues to expand and impress with its Latin American Advisory Board poised to make a strong and effective impact within the industry at large as it quickly grows its reach around the world. CBDIA Executive Director, Graciela Moreno expressed her excitement for, “the incredible group of leaders in LATAM that will be joining us and uniting to further the cannabinoid industry. We are able to join together and further the CBDIA’s mission on a global scale.”
Felipe Varas will hold the role of Regional Director & Chair brining a solid background of experience within the industry as a co-founder of Canopy Growth Latin America Division as well as being a founder and CSO of Diamond Hemp Chile. This background and direct experience is sure to be put into use as Varas leads CBDIA LATAM into the future.
The rest of the board is complimented by Regional Advisors Ethan Eastwood, an agribusiness juggernaut in his own right, Facundo Julián Alvarez, a physician and Director of International Relations for CANNAMERICA, and Sergio Sánchez Bustos, MD, who serves as Director for the NGO Latinoamerica Reforma.
The vast and varied skills and capabilities afforded by such a qualified and eclectic board are sure to drive the CBDIA LATAM chapter to reach new heights in the industry while spreading knowledge and understanding that will inevitably lead to continued progress. With such a diverse skillset ranging from cannabinoid research to education to policy reform, this board is more than capable of shaping the direction of the industry in Latin America and beyond.
“LATAM is one of the fastest growing cannabis and hemp markets,” says Moreno, and the expansion of the CBDIA here “will be an incredible opportunity for companies from the States to partner with and expand into Latin America. LATAM is ripe for cultivation and could possibly become the largest and biggest hemp producer.”
These are exciting times for the hemp and cannabis industries and the success and progression seen in the US is overdue to expand outside any borders. The opening of CBDIA LATAM represents the beginning of many years of continued growth within the region as well as an impressive evolution led by the capable minds, vast experience, and dedication to advancement that the new board members bring to the table.