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Ashley Hill of Winning Coaching and Green Light Project: 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Leading a Cannabis or CBD Business

Invest in your team’s development! Make sure you have the right people in the right seats. Identify and play to their strengths and support their limitations. Create a common language that is understood by all. Hone in on what is important to them and how you can best support their values while having them support your business — it should always be a mutually beneficial agreement.

  • None of this is new. Cannabis has been around for centuries. It is so rewarding to see the way people are going back to producing this incredibly old product while researching cannabis both in a historical context and applying modern technology to gain knowledge on newfound benefits from an old plant. It’s incredibly exciting — there’s so much more to be discovered!
  • I love being able to help and positively impact people with this education and provide a new perspective. Having a Master’s Degree in Cannabis Science provides me with a huge opportunity to impact the cannabis educational system which is just developing.
  • I worry about the limited opportunity that is available for minorities and people of color when it comes to ownership within the industry. All states are different, but oftentimes there are certain entry barriers that involve high capital investments, licensing, and permits in order to secure or gain access to owning a dispensary or distribution/manufacturing facility which often disqualifies minorities due to lack of access to capital. Those aren’t the only entry points into the industry, but all points should have equal access, especially to the communities that were historically targeted during the war on drugs.
  • The quality of the product will be diluted over time and people will look for shortcuts that don’t benefit the consumers in the end; essentially, the prospect that cannabis will come to adopt a profit-over-people business model concerns me. As the industry starts to evolve, I hope that it stays true and authentic to the medicinal components and benefits the plant carries as best as possible.



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Candice Georgiadis

Candice Georgiadis is an active mother of three as well as a designer, founder, social media expert, and philanthropist.