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Jane West – Co-Founder and CEO of Cannabis Lifestyle Brand Jane West

Jane West, Co-Founder and CEO of the cannabis lifestyle brand Jane West and one of the most influential women in the industry, is this week’s guest on The Green Rush. Following her entry into the space in 2014 following legalization in Colorado, Jane quickly went on to help found the cannabis networking organization Women Grow, and in 2016, Inc. magazine named her “the most widely recognized female personality in cannabis.” In an industry dominated by major players vying for space in an increasingly crowded marketplace, Jane is unique in that she’s built a well-recognized brand and social following around her name, likeness, and her style.

With Lewis and Anne together again back behind the microphone, they chat with Jane about her well-documented transition into the cannabis space, the challenges she faced as an entrepreneur, the time one of her events was raided by a SWAT team, how the US markets differ from the growing European markets and her disappointment in the lack of small business success in cannabis.

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Jane West – Co-Founder and CEO of Cannabis Lifestyle Brand Jane West

Jane West is the CEO of the cannabis lifestyle brand Jane West. At Jane West, she develops cannabis accessories and home goods that  invite women to experience the benefits of cannabis and take part in the legal lifestyle. West is also the founder of Women Grow, the cannabis industry’s  largest professional networking organization. Since the launch of her consumption-friendly cannabis events company Edible Events in 2014, she has emerged as a prominent figure in mainstream cannabis culture. An experienced executive with a broad management background, West is  committed to changing the face of women in cannabis, both as consumers and as leaders. West is a leading influencer in the cannabis industry, shifting mainstream perceptions by providing insider access to the modern legal lifestyle. She first became a marijuana media darling early in 2014 with her breakthrough “On a High Note” collaboration between the Colorado  Symphony Orchestra and her other business, Edible Events Company, Colorado’s premiere cannabis event production company. Before joining the cannabis industry, West was a working mother rising through the management ranks as a corporate event planner. After her employer spotted her vaping on CNBC, she was quickly fired. Immediately, West embraced the opportunity to dive headfirst into the cannabis industry as an outspoken advocate for cannabis legalization. In the two years since Colorado legalized cannabis, West has become a fixture of mainstream cannabis  coverage on CNBC, NBC Nightly News, and in the New York Times, Newsweek, Forbes, TIME, the Guardian, and many others

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This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Producer Nick Opich and Program Director Shea Gunther at Marijuana Today

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Chanda Macias, CEO of National Holistic Healing Center and Women Grow

Chanda Macias, widely regarded as one of the most influential women in cannabis, is this week’s guest on the Green Rush! Chanda is the owner and general manager of the National Holistic Healing Center medical marijuana dispensary in Washington DC, a patient advocacy company dedicated to providing individuals with debilitating medical conditions with alternative allopathic medicine. She is an accomplished scientist, has a master’s degree in supply chain management, and is also the chair of the Women Grow organization.

Anne and Lewis chat with Chanda about ensuring the cannabis industry stays inclusive to people of all colors and backgrounds, Chanda’s personal background and what eventually led to her entry into the cannabis space, the complicated nature of Washington D.C.’s cannabis laws and marketplace, the overall growth of up and coming cannabis markets in states like Virginia and Maryland and why cannabis should be looked at by regulators as both a policy issue and public health issue. The Green Rush team also breaks its first piece of news during this week’s conversation!

This was truly a fun conversation, Chanda is one of our favorite people in the industry, and one we think that all of our listeners will enjoy!

Chanda Macias, PhD, MBA is the CEO and the owner of National Holistic Healing Center (NHHC), the leading medical marijuana dispensary in Washington DC. Dr. Macias has spent 15+ years developing knowledge of medical marijuana impact on patients. Dr. Macias educates women and minority entrepreneurs and patients through her outreach platform as the Chairwoman of the Board of Managers and acting CEO for Women Grow with a national educational reach impacting over 50,000+ people and patients. Dr. Macias is a proud member of Americans for Safe Access, promoting safe and legal access to medical marijuana for research purposes. In her local market, she serves as the Treasurer and Secretary of DC Medical Cannabis Trade Association that proactively engages in legislation, regulations, and compliance with the Department of Health. Dr. Macias serves on the Advisory Board of Southern University, a state-funded university, which was granted a license to cultivate medical cannabis in Louisiana.  She and her partners at Ilera Healthcare will launch the second cultivation facility in the state, becoming the President of Ilera Holistic Healthcare.  Finally, Dr. Macias serves on the Board of Directors for the Minority Cannabis Business Association focusing on the growth of the industry in existing and emerging markets.

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Show Credits:

This episode was hosted by Anne Donohoe and Lewis Goldberg of KCSA Strategic Communications.

Special thanks to our Producer Nick Opich and Program Director Shea Gunther at Marijuana Today

You can learn more about how KCSA Cannabis can help your cannabiz by visiting www.kcsa-cannabis.com or emailing greenrush@kcsa.com. You can also connect with us via our social channels:

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