Michael, our CEO, is one of the most prolific cannabis writers for the Forbes Chicago Business Council. He is a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS), a contributor to Marijuana Business Daily, quoted in Forbes Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, Tampa Tribune, Yahoo Finance, Tampa Tribune, Sativa Magazine, CBC and the Daily Herald. His media appearances include several CBS and WGN appearances and international presence on BNN Commodities in Canada. On the public policy front, Michael and his team were instrumental in their work of drafting the Kentucky Medical Marijuana Bill for Senator Perry Clark. Most recently, Michael taught a class for the International Pharmaceutical Academy in Toronto, Canada. He spoke on Cannabis Pharmacology, and the effects cannabis has on the endocannabinoid system.
Michael has been a cannabis investor since 2009 in Colorado’s first legal for-profit cannabis market. As the co-founder and CEO of Quantum 9, Inc., Michael has spent years designing technology and collaborating with countless consultants at the forefront of the cannabis industry. Collaborating with the brightest minds and contributing to world-class organizations has been an incredibly enlightening and rewarding experience for him. Also, he has amassed a comprehensive and award-winning team engaged globally for public policy best practices through the prioritization of environmental sustainability and patient care.
Michael Mayes has been called one of the most influential voices in international cannabis consulting by CannaInsider. Michael, an Asian-American, has been instrumental in educating elected officials, physicians, business owners, and patients about the therapeutic and palliative effects of medical cannabis around the world. In 2012 Michael started a cannabis consulting firm Quantum 9, Inc. He is a public notary and a licensed expediter. His award-winning consulting team has been engaged globally in public policy consulting and the manufacturing of cannabinoid products through the prioritization of environmental sustainability and patient care. Very few cannabis consulting firms practice internationally and have the type of presence and brand recognition Quantum 9 has most due to Michael’s Public Relations and Marketing efforts. In 2015, Quantum 9 was awarded the prestigious CannAwards Most Disruptive Company. In 2016, Michael and Quantum 9 were recognized by Corporate Visions Magazine as the Best International Marijuana Consulting Firm. No other cannabis consulting company is so heavily awarded in the space. In 2017, Michael was awarded the Bronze Stevie Award for Executive of the Year and the Silver Golden Bride Award for Most Influential People of the Year in Business. In 2019, Michael was admitted to the Forbes Chicago Business Council.
Michael has performed business analysis for some of the largest commercial cannabis cultivation centers in the world. Michael brings a systematic approach to business permit acquisition documentation and project management. Also, Michael has project managed 81 application submissions with a 90.12% success rate.