"We push boundaries far past the status quo. We're not going to accept the status quo, but we choose to do that in a safe and calculated manner." – Chris Fontes In this episode, Shayda chats with Chris Fontes about his career journey in hemp, from initiating Hemp Exchange in 2018 to navigating challenges and market shifts. His innovations led him to pioneer hemp-derived Delta 9 edibles and later transition to the growing hemp beverage sector with High Spirits Beverages. Throughout the conversation, they stress clear distinctions in the cannabis industry, particularly the 0.3% Delta 9 THC threshold distinguishing hemp from marijuana. They advocate for consumer access to cannabis products, emphasizing safety and proper regulations over prohibitions.