District216: Benefit Honoring in Psychedelics

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Phone: (805)-380-5216

Email: jacob@district216.com

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Date & Time

Sat, May 20 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Address (map)

216 E. Gutierrez Street

Join us for our next District216 Marquee Event which will focus on Indigenous Reciprocity in Psychedelics and feature experts in the field. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about how new business models are available for psychedelics companies to adopt which will benefit indigenous tribes.


Time & Place: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm @ LoDo Studios, Santa Barbara

(Parking across the street is only available on the OfficeMax side of the lot).


Moderator Christian Gray: Christian Gray has 30 years of sales, marketing, and executive experience across several industries, including the quickly growing psychedelics ecosystem. Mr. Gray has been a speaker and event producer at hemp and cannabis workshops, conferences, and shows across the country, and has moderated several psychedelics-themed discussion panels. During the last five years, he has focused his time and attention on cultivating meaningful relationships within the legal cannabis, industrial hemp, and psychedelics industries. Mr. Gray has managed sales and marketing for several of the leading hemp genetics and psychedelics companies in North America. Those companies have served hundreds of farmers with tens of millions of seeds, clones, and young plants, as well as provided psychoactive substances for research and therapeutic purposes. Mr. Gray has extensive knowledge of the hemp and psychedelics supply chain from being active in the industry and doing research on companies throughout the industries. Some of that research and analysis is proprietary and has been produced under non-disclosure terms for Fortune 100 companies.

Panelist Troy Sia: The Last Captive of the Comanches, taken in the old way by Eviyah and brought into the Ohnononuh band of Numunuh. As an Eagle Priest and a Founder of Sia: The Comanche Nation Ethno-Ornithological Initiative we serve the people by upholding the spiritual integrity of all historic Numunuh forms of worship. CNAC proclaims Sia as Piah Puha Kahni (Mother Church) and an official repository and archive for our documents, photographs, songs, and material culture for our history, culture, and spirit of the Comanche people. Benefit Honoring is an alliance-building process created by Sia that supports cultural restorative governance for business with a verifiable financial outcome using the Nagoya Protocols. We are giving access to corporate entities and private interests to honor indigenous synergy that supports on-the-ground worldwide restorative action for sacred plants, animals, and our climate.

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Panelist Ariel Clark (she/they) is an attorney, activist, and co-founder of Clark Howell LLP, a women-steered business, corporate, and regulatory law firm focused on cannabis and psychedelics. Clark Howell LLP is actively engaged in conversations regarding drug policy reform, psychedelic lawyering, and helping to shape policy and practice that emphasize ethical business models that reimagine a new role for capitalism in commercialization. Prior to founding Clark Howell LLP, Ariel worked at California Indian Legal Services, a non-profit Indian rights law firm, and captained her own firm to be of service to the plants and communities she is in deep connection with. Among other roles, Ariel is also co-founder and board member of the Psychedelic Bar Association (PBA), serves as board steward of the Religious Use Committee, and actively participates in PBA’s Ethics Committee. Ariel is co-creating a 2023 PBA series on Law & Ethics: The Psychedelics Industry & Indigenous Peoples. Ariel is biracial, Odawa Anishinaabe, and French American lineages. Licensed in California; J.D., University of California Berkeley School of Law (2005); B.A. in Religious Studies, University of Michigan (2000).

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Panelist Eric Kaufmann’s work is a unique blend of more than two decades of business results with three decades of Zen training. He is a Fellow and Thought Leader at Harvard’s Institute of Coaching. He mentors and coaches CEOs and Executives through leadership, strategic, relationship, and life changes and challenges. He guides leaders to breakthroughs that resolve leadership breakdowns. Eric is known as a changemaker among executives at companies such as Dr. Bronner’s, Circle, Sunpower, Verizon, and Facebook. From Silicon Valley to Wall Street and Main Street, his clients attest to how Eric guides them past their perceived edge of achievements to unlock their next, out-of-sight, and unrealized potential. In addition to Leadership Breakdown: How Conscious Leaders Enrich Business and the World, he is also the author of the Four Virtues Of A Leader: Navigating the Hero’s Journey Through Risk to Results. His books, and his work, teach leaders how to think and what to do in order to become conscious leaders that easily navigate uncertainty and anxiety to achieve meaningful success.

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Panelist David Heldreth is a leading scientist, inventor, and educator in the cannabis and psychedelic communities. Heldreth was previously a journalist with a science background. He has now turned his interest in science and education to informing the public and expanding access via scientific and business development. He was a party to the recent DEA hearings to schedule psychedelic tryptamines and phenethylamines. Heldreth holds patents and is the founder and CEO of both: Ziese Farms and Panacea Plant Sciences, a biotechnology company developing a portfolio of cultivation, extraction, processing, formulation, and medical treatment intellectual property and patents around the cannabis plant, psychedelic life forms, and other medicinal crops. However, Panacea’s main focus is the development of an ethical, sustainable way of conducting business. The company has devoted 32% of the equity in perpetuity to indigenous groups and non-profits associated with supporting them and the environments the animals, fungi, plants, and people inhabit.

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Music: Electric Sea Sponge

MC / Comedian: Chris Williams – Let Loose Comedy


Catering: Culinary Confidential

Interactive Demo: Shiftwave 

Lighting Design: Timothy FitzGerald

Terpene Lounge feat. Green Spectrum Trading


Brett Skoonz

Matthew McAvene Creations




Green Spectrum Trading


Marco Pinto


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