Rick shot 1As a decades-long Hemp / Cannabis / Marijuana proponent, businessman and entrepreneur, Rick Edward Richards has passionately lobbied as to the infinitesimal possibilities, applications and beneficial uses of the world’s most diverse and extraordinary plant.

Frustrated by the past, current and ongoing misperceptions, delusions, half-truths, outright lies and the accompanying stigma that has continued to follow this miracle plant for the past 79+ years; Rick launched The Hemp Advocate in an attempt to dispel the myths, share the hard facts and begin the enlightenment process to all those that have fallen victim to the constant barrage of negative propaganda, misrepresentations, misguided associations, targeted smear campaigns and unmitigated falsehoods.
The mission and goal of The Hemp Advocate is to be your “go to” source for all things Hemp / Cannabis / Marijuana. A focused, factual, educational forum and advisory for anything and everything related to Hemp. From Industrial, Medical, Environmental, Health and Superfoods, Recreational, Financial and Investments, Start-ups, Political Challenges, Growing and Cultivating, Dispensaries, Legal Concerns, Jobs, Staffing or Training, Climate Change, Biomass Fuels, Building Materials, News, Scientific Breakthroughs and much more…. We’ll cover it all.

The Hemp Advocate is about helping you live a more complete and abundant life, growing your wealth, increasing your productivity, improving your health, empowering others and improving the planet, merely by incorporating some of our simple, Hemp-focused insights, strategies and suggested recommendations.
One person can make a difference….. And it starts with you!
Better Life, Better Planet…… Naturally!

All the best,
Rick Edward Richards
Publisher, The Hemp Advocate Est. 420 / 2016


Please welcome  Timi Asaka as the newest contributing expert to
The Hemp Advocate family!

Timi Asaka

Timi Asaka has been working in the health and wellness industry for as long as she can remember and is the owner of Integrative Bodyworx, a therapeutic bodywork studio in Solana Beach, CA.  A graduate of UC Berkeley with a B.A. in English, she enjoys writing and producing programs about complementary and alternative medicine and is now focusing her time on the vast medicinal qualities of cannabis.

Pattie Harris

Photo by A.J. Herrington, High Times Reporter

Pattie taught Special Education for many years, helping  children with developmental disabilities. She worked for several years in the Chula Vista School District (California) as an Autism specialist. Then went into the private sector to provide behavioral therapy to children and helped families adjust to living with autism. She has made a lifelong commitment to learning and has spent many years researching information about cannabis and how it interacts with the body. She has been a diabetic since childhood and works to understand how the science of cannabis helps heal people with diabetes, PTSD, neuropathy, severe pain, MS, cancer, eating and digestive issues, and more. She is a mother of 3 and a grandmother. She enjoys cooking and gardening. She continues to enjoy teaching about adult edibles as well as other delivery methods. Pattie educates people about the psychopharmacology of THC, and helps illustrate the amazing importance of this plant. She works diligently in assisting individuals to understand the copious benefits of cannabis and hemp. Pattie is the creator of “Pattie Cakes”, an adult, full-spectrum, Savory Herb Biscuit Edible. Pattie is also collaborating with The Hemp Advocate to create a THC-free, healthy, organic, CBD Pet Treat. Check back often for her latest Blog.

Gern Blantzen

Gern Blantzen is on a mission. Raised in the American Southwest, he enjoyed reading Peanuts, Calvin and Hobbes, and The Far Side. Well, those great comic strips are now long gone, and a void has been created. Enter “Stickbug Presents,” Gern’s new, chaotic, absurd, hilarious, and relatively factual comic strip. Stickbug Presents tells stories dealing with teachers, parents, shady characters, great friends, and many people Gern met along the way, with an intensity and honesty that makes it an instant classic.

Gern has forgotten more stories that most people remember, so he also likes to create comics based on the real-life experiences of his friends as well. Jim Campbell, of Venice, California, actual INSISTED that his family and his own name were included in a strip about getting busted by his mom at a concert!

Gern’s singular mission is to provide at hilarious comic strip in the tradition of the old greats. Enjoy “Stickbug Presents!”


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