Andrew DeAngelo is a unique leader with a proven track record of making visionary social change and business innovations operational. During his almost 13-year tenure at Harborside he has pioneered legal cannabis business processes, and provided political engagement and thought leadership to the cannabis community.
Andrew led the design and development of gold-standard cannabis retail by innovating many “firsts” for the industry, including introducing CBD medicines to heal severely epileptic children (as documented in Discovery Channel’s Weed Wars in 2011), implementing the first lab-testing program in the history of cannabis dispensing, creating child-resistant packaging for edibles, standardizing inventory tracking, initiating senior outreach, and successfully preventing the federal government from seizing Harborside in forfeiture actions against the company in 2012.
Andrew graduated with honors from Chapman University with a B.F.A degree in Communications/Theatre. He began his political career as an activist while studying for his M.F.A in acting at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Over two decades as an activist, Andrew worked on a variety of voter initiatives which legalized medical and adult use cannabis in San Francisco, Washington D.C, and the State of California. As an actor, Andrew starred at the 1997 Sundance International Film Festival in the feature film Mary Jane’s Not A Virgin Anymore and on national television shows like Superior Court and Homicide: Life on the Street as well as dozens of plays all over the country. He also starred in Discovery Channel’s reality television series Weed Wars in 2011-12. Andrew has also been a professor of acting at Chapman University and has offered cannabis business training on Green Flower Media. As a speaker, Andrew has appeared at the MJBusiness Daily Conference in Las Vegas, NCIA Conferences in Chicago/Boston/San Jose and the U.S Cannabis Conference in Miami.