Jill Lamoureax is a former cannabis dispensary operator and partner in Denver Relief Consulting. In addition to establishing one of Colorado’s most respected multi-location dispensary operations, Jill has earned national recognition for her expertise in best practice and operating standards. Jill works with clients navigating complex licensing and application processes throughout the United States and in Canada.
From 2008 to 2012, Jill operated four dispensaries, three cultivation facilities, and one commercial kitchen in Colorado. In 2010, she applied for and obtained state and local licenses in Colorado’s first effort to convert unregulated businesses. The only business owner to serve on both the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Medical Marijuana Enforcement divisions’ medical marijuana work groups, Jill played an active role in development of Colorado’s first round of industry, physician, patient, and caregiver regulations. Jill provided regulatory advisory and drafting services to all three of Colorado’s marijuana business trade associations at the end of 2012. Many of Jill’s proposed rules have been adopted and are currently in effect.
Jill recently assisted the Washington State Liquor Control Board in developing their licensing process, joining RAND researchers and fellows as a member of the BOTEC Analysis Corporation team. She developed and serves as the program director of a third-party audit and certification program for Americans for Safe Access, a national non-profit promoting legal rights for patients and cannabis research. Jill is also a key member of the American Herbal Product Association’s work group developing recommendations for marijuana regulators, and regularly develops operating standards for clients in multiple jurisdictions including Canada, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada and the District of Columbia. Jill has been actively involved in the development of the cannabis industry serving as the second elected chair of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Jill also currently serves on the board for the Women’s Cannabusiness Network.
Jill has been a passionate advocate for patients’ rights working with Sensible Colorado and Americans for Safe Access on legislative and regulatory campaigns since 2008. With an MBA from the University of Denver and background in municipal revenue bond finance and special district administration, Jill provides specialized knowledge necessary for developing policies and procedures in highly regulated environments. Her experience as a start-up dispensary operator in a newly regulated and over-saturated market has given Jill a deep understanding of the common and uncommon challenges faced by new and established cannabis industry operators alike. A diverse range of political and business experiences informs Jill’s proposals for sensible and effective regulatory measures, as she continues to work with state policymakers and national industry clients for the ongoing development of a compliant legal cannabis industry.