Ross Rebagliati was the first ever to win an Olympic gold medal for Men’s Snowboarding at the 1998 Winter Olympics. After winning the gold, he was found to have Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in his circulatory system following a blood test and he was automatically disqualified. This decision was eventually overturned, largely on the basis that marijuana was not on the list of banned substances, and Rebagliati was given back the medal. The next day he appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and became an instant icon to many globally.
Since that day, Ross has become a cultural phenomenon in the marijuana world and is an outspoken advocate of medical cannabis. In 2009 he was a candidate for federal politics with the governing Liberal Party of Canada, only to bow out because of family commitments.
With changes announced in the way that Health Canada was going to deal with medical marijuana made public in December 2012, Ross Rebagliati decided to enter the medical marijuana industry in January 2013 under the name Ross’ Gold™ using his celebrity as a springboard into the industry. Ross’ Gold™ was trademarked and subsequently purchased in March 2014 by Green and Hill Industries Inc. (Nevada) which is now the legal name of the company.
Ross has a global following and growing fan base, especially now that the Ross’ Gold brand is gaining traction across North America and has been recently featured and continues to be featured in the media on television and print including The Washington Post, USA Today, High Times, VICE, Bloomberg, NBC, CBC, CNN, Expressen (Sweden), Yahoo Sports, Die Welt, CTV, The Toronto Star, The Denver Times, Sports Illustrated, The Pique, Leafly.com, Whistler Question, NORML, BC Business Magazine, Huffington Post, The Daily Telegraph, and more.
As an example, a couple of excellent interviews with Ross may be viewed with VICE at http://munchies.vice.com/videos/fuel-snowboarding-gold-medalist-ross-rebagliati and also on CNN International at http://edition.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/sports/2014/02/11/pkg-qureshi-ross-rebagliati.cnn.html