Kebra Smith-Bolden

Founder & President

Kebra Smith-Bolden is a true trailblazer, a respected healthcare professional. A registered nurse, Kebra leveraged her medical knowledge and decades of professional experience to create CannaHealthTM, the first and only Connecticut cannabis business owned by an African-American. Its innovative community based business model offers disadvantaged communities disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs education about medicinal cannabis, as well as safe and legal access through medical marijuana program evaluations. Smith-Bolden is a medical marijuana (MMJ) expert on topics such as the use of cannabis as a therapy for emotional trauma and chronic disease, as well as dedicating her practice to the expansion and preservation of statewide MMJ programs. She is also Chief Health Policy consultant at Green Governance Consulting, dedicated to creating socially responsible Health Policies for the Cannabis Industry.

Smith-Bolden is a prominent industry advocate, serving as a member of the National Executive Team for Women Grow. Smith-Bolden Co-Founded and serves as President of CURE, Connecticut United For Reform and Equity. Other professional affiliations include, Minority Cannabis Business Association where she serves on the Medical Committee and the National Cannabis Industry Association, where she is Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion SubCommittee.

Areas of expertise:

Medical: RN, Certificate of Proficiency in Cannabis, Founder/CEO CannaHealth (Medical Cannabis certification centers), Founding Member of Cannabis Nurse Network, Sigma Theta Tau, awarded as 2019 Nurse Leader for Cannabis Nursing, Currently pursuing FNP at Simmons University, Boston

Advocacy/Lobbying/Policy Creation: President- CT United for Reform and Equity, 2019 CT Cannabis Advocate of the Year (NECANN), Lobbying experience via MCBA (Member, Medical Committee) , NCIA (Co-Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Sub-Commitee), and MPP as Co-Director of CT Coalition to Regulate Marijuana, Chief Health Policy Consultant-Green Governance Consulting

Entrepreneurship/Networking: CEO-CannaHealth (6 locations, licensing model creating other cannabis entrepreneurs), Partner-Green Governance Consulting, Former Market Leader (CT)/2019 Leadership Award-Women Grow, Founding member-Elevate New England, Former North East Regional Director- M4MM

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