CBDIA Opens LATAM Chapter with Impressive Board

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.

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CBDIA Appoints Strategic Communications Veteran Jordan Isenstadt to Board of Advisors

Marino Senior Vice President help lead strategic communications efforts for CBDIA

NEW YORK – July 7, 2020 – The CBD & Cannabinoid Industry Association (CBDIA) today announced the appointment of Marino Senior Vice President Jordan Isenstadt to the association’s board of advisors. Marino is a full-service communications firm delivering data-driven, fully integrated strategies focused on changing perceptions, amplifying impressions and fostering high-level relationships to build brands. The firm will be the exclusive public relations partner for CBDIA.

“We are proud to add Jordan Isenstadt, a longtime communications strategist in the cannabis industry, to our growing board of advisors,” said CBDIA Executive Director Graciela Moreno. “Jordan and I share the same vision of positively altering and correcting the public’s perception of CBD and other cannabinoids. We know that this can only be achieved through communication, strong research and education. Jordan will be an asset in helping us to achieve these goals.”

As a senior vice president at Marino, a leading strategic communications firm with offices in New York City and Los Angeles, Isenstadt leads the agency’s cannabis practice, among other verticals including higher education and energy. Over the last four years, Marino has successfully built and expanded a cannabis unit, working with clients including Curaleaf, True Terpenes, Jenny’s Baked At Home, Breeder’s Best, REVEL, Xtraction Services, and Potbotics. Earlier this year, the agency also founded and launched the Cannabis Media Lab, a start-up accelerator that provides socially responsible cannabis entrepreneurs with specialized media-focused skills and resources.

“I look forward to solidifying CBDIA as the authoritative thought leader on the future of CBD and other cannabinoids in my new role on the board of advisors,” said Isenstadt. “As a strong supporter of CBD, cannabinoids and cannabis, I am committed to continue advocating for the plant while contributing to the Association’s mission to elevate awareness.”

Prior to joining Marino, Isenstadt was global chief communications officer at Australian-based education provider, Ducere Global Business School. Previously, he served as deputy director of the Association for a Better New York, a New York City based non-profit. Earlier in his early career, Isenstadt spent time in various political communications roles in the New York State Governor’s Office and for New York State Senator Liz Krueger, among others.

About the CBD Industry Association:

The CBD Industry Association (CBDIA) captures the ceaseless development and explosive growth as the cannabinoid industry’s leading trade association. They deliver essential resources so that those involved in the industry can share real-world knowledge and experiences. CBDIA nurtures and advances enduring success and awareness – no matter where you are in the industry. CBDIA was founded by Celeste Miranda who leads Celeste Miranda & Associates, as well as MACE Media Group (MMG). MMG is a leader in the cannabinoid publishing and event space, publishing Terpenes & Testing Magazine, Extraction Magazine, CBD Health & Wellness,

TOPICAL Magazine and the Journal of Cannabinoid Medicine, and producing The CBD Expo Tour, CannaFarm Con and CONCENTRATION Conferences. For more information, visit the CBDIA website.