Beth Schechter

Speaker, Beth Schechter
Executive Director, Open Cannabis Project

Befitting her interest in cartography and social justice, Beth created Maptime, an open-source, collaborative learning community for people to create maps and contribute to cartography culture.

The cannabis cartographer

Beth Schechter is coming to the defense of legalized cannabis. Just not in the way you might think. A writer, artist and designer, Beth is the Executive Director of the Open Cannabis Project (OCP), which aims to defend cannabis by documenting and cataloguing it. Though it’s perhaps the least sexy segment of the emerging legal cannabis industry, documentation is crucially important. Because the market for legal cannabis is in its early stages, patents for innovative, designer cannabis strains are few. However, Beth and the OCP are worried that corporate entities seeking to control (and monopolize) the market may do so with patents. Beth’s goal is simple, straightforward and noble: to ensure that independent growers don’t get muscled out of a multi-billion-dollar industry by those who would weaponize the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The Brightfield Group recently speculated that the legal cannabis market will be worth $31.4 billion by 2021. Beth and the OCP are fighting the good fight to ensure that the emerging cannabis market is fairer and more competitive, and that those billions end up in the pockets of more than just a few.
“If we do our job well, we can create one of the largest and most robust open-source, scientifically verified collections of cannabis data that the world has ever seen.”
Beth to Willamette Week

Befitting her interest in cartography and social justice, Beth created Maptime, an open-source, collaborative learning community for people to create maps and contribute to cartography culture.