National Cannabis Industry Association

Aaron Smith, Executive Director

“Denver Relief is a model medical marijuana business, not only because of its success in the competitive marketplace but because of its focus on community and political involvement. This level of responsibility and engagement embodies NCIA’s vision for what our industry as a whole should strive for. Denver Relief Consulting provides a way for others to replicate this responsible and profitable business model in their own communities and is playing a major role in moving our industry forward.”

 

 


 

Tweed (Canada)

Ryan Douglas, Head of Cultivation

“Denver Relief Consulting has been an invaluable resource for Tweed Inc. as we strive to become Canada’s number one provider of medical marijuana.  Both Kayvan and Nick have proven extremely helpful by providing industry insight and customized cultivation consulting.  I first reached out to DRC as I was facing some challenges in our rapidly expanding cultivation department.  In less than one day I was on the phone with their Head Grower Nick Hice, who was on vacation and attending a wedding.  The fact that he made time for me during such an important personal event spoke volumes.  I have since consulted with Nick weekly for advice on everything from growing techniques to efficient post-harvest strategies.  In an industry where everyone is a self-proclaimed expert, it is refreshing to work with a group of people that are humble, honest and genuine.  I look forward to Tweed’s continued relationship with Denver Relief Consulting, and I strongly recommend their services to anyone seeking advice in our industry.”

 


 

Cresco Labs (Illinois)

Charles Bachtell, CEO

Cresco Labs was fortunate to meet Kayvan, Ean and Denver Relief Consulting early in our efforts to enter this industry.  Their experience, industry knowledge and professionalism are immediately apparent when anyone meets them – whether the audience be industry pioneers, traditional business professionals or state regulators. DRC was a fundamental component of Cresco’s success in the Illinois application process – we received all three of the cultivation/processing licenses for which we applied by receiving the three highest scores of the 158 applications reviewed by the state.”

 

 


 

Council on Responsible Cannabis Regulation

Steve Fox, Executive Director

“The leaders of Denver Relief and Denver Relief Consulting represent the best of the cannabis industry. They understand that involvement in the cannabis industry is not just about cultivation and customer care; it is also about being upstanding members of the community. As we strive to introduce leaders from across the country and around the world to cannabis regulation, we are proud to have Denver Relief on our short list of facilities to visit. ”

 

 


 

Las Vegas Releaf (Nevada)

Michael Hayford, Launch Manager

“In entering the medical cannabis industry we were very aware of what we didn’t know and immediately engaged a number of marijuana business and technology consultants to fill the void; and we quickly and painfully learned that not all consulting firms are equal! Over the course of a year we had engaged as many as six consulting groups, which cost us precious time, money and aggravation. Through divine  intervention and strategic partners we began to work with Denver Relief Consulting, we immediately learned “what good looks like” in the cannabis consulting. The Denver Relief Consulting team engaged our project with knowledgeable and collaborative staff, their approach was refreshing as it reflected their commitment to industry and the patients we serve. Their business practices and ethics are beyond reproach, their business, operations, and technology experience is “TOP SHELF” and is supported by extensive documentation. Kayvan Khalatbari and the Denver Relief Consulting team worked side by side with our team from start to final inspection and the opening of our business. We can’t say enough positive things about Denver Relief Consulting!”

 


 

Silver Sage Wellness (Nevada)

Pam & Jim Blasco, Owners

“How do you say  thank you to a group of people that are helping us to realize a vision.  My husband and I felt a connection with Denver Relief the first time we spoke on a conference call. The shared vision has been given breath and continues to have expanded life. The dream of providing medicine without side effects for all people and especially the special needs population is our life’s purpose. We are very grateful to have been directed to our partners at Denver Relief who continue to help us build Silver Sage Wellness with a genuine caring and appreciation. Their business model is designed with intelligence and integrity”

 

Silver State Relief and Silver State Cultivation LLC (Nevada)

Sonny Newman, Owner/President

“After interviewing six different cannabis business consultants, Denver Relief Consulting was by far the most prepared and professional.  They were instrumental in providing us with direction, expertise, and advise on all aspects of the business during our state application process.  The entire staff was always responsive and provided us with all information we needed to be successful.  With the direction from Denver Relief Consulting, Silver State Relief was able to obtain the highest evaluation score on all three of our license applications in the State of Nevada.  We are confident in our plans going forward and look forward to a continued relationship with Denver Relief Consulting.”

 

 


 

 

MassRoots (National)

Isaac Dietrich, CEO

“Ean was one of the very first people I met in the cannabis industry at an ArcView meeting in September 2013. He and Denver Relief Consulting have been instrumental in introducing us to the key players in the industry and gaining valuable market insight. I do not believe MassRoots would be where it is today without Ean and Denver Relief Consulting’s early support.”

 

 

 


 

ArcView Investor Network (National)

Troy Dayton, Founder

“Denver Relief has redefined what it means to be an industry leader at ArcView.  They’ve brought us some great companies and have partnered with and invested in numerous start-ups to make a significant difference in their growth.  Ean and Kayvan are super knowledgeable in so many areas of the cannabis industry and really help investors understand a very nuanced and sometimes difficult to understand industry.”

 

 


 

Manna Molecular Science, LLC (National)

Nial DeMena, CEO

“Denver Relief Consulting continues to bring value, business acumen, and to enhance Manna Molecular Science’s national profile. It’s fantastic to have Nick, Kayvan and Ean as a sounding board for new ideas, or as means of accessing industry clientele and pairing them with our novel technologies, and for connecting our ideas to the people most likely to benefit from them. I would recommend them for a variety of reasons – too many to list here – and highlight their insider knowledge of cannabis industry’s trends, operations, and needs that enable Manna to focus on successful short- and long-term growth strategies. The best part is that they bring perspective and personality and a sense of corporate identity to bare in the service of legal cannabis and, specifically, to Manna, through activism, modeling behavior, and philanthropy. They are one of the rare finds. They were there in the beginning and will continue to thrive in the coming decades because they are good people doing fantastic work.”

 

 


 

New Economy Consulting (Oregon)

Sam Chapman, Founder

“Denver Relief Consulting is without a doubt one of the foremost leaders in the cannabis consulting sector across the country. DRC has brought some of the most reputable experts onto their team in order to best represent their client’s interests in the application process, buildout, and ongoing compliance. From master growers and lighting technicians, to public officials and former NASA Scientists, businesses who choose to work with DRC can rest easy at night knowing they are in the best of hands. When it comes to civic engagement and participation, the amount of community awareness and involvement that the team over at DRC has put forth over the years is unmatched by any other company in the industry today. From providing free bicycle and wheelchair repairs for people who need them, to planting community gardens for people who would otherwise go hungry, DRC knows that creating a successful business in the emerging cannabis industry is not about being the biggest fish in the pond, it’s not about how rich you’re going to get, it’s about the community you operate in and how you bring them up with you.”

 

 


 

MJFreeway (National)

Amy Poinsett, CEO

“Denver Relief Consulting brings an unmatched depth of knowledge of marijuana business to their clients. Having worked with them for three years, I can say with confidence that their insight and meaningful feedback has been a valuable asset to our team. Their passion and enthusiasm for this industry is evident in all that they do.”

 

 

 


 

Thames Valley Apothecary (Connecticut)

Laurie Zrenda, Owner

“I’m a pharmacist in Connecticut, and I was interested in applying to open a medical marijuana dispensary,but I didn’t know where to begin. I met Kayvan in Chicago at the National Cannabis Industry Association Symposium in August of 2014. Applications were due in November 2014 and Denver Relief Consulting worked quickly to help me prepare many portions of the application. Connecticut’s regulations are unique and DRC customized the plans to match the state’s requirements. Jill worked tirelessly toward the deadline date. Out of 27 applicants, 6 dispensaries were granted licenses, and ours was one of them. Because of the knowledge, experience and dedication of the team at DRC, I now have the chance to own my own business, participate in data collection for medical marijuana research studies  and promote medical marijuana in a professional, positive manner. Kayvan and his team were always available to talk to, and I know they’ll be there to guide me as we work toward opening.”

 


 

Growhouse Fraser (Colorado)

Jolie Swisher, Property Manager

“Growhouse would not be the company it is today without the help of Denver Relief Consulting.  Ean and the team were there for us from the very beginning.  They gave us guidance in all realms of the marijuana industry, from licensing and compliancy to aiding us in developing strong relationships with vendors.  DRC’s insight has proven invaluable in growing our business.”

 

 


 

Quark Distribution (inventors of Stink Sack™)

Ross Kirsh, President

“Denver Relief Consulting played a key role in helping us successfully develop our Stink Sack™ Secure Child-Resistant Bags. Using their extensive knowledge of the industry as a soundboard, we were able to tailor our products to the needs of dispensary owners- both by price and by functionality- as evidenced by our strong sales which began immediately after launch. It was a true pleasure to work with Ean and Kayvan and we look forward to continued collaborations in the future!”

 

 


 

Medically Correct, Incredibles Chocolates (Colorado)

Rick Scarpello, Owner

“Denver Relief is a model medical marijuana business, not only because of its success in the competitive marketplace but because of its focus on community and political involvement. This level of responsibility and engagement embodies NCIA’s vision for what our industry as a whole should strive for. Denver Relief Consulting provides a way for others to replicate this responsible and profitable business model in their own communities and is playing a major role in moving our industry forward.”

 

 


 

Sticky Buds (Colorado)

Rod Hurlbut, Owner

“We realized after being in this business for nearly 5 years we needed some help implementing a new software application. Denver Relief Consulting seemed to offer the right solution and we quickly realized it was the perfect relationship. They understood the issues immediately and helped us implement a steady course of action. Regardless of your needs Ean, Kayvan, and the DRC team will make sure your questions get answered!”

 

 


 

Greenhouse Payment Solutions (National)

Chris Mills, Owner

“I have worked with the owners of Denver Relief for quite a while now and can see how dedicated they are to their business. As the owners of this premier Medical Marijuana Center, they are very professional and fully aware of all industry standards. Denver Relief Consulting has the pulse of the cannabis industry nationwide. From my experience, they are very approachable and easy to work with, for both established dispensaries and new businesses. I highly recommend Denver Relief Consulting if you desire to keep your cannabis business cutting edge in this ever evolving industry or just need some guidance with all the puzzle pieces.”

 


 

 

Rocky Mountain Business Products (National)

Jay Tittman, Owner

“I’ve been using Denver Relief Consulting for a year and wish I had found them sooner. They have assisted in our company’s marketing efforts directed towards the marijuana industry. With introductions to the industries best associations and business leaders, we have rapidly been able to establish ourselves as a leader in the sales of Office Supplies, Custom Printing, Labels, and Bumper Stickers to the industry. Our increased sales and revenue are a testimony to DRC’S effectiveness and knowledge of the industry.”

 

 

 


 

Kine Mine (Colorado)

Jason Siegel, Manager

“Being a brand new business in the newest industry in America has a multitude of challenges. That’s where Denver Relief Consulting comes in. These guys have unprecedented knowledge of the medical marijuana industry and their business savvy coupled with complete respect for the laws and regulations make them one of the most valuable assets to have in your arsenal. If you have any questions or concerns about your medical marijuana business, your next phone call should be to Denver Relief Consulting.”

 

 

 


 

Nature’s Way Wellness Center (Colorado)

Brian Yaninek, Owner

“We have benefited from and genuinely appreciate DRC’s recent visits to our facility. We were able to make both major and minor adjustments that have drastically improved our grow operation. Our product quality has always been one of our top priorities and consistently receives top rated reviews. Since DRC’s visits and the implementation of their suggestions the quality is superior, yields have increased, and our staff is more motivated and educated. Nature’s Way, without a doubt, recommends anyone in the grow business to utilize their expertise as we firmly believe we made a solid investment for the future of our company.”

 

 


 

MMC Depot (National)

Dovid Zussman, Owner

“DRC was instrumental to the launch of our MMC packaging division. Their industry know how and wide network of contacts helped us navigate our way through an otherwise unfamiliar business environment. Our product offering, sales strategy and marketing tactics were all greatly influenced by the advice we received from Ean, Kayvan and their team of experts. DRC continues to be our industry “insider” to help us maintain our competitive edge in this rapidly growing industry. I would highly recommend their services to any business seeking entrance into the MMJ industry.”

 

 


 

Sweet Grass Kitchen (Colorado)

Julie Camille, Owner

“If not for the bioassay report prepared by Denver Relief Consulting, Sweet Grass Kitchen wouldn’t have been able to get info like this. The report was thorough, straight-forward and easy to understand. We have since noticed an increase in our sales at Denver Relief and are very excited to use these stats to our benefit at other medical marijuana centers.”

 

 


 

Minority Cannabis Business Association (National)

Jesce Horton, Board Chairman

“Denver Relief Consulting has proven to have the insight needed to progress the cannabis industry in the right direction. We are proud to collaborate with them in our mission to create equal access and economic empowerment for cannabis businesses, their patients, and the communities most affected by the War on Drugs. The leadership at Denver Relief Consulting has been instrumental in the continued success of the Minority Cannabis Business Association.”

 

 


 

Resource Innovation Institute (National)

Derek Smith, Founder & Executive Director

“Denver Relief Consulting’s team members were pioneers in the cannabis industry, and they remain at the forefront today. Their approach to leadership is unique in that they engage early, and deeply, in a range of progressive initiatives strategic to the industry’s societal position. As Resource Innovation Institute establishes standards to drive conservation in the industry, our effort is magnified through leveraging DRC’s network and collaborative intent.”