California is rapidly becoming to Cannabis what France is to wines, according to Ian Henzel, owner of the Cathedral City-based LeatherLeaf Marketing & Design. The industry is changing fast. With so many Cannabis and CBD products on the market, it can be difficult to know where to start.

Now is your chance to learn at one of the Coachella Valley’s finest restaurants, Wally’s Desert Turtle. The eatery will serve as the backdrop for a CBD & Cannabis Educational Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 10.

You will learn how cultivation impacts quality, products available, and their health benefits.

“I think there are many people who have heard about the health benefits of cannabis and CBD oil but don’t know anything about it and feel a bit intimidated walking into a dispensary,” Henzel said. “This event will help them understand it better, particularly the products on the market and how they are used. The idea (is) that they can then be more confident when shopping.

“I think erroneously many people think that everyone knows about Cannabis and CBD Oil, which simply isn’t the case,” Henzel told Uken Report. “Many older adults are intimidated by it and are not aware how it may be beneficial and help them with everything ranging from pain relief to sleeping better. The question is where can they get the information they need and not feel silly when they walk into a dispensary.”

This dinner event provides them with valuable information and education from leaders in the industry while they enjoy fine dining, Henzel said. It is a safe, friendly and familiar environment in which to gain knowledge.

Speakers for the educational dinner are Greta Carter of High Road Consulting, and Chansce Pittard store manager of The Leaf on El Paseo.

CBD Oil, Cannabis: Learn Their Health Benefits

Greta Carter

Carter, of Desert Hot Springs, is a pioneer in the legal cannabis industry and an expert in cannabis production, benefits, education and regulation, according to Henzel. She has appeared in national media including Newsweek, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, The History Channel and others.

Carter began her traditional business career in banking, eventually resigning as a vice president of Citibank after more than 18 years with the company to build her own multi-million-dollar real-estate-based business in Jacksonville, Fla. From there, Greta was drawn to the activism of the cannabis industry and moved to Washington in the mid-2000s, where she helped draft Seattle’s medical cannabis ordinance and the state’s outdoor cultivation regulations. She founded a chain of medical clinics and one of Washington’s most successful recreational cannabis cultivation facilities.

Carter founded High Raod Consulting in Desert Hot Springs. The firm specializes in supplementing entrepreneurs’ talents in the planning, licensing, and operating of cannabis businesses, from fundraising through development of an exit strategy.

CBD Oil, Cannabis: Learn Their Health Benefits

Chansce Pittard

Pittard is originally from New Mexico. He graduated with a degree in Engineering Management but after realizing his passion lies elsewhere he turned to a field that he’s always loved – Cannabis. Henzel said.  Over the years Pittard has accelerated his passion, continuing to learn and educate others about this plant and its beneficial qualities.

The educational event will be held in a private events room.

Cost of the educational dinner is $96 per person and includes a four-course meal, including dessert. Reservations are required.




Image Sources

  • Greta Carter: LeatherLeaf Marketing & Design
  • Chansce Pittard: LeatherLeaf Marketing & Design
  • Cannabis on a Plate: LeatherLeaf Marketing & Design