Cannabis brings amazing personalities to the my column. The way that they find themselves to me is sometimes creative. Take Jenny-Beth Dills, the founder of Kind Cannabis Consulting. She found me on the interweb, Instagram to be exact.
I appreciate her deep effort and hope more individuals seek me out in this visually pleasing manner. One can discover much about a person by their visual imagery. The same holds true for Kind Cannabis Consulting, and I like Jenny-Beth’s style.
WB: Please tell me about yourself. Where are you from? Where are you now? Why cannabis?
Jenny-Beth Dills=JBD: I grew up in south Georgia where I was raised by a very conservative Christian family. My parents didn’t drink much less smoke cannabis and sent my brother and I to private Christian school for much of our lives. I attended Ga southern University and College of Coastal Georgia where I was a cheerleader and studied pre med biology. I wanted to go into medicine because my ultimate goal in life was to make a difference and help people. I worked after college in Ophthalmology and Vitreomacular surgery while cultivating at home.
In 2012 I made the move with the proceeds from my last harvest in GA to Colorado to enter the legal Cannabis world. I spent 7.5 amazing years in Colorado where my life changed in many ways, most importantly the birth of my son Parker in 2012 (I was unknowingly 8 weeks pregnant when I moved to CO to follow my cannabis dream) but getting to be part of the process and watching the industry and regulatory structures grow from the Medical only program to Adult use laid a firm foundation for where my career is today. In Colorado I helped launch several brands sales programs both in CBD and THC, worked in Operations Director roles for cultivation, and retail licenses, taught pesticide safety and other compliance courses for cultivators in the state and helped produce events like Indo Expo and the first accredited medical cannabis educational conference for medical professionals.
In March of 2019 I travelled to Barcelona to host the English speaking coverage of Spannabis for G13tv. This trip was life changing. I absolutely love the Cannabis industry here in America but experiencing the international culture was something the reignited my passion for what I do. I spent the next few weeks in Paris, Amsterdam (where I met up with Mila Jansen for the coolest tour of the Dam by canal) and the UK returning to the US and immediately relocating to California to start the national licensing division of a Concentrate brand in Los Angeles and helped to build a B2B buyers cup in Los Angeles. Now I work as VP of sales and strategy for DRM and Dr Murphy’s and am so grateful to have such a great team of people who all share the same focus!
Originally, I grew up in St. Simons Island Ga, which is a small golf resort island just North of Jacksonville, Florida and South of Savannah Ga. I moved to Colorado in 2012 to enter the legal cannabis world and relocated to Los Angeles, California in March of last year.
Cannabis has been a part of my life from a young age. I remember appreciating it as a teenager as an escape from the stress around me and as I got older began to appreciate the medicinal value as well. I cultivated cannabis in Georgia and moved to Colorado to continue to pursue my interest in Cannabis because I saw the value it had in the lives of patients who relied upon it. I have always been drawn to helping people and cannabis has become my full time way to do just that. I fell in love with the plant and the cultivation process almost immediately, that led to a greater interest in genetics and the extraction process. Over the next decade I have continued to be amazed by developments being made both in the science surrounding the plant and the industry itself.
It’s no secret that in many ways cannabis has and Is very much a “boys club”, as a woman and a strong headed one I was determined to not let that stop me and have continued to use that spirit to propel me onward through what is sometimes a turbulent career choice. However cannabis is my passion and it has to be to succeed long term in this industry. You gotta love it or you will quit.
WB:Please tell me about what you do? What does your company specialize in? Flowers?
JBD: I am Vice President of Sales and Strategy for a type 7 manufacturing facility (extraction lab). Dr Murphy’s Extracts and a licensed Distribution facility (DRM Distribution) in LA and have a compliance consulting company that I formed in 2017 in Colorado (Kind Cannabis Consulting).
WB: Do you have a mentor? Who taught you about business? When did you first discover the health benefits in cannabis? How does it help you?
JBD: I don’t know that I necessarily have a mentor in the space. I have been fortunate enough to be able to learn from some incredibly talented and passionate men and women in the industry. I feel that standing on the shoulders of giants is a great way to describe this industry as a whole and I have been fortunate enough to learn from and be advised by some of those giants including Mila Jansen, Mz Jill, and the Dank Duchess. I gained traditional business knowledge while working in traditional health care after college and combined that with cannabis knowledge to enter the space from a different approach than many at that time. However as far as legal cannabis goes we are flying the plane as it’s being built and a lot of learning from a business standpoint has been a trial by fire. This has been an exciting challenge and learning to pivot has been key. With the regulations in a state where even the government bodies appointed to oversee them don’t have a clear understanding of them at times is often difficult to navigate and requires constant diligence to ensure nothing is missed and to make sure your company remains both compliant and productive. “Profitability through Process” is my mantra.
I personally discovered the medicinal benefits of cannabis when I started using it to help with my PCOS but my life was really changed in 2017 when I was diagnosed with PTSD and anxiety. I refuse to take narcotics. My doctor repeatedly tried prescribe medication and I refused. Finding the right balance of cannabis and the terpene profiles that worked for me saved my life. Using cannabis medicinally is all about trial and error, it can be a long process but when you find the right profile, dosage, and delivery method it is a beautiful thing!
WB: Favorite food memory? Do you cook? What’s your favorite style of cooking? Favorite restaurant?
JBD: My favorite food memories are all about my grandparents. I spent a lot of time with my granny and granddaddy as a child. My granddaddy kept the BEST garden ever (also where I learned to love to grow plants) and my granny fed everyone. If you came over you were getting fed. Watching my granny cook traditional southern foods and learning from her will always be my favorite food memories. Food is love to me and I absolutely love cooking and feeding people. I typically cook healthy foods for myself but my favorite style is once again southern comfort food with biscuits and gravy being one of my go to meals.
WB: What is your passion?
JBD: My Passion is cannabis. I love everything about this plant and I am passionate about being the best steward of the plant that I can be. The regulated cannabis industry is difficult and often frustrating to navigate and my goal is to help people navigate that process successfully. I want to see this industry grow and see the people who helped build this industry be a successful part of that industry.
I moved my life, TWICE to the other side of the country for this plant and industry and I do not regret it. I am so grateful that something I once had to hide is now my career. My goal is to do everything I can to help ensure the success of this industry and the national legalization efforts. I’m so grateful for the opportunities and health benefits this plant has provided for me and my passion is helping to make those benefits available to others, be that helping companies overcome the struggles of transitioning in a regulated market or advocating for legalization.
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