Aaron Justis, 38, is president of Buds & Roses, a medical cannabis dispensary in the City of Los Angeles, and a board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Aaron has worked for years to enact sound regulations at the local, state and federal level. He sits on the steering committee of the Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance (GLACA), a voluntary association of dispensary operators founded in 2006, and the Studio City Medical Marijuana Advisory Board. Aaron has established a solid reputation in LA amongst patients and city officials alike. Buds & Roses is recognized for having the finest vegan-organic cannabis on the market, a deeply passionate and knowledgeable staff to assist their clientele, and a classy atmosphere, that attracts cannabis industryinsiders, celebrities, senior citizens, as well as seriously ill patients. Aaron became a cannabis activist in 1997 at 20 years old, and since then has fervently advocated to enact policy reforms and normalize its use. He’s worked with and spoken alongside leaders inside and outside of the cannabis reform movement, including Jack Herer, former Mexican President Vicente Fox, and Harvard’s Dean of Public Health Dr. Julio Frenk, to name afew. Aaron has traveled across the U.S. and overseas to speak at drug policy conferences, universities, and other forums. He also has extensive experience speaking about cannabis issues with mainstream print and broadcast media, from Al Jazeera and Newsweek to Men’s Health Magazine. Buds & Roses was alsorecently featured on The Ellen Show. Aaron is an entrepreneur at heart. He has owned multiple successful businesses, including real estate holdings, retail outlets as well as hemp clothing. In 1998, Aaron and his J-Wear Hemp Clothing Company won the High Times Cannabis Cup (HTCC) award for Best New Hemp Product. He and his team have gone on to win 21 HTCC awards, more than anyone else in the world! He also works as a cannabis consultant for the entertainment industry, which includes advising some of the country’s largest media companies about the industry as well as assisting on the set of a major motion picture. Aaron moved with his wife and two children from Rockford, IL to Los Angeles to work in the cannabis industry and to help build a new world of acceptance for cannabis businesses.
Buds & Roses
President & CEO
One of the first and most reputable dispensaries in the world. Winners of over 25 High Times Cannabis Cups. Buds & Roses offers the finest cannabis products and are known for their high level of knowledge and service. Located on Ventura Blvd in Studio City, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.
Unconventional Foundation for Autism
Co-Founded by Mieko Hester-Perez and Ted Cromwell in 2009, the Unconventional Foundation for Autism (UF4A.org) is an informational website that is intended to “raise awareness and support for families afflicted with this mysterious and misunderstood condition known as Autism.” They also strive to raise funds for medical research and clinical trials, while providing functional support for families in need. UF4A boasts a network of professionals that includes Jeffrey Raber (The Werc Shop), Aaron Justis (Buds & Roses Collective), Dr. Robert Melamede, and Kyle Kushman among others. Together, they help families find the form of treatment that best suits their needs.
Co-Founder & CEO
Kushman Veganics is a partnership that creates original F1 hybrids to be sold at Buds and Roses Collective and other prominent collectives in California. The company was founded by Aaron Justis, Kyle Kushman, and Tyler Wadleigh. Kushman Veganics is preparing to release their first strains to the public in 2014, one of which will likely be named for Tommy Chong.
National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)
Founded in 2010, The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is a trade organization for the cannabis industry. It serves to provide canna-businesses with a voice in Washington, D.C. The NCIA is led by industry leaders with the intent to speak for the needs of the rapidly-growing cannabis industry. Additionally, they allow members to choose who will serve on the board of directors with annual elections.
California Cannabis Industry Association
The California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) was formed in 2012 to unite the cannabis industry in California and to allow it to speak with one voice at the state and local levels. The organization strives to educate and act as a resource to lawmakers regarding all areas of the cannabis industry. The CCIA is also dedicated to addressing issues related to driving under the influence, unlawful diversion to minors, and substance abuse.
In The News
Los Angeles Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Relocate In Compliance With Proposition D
LOS ANGELES, CA — In a move that is likely to contribute to successful medical cannabis regulation in Los Angeles, several dispensaries in the region are in the process of relocating to Proposition D compliant facilities this week. California residents voted to pass the measure in the May 2013 Mayoral election. In addition to placing a limit on the number of certified collectives permitted in the city, Prop D requires them to keep a certain distance from schools, parks, residential neighborhoods and other dispensaries. Licensed dispensaries were given until December …
The Story of Joey and Mieko Hester-Perez
Cannabis May Offer Safe, Effective Autism Treatment Autism is a neurodevelopmental condition that affects information processing in the brain. It is often characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, as well as “stereotyped” behavior. It is estimated that 1 in 88 children are diagnosed with autism. Further, it is even more prevalent when you only consider boys, effecting 1 in 54. Despite its high rate of occurrence, little is known about autism and how it should be treated. With that said, …