Diane Czarkowski: Co-Founder of Canna Advisors talks current state of the cannabis industry, the beginning process for opening a dispensary, lobbying congress and advice for women entrepreneurs
This week I’m talking to Diane Czarkowski, one of the industry’s original cannabis entrepreneurs and Founding Partner at Canna Advisors. She has played an influential role in the cannabis market since its early stages, helping develop it into one of fastest growing industries in the United States.With decades of career success in high-tech and real estate, Diane’s business agility stems from working in industries that are rapidly growing and evolving. She was the founder of one of the first dispensary and cultivation facilities in Colorado, earning the reputation as one of most professional and patient-focused dispensaries in the state. Since establishing Canna Advisors, the firm has earned one of the best track records in the industry. Diane works closely with clients, advising them on best practices to anticipate change and proactively work to meet the changes. She focuses on the operational needs of Canna Advisors and oversees HR, Accounting, Marketing, PR, IT and Client Services.
In this episode, we chat about Diane's pioneering work in the cannabis industry and her experience leading the premier canna consulting firm. She shares her thoughts on the current state of the industry, and where she sees it going. We talk about what one needs to do to begin the process of opening a dispensary and a common mistake often made on licensing applications. Diane also shares her vision for the future of cannabis, her advice for women interested in getting into the space, how to get involved in lobbying congress with the National Cannabis Industry Association and more.