My Mississippi Medical Cannabis Gran Fondo — The Wheel Is Turning and You Can’t Slow Down

My Mississippi Medical Cannabis Gran Fondo — The Wheel Is Turning and You Can’t Slow Down
CANNANNEW REPORT

In late 2018, my esteemed partner, Whitt Steineker, recruited me to join the firm’s newly formed Cannabis Industry team. Around that time, groups in Mississippi were actively seeking signatures to get a ballot initiative in place for a medicinal cannabis program. Seeing the opportunities for me and my firm and understanding that if this initiative ultimately were to pass, being an early participant in such an exciting, interesting, and unique industry in Mississippi sounded fun and rewarding, so I put on my jersey and joined the team. Not long after I decided to join Bradley’s Cannabis Industry team, I also decided it was finally time for me to implement a real, meaningful form of exercise in my life. Running hurt my ankles and knees. I have never liked to lift weights and was intimidated by CrossFit. So my nearly decade-old hybrid bicycle seemed like a good place to start. As 10-mile rides turned into 20 miles and then 30-mile rides, I realized this was a form of exercise I could get into and actually enjoy. This culminated in me purchasing a real road bike at the end of 2019 and, despite saying I never would, going all in — spandex and all. Now, 10,000 plus miles later on that road bike, and after several century or other gran fondo rides, I am totally hooked. As you might imagine, these long rides give me plenty of time to think about a lot of stuff.  Recently, while on a ride it occurred to me that my experiences developing a cannabis law practice and getting into cycling share many similarities. Let me explain. Be Prepared for the Unexpected and Ride It Out Mississippi’s path to legalization and rollout of its medical cannabis program have been anything but predictable. I challenge anyone who says they anticipated the high level…

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