The Om of Medicine
Mark co-founded the Om of Medicine as a place to change hearts and minds about cannabis and focus on the latest research illustrating the medical efficacy of the plant. Om of Medicine has the distinction of being the only dispensary in the country that has collaborated with a major university (University of Michigan) on an IRB-approved cannabis research study that was published in the Journal of Pain. The study showed a 64% decrease in opioid use and a 45% increase in quality of life amongst participants.
Mark Passerini is a graduate of the University of Michigan and co-founder of the Ann Arbor Medical Cannabis Guild. He currently serves as the government liaison for the Michigan chapter of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), board member of the Green Wolverine, and member of the Ann Arbor Wellness Coalition. Mark is also an early member of the ArcView group, a private cannabis investment and market research firm. He was instrumental in crafting local licensing and zoning ordinances with the City of Ann Arbor. He has presented on the topic of responsible dispensary operations in a variety of venues including NCIA’s first Midwest Cannabusiness Symposium. Since 2013, Mark has had the honor of organizing and emceeing Hash Bash, the nation’s longest running cannabis reform rally. This event has grown to over 10,000 attendees and boasts a robust line up of professional athletes, medical doctors, local & national politicians, advocates, entertainers, and patients all calling for sensible cannabis policy. Prior to working in the cannabis movement, Mark spent 20 years in sales and executive management including renewable and energy efficient technologies.
His interest in the cannabis sector stems from his passion for the promise of a natural, holistic alternative. In his spare time, Mark volunteers at Open Heart Magic, a non-profit organization dedicated to using the therapeutic power of magic and laughter to energize and strengthen critically ill children at U of M’s Mott Children’s Hospital.