Dr Lakisha Jenkins Official Photo jpgDr. Lakisha Jenkins holds a Doctorate in Naturopathy and is a Professional Member of the American Herbalist Guild. She is founder and CEO of The Kiona T Jenkins Foundation of Natural Health (Kiona Foundation Inc, 2003), a 501(c)(3) holistic health nonprofit organization. The Kiona Foundation and it’s subsidiary, The Farm’acy – a nonprofit agricultural cooperative – operate a natural health cooperative outlet, Kiona’s Farm’acy. Located in in the agricultural heartland of Northern California, Kiona’s Farm’acy has provided holistic health services to the Central Valley since 2010 and merged with The Jenasis Medical Group in 2016.

Dr. Jenkins is also a founding director and President of Jenasis Cooperative Incorporated – a business and employment coop; Brown Hills Ranches Inc. – a collection of ranches and farms dedicated to providing organic and sustainable agricultural products; and JECOI Adventure Academy – a private K-12 school with an emphasis on character building and ethics.

Additionally, Dr. Jenkins is a founding Board Member of The California Cannabis Industry Association – the California State affiliate of The National Cannabis Industry Association, of which she currently serves on the NCIA Minority Business Council Executive Committee, and both of which shape the framework around regulating the cannabis industry on a State and Federal level respectfully.

Dr. Jenkins and her family have resided in the Central Valley for 15 years and strive to be an active part of the community. Additional community service credits include serving on the Health, Hunger and Wellness Coalition Board of Directors for the City of Patterson and also serving as a Certified Leader with the University of California Agricultural Extension 4-H Program through Alameda and Merced Counties, Board Member and Vice President of the Merced Main Street Association and the California Education, Science, Agriculture and Research (CAESAR) Coalition.

Why are environmentally sustainable business practices essential to the future of the cannabis industry?

Environmentally sustainable business practices are essential to the future of the cannabis industry due to the explosive growth of the industry around the country. We must ensure that we implement best practices from the start to mitigate the risk of having this market eventually crash as the tech and housing markets have in the past. The drive for maximum profits must NEVER outweigh care and concern for the communities we serve and Mother Earth as a whole.

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