Wanda L. James

Wanda L. James

CEO, Simply Pure Dispensary Ms. James is the CEO of Simply Pure Dispensary and the managing partner at the Cannabis Global Initiative (CGI), a marketing and consulting firm that specializes in public relations, regulation and political outreach. surrounding the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis. Ms. James is a leading advocate in the cannabis industry. She and her husband were the first African Americans licensed to own a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado, and the cutting edge cannabis edible company, Simply Pure, which is now a recreational and medical dispensary. Wanda’s political, professional and financial work on cannabis reform has led to her being named the 2010 Marijuana Advocate of the Year by Westword Magazine and has featured her in numerous national and international shows including: Smile Jamaica, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CBS Sunday Morning Holiday Special, “Eat, Drink and be Merry” and on CNBC’s Marijuana USA. Ms. James past clients have included Jared Polis for Congress in Colorado’s CD2 and Lt. Colonel Jay Fawcett for Congress in Colorado’s CD5.  In 2008, Ms. James was appointed to President Obama’s National Finance Committee and became one of the largest bundlers of donations for President Barack Obama in Colorado. Prior to starting her own venture, Wanda was the Corporate Director of Marketing at Southern California Presbyterian Homes and the Southwest Regional Sales Director for two Fortune 100 companies, Unum Insurance and Avery Dennison. Wanda graduated from the University of Colorado in 1986. Upon graduation, she was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy.  Her position in Naval Integrated Underwater Surveillance (IUSS) transferred her to Virginia Beach, Bermuda and New...
Jaime Lewis

Jaime Lewis

Founder & CEO, Mountain Medicine Mountain Medicine Founder and CEO Jaime Lewis has over a decade of experience managing the production of medical marijuana-infused products and leading medical and recreational dispensary operations. A graduate of the California Culinary Academy, Lewis worked in many acclaimed professional kitchens, including as executive chef of a Michelin three-star restaurant in San Francisco. She began making medical marijuana edibles for HIV/AIDS patients in California in 2006 as part of a compassionate care co-op. In 2009, Lewis moved from California to Colorado. There, she acted as chief operating officer overseeing the expansion of one of Colorado’s most respected dispensary operations and managed all cultivation, dispensary, and infused product activities and led the licensing process and physical build out of the company’s second location. Her move to Colorado also marked the founding of her medical marijuana-infused product manufacturing company Mountain Medicine. As founder and CEO, Lewis designed Mountain Medicine’s commercial kitchen, oversaw its construction, and led the brand’s expansion into the new recreational market in 2014. In her kitchen, Lewis draws on deep culinary knowledge to develop recipes for award-winning medical and recreational infused product lines that meet the highest standards for quality, consistency, and flavor. Committed to providing patients and consumers with the best edibles experience possible, Lewis constantly explores ingredients and techniques to offer the best, most reliable infused products available. She continues to refine and reimagine product packaging design in favor of patient confidentiality and safety. At Mountain Medicine and as an active member of the cannabis industry, Lewis is a leader in corporate responsibility and compliance who takes great pride in changing...
Julie Dooley

Julie Dooley

President & Founder, Julie’s Baked Goods Julie Dooley, president of Julie’s Natural Edibles established in 2010 and a patient with Celiac Disease, created a premium medicated product that gluten-sensitive and health conscious adults in Colorado freely enjoy. The timeless cannabutter and cannacoconut oil extraction kept strain specific sets these edibles apart. Taking her time with plenty of research, development and finding a staff with integrity and a great work ethic she is proud of the company and product line today. Julie spends much of her time today with Colorado marijuana industry work groups and legislators at the state and national level. When not working, Julie spends her time with family and loves hanging out on any of Colorado’s beautiful mountains. She is a happy wife for 23 years and a calm mother of 3 kind & intelligent kids all of whom are experts on the subject of...
Christie Lunsford

Christie Lunsford

Executive, Entrepreneur, and Educator A cannabis industry veteran, Christie Lunsford has served as a consultant during the licensing, development and formulation phases of multiple Medical Cannabis Centers and Infused Product Manufacturers in Colorado, California and Washington State. As a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, she has worked to lobby Congress in the areas of fair taxation and banking laws for state-legal marijuana businesses. Fascinated with the supporting and healing benefits of nature, Christie Lunsford has worked to promote cannabis as a safe, healthy and compassionate alternative to pharmaceuticals. Additionally, Christie has over 20 years of experience in communications, with a broad background in cannabis therapeutics, uptake systems, consumer safety and relations and corporate branding. She has been interviewed by many local and national media outlets including Huffington Post, 5280, Times.com and Forbes. Christie is currently an industry and health & wellness writer for Ladybud Magazine. You can follow her exploits at...