Heather Cabot introduces The New Chardonnay, a new interview show featuring leading edge thinkers and their stories of enterprise, innovation, grit and resilience. This premiere episode features Andrea Brooks, founder and CEO of Sava, a cannabis e-commerce and delivery service in the Bay Area. As San Francisco prepared to shelter-in-place, Brooks and other activists quickly mobilized to lobby the city to keep legal pot dispensaries open. The movement made waves across the state of California and the governor ultimately declared marijuana businesses “essential.” As the pandemic evolved, other states where cannabis is legal also exempted medical marijuana (and recreational retailers in some locations) from local lockdowns. Brooks shares the back story of how it all happened, how the pandemic is reshaping the cannabis industry and her predictions for the future of America’s most widely-used federally illegal substance.