Natalie Simone | Founder/CEO, TCI Resources
She began her Cannabis journey as a budtender and continues to grow her knowledge base. In 2015 she joined Women Grow as a volunteer assisting with planning of the first Women Grow Leadership Summit. She moved into the Bookkeeping position, and then became the Membership Coordinator. In addition to advocating for safe access to clean cannabis, she began cultivating the plant and educating medical patients (and others) about the benefits of growing their own cannabis, believing each one can teach one.
Natalie’s community outreach and networking allows her to serve as a resource in the Denver community bringing awareness to social justice issues and encouraging increased participation of people of color in the cannabis community and industry. As Founder and CEO of TCI Resources Natalie’s dedication continues as she collaborates with cannabis companies to promote equality for today and tomorrow.
Read on for a glimpse into Natalie’s “Cannabis Fairy Godmother” wisdom:
When building the cannabis industry from the ground up, why is gender parity (having at least 50% women) so important?
It’s important that the industry is inclusionary and free of any barriers to entry. We have the opportunity to ensure no one is kept out of this amazing industry.
What social justice and/or criminal justice reforms do you want the US to make around its drug policy, particularly around cannabis?
I would like the US to legalize cannabis nationally, ending the war against people of color. Stop arresting people for cannabis, release everyone that is currently incarcerated for cannabis, and expunge the records of all cannabis convictions.
Why are environmentally sustainable business practices essential to the future of the cannabis industry?
Due to indoor cultivation and packaging requirements, the industry has a huge carbon footprint. As the industry grows, environmentally sustainable business practices are key for preserving resources for the future.