DFCR board member Adriana Kertzer is quoted in this article, published by Weedmaps, on being a lawyer in the cannabis industry."
Kertzer refers to this phenomenon as “the cannabis slide" — when lawyers move into cannabis without taking a more holistic view of the industry. “If you slide into [cannabis], how do you do it responsibly?" she asked. “Recognize that any slide into any industry has to be culturally sensitive to the specific issues and politics of that space: social justice issues, the war on drugs and its impacts on Black and brown communities, and so on when it comes to cannabis. You can slide into any industry, but there is humility that's needed."
Read the full article at weedmaps.com
Adriana Kertzer is a Brazilian-American attorney, born and raised in São Paulo. Adriana has a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, a B.A. from Brown University in Judaic Studies and International Relations, and an M.A. from Parsons The New School for Design. She began her legal career as a corporate associate on Simpson Thacher & Bartlett’s Latin American capital markets team. Adriana has since drawn on her love of contracts as an entrepreneur in the fields of contemporary culture, real estate and cannabis, as well as in her role as Senior Advisor to the Senior Deputy Chairman at the National Endowment for the Arts under President Obama. Adriana is the author of the book Favelization: The Imaginary Brazil in Contemporary Film, Fashion and Design originally published by the Cooper Hewitt Museum (Smithsonian Institution). She is passionate about Jewish psychedelic culture, leads the interfaith working group Faith+Psychedelics, and founded JewWhoTokes, an Instagram account that explores relationships with cannabis and psychedelics in the Jewish community.