TIM GORDON: A PROMISE KEPT
Our mission of bettering lives globally and passion for hemp spring from the experiences of one man – Tim Gordon. He is our Chief Science Officer. Our company’s north star. And an industry icon who has made Functional Remedies the world’s hemp authority.
Tim is a second-generation cannabis farmer. As a young man he eagerly watched and learned all he could about growing cannabis and acquired a profound respect for the plant and its many uses.
Then, in his teenage years, he began to learn about something new – the healing power of the plant. And this knowledge would forever change his, and countless other lives.
In his words, “When I was young, I began taking cannabis seriously. I was following in the footsteps of vigilante healers — while most cannabis growers grew for profit, I was growing for power. The power was healing and changing lives. I can remember one particular woman’s voice. I remember her eyes welling with tears as she told me how the cannabis I was growing was keeping her husband alive. I listened and cried with her and promised her that I would not stop.”
Keeping that promise didn’t come without its challenges, however. Tim’s newfound commitment often led to conflict.
“I had made a conscious decision to put myself at risk to heal others. I remember running through cornfields in the earliest morning hours to my plants. The morning dew would give me goosebumps as I shivered, waiting for the sun to rise. I’ve run from the police. I’ve been ridiculed by authorities. I’ve been told I was evil. People have hurt me over this plant.”
Through it all, Tim remained true to his promise, his plants and his purpose. And as time has passed, that never-changing commitment has profoundly changed the way others see him.
The once fugitive has become a celebrated leader and pioneer in the hemp industry, pivotal in the passage of key state and national legislation expanding access to hemp, including 2018’s Farm Bill.
The once object of authorities’ ridicule has become one of the world’s most recognized and respected hemp authorities, and a sought-after speaker around the globe.
And the man once labelled evil is now universally hailed as a hero, a champion of every living being’s right to a better life and access to what they need to achieve it.
“I would do it all again. My passion will never subside, and will only grow stronger as I continue this miraculous journey, “
A journey that brought him to Functional Remedies. He no longer has to run through fields or from police; instead, he runs agricultural operations for one of the world’s leading hemp-based product companies. But his passion, his commitment and his “all-in” approach to everything he does are just as strong as they were in his youth.
“My focus now is creating the best plants and the best process to optimize the endocannabinoid system. I spend endless hours educating, formulating, and motivating folks on the endless possibilities we have to enrich our lives, and the lives of those around us, through cannabis.”
And though he’s now 40-something, Tim has not broken the promise he made to a teary-eyed woman he met as a teenager.
“I may not know you, but I’m here for you. I’m here to help anyone and everyone on the journey to complete wellness. Functional Remedies is me. It’s us. It’s who we are…healers bringing lives into balance.”
In addition to serving as a member of Functional Remedies’ executive team and keeping his promises daily, Tim also:
- Plays a leadership role in a number of high-profile organizations including serving as President of the Colorado Hemp Industries Association (CHIA), an Advisor to the National Hemp Association and the co-founder of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)
- Consults with various state and federal government bodies andagencies onhemp legislation; his leadership in this area was instrumental in the passage of the 2018 Federal Farm Bill and the establishment of the Hemp Pilot Program in Colorado
- Has five patents pending in the world’s most aggressive hemp breeding program
Was recently a featured speaker at the Denver University College of Law (2018) and major national/international events like the World Cannabis Business Conference (2017), Hemp Industries Association National Conference, ECRM Cannabidiol Symposium (2018) andNOCO Hemp Expo (2018)