10 years ago, Colleen McQuade of Juniper Lane Cannabis had no idea she would be the owner of a cannabis dispensary. Obtaining a master’s degree in international peace and conflict resolution, McQuade had a different career in mind.
“I thought I was really going down that international aid worker kind of life path for a long time. And I got arrested for some weed in Maryland, when I was younger, and that kind of really spun that whole life path off for me. It didn’t really work out the way I’d imagined because of it,” said McQuade.
It was at this point when McQuade stepped into the cannabis industry. She became a glass wholesaler for several years, even working with Vermont artists before eventually moving there.
“I saw some of the issues that come with a bigger company and I just have always really loved weed. So I’ve always wanted to do it myself. I thought I could do a good job,” she said.
Dusty has been in the retail sales field in one form or another his entire career. After 15 years of leading high end retail sales teams for Luxotica, he decided to break away into the legacy cannabis market as a grower. Later taking the time to learn the arts of extraction, Dusty continued his trip down the whole plant economics by producing a line of legacy topical and edible infusions. He knew he needed to chase down his dreams of being a licensed cannabis retailer and manufacturer.
So, in June of 2022, he started forming the team that would become Cambridge Cannabis Company. Since that wonderful day, he has been enjoying pursuing his passion of bringing the best cannabis to the community. All while using his well honed purchasing and negotiating skills to create a thriving retail cannabis market for all involved.
Proud mother of 4, born in New York City, Tiffany moved to Burlington, Vermont as an 8th grade student at Edmunds Middle School. She attended Burlington High School and later graduated from the Community College of Vermont after studying Medical Assisting.
After working over a decade in the healthcare industry, she started a small commercial cleaning business. Having experienced friends and family members who had been incarcerated due to Cannabis related crimes, she decided that when the Cannabis industry in Vermont became legal, she would enter into it as representation and a voice for her community.
As a licensed retailer and cultivator, Tiffany is the Founder of Euphoria Cannabis in Burlingtons' North End.
Miriam Wood is a long-term Vermont resident who is a mother, entrepreneur, and advocate for
minority representation in the cannabis industry. She is passionate about the role cannabis can play in the holistic approach to wellness and self-care. She has strong beliefs in the strength of community outreach, social equity, and movement towards policy changes in social justice.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and multiple cannabis related knowledge proficiency certificates.
In her free time, Miriam enjoys spending time with her kids, cooking, kayaking, gardening.
Miriam Wood is the owner of The Tea House in White River Junction.
Michael has been in the creative design field his entire career. As a serial entrepreneur, he used his creativity and design background to start multiple small businesses.
In 2010 he decided to learn website development and coding, to pair with his design skills. For the next 8 years he would found and run a digital marketing and design agency, Inbound Design Partners. In 2018, he took his digital marketing, design and branding experience to Northeast Hemp Commodities, a large-scale hemp farming operation in VT. There, he learned about hemp and CBD from the seed to retail shelf and everything in-between.
In 2018 he founded Method Organics, a Vermont CBD company found on many shelves across the state. He co-founded FLORA Cannabis in Middlebury in April of 2022 and is the current CEO. His strengths are in branding, marketing and packaging design, product formulation and cannabis buying.
From a native of the Andes Mountains decorating Colombia to the Green Mountain State she currently calls home, Ana loves being surrounded by nature and has a genuine curiosity in natural healing modalities. She values freedom of choice and believes that everyone should have access to education as a precursor to make better choices.
Ana holds a Master of Science in Managing Innovation and Information Technology from Champlain College. She has over 10 years of experience working for Information Technology departments in the insurance and waste management industries. Through this experience, Ana has led the implementation of complex projects from inception to fruition.
Ana is no stranger to the uncertainty of new endeavors, the encumbrance of compliance and regulation, and the need to balance competing priorities from multiple stakeholders — all attributes prevalent in the era of cannabis legalization. Her dispensary, Mountain Girl Cannabis is located in Rutland, VT.