Derek was born in Idaho, spent time on the west coast, then moved to Utah after high school. He has a background in technology and IT.
He was involved with an incident with police officers in 2010, where the officers inflicted head and chest injuries on Derek. He spent eight days in a medically induced coma with 22 staples in his head. With the help of Medical Marijuana, Derek was able to heal his body 100%. He says cannabis allowed him to feel his body.
Before this incident with the police, Derek went through a divorce, and experienced declines in mental health as a result. Derek began researching cannabis as a potential medicine.
Now, Derek is focused on Utah cannabis education and cannabis consulting. He has also recently helped SaltBakedCity.com with their technology.
The history of cannabis in America [11:46]
1776 – Betsy Ross uses hemp to make the American flag
1937 – First federal legislation to ban marijuana
1943 – Law passes to ban doctors from prescribing marijuana
1939-1945 – Hemp production increases to support World War II