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Blunt Talks: SF

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$15 - $35

You’re invited to an evening of “Ted” style presentations by cannabis professionals, networking, and an awesome raffle. Did we mention Tacos?

Blunt Talks are “Ted” style presentations given by innovators of the cannabis industry who want to share their knowledge so we can grow together!

With the passage of Proposition 64 (legalization of recreational marijuana use), the California cannabis industry is experiencing a period of rapid growth! There are more businesses, brands, products, and services than ever before, and now is your chance to learn from a few that are really changing the game!

Whether you’re a professional looking to transition careers into the cannabis industry, a canna-professional looking to keep up to date with whats going on, or a business owner that is looking to add talent to your team, this installment of Blunt Talk is for you!
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  1. Eat tacos. Check out our sponsors. Make friends.
  2. Hear short, TED-style talks from cannabis professionals.
  3. Have a chance to win cool swag.
  4. Ask some questions.
  5. Win more swag.


Kaiya Bercow, CEO at Utopia.

Topic: Company Culture
Kaiya Bercow is CEO at Utopia, a premium California cannabis company. As a co-founder, Kaiya has had the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of the companies growth as it has transitioned from a three-person team to being in over 250 dispensaries throughout CA. After graduating summa cum laude with High Thesis Honors from Tufts University, Kaiya moved to Santa Cruz and fell in-love with the entrepreneurial spirit of the emerging legal cannabis market. Through a commitment to transparency, quality and higher business ethics, Utopia is a leading brand in the newly regulated cannabis space.

Sara Payan, Vice-chair of the San Francisco State Legalization Task Force, Director of Education at the Apothecarium

Sara Payan is the vice-chair of the San Francisco Cannabis State Legalization Task Force, nationally published writer, consultant, award-winning cannabis educator specializing in cancer related therapies and the Director of Education at the Apothecarium. She is a stage-three colon cancer survivor who was first introduced to medical cannabis during her treatment. The patient experience through critical illness is what moved Sara to become an
educator, advocate and activist for medical cannabis patients and drives her to lead the movement in normalizing cannabis use for health. Her civil rights background fueled her passion for creating safe access to cannabis through education and inspired her to create a compassionate consulting training program for those in the
medical cannabis industry and beyond.

Sara has had the honor of speaking and lecturing at such conferences as Patients Out of Time, Women Grow and The Women’s Visionary Congress. With over 10,000 hours of hands-on experiential medical cannabis patient research, she has consulted with many large healthcare organizations such as Kaiser and UCSF, to help them
better understand the role cannabis can play in their patients’ lives. Sara had lead large-scale industry training and lectures nationwide, including continuing education credit classes at accredited schools for healthcare practitioners through her private practice.

HealthMJ lists her as one of 10 people who are leading the movement to inform patients about medical cannabis. Her work has been highlighted in Dope Magazine,Cannabis Now, High Times and Ladybud. Sara is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies. Follow her on Instagram:

Hosted by: Michael Starr

After years of being told his habits made him a paradox – striving to be a professional, kind, driven, and intellectual young man, while also smoking weed every day – Michael founded We Know Weed to end cannabis stigma.

Driven by passion, Starr has a variety of experiences he brings to the industry. Michael helped UCLA’s non-profit increase its fundraising by more than 20% through strategic partnerships and marketing. He also developed LA based restaurant Fat Sal’s Deli community engagement, and implemented tactics to motivate employees. Most recently, Michael was managing the events and marketing for the Harvest Shops in San Francisco.


Paragon helps talented individuals find their place in the cannabis industry. If you’re a business that needs to hire, a professional looking for a new career, or have any questions at all, email team@joinparagon.us

We Know Weed


Canopy is a seed-stage business accelerator program and venture fund for the cannabis industry.

My name is Petey Wheatstraw, also known as Charles Stevens. I’m an avid marijuana smoker, writer, devoted father and non-profit minion– not necessarily in that order. A Chicago native I’ve lived off and on in the Bay Area since 1996. Seven years ago I finally settled here to capture the changing face of our communities.


February 22
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$15 - $35
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Meadow MD
60 13th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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email team@joinparagon.us