Amy Margolis

Founder
The Initiative
Amy T. Margolis has been a lawyer for 18 years, first as a public defender and criminal defense attorney and then as regulatory and corporate counsel. She frequently advises both businesses and investors on deploying capital in the cannabis space, multi-jurisdtictional growth, public offerings and every other stage of business and corporate development. Ms. Margolis also started The Initiative, a business accelerator for female founders with a mission to train and fund women in the industry. The Initiative recently welcomed their second cohort of seven female founded businesses with many more to follow.

Frequently called by the press as an expert on the emerging cannabis space and gender equity in the industry, Ms. Margolis has been quoted by the Washington Post, LA Times, Fox News, Elle, Wall Street Journal, CNN and The Daily Beast among others as well as featured in magazines such as Newsweek, Playboy and Forbes.

In addition to her speaking engagements, Ms. Margolis has been called to help numerous states with implementing legalization, has testified at the Canadian Senate, has been crucially involved in the state of Oregon siting on almost every single advisory committee for both the medical and adult use programs, as well as consulting with those helping to shape international cannabis legalization. She is active both in state government, social justice policy and has led and organized four federal lobbying trips.

 
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