Luca Marani

Luca Marani

Cannabis Educator

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    Name: Luca Marani
    Author with Leafreport since: March 2020

    Education And Work Information:

    School(s) Attended: M.A. in Political Philosophy from UPF (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) of Barcelona, Spain.
    Charters and certifications: Certification for English Language Teaching to Adults from Cambridge English Institute
    Former Jobs: Freelance Audiovisual Translator, Junior Operations Manager at Plant of Life
    Published on: iSmoke Media, Cannabinoid Advisor

    Expertise:

    Area of Expertise: CBD, Scientific Research, Policy
    Using CBD since: 2014
    Favourite CBD product: Tinctures, Gummies, Vapes etc.

    About

    Luca Marani is a translator, language educator and content creator from Italy. He graduated in 2017 from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, with a Master of Arts in Political Philosophy, writing a dissertation on what was the state of the medical cannabis legislative framework in Spain at the time, and how it affected the rights of the Spanish medical cannabis users community to dignity and quality of life.

    With over ten years of experience in various facets of the cannabis industry, in the last three he worked as Sales Representative and International Tradeshow Ambassador for the Spanish CBD products brand ‘Plant of Life’. He spends his free time keeping up to date with the latest worldwide policy developments regarding cannabis and practicing, like many Italians, his amateurial cooking and gardening skills, with a special attention to vegetarian cuisine and organic, seasonal and locally-sourced products.

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