Each week we highlight entrepreneur’s in the cannabis industry so our viewers can learn who is behind the team of the upcoming and leading businesses, organizations, and non-profits in the industry.
This week we would like to introduce Sara Gullickson. Sarah is the Executive Director of DispensaryPermits.com as well as a national leader in the medical marijuana consulting industry. As an influential woman in the cannabis reform movement, Sara has a vision for the medical marijuana industry of wellness and accessibility. It is with this vision, that she has passionately guided clients through every step of the medical marijuana process.
From application processes to logistics and cultivation practices, Sara has successfully advised numerous groups in eleven states’ medical cannabis processes over the last seven years. Combined with nearly a decade of experience executing online and traditional marketing campaigns, Gullickson has used her comprehensive knowledge to assist and consult on successful applications across the United States and currently is working with applicants in Michigan, California, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Arkansas.
In our interview we asked Sara a variety of questions sharing her experiences, she had some insightful information and advice to share with each of you.
Please share with our viewers, a little about DispensaryPermits.com.
DispensaryPermits.com offers consulting services with hands-on support for medical marijuana entrepreneurs. Whether you are looking to break into the industry or you have previous experience with owning or operating a dispensary, cultivation, manufacturing or testing facility; our custom crafted solutions provide support and guidance for both novice and expert medical marijuana entrepreneurs. As one of the longest standing medical marijuana consulting firms, we have developing strategies to guide our clients through state-regulated medical marijuana application processes.
Can you please share some advice that has influenced your entrepreneurial journey?
The industry isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for fighters and strategists that have a passion for the plant and the process.
How do you stay balanced? Any hobbies outside your work?
Yes, of course. While I was a young entrepreneur, I feared missing out. I wanted to take on every project and it was hard for me to sit a process out. Now that I have been in the industry almost 7 years, I have come to understand that this is a real career, a real business, something that has longevity. With that in mind, I recently have allowed myself to nurture my curious side. I love traveling and exploring other countries. Though I don’t teach, I am a certified yoga instructor, and I enjoy reading, relaxing, family, friends, hiking, running, and my pugs!
What is the best piece of advice you can give to others looking to launch a company in the cannabis industry?
In my opinion, this question is asked too frequently. If you want anything in life, how do you get it? For me, I go for it, and I don’t stop until I’ve turned some heads and made significant progress. The cannabis industry is the same. Others should first ask themselves, what they are passionate about, and then determine how they can apply that to the fastest growing industry in the U.S. Everything is doable. I have some total rockstar friends in the industry, we all have similar stories.
Is there anything that surprised you about being an entrepreneur in the cannabis industry?
In the beginning, it was very shocking to me how unethical people can be. I’ve been through the ringer in this industry which hasn’t stopped me, it has only made me stronger. The most important lesson I’ve learned is that there is only one me. People can take ideas, concepts, knock you off or tear you down, but in the end, no one has the style, grace, or skill set I do. I might not be for everyone, but it only takes one. When business vision, ideals, morals and ethics align, the sky is the limit.