Executive Director, Green Heart Holistic Health & Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Vice President, Harborside Health Center
Andrew DeAngelo serves as executive director for Green Heart Holistic Health & Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in Boston, Mass., and is currently vice president of Harborside Health Center in Oakland and San Jose, Calif. Andrew has been an activist in the medical cannabis reform movement for over 25 years.
Andrew DeAngelo’s journey with cannabis began as a teenage activist writing about cannabis law reform in his advanced placement courses at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. He then accepted scholarship in theatre arts to Chapman University and eventually, the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. While in graduate school in 1991, Andrew helped collect signatures for Proposition P, which legalized medical cannabis in the City of San Francisco—the first such law passed by any jurisdiction in the United States. Building on this momentum, Andrew then helped organize for Proposition 215, which legalized medical cannabis in 1996 in the State of California—the first state to do so. Shortly after he graduated, Andrew was diagnosed with glaucoma and moved back to Washington, D.C., to be closer to his family.
Andrew and his brother, Steve DeAngelo, continued their pursuit of changing medical cannabis laws by raising funds, collecting signatures, and eventually passing Initiative 59, a medical cannabis legalization law in the City of Washington, D.C., in November of 1998—a law that was initially overturned by Republicans in the U.S Congress but is now in effect. Andrew also worked with his brother Steve in the successful operation of Ecolution, Inc., a hemp clothing company in the 1990s. Andrew helped Ecolution grow to over $1 million in annual revenue before it was sold; Andrew and Steve decided to leave the Washington, D.C., area and return to California, where medical cannabis was legal and accepted.
In 2006, Steve co-founded Harborside Health Center, a state-legal and locally compliant, nonprofit medical cannabis dispensary and patient collective in Oakland, Calif. Andrew initially managed all inventory responsibilities for the dispensary, then became general manager until taking on the role of Director of Operations for Harborside’s Oakland and San Jose facilities. In this role, Andrew oversaw the daily functions of both locations, managing the financial, inventory, purchasing, marketing, facilities, events and clones departments. Andrew also worked directly with parents of seriously ill or afflicted children.
Harborside Health Center is now the largest nonprofit medical cannabis retail distributor in the world, with annual revenues of $26 million and with over 156,000 patients as members. Harborside Health Center was the first medical cannabis dispensary in the world to lab-test all their medicine, put their infused products into childproof packaging, and develop inventory control and security protocols that are the industry standard today. Harborside Health Center is considered the leading medical cannabis brand in quality, safety and compliance, and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including The New York Times, Fortune Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. The DeAngelo brothers co-starred in the reality television show, Weed Wars, on the Discovery Channel, and were featured guests on the Bill O’Reilly Show and The Dylan Ratigan Show.
Andrew has a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from the American Conservatory Theatre of San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communications from Chapman University of Orange, Calif. Andrew graduated with the highest honors at both institutions.