Category: 40 Under 40

Rosa Cazares

June 19th, 2019

One might think Cazares would feel burnout after more than four years of constant expansion and navigating the turbulent waters of an ever-changing industry. Quite the opposite. She loves the challenge and the opportunity. “No other industry has this kind of opportunity for growth,” she says, adding that the company…

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John Yang

June 18th, 2019

  It also has custom platforms for cultivators and another for vertically integrated cannabis businesses. Treez now has 50 employees and is responsible for tracking about 30% of California’s cannabis retail market. Although Treez is industry-specific, in some ways, the system is not too dissimilar from working with non-cannabis small…

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Ron Basak-Smith

June 17th, 2019

Sana Packaging launched its first product in 2018, a plant-based pre-roll container made entirely from hemp plastic. Earlier this year, the company introduced packaging made from reclaimed ocean plastics. Sana Packaging now works with about 40 companies all across the country, but it’s still a two-man operation that relies heavily…

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High End Market Place

June 17th, 2019

HEMP often sends products from its shelves for further testing, just to be certain they don’t contain pesticides or microbial contaminants. HEMP was also the first cannabis business to join the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Hutchinson, who previously worked part-time at the Chamber, was able to break down some…

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Phil Boyle

June 14th, 2019

As competition increased around Portland’s oversaturated beer culture, Boyle says he began to feel the pressure to innovate and heard of a brewery in Colorado adding CBD to its beers. He began to research and learned about the agricultural and biological similarities of hops and cannabis. “The more research I…

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John Nemeth

June 13th, 2019

Nemeth promotes diversity within the company as Top Hat Cannabis is one of few producers in Alaska with a female head grower. Nemeth also represents the industry on several city infrastructure committees and as a member of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Administration. “I have a sincere passion about helping the…

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Peter Ishak

June 12th, 2019

Ishak left the East Coast for California after college in 2005 and found work building websites before creating a rudimentary software system for the state’s dispensaries. Seeing the potential, he got involved in the industry there, but left for the emerging markets of Arizona and Nevada. He still has interests…

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Keystone Shops

June 12th, 2019

The three guys at the top of Philadelphia’s Keystone Shops dispensaries have been friends for a long time. CEO Michael Badey has known Director of Strategy Connor McCue since elementary school and Director of Finance Jack Francis since high school. Badey says the relationship between the trio is at the…

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Jennifer Dooley

June 11th, 2019

Dooley remembers the exact date she joined the company — March 15, 2016 — and the pitch that drew her in — “How would you like to build the most tantalizing marijuana brand in the world?” “I remember the date,” she says, “because I believe I hit the jackpot in…

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