Mother’s one wish: Janea Cox

MariMed Advisors/Dispensary Permits are raising awareness for the benefits of legalizing medical cannabis through their Mother’s One Wish Campaign. Here is their latest work:

Did you know that over $20.7 billion was spent on Mothers Day? While billions of dollars are being thrown into the floral, card and novelty gift industries, there are some Mothers Day gifts that are priceless and would only cost you your support.

MariMed Advisors/Dispensary Permits dedicate this whole month of May to raising awareness for the benefits of legalizing medical cannabis in hopes to gain local support for mothers with sick children fighting for legalization in their respective states. In correlation to Mother’s Day with our Mother’s One Wish Campaign, we decided to celebrate and show appreciation to the mothers of the medical cannabis world by paying weekly tributes to selected mothers who have significantly contributed to the cause.

So today, we honor Janea Cox, mother of Haleigh Cox- the little girl largely responsible for the passing of a medical cannabis bill in Georgia named Haleigh’s Hope Act. Haleigh Cox suffers from a rare form of epilepsy causing severe seizures daily. Prior to the passing of HB 1, Janea Cox and her daughter had to move to Colorado- breaking up their family as her husband had to remain in GA for work- in order to obtain the necessary medical cannabis which has been proven to help those suffering from disorders like Haleigh’s. According to a report on ‘medical marijuana refugees’ by CNN, over 100 families moved to Colorado for medical cannabis.

A year after moving to Colorado, Janea Cox’s fight for medical cannabis legalization in her home state of Georgia was a success on April 16th 2015 when Gov. Nathan Deal signed HB 1 (Haleigh’s Hope Act) immediately allowing for the possession and use of low-THC cannabis oils for qualifying patients; that meant Janea Cox could finally return home with her daughter to be reunited with her husband along with many other long awaited Georgian family reunions.

We hope success stories such as Janea Cox’s will encourage other mothers in similar situations to begin or continue to push for legalizing medical cannabis nationwide. Don’t forget to support your local mothers in your respective states- there are many ways to get involved and make a difference.

Happy International Women’s Day

I’ll be landing in Minneapolis in 30 minutes to catch a connecting flight to Boston where Ill be meeting with the team for a few days. Just before taking off, as I was scrolling though my social media feeds, I realized today is International Women’s Day. While searching for the perfect quote or photo to inspire other women I realized the most fitting quote for today in this very moment is:

“ She needed a hero, so that’s what she became.” -Unknown

A common question when growing up is “ What do you want to be when you grow up?”. As a little girl, I was a dreamer, I was passionate, very creative and “out-of-the box”. I don’t remember the exact professions I was drawn to but I do remember that question was hard for me to answer. I thought, do I want to be a teacher, and if I’m a teacher does that mean I can’t be a doctor and if I’m a doctor can I still be a mother? When I matured a bit and entered into high school, then on to college and finished up grad school I still didn’t know what I wanted to be or if I’d ever “grow up”. Today, just as the wheels are about to land on the tarmac in my hometown as I look back at all those years, I decided

I want to be me when I grow up. That’s all. I want to be me because I am a teacher, a mommy,  a professional, a woman, a child, I am a friend, sister, daughter, yogi, I am beautiful, strong, tenacious, and driven. The list could go on and on but the most important thing is that I am comfortable with what I’ve become. As women let’s teach little girls that they can be anything they want to be. Give them the message that they are strong and smart. Let’s tell them that greatness can be achieved by hard work and dedication. A few years ago I wanted to be a part of a movement I wanted to change the way people perceived marijuana. I wanted to help others and challenge the norm, so I did. Now it’s time to teach others that if you find your passion, come up with a plan, work hard, stay dedicated, be honest, fair and humble you can achieve whatever you set your mind to. Create your own destiny and fulfill all your wildest dreams. Happy International Women’s Day to all the women that have inspired, mentored, and taught me, especially my mother, my biggest fan.

Sara Gullickson’s Cannabis Conference wrap-up

Over the last 10 days I’ve been in dozens of Uber cars, spent hours on 5 airplanes, cruised on a boat, rode on 5 trains, and sat shotgun on a tour bus over the course of my travels through 6 different cities.
During my journey I have acquired hundreds of new cannabis contacts, seen dozens of marijuana industry professionals I now call friends, tested 7 new cannabis related products, chatted with 13 reporters, listened to a handful of inspirational stories from leading women in the cannabis industry, meet 7 teammates in Chicago for our MJBIZCON booth and educated thousands of attendees on this crazy industry at 2 cannabis conferences.

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Phoenix marijuana industry women leaders event

The Phoenix chapter of Women Grow, a national network supporting female entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry, will host its next monthly networking event on Thursday, March 5, from 6:30 – 9 p.m., at Optima Camelview, located at the intersection of Scottsdale Road and Highland Road, 7177 E. Rancho Vista Drive, Scottsdale. Open to the public, the event is an opportunity to learn about dispensary inspection laws in Arizona, as well as medical director compliance. Held on the first Thursday of each month, Women Grow chapter events offer opportunities for personal introductions, open networking, and a speaking program. Admission is $30 in advance or $35 at the door. For information and to purchase tickets, visit Attendees are encouraged to RSVP in advance. Women Grow is a national network educating, empowering and connecting women in the cannabis industry through monthly networking events, national conferences and shining a spotlight on aspiring and established women leaders in the cannabis industry.

Information: Sara Gullickson, Women Grow, 612-965-4980,, or Kim Prince, Proven Media, 480-221-7995,

Cannabis/Business/Women’s Event Women Grow Phoenix Hosting Cannabis Dispensary, Compliance Discussion at March 5 Networking Event Dispensary Medical Director Gina Berman, Healthcare Executive Elizabeth Dost Featured Speakers PHOENIX, Ariz., (February 23, 2015) – The Phoenix chapter of Women Grow, a na-tional network of female entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry, will host its next monthly networking event on Thursday, March 5, from 6:30 – 9 p.m., at Optima Camelview, (7177 E. Rancho Vista Drive, Scottsdale). Open to the public, the event is an opportunity to learn about the legal cannabis industry and connecting with entrepreneurs shaping its future. This month’s meeting will focus on cannabis dispensary inspection laws and medical director compliance. Featured speakers are: • Gina Berman, MD, who owns and serves as Medical Director at the Giving Tree Wellness Centers in North Phoenix and Mesa, • Elizabeth Dost, a registered nurse and MariMed Advisors healthcare execu-tive experienced in the management and growth of healthcare ventures. on the first Thursday of each month, Women Grow’s chapter events offer op-portunities for personal introductions, open networking, and a speaking program. Admission is $30 in advance or $35 at the door. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP in advance.For information and to purchase tickets, visit the Women Grow Phoenix Chapter event page. The next event is scheduled to take place on April 2. The Phoenix chapter of Women Grow kicked off in December 2014 and is one of 16 chapters nationwide. Sara Gullickson, Executive Director of Dispensary Permits, serves as chair, and Kim Prince of Proven Media serves as co-chair. Since its inception in July 2014, Women Grow has seen enthusiastic response and rapid growth, demonstrating a distinct demand for organizations designed to sup-port women in the cannabis industry. While Women Grow is women-focused, it also welcomes business savvy men who understand that involving women in their organizations and partnering with women-owned businesses is good for the bottom line.

Spring 2015 Marijuana Business Conference & Expo in Chicago

What an Honor to be speaking at The Spring 2015 Marijuana Business Conference & Expo in Chicago!

I will be speaking about “Tapping Big New MMJ Markets: Nevada, Illinois and New York”.

May 19-21, 2015The Hilton • Chicago Produced by Marijuana Business Daily™, the Marijuana Business Conference & Expo features:

  • Keynote from Freakonomics author Steven Levitt and 25 other all new and exclusive sessions 2,000+ Cannabusiness professionals
  • 160+ exhibitors – The industry’s largest expo floor
  • Four exclusive add-ons: Marijuana Business Crash Course, Illinois MMJ Business Networking Breakfast, Marijuana Business Daily’s 5th Year Kickoff Celebration, and the Marijuana Business Investors Networking Breakfast.

Use my promo code: “ThanksSaraG” for $50 off Register Today!

Upcoming marijuana industry events

Spring is going to be a busy season for the medical marijuana community! Read on to see what upcoming marijuana industry events  you can catch me speaking, hosting or meeting with cannabis clients.

March 26th- I will be speaking on a panel with Laura Bianchi from Rose Law Group and Jane Fix from Monarch Dispensary at Women Grow’s Executive Director, Jazmin Hupp’s Lunch & Learn in Scottsdale, Arizona.
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April 2nd – I will be hosting our monthly Women Grow Meeting featuring Megan Stone from The High Road Design Studio in Phoenix, Arizona. 
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April -20th – MariMed Advisors has a booth at the Cannabis Cup in Denver to share some new and exciting products with the Cannabis Community. Stay tuned for details. Can’t wait? Send me an email and Ill share product details with you prior to our official product launch on 4/20.

May 14th – I will be hosting one on one meetings for Colorado dispensary licensees discussing our Franchise Model – Thrive the Dispensary. If you’d like to setup a one on one meeting with me contact for more information.

May 17th – I will be featured  on a panel in Colorado speaking about “Investor Due Diligence” at a Leadership Summit.
Event Information Listed Here 

May 21st – I will be speaking about “Big Opportunity in IL, NV and NYC” at the Marijuana Business Daily Conference and Expo in Chicago, Illinois!
View Agenda Here  Planning on attending the MJ Biz Daily Conference? Utilize my code & save “ThanksSaraG”.

June -Date TBA – First State Compassion Center in Delaware Grand Opening. Stay Tuned for details on their Facebook page.
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2015 is filled with marijuana industry events across the United States! Join me at the events listed above to educate yourself on the industry, improve your dispensary or cultivation processes, gain exposure for your cannabis related brand, network with industry experts, and more!


Sara Gullicksen’s women grow lobby days Washington D.C. wrap up

First of all, W-O-W. What an amazing experience. I am truly honored to be a part of such a great organization! Women Grow and NCIA did a great job organizing Lobby Days in D.C. Lobbying on The Hill was a new experience for me and one I will always remember. I traveled with a new friend, Megan Stone. Megan is a local Phoenix industry expert and owns The High Road Design Studio, LLC , a design firm that specializes in interior design for dispensaries nationally. Megan and I arrived in D.C. on Wednesday, checked into the Hotel Helix, and went to sushi before the big Women Grow kick off meeting. Around 8p.m. we all rallied together at the hotel and Jane West and Jazmin Hupp, two of the Women Grow founders, addressed the group and outlined the next few days. Then, all 76 attendees were given the opportunity to introduce themselves. Women came from all over the country. The most overwhelming market presence was from Colorado and Ohio. Many attendees were household names and trailblazers in this crazy industry. We also had a few newcomers and women wanting to learn more. Being from different markets with different business focuses it provided me with a positive new outlook and perspective on the industry. I often feel isolated or like I am fighting this battle alone when the going gets tough. It’s nice to know there are other women across the U.S. that understand my goals.

On Thursday, we all attend a press conference at the National Press Club , Brook Gehring, of Patients Choice, talked about the banking issues she faces due to banks not openly accepting money from the industry. And, Jared Polis , US Representative- Colorado Congressman, addressed the group and touched on 280E (Taxation of Illegal Income) and industry banking issues we would later address on The Hill. After the Press Conference, we broke into our groups and headed to our meetings. I was partnered with Amber Langston from Show Me Cannabis. She was a great mentor with lobbying experience. We were able to meet with Representatives from Missouri, New Hampshire, and New York. All of our meetings were positive experiences.  I was grateful my meetings were with representatives in states that are developing programs. Both New York and New Hampshire are states we will be or have prepared dispensary applications for. Thursday was a long day but a very powerful and invigorating experience.

On Friday we explored the city and attended a private birthday party for one of the Lobby Days attendees. Overall, a great experience. I will be back for you D.C. Until next time, Sara Join us at the next Women Grow Phoenix Chapter Meeting March 5th Register today!  Other published articles on Lobby Days:

Women Grow Phoenix chapter meeting: February 5th at the Cleared Hotel

February 5th Women Grow Networking Event Agenda: 6:30-7:00 Check In & Open Networking 7:00- 7:15 Welcome & About Women Grow 7:15 – 7:45 Group Networking Activity *We want to hear your 2015 goals and how Women Grow members can get involved! 7:45- 8:45 National Industry Update

Sara Gullickson and Rachel Schubert will be discussing:

  • Federal Landscape
  • Open Application Processes
  • New MMJ States & Process Status
  • Sustainable Markets & Opportunities
  • States Pending “Adult Use”
  • Upcoming Industry Events


8:45 – 9:00 Q & A 9:00 Event Closing We hope to see you all this Thursday. For those of you that are unable to make it please join us on March 5th to hear Gina Berman from The Giving Tree and Elizabeth Dost from MariMed Advisors discuss Arizona Dispensary Compliance. Cheers, Sara Gullickson Phoenix Chapter Chair Women Grow Mission Women Grow was created to connect, educate, inspire and empower the next generation of cannabis industry leaders by creating programs, community and events for aspiring and current business executives. Founded in 2014 in Denver, Women Grow serves as a catalyst for women to influence and succeed in the cannabis industry as the end of marijuana prohibition occurs on a national scale.