Josh Chase was raised in Oakland, CA. He graduated from Santa Clara University with a BS in Economics and a focus in Finance. After graduating, he recognized early on the advancement of the California Medical Marijuana program and began to work in the field on the cultivation side. In 2014 with the California regulatory framework still in flux, Washington State legalized cannabis under the I502 program. Josh moved to Washington State at this time to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities and opened Kush Valley focused on “soil to oil” methodology. the company grew to 20 employees and included the management of a a 30,000 foot cultivation facility.
In 2017, Josh returned to California where he worked closely with the city of Oakland during the city’s groundbreaking Equity Permit Program that minimizes barriers to cannabis licensing for Oakland residents who have been the most victimized by the war on drugs. He had the opportunity to see the program from both the incubator/ incubatee perspective and deal directly with each particular City Hall. He has gained priceless connections in the cities and the communities he has worked in. Within that same time Josh assisted Have A Heart in obtaining multiple retail and delivery permits in Oakland and San Francisco California and create one of the biggest cannabis hubs in California.