Field of dreams: the CEO of British Cannabis™ on building a legacy

Field of dreams: the CEO of British Cannabis™ on building a legacy
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Entrepreneur  and CEO of British Cannabis, Tom Whettem, on building a legacy his daughter would be proud of and securing the position of largest manufacturer of legal cannabis in the UK. “My number one goal is to have my son say I love you. People take that for granted… that people talk and say I love you. That’s all I want to hear my son say.” These words from Jason David, father of epileptic child, Jayden, rocked the world of medical cannabis in April 2013. He described weening his seven-year-old son off 22 prescription pills a day to be replaced by a small dose of cannabis oil, almost immediately putting an end to the constant seizures from which he had suffered since birth. “The first day I gave it to him was the first day he went seizure-free in his life,” Jason tells his interviewer in a YouTube video that has since been shared thousands of times. Tom’s journey For another father, Tom Whettem, these words were powerful enough for him to begin a journey that propelled a small British start-up to become the largest manufacturer of legal cannabis supplements in the UK. It’s a journey that has seen him play an instrumental role in influencing the regulatory direction of ‘Novel Food’ supplements, working with the EU and member states, supporting trade bodies and securing the position of an industry built around the once-controversial substance. Tom Whettem, CEO of British Cannabis When Tom was growing up in Berkshire, UK, attending the same school as Dragons’ Den’s Peter Jones, Cannabis was just an illegal substance. But all that has changed. As of 31 March 2022 Tom’s company British Cannabis, now manufactures nine per cent of all CBD food supplements legal to sell in the UK, following successful inclusion on the Food…

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