We had the good fortune of connecting with Antonio Frazier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Antonio, how does your business help the community?
Any company I operate will be focused on creating social impact on both a local, national and global level. CSR initiatives are a key focus and we are focused on making a change. At CannaSafe, we want to make sure that the cannabis industry develops in a sustainable way that properly highlights social equity.
At state level in California we collaborate closely with both legislators and community leaders. We have influenced testing rules for the industry and have been focused on educating patients on how to make the best choices in an adult-use market. Legal cannabis is great, but its unfortunately expensive and dominated by brands, so some poorer patients struggle with access.
Within LA, we like to work closely with The Social Impact Center to help people in underserved communities. In 2020 we co-hosted an expungement clinic where 218 people were assisted with record clearance during National Expungement Week. We also helped facilitate the food distribution that year, which fed over 1100 families.
At national level we are also involved with federal legislators and national organizations. I am a Board Member of Americans for Safe Access (ASA). The mission is to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. We are in the midst of updating our federal policy guidelines as more states agree to some legal of legalization.
Finally, at global level we want to help create social impact by giving the world access to our knowledge and research. We work with researchers and organizations in both Europe and Africa to help get information about cannabis out to the world. CannaSafe tests CBD from all over the globe and have collaborated on several projects for companies that are leading the initiative for patients in their country.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve spent my entire career in compliance and lab testing. Whether it be in aerospace manufacturing, nuclear construction, or cannabis, I’ve always been focused on data and integrity. Similar to any situation where rules are in play, you have to learn how to interact with people who want to push the boundary or disregard it totally.
This has lead me to work with people in all levels and places in an organization. I learned more metallurgy from a pipe-fitter crawling through a plant than I ever did in a classroom, and I think one of my greatest strengths is being able to bridge communication between groups of an organization.
I’m most proud of the work we’ve done at CannaSafe to help so many small business navigate the ever changing regulatory structure of cannabis. I have spoken to so many public officials about the plant and the work we do and its allowed for more access and money being spent on our community. I enjoy being able to help business owners explain to doctors or regulators why their products are safe for consumption.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If my best friend was coming to LA, I would be sure to they were dressed for anything. We would most certainly have to tour the breweries: 818.. Golden Road, HandBrewed, or Modern Times. We would then grab the appropriate growler for either a hike, beach day, or ball game.
Im a huge sports fan so we would find some pro teams to go see or one of the many top 20 prospects that will surely be on ESPN in 2-3 years. There is of course the various food spots, but our only rule is that we dont eat at a ‘chain’ restaurant. Please dont catch me on the technicality that there are sometimes 4 of the same local restaurant in LA because its so huge! ha
The one place that we would absolutely go see and spend a day is the Getty. It’s one of the most amazing displays of legacy every created and the view is simply a must.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My passion for change comes from growing up in the church and having a family that was always helping out anyone in the community. No one embodied this more than my grandmother who passed last year. She raised more kids than she got credit for and always pushed me to do my best and what was right. I could go on for days about her, but she is certainly a large driver in how I see the world.