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American Cannabis Company
Ellis started American Cannabis Company in 2012. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on American Cannabis Company?
I have been growing cannabis since 1997. I spent 5 years in the specialty cut flower industry which exposed me to large-scale plant production. In 2006 CO passed medical cannabis and I quickly became a caregiver supporting patients with debilitating diseases. In 2009 the state of CO changed the rules for the medical cannabis market and put regulations in place. I had to leave my basements and partner with a dispensary and find a zoned warehouse to continue my pathway in legal cannabis. I partnered with The Village Green Society where I was the head of cultivation. I sold my equity in the company in 2012 to start the American Cannabis Company.
My founding partner in American Cannabis Co. was also a partner in VGS. We saw the new emerging markets opening up and we knew we could help support some of these news businesses coming online like CT, MA, MN, and FL. We were the first consulting company in cannabis so we knew we were ahead of the competition when we started.
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Since CO was ground zero for regulated cannabis we felt that we had learned from our experiences to go out and assist these new markets that were emerging. We validated our ideas quickly as we started speaking to customers looking to get into cannabis. There was a huge need for help with limited access to professionals that could support the new industry.
I was fortunate enough to be able to grow cannabis at home as a caregiver while starting ACC. This allowed me the financial freedom to focus on developing the business and getting it off the ground. Our web presence was key early on and allowed us to penetrate markets quickly.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story