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Phil Wong with High! Canada Magazine met with Quantum 9’s CEO, Michael Mayes, to talk about his support for cannabis awareness. Quantum 9 is a highly successful marijuana consultant firm.

Mr. Wong was drawn to Mayes after reading a heated debate about the legalization of cannabis.

Mayes’s Early Involvement in the Industry

Image of CEO Michael Mayes, Marijuana Consultant

Michael Mayes, CEO of Quantum 9 Marijuana Consulting

An early start as a marijuana consultant for Michael Mayes

Mayes started in the marijuana consultant industry in 2009. At first, he had no idea that the industry would grow to be worth over $6B. His first investment was with a marijuana manufacturing company in Denver. Later, he would go on to make investments in Colorado, Michigan, and Maryland.

Mayes started his marijuana consulting firm, Quantum 9, in 2013.

Quantum 9 Goes International

Quantum 9’s global involvement as a marijuana consultant firm

At first, Mayes knew it would be important to gather a group of marijuana experts. This included Dr. Stephen Goldner and Ed Rosenthal Guru of Ganja. Mayes wanted to lead the conversation about cannabis awareness with state governments.

Once news of Mayes’s success in marijuana consulting made its way across the pond, the German Ministry consulted with Quantum 9. During an investigation for Germany, Mayes’s team found that their breathalyzers were showing inaccurate readings. Therefore, this opened European conversation to cannabis awareness.

The International Cannabinoid Research Society’s Role in Cannabis Awareness

Cutting edge research–a major factor for cannabis awareness

Mayes first became a member of the ICRS in 2013. They hold annual meetings about important research topics in the industry. The ICRS is a source for cutting edge research in the cannabis field. Therefore, Mayes gets important updates in the industry. Consequently, access to this research improves his practices to give clients the best service possible.

ICRS is key to cannabis awareness and keeping the conversation open. So, this is necessary for legalization in the future.

Cannabis Awareness for Legalization in the States

Michael Mayes, Cannabis Awareness Advocate

So, what’s up with Michael Mayes’s “Fuck Jeff Sessions” t-shirts? Well, the former US Attorney General had strong opinions against legalization. Sessions said that he believes legalization would not be good for combating the current heroin crisis going on in America.

He said: “I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana – so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful.”

Sessions created a dangerous link between cannabis and heroin as if they are similar. This comparison is untrue as well as damaging to the industry. Moreover, it is bad for patients who rely on medicinal marijuana for treatment. The shocking t-shirt is a good way of getting people’s attention. Proceeds from the t-shirts helped to remove Sessions from office in 2018.

Current Legalization Status in the US

Not now, but soon

Currently, there are 28 states with medical marijuana laws in place. 8 states are recreational. Mayes believes, due to industry trends, that Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Vermont will open for recreational use soon. Mayes notes that cannabis branded products are now a main trend in the industry. Therefore, it should not be surprising to see more cannabis branded products coming up in the market. Cannabis awareness will only increase as sales continue to rise in the industry.

Morgan Forte

Author Morgan Forte

Hello! My name is Morgan Forte. I am currently in the 2020 class of Quantum 9 Digital Marketing interns, and I recently graduated from Clemson University with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Animal Science. My undergraduate research included childhood development and animal nutrition. I am passionate about environmental awareness and global animal welfare/preservation. I am also a writer currently working on my second fiction novel!

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