Obituary: Christina J. Visco, political consultant, and cannabis entrepreneur, has died aged 52

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports

Christina J. Visco, 52, of Wyndmoor, a wide-ranging entrepreneur who excelled in or founded businesses in retail, distribution, marketing, politics, and cannabis, died Thursday, Oct. 19, of breast cancer while traveling in Falmouth Harbor, Antigua and Barbuda.

Known largely as the first woman to receive a medical marijuana license in Pennsylvania, Ms. Visco founded TerraVida Holistic Centers in 2017, opened the first of her several dispensaries in 2018, and was at one time the state’s dominant retailer of medical marijuana. She later acquired distribution permits in other states and sold the company in 2021 but remained as an executive with the new firm.

Committed to assisting cannabis users as well as selling to them, Ms. Visco opened education and registration centers near the dispensaries and established the VOWD Project — Victims of the War on Drugs — a nonprofit designed to “improve the lives of those victimized by cannabis prohibition.”

“Chris would not begin a project without finishing it,” her family said in a tribute. “She was a giver. She was beyond generous and would give support or help to anyone.”

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