Chief Executive Officer
Michael Mayes is the founder and CEO of Quantum 9, Inc., a cannabis consulting firm focused on helping entrepreneurs and investors win licenses and start cannabis businesses. He began his career in the cannabis industry as an early investor and operator in Colorado’s first legal cannabis market in 2009. Since then, Michael has owned, operated, and sold cannabis businesses across the U.S.A.
Under Michael’s guidance, the team at Quantum 9 has helped clients win cannabis business licenses in 27 U.S. States and 6 countries. He has amassed a comprehensive and award-winning team engaged globally for cannabis application writing and advisory services. He has a proven record of leading his team to outcompete the largest multi-state operators and best law firms in highly coveted and competitive cannabis licensing rounds.
Additionally, as CEO of Quantum 9, Michael Mayes has spearheaded some of the largest commercial cannabis projects in the world. He’s helped raise millions to fund cannabis ventures for all types of cannabis business license types in both adult-use and medical markets.
Michael Mayes is a frequent Forbes contributor and article subject matter expert in relation to the Cannabis Industry and is often quoted by The Wall Street Journal, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, MJBiz Daily, Chicago Tribune, Cannainsider, High Times, Ganjapreneur, Cannabis Business Times, and more.
He is a Michigander by birth and has called Chicago home for nearly two decades now. He earned his BS in Creative Advertising from Michigan State University and earned his PMP Certificate from Cornell University. Michael is the son of an immigrant mother and a truck-driving father. He is a proud father of a baby girl born during the height of the 2020 pandemic.