Sara Payan

Public Education Officer, The Apothecarium

Sara Payan is a nationally recognized cannabis educator, speaker, public policy advocate, writer and consultant. She is the Public Education Officer for the Apothecarium in San Francisco and vice-chair of the San Francisco Cannabis State Legalization Task Force. Sara has had the honor of speaking and lecturing at such events as Patients Out of Time, Women Grow and The Women's Visionary Congress and the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association. With over 10,000 hours of hands-on experiential medical cannabis patient research, Sara has consulted with many large healthcare organizations such as Kaiser and UCSF, to help them better understand the role cannabis can play in their patients’ lives. She has lead large-scale industry training and lectures nationwide, including continuing education credit classes at accredited schools for healthcare practitioners through her private practice.

Sara created and taught the first cannabis education workshop series for City College of San Francisco’s Continuing Education program. The desire to bear witness and help others suffering through illness is what moved her to become an educator, advocate and activist for medical cannabis patients and is what drives her to lead the movement in normalizing cannabis use for health. Her experience as a stage III colon cancer survivor and her civil rights background fueled her passion for about creating safe access to cannabis through education and also inspired her to create a compassionate consulting training program for those in the medical cannabis industry and beyond. Her work has been highlighted in Dope Magazine, Cannabis Now, High Times and Ladybud. Sara is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is also a writer for Cannabis Now.