Alison Draisin PsyD, LMHC is the founder and CEO of Ettalew’s Edibles (est. 2009). Prior to running a successful cannabis-infused company, Alison attained a Master’s Degree in Art Psychotherapy and a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology. She has worked in the mental health field for twenty-five years and maintains a private practice for children, adolescents, and families in the Seattle area.
Alison’s entrepreneurship built Ettalew’s from the ground up on a foundation of helping fellow patients in Washington State. Her dedication to quality, consistency, and labeling of products helped expand the company statewide. Ettalew’s Medibles (now Edibles) received recognition at the High Times Cannabis Cup Seattle in 2012 and 2013, as well as being named one of the Best Edible Companies of 2013 by High Times Magazine. This recognition led to an invitation to judge non solvent hash for High Times Cannabis Cups around the world!
As an active member of the Washington State cannabis community, she speaks publicly on cannabis education locally and nationally. She began her public activism with the Cannabis Defense Coalition in 2008. As the Co-Chair for the Safe Access Committee, she recognized the need for a tool by which to guide stakeholders in the cannabis community. The Washington State Medical Cannabis Legal Guide was born from this passion to educate and set the framework for a new cannabis environment. This Legal guide has been an invaluable tool used by legislature, out of state stakeholders, and the WA State Liquor/Cannabis Board to establish protocols for the new cannabis industry.
Alison is currently the President of the Board of Directors for the Center for Cannabis and Social Policy (CASP). She is the Judges Coordinator for the CASP Terpestival, which is a yearly educational festival geared toward terpene education.
Alison has teamed up with her partner to develop an in-home cannabis education platform called Ettalew’s Lifestyle. The premise is to educate consumers on how to choose their cannabis and ancillary products with thoughtful consideration, in the privacy of their homes.
As education is a passion of Alison’s, she has combined her psychology and cannabis passion and is currently writing a book. The work in progress is a guide to support parents in communicating with their children and adolescents about cannabis as medicine and recreation product.
As an original member of Women of Weed, Alison seeks to empower women in the cannabis industry/community. She is currently an educator for the Tokeatvity Connect program which seeks to support and connect women and cannabis.