Christie Lunsford has served as a consultant during the licensing, development, and formulation phases of multiple Medical Cannabis Centers and Infused Product Manufacturers in CO, CA, Il, and WA. She received one of the first legal licenses for cultivation and infused product manufacturing in CO. Christie was the original Marketing Director for Dixie Elixirs and Edibles and under her direction, brought it to its current well-known status. Using her companion plant philosophy, she will launch Wildwood Apothecary, in both medical and adult use markets in Colorado in 3Q 2015. Ms. Lunsford is the founder of Budding Professionals, LLC. A 10-week mentorship for emerging cannabis academics from journalism and STEM programs. Christie is a founding member of NCIA’s Women’s CannaBusiness Network, which became the foundation of Women Grow. A media personality, she co-hosts The Hemp Connoisseur Magazine radio show and writes the History of Hemp feature and is a frequent speaker at cannabis industry events.