Speaker Bio


Sara Payan

Sara Payan

Public Education Officer, The Apothecarium

Sara is the Public Education Officer for the Apothecarium in San Francisco, Vice-Chair of the San Francisco Bay Area Americans for Safe Access Chapter, Seat 16 of the San Francisco Cannabis Oversight Committee, and for three years (2016-2018) was vice-chair of the San Francisco Cannabis State Legalization Task Force. Sara has had the honor of speaking at such events as the New West Summit, Meadowlands, Ignite: Young Women Run, Patients Out of Time, Blunt Talks, Women Grow and The Women's Visionary Congress and the Arkansas Cannabis Industry Association. She is also the host of the Planted podcast, which debuted in May 2019 on the Radio Misfits Podcast Network.

With over 16,000 hours of experiential medical cannabis patient research, Sara has consulted with large healthcare organizations such as Kaiser and UCSF. She has lead large-scale industry training and lectures nationwide, including continuing education credit classes at accredited schools for healthcare practitioners through her private practice. Sara created some of the first-to-market cannabis curriculum — the first cannabis education workshop series for City College of San Francisco’s Continuing Education Program and was featured in a lecture series at UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.

Her experience as a stage III colon cancer survivor, and her civil rights background fueled her passion for creating safe access to cannabis through education and creating compassion programs to provide free cannabis for the critically and chronically ill with low income.

Sara was named one of the 100+ most important women in cannabis for 2019 and 2020 by the Green Market Report. Her work has been highlighted in MJ Lifestyle Magazine, California Leaf, San Francisco Chronicle, Cannabis Now, and Damian Marley’s “Medication” series. She has been quoted in mainstream lifestyle publications such as Self Magazine and is a member of the Rolling Stone Culture Council.