Following the passing of Proposition 207 in November, which legalized recreational use and sales of marijuana in Arizona for adults ages 21 and up, the demand for and interest in cannabis grew exponentially. At the forefront of the Arizona cannabis industry are many women who use innovative ideas and approaches to succeed in the industry. Here are five of the most influential women who run the Arizona cannabis industry.
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partner // Bianchi & Brandt
Cannabis, like many other industries, is typically male dominated. However, Bianchi is one of the country’s foremost experts on cannabis law, business, compliance, and operations. After starting her work in the discipline with the passing of Arizona Medical Marijuana Act in 2010, she was one of the first business and corporate transactions lawyers in the country to specialize in the burgeoning legal cannabis market and provide clients with transactions in The industry represented an amount of more than 100 million US dollars.
Lilach Mazor Power
Founder and CEO // Give tree pharmacy
Power, a former sergeant in the Israeli military, owns Giving Tree, which has locations in Mesa and Phoenix. Giving Tree is also Arizona’s only female-majority pharmacy. But Power goes a step further as their team includes several women who grow cannabis for the 8-year-old cannabis company, and Giving Tree also supports local women-run businesses.
president // The flower shop
Brandt is a pioneer in the cannabis industry with its brands and breaks through glass ceilings for women who want to be in the industry. She is president of The Flower Shop AZ and True North of Utah, which jointly operate five medical marijuana dispensaries, four cultivation and processing facilities in Arizona and Utah. Brandt works with all Arizona and Utah regulators and serves as the industry attorney.
CEO // 420 skin care and 420 medibles
The former nurse has been researching the many health benefits of cannabis for herself over the past few years. Thomas started her canna business trip and learned how to make soap by mixing CBD oil with beautifying Egyptian ingredients. Thomas later created THC treats to help others heal naturally without opioids. The social entrepreneur directs a percentage of her profit to fighting addiction and homelessness and is the founder and CEO of Start Living Recovery Home.
CEO and Founder // The cannabis business advisor
Gullickson is an entrepreneur, investor, and corporate dealmaker with decades of experience building and scaling businesses. At 27, she founded her first cannabis advisory group – Dispensary Permits in Phoenix – and sold them to a publicly traded company eight years later. She has advised internationally and over a dozen state cannabis markets and has received numerous awards. Gullickson thrives in an unconventional business landscape and is passionate about getting women into leadership positions.