Christine De La Rosa is a transplanted Texan living and thriving in Oakland, CA. Christine spent 20 years as a systems architect in tech before coming to cannabis. She is a social entrepreneur who has spent most of her adult life building businesses that creatively engage and employ the local communities that surround them. A history in technology, business consulting, restaurants, event production companies, art, and retail was part of the trajectory that led to co-owning successful cannabis businesses in both California and Oregon. She is a well-respected business person, advocate and activist.
Christine is passionate about the industry that saved her life. At the top of her tech career, she almost died from complications of undiagnosed Lupus. In 2015, she found cannabis as an alternative to treat her lupus. No longer bound to 11 pills a day or monthly infusions, she was inspired by her experience to open Benefit Health Collective in 2016, along with her three co-founders to help those who most need access to cannabis. Together they have grown a profitable multistate dispensary and a fiercely sought after national social equity model and enterprise now known as The People’s Dispensary. Christine sits on the board of the Access and Innovation Project and is a committee member of the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee.
16/08/2019 Following the successful launch of the first-ever Cannabis Drinks Expo in San Francisco in July 2019, event organizers Beverage Trade Network have announced a follow-up Cannabis Drinks Expo event in Chicago for Summer 2020.