State’s Largest Cannabis Services Company Welcomes Former State CCD Director & Compliance Manager In New Roles
Adding two former state regulators to team will expand expert services
(Albuquerque) – Weeds. Cannabis Company, the largest cannabis services company in New Mexico, announced today that they have made key hires to broaden the expertise and services already available at the company. Weeds. will bring a more robust licensing program and a new compliance program online to better serve the cannabis industry in New Mexico.
“We’ve added some very talented and knowledgeable people to our roster to help strengthen and expand our service offerings,” said partner and co-founder Pat Davis. “Adding two former state regulators to our team will bring a depth of knowledge that no other firm possesses.”
“Weeds. is fortunate to have landed several of the most talented people in the industry,” said partner and co-founder Matt Kennicott. “We’re looking forward to expanding our service offerings and forming a team that is committed to providing excellent service to our clients.”
The Weeds. team now includes:
Kristen Thomson – Former Director, New Mexico Cannabis Control Division
After more than a decade working on cannabis policy throughout the United States, Kristen was appointed the first director of the Cannabis Control Division. Under her direction, the state successfully launched a program projected to generate $300 million in annual sales, create 11,000 jobs, and bring in $50 million in state revenue. Thomson joins Weeds. as a Partner and Chief Strategy Officer.
Bobbi Martinez – Former Compliance Manager, New Mexico Cannabis Control Division
As the CCDs first cannabis compliance manager, Bobbi literally helped write the book on compliance in New Mexico. She is a seventh generation New Mexico with a passion for food systems, horticulture, and sustainability, having done almost every job in the cannabis industry. She will bring her expertise to Weeds. as the Compliance Program Manager.
Aaron Anderson – President, Omni Projects Group, Project Management Partner
Aaron currently serves as the president of Omni Projects Group. As a Weeds. partner, Mr. Anderson brings over 20 years of construction experience to our clients. He’s had over 9 years in design-build construction, 7 years in cannabis construction, and has served as a project manager on a multitude of projects across New Mexico. In addition, Aaron brings a deep understanding of what it takes to act as an owner’s representative, having successfully completed numerous projects as an owner’s rep. Aaron and Omni provide services from design to certificate of occupancy and everything in between.
Rigel Piper – Head Grower
Having grown various plants since childhood, Rigel continues to feed his interest and passion for horticulture as the Head Grower for Weeds, overseeing cultivation operations and consulting on client cultivation operations. Over a decade ago he was taken under the wing of master grower Dwight Carson who taught him the art of cannabis cultivation. With nearly 17 years of experience, he is well versed in organic gardening as well as indoor plant cultivation.
Veronica Vasquez – Licensing and Compliance Associate
With more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Veronica brings a vast knowledge of the industry to the Weeds. team including project management. She joins the team working on licensing and compliance projects for clients and helping develop the Weeds. wholesale program. In addition to her knowledge, she brings a warm smile and a friendly personality to Weeds. clients.
We’re a team of former regulators, in-house compliance managers, master growers, advocates, and elected officials who also happen to be fun folks to work with.
Our team members have been working in cannabis policy in the West for over a decade. When New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham launched her legalization task force, the Weeds. team became the chairperson, staff, and advisors to build what became the state’s roadmap to a system built on social equity, public safety, and economic opportunity.
With legalization finally on the way, we partnered with some of the state’s largest medical cannabis companies to navigate their transition to adult use and launched the state’s first licensing navigator services for new entrepreneurs.
Today, Weeds. is one of the state’s fastest growing cannabis companies and New Mexico’s only full-service cannabis services company. Our programs have been used to license over 100 facilities across New Mexico. Our team provides seed-to-sale licensing, compliance, and consulting for operators, wholesale services for established licensees, and provides industry intelligence and analysis.