Shan Claudio is the CEO of Dallas Hemp Company whose mission is to provide purchasing solutions of the best CBD products that farms can produce. He joins us to share about the stigma towards Cannabis, his upbringing as a victim in the war on drugs, and his efforts to educate people on the benefits of hemp and CBD.
Shan first tells us about the prohibition on cannabis in Dallas. There is a huge need to educate people about what cannabis is and how it helps people. Shan explains how there are people who want to try it, but their fears about the legalities get the best of them. While cannabis is a big umbrella term, the distinction between hemp and cannabis is a hard mold to break.
~ A Difficult Upbringing ~
Shan then tells us about his upbringing in a small town in Indiana. He explains how there seemed to be only one reason to grow up in this town; make babies and get high. Surrounded by bad influences and drugs, he had already committed 7 felonies by the time he was 13. A judge sentenced him to be kicked out of the state and sent to Texas to live with his father. He was warned that if he returned, he would be locked up until his 21st birthday. Unfortunately, his first day at school in Texas saw him getting caught with a bag of weed, and he found himself being sent back to Juvenile detention.
When he was 16, Shan ran away from home and started selling weed until he turned 18. He then started traveling with companies dealing with construction and home decor, which gave him an opportunity to meet new people, and make partnerships as a young dealer. At 21, Shan had a daughter while also serving probation for ten years. After completing his probation, he got approved for a growing license and started his company in 2016. Coincidentally, his uncle was starting to grow weed around the same time Shan was approved for a growing license. They then decided to open a new company together called Dallas Hemp Company.
~ A Passion for Giving Back ~
Shan is not resentful towards his upbringing. In fact, he sees his upbringing as one big learning experience. He has always been passionate about telling his story because it helps others who have been through rough spots in their timelines. His company is able to give people who have also been victims of the war on drugs brighter futures. The system is broken because people who are accused of these crimes are put into boxes and told they hardly ever have a shot at a good life. One thing that Shan says we need more of is reform. There needs to be legalization in a space where people are not fighting over it. Shan is incredibly happy at where he has gotten by working hard, and strongly believes that nobody can take that away from him. This is the main reason why he is passionate about giving back to the community and creating the life he has now.
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“I value the personal relationships I have in my life. I have a lovely family and all my friends around me and people that I call friends are real friends. And that is how I measure my success.”
3 DANK Points
🌱 Being a victim to the war on drugs does not mean you don’t deserve a successful life.
💰 Stigma and regulation laws have made it hard to find investors in the cannabis space.
🚓 There is a huge need for reform and advocacy for the underserved.
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