Forrest Hurd worked with children in pediatric mental health for 15 years before having to leave his career to care for his son full time in 2014. Forrest’s son, Silas, has a rare, catastrophic form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome that at the time was causing over 2,500 seizures a month.
In 2015 he founded the charity organization, the Caladrius Network, a non-profit children and families organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life of catastrophically ill children by providing educational services and cannabis-supplements at absolutely no cost to the families, ever. Specializing in cutting edge, individualized cannabinoid preparations while working with over 500 families of children with severe life threatening conditions has provided experience that has shown how far away we really are to helping those whose lives truly depend on cannabis medicine. in 2016, 2017, and 2018 Forrest has with legislators to pass compassion laws that would revolutionize how the cannabis industry provides medicine to the terminally ill. This year sb-829 made it all the way to the Governor’s desk only to be vetoed, leaving children who’s lives depend on cannabis products not available in the general marketplace with no legal options after Jan. 9, 2019. From science backed applications of cannabis as a medicine, to the moral and ethical implications of current cannabis regulation across the country. Today, Forrest continues to champion patient rights while helping the cannabis industry understand how it can best serve the communities that depend on it the most.