Chanda Macias

Chanda Macias

Owner of the National Holistic Healing Center Medical Marijuana Dispensary (NHHC) and Medical Marijuana Consultant in Washington D.C Chanda Macias, PhD, MBA is the Owner of the National Holistic Healing Center Medical Marijuana Dispensary (NHHC) and Medical Marijuana Consultant in Washington D.C. NHHC is a patient advocated company dedicated to providing individuals with debilitating medical conditions, and specific illnesses with alternative allopathic medicine.  NHHC provides patient education and support, medical marijuana, and medical marijuana infused products to patients in compliance with the DC Department of...
Sarah Grew

Sarah Grew

Women Grow Gold Country Leader, Cannabis Cultivator Sarah Grew is chairwoman of Women Grow: Gold Country. She also serves as Director of the local grower’s association, board member of California Growers Association and is partner in operating an organic cannabis farm in the Sierra foothills.  She is passionate about sustainability, cooperative practices and community...
Karyn E Wagner

Karyn E Wagner

Serial Entrepreneur cum Cannabis Entrepreneur Serial Entrepreneur cum Cannabis Entrepreneur, Karyn E Wagner (KEW to friends and associates) has never been one to “wait her turn.”  She’s a prime mover, inevitably the first to act, making an opening when all ways forward seem to be blocked. Her lists of “firsts” in the field of cannabis is impressive: – FIRST branded – and sustainable – Humboldt County collective, the Tea House Collective (2010) – FIRST women owned – and transparent – processing and extraction facility in Humboldt County (2014) – FIRST women centric cannabis products from Humboldt County, including SEXXPOT, the blockbuster developed by “women for women” that’s a natural alternative to the so-called “Female Viagra” (2015) Wagner was a pioneer in organizing cannabis cultivators. She succeeded in aligning small family owned farms who in turn committed to adopt environmentally sustainable agricultural and processing practices – an accomplishment that was all but miraculous, considering the fiercely independent nature of cultivators just a few years ago. She was the first to see the wisdom of operating her extraction facility “in plain sight” completely transparent to local, state and environmental officials. Wagner sensed the rapidly shifting mood before anyone, realizing that transparency was going to be essential as cannabis went mainstream. Events have proven her foresight accurate. Utilizing state of the art pharmaceutical grade equipment to process CO2 oils, Wagner led the way in cannabis product development and branding. Her pioneering distribution company, Paradigm Cannabis, now markets under several increasingly familiar and respected brand names, HOME, Super Critical THC, as well as Tea House Collective. Her trailblazing in cannabis is a natural...
Diane Czarkowski

Diane Czarkowski

Founding Partner, Canna Advisors Diane and her husband Jay are the founders of Canna Advisors, a cannabis enterprise consulting firm which has spent the last two years advising clients through the competitive state application process for cannabis business licenses. Her guidance has helped Canna Advisors earn one of the best track records in the industry, winning licenses in every state where they’ve consulted. Their national perspective on the evolution of the industry and experience as operators makes them uniquely qualified to design, build, and manage operations for their clients as new states come to market. Before their work at Canna Advisors, Diane and Jay founded one of the first medical cannabis dispensaries in Colorado in 2009—Boulder Kind Care (BKC)—which received the 7th license in the state. At BKC, Diane was responsible for managing the dispensary while Jay focused on cultivation operations. Under her management, BKC quickly earned a reputation as one of the most professional and patient-focused dispensaries in the state. They sold BKC in 2012 to focus on business consulting and advocacy. Diane is a founding member and benefactor of Women Grow. She is also a founding member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, and has served many roles within the organization as it has grown, including participation in the Lobby Days in Washington DC and writing an industry report entitled, A Tale of Ten Cities. She was a board member of the former Women’s CannaBusiness Network (WCBN), and is a current member of Americans for Safe Access, the Marijuana Policy Project and Students for Sensible Drug...
Renee Gagnon

Renee Gagnon

CEO, Cannabis Centre Internsyional Inc. I’ve been fortunate to be at the beginning of several major trends or market creations. Throughout my career, detecting and then capitalizing on change has been my focus. I am a serial startup founder, I am skilled at survival, stress and team building. I have always been fortunate to find, retain and employ some of the best people in the sector. I am also both the first Transgender Publicly traded marijuana company CEO and the first female one. I used this insight to create a diverse workforce with strong female leadership across the organization. After exiting Thunderbird Biomedical Inc in Jan 2015 as founding CEO and Board member, I have chosen to focus on US based infrastructure and supply delivery for the Cannabis Industry. Founder / CEO – Thunderbird Biomedical Inc (now EMH.v) – Created the 5th licensed Federally sanctioned Medical Marijuana companies in Canada (and one of handful on planet). Built core team, created and executed on business plan and raised $3.7 M in funding and took company public ($25M Valuation at...