Finding Success Through Diversity: Q&A With Dragonfly Wellness’ Narith Panh

Finding Success Through Diversity: Q&A With Dragonfly Wellness’ Narith Panh
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<![CDATA[After a life-changing tragedy struck his family, Narith Panh, chief operating officer (COO)  of Utah-based, vertically integrated medical cannabis company Dragonfly Wellness, entered the cannabis industry on a mission to help families find relief through this alternative form of medicine.Now, more than two years into this journey, Panh shares with Cannabis Business Times what drew him to the industry, lessons learned and some of the company’s biggest accomplishments in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.Melissa Schiller: How did you get your start in the cannabis industry, and how did it lead to your current role with Dragonfly Wellness?Narith Panh: I joined Dragonfly about two and a half years ago. What got me into it was an unfortunate accident with my brother. My brother was involved in an auto-pedestrian hit-and-run accident. He was hit by a drunk driver as he was crossing the street at about 40 mph. That has a 90% mortality rate, so we’re really lucky that he survived the accident. Not only did he survive, but he really thrived through it. A big reason that he was able to thrive was that through his entire nine-month recovery, we medicated him on edible cannabis only—not a single pain pill. We still have the original prescriptions in the bottle that they originally gave him.I was born and raised here in Salt Lake City, so the opioid epidemic is no stranger to me. I’ve lost friends and family to that. I didn’t want my brother to be the next statistic. It’s a very common story: A guy gets into an accident and all of a sudden, he becomes a heroin addict on the street. That’s really crazy to get to that point, but it’s a very common story that many families have to deal with.One of [my…

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