RN & Director of Operations, The Verdes Foundation
Rachael Speegle is a Registered Nurse and Director of Operations at The Verdes Foundation, medical cannabis producer/dispensary, in Albuquerque New Mexico. As one of Verdes’ founding members she has spent the last four-plus years learning the art of cannabis cultivation, processing, and distribution. Splitting her time at The Verdes Foundation and Presbyterian Hospital, she continued to work as a cardiac nurse until leaving the hospital in the fall of 2014 to fully commit to cannabis nursing. She works hand-in-hand with patients and their providers to insure the highest level of safety and efficacy. While counseling patients and their family members, she developed the belief that advocacy is as important as treatment. She has spent her nursing career fighting for patients within the hospital and now advocates for them in the community. She writes articles and speaks at educational events to fight prohibition, and looks forward to the social, medical and political changes to come.
Rachael is a member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association and holds a Master’s Degree in Nursing. She is the Albuquerque Chapter Chair for Women Grow and enjoys connecting women from within the industry to those outside of it. She hopes to use her education and platform to help more women find their voice and enter into this progressive industry!