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Jaime Lewis has over a decade of experience leading medical marijuana dispensary operations and managing the production of medical marijuana-infused products. Prior to joining iAnthus’ Massachusetts affiliate, Mayflower Medicinals, Jaime was the Chief Operating Officer of a large Colorado medical dispensary operation, where she was responsible for operations, strategic planning, business development, governmental affairs and community relations. She is the founder of Mountain Medicine, an infused cannabis product manufacturer and distributor to Colorado dispensaries. Jaime is a founding member and former chair of the Cannabis Business Alliance, an influential trade organization that functions as the Colorado industry’s chamber of commerce, and a current board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, where she serves as a national spokesperson for the regulated cannabis industry. Prior to entering the cannabis industry, Jaime was an executive chef in San Francisco.
Q: What do you love about the cannabis industry?
A: What I love most about the cannabis industry is the heart, passion, and soul that so many of us have for what we do. In the 15 years that I’ve worked in this industry, I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with so many amazing, deeply passionate people because of our belief in this plant. I have no competitors, I have a room full of colleagues who are all marching in the same direction to do something good.
Q. How can people at the individual and company level get involved and help make a positive effect in the industry?
A. For individuals: Pay close attention to how laws are being passed in your local jurisdiction as well as in your state. Make sure these laws, rules, and regulations aren’t passed without the voice of the people being heard. If you truly believe in this cause, it’s important to not only vote, but to call your senators and congressional leaders to make your voice heard on a local level. Become advocates so that we can create a strong foundation for a diverse and fair industry.
For companies: Do good by being good. It’s not just about the money, it’s about giving back to make sure important associations like SSDP, MPP, and NCIA are supported financially so they can continue to fight the good fight and make this a sound and sustainable industry moving forward.