Damon Bates is a name you may know if you have been around California cannabis long enough. The former president of California Cannabis Alliance, Damon was at the forefront of the fight for decriminalized cannabis in Calaveras county, the pioneer grounds for cannabis regulation in the United States. Damon Bates is intimately acquainted with the origins of the cannabis business in the United States, and so it is natural that he joins the team that is shaping cannabis’s global future.
He is a seasoned industry professional, with working knowledge of the plant from seed to sale. Damon was not only a leader in the first chartered organization representing the cannabis plant in California, but he also — along with his wife Dottie — held, consulted on, or partnered with twenty-eight of the first 150 provisional permits granted in the state of California. His tireless dedication to the cannabis plant shines through his work with clients and in every plant he touches.
Damon’s passionate speeches always end the same way: cannabis is an essential part of our composition as humans and we must spread this knowledge and reeducate our communities. He says,
“Cannabis isn’t a drug, it’s not even a vitamin. This is not just another supplement, it’s not. It’s integral to your physiology. You don’t have a vitamin C system, but you do have an endocannabinoid system. This is the key to unlocking the potential for the cannabis marketplace. When the world understands this, humans will be more whole, and cannabis will become the household item it was always intended to be.”
Ever intent on his mission to bring humanity back to homeostasis, Damon’s status as an “OG” carries weight to those in the know. He joins Gateway Proven Strategies with the same fervor that he fought for patient’s rights — bringing his twenty-plus years of experience to the emerging global arena.
Of GPS, Damon states, “I just really wanted to join a team that kicks ass, and this is the team for me. I am excited to grow and build with Gateway Proven Strategies.”
Gateway Proven Strategies is a full-service global consultancy specializing in emerging markets. Our expertise in hemp and cannabis established an extensive international ecosystem of businesses, policymakers, and subject matter experts that are at your service! We are not only stakeholders in this thriving industry, but also responsible, ethical advocates. To book a consultation on your venture, visit www.gps.global.