Burl is from British Columbia originally where he was a standout football and rugby player in High School and in College at the University of British Columbia, National Champions 1986. Go T-Birds!
Burl got a JD from Willamette University College of Law in Oregon and practiced in Portland with the firm of Schwabe, Williamson and Wyatt. He actively used cannabis as a student and as a lawyer as a relaxant to help him unwind from his stressful litigation practice. In 1999 Burl left the practice of law in the pursuit of happiness. He and his wife Marcia traveled extensively in Mexico and Central America for a year in a Volkswagen van with their dog Molly. In 2012 they repeated the trip over 2 years with 2 dogs in their Sprinter van, and drove all the way to Ushuaia Argentina, Tierra del Fuego, Fin del Mundo.
Burl returned to Vancouver BC in 2000 and started working for Mountain Equipment Co-op and made a commitment to spending as much time as possible in the outdoors, which is his happy place. He ultimately became a backcountry skiing guide and Avalanche Rescue team leader with Nelson Search and Rescue for almost 10 years. When Canada started their medical marijuana program, Burl went through the rigorous process of obtaining his medical marijuana card from Health Canada and was active in the early medical days in BC.
In 2015 Burl joined a medical cannabis company in Bend Oregon called Lunchbox Alchemy as CEO. Lunchbox became the #1 edible company in OR and won many Dope Cups for their edibles and extracts.
In 2019 he joined Smokey Point Productions in Washington as CEO and had a successful run rehabilitating and right sizing SPP. Burl joined The Cannabis Alliance in 2022 as Executive Director and is excited about continuing the successful tradition of supporting common sense cannabis regulation and legislation and is Dedicated to the Advancement of a Vital, Ethical, Equitable and Sustainable cannabis industry in the state of Washington and beyond.
Burl is an active mountain biker, backcountry skier and whitewater kayaker and can regularly be found in the Mt. Baker backcountry, at Galbraith trails in Bellingham and recently kayaked 200+ miles down the Grand Canyon.