Steve DeAngelo

Chairman Emeritus, Harborside

Steve DeAngelo, a globally recognized cannabis leader, was dubbed “the father of the legal industry” by former Speaker of the California Assembly Willie Brown.
Steve is a lifelong activist, author, educator, investor, and entrepreneur who has spent over four decades on the front lines of the cannabis reform movement. His most notable business achievements include co-founding Harborside, one of the first six dispensaries licensed in the United States-now a publicly traded company on the Canadian Securities Exchange; Steep Hill Laboratory, the first cannabis analytics company; and the Arc View Group, the first dedicated cannabis investment network.

Steve is also the author of The Cannabis Manifesto, and originator of the wellness approach to understanding cannabis. He played a key role in the passage of Initiative 59, Washington DC’s medical cannabis law; the passage of Prop 64, California’s adult use law; and successfully defended multiple legal attempts by US federal authorities to shutter the doors of Harborside.
His media projects include the starring role in Weed Wars, the first cannabis-oriented reality TV show, produced by the Discovery Channel in 2011; a new online TV show, Ask Steve DeAngelo, available on; and extensive appearances on most major media outlets including CNN, FOX, MSNBC, CNBC, and The New York Times.

Steve speaks widely on the topic of cannabis reform and the cannabis industry. He believes that a profitable, ethical, politically engaged cannabis industry will be the most powerful force in spreading cannabis reform to every corner of the planet. Launching the Last Prisoner Project in 2019, he will not rest and will not stop until the last cannabis prisoner is free.

Steve DeAngelo
The Last Prisoner Project
Steve DeAngelo at SXSW 2019
As seen on BNN Bloomberg in JUNE 2019
The Cannabis Manifesto