Compassion Edibles CEO Mickey Martin Resigns

I am both happy and saddened by this development, but truly believe it is the right decision for me, my family, the company, and the patients we serve…. selah.

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For Immediate Release: March 20, 2015

Compassion Edibles CEO Mickey Martin steps down to allow for new leadership. Board of Directors to name new CEO in coming weeks.

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Oakland, CA – Compassion Edibles Chief Executive Mickey Martin resigned his position on Thursday in order to take on larger political projects on the cannabis industry horizon. His long tenure with the company he helped found ended among concerns that his current ambitions did not allow for him to commit the time and energy needed to effectively operate Compassion Edible’s growing business model. Martin will remain as an advisor to the company, consulting on regulatory matters and helping to develop sound best practices for the organization.

“There comes a time when an organization needs new leadership and direction to continue to grow. I enjoy my position in the cannabis industry as a political advocate and outspoken activist. That, at times, can create for difficult issues in operating a business whose mission is to reach as many patients as possible with their safe, effective, and delicious products,” said Martin. “I can no longer allow my personal limitations stand in the way of progress, and the company has grown to a point where it truly needs more than I am able to give. I will always be grateful for the opportunity Compassion Edibles provided for me, but time has come to turn over my position to someone who can give the attention to detail it takes to compete in today’s blossoming edibles market. I look forward to continuing to work with Compassion on fundraising efforts and in a part-time advisory role in the future. I am confident the values I instilled in the company will continue to guide it for years to come.”

The company is set to launch several new products in coming months, and has an exciting calendar of events planned for the year. Compassion Edibles recently took on new distribution partners that will allow for the products to reach new areas of the state that were previously limited by logistical matters. They are also exploring launching in other states in the near future. This, coupled with a renewed commitment to quality assurance and dosage management, positions the company for amazing growth potential moving forward. The market for food-based cannabis medicines has exploded in recent months, and Compassion Edibles looks forward to continuing to lead the market in providing the best value to patients who enjoy our products. We will continue to develop self-regulatory protocols to ensure consistency and quality at every level of the production process; and will continue to invest in perfecting our formulations to ensure proper and accurate dosages.

Our new CEO will certainly have their hands full, but the company is proud to announce that some amazing candidates are being considered for this position. They will be announcing their new selection after the next scheduled Board meeting at the beginning of April. The new CEO will be responsible for implementing organizational standards and helping the company transition into regulatory models set forth by the state in coming months and years. Given the focus of edibles in the media, and concerns expressed by public officials across the nation, the demand for consistent and professional edible products continues to grow at an incredible rate. Providing the organization with a solid foundation is imperative to achieve our objectives.

“Compassion Edibles was founded by Mickey Martin and we will always be grateful for the years of dedication he was able to provide us. The company has been through many difficult and trying days in our nearly 15 years of existence, and Mickey provided strong and unwavering leadership through those times. His decision to move on did not come lightly, nor was it a decision made in haste,” said current Board member and cancer survivor Jason Anderson. “But there comes a time in every organization’s evolution where we must all stand back and take stock of the situation, and make the best decision for the company, our staff, and the patients we serve. The values that Mickey stands for will always be an intricate part of our business model, but the company is at a place where it requires a Chief Executive that can be hands on and who can guide the organization to achieve our mission.”

Martin’s resignation is effective immediately. Jason Anderson will serve as the company’s interim CEO until a successor is selected. For questions or concerns feel free to call us at (510) 502-0419 or email us at compassionedibles@gmail.com. Contact us directly to receive a sample box of our great products. For more information on our organization and products visit us online at www.compassionedibles.com.

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