ABOUT

Pistil + Stigma is a consulting firm working with organizations in public, private, and nonprofit sectors on groundbreaking policy issues nationwide. Our team of lobbying, community affairs, and cannabis strategy consultants helps businesses acquire competitive licenses and grow sustainable and socially conscious businesses. Customizable documents available from our subsidiary, Greenlight Drafts, empower you to bring your ideas to fruition and give your cannabis business a competitive advantage in your market.

MISSION

We empower organizations as they build sustainable and socially conscious businesses founded in innovative ideas and focused on social change. Our team focuses on the big picture to help clients bring their ideas to fruition and establish strong foundations for success while maintaining an awareness of community impact. When you choose Pistil + Stigma, you join a magnified network built on years of experience connecting and collaborating with industry experts and consultants with applied experience.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • CannaCon, Santa Rosa 2017
  • World Medical Cannabis Conference & Expo, Pittsburgh 2017
  • CannaGrow Expo, Reno 2017
  • International Cannabis Business Conference, San Francisco 2017
  • Latin American Medical Cannabis Conference, Costa Rica 2016
  • Patients Out of Time Baltimore Legal Summit, 2016
  • Women Grow Mendocino, 2016
  • Mendocino Cannabis Resource Conference, 2016
  • Biggest Little Cannabis Conference, Reno 2016
  • Women Grow Baltimore, 2015

Why Choose Pistil + Stigma?

COMPLIANCE

Compliance is complex in the highly regulated cannabis industry. Our team will ensure that your operations plan complies with state and local laws and industry best practices.

TIME SAVING

Under a tight deadline? With our customizable Greenlight Drafts documents, you don’t have to start from scratch.

EXPERTISE

Our technical writers and consultants have successfully taken clients through cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and dispensary licensing processes in a variety of domestic jurisdictions.

Timeline

2012
OUR COMPANY IS FOUNDED

Pistil + Stigma is founded to connect the cannabis industry to regulators and their community and gain legitimacy in government.

2013
WE ARE GROWING

Pistil + Stigma is instrumental in lobbying local government in Nevada to craft dispensary and laboratory regulations.

2014
WE ARE NOW LEADING

Pistil + Stigma secures for clients 24 Medical Marijuana Establishment licenses in Nevada.

2015
GREENLIGHT DRAFTS

Pistil + Stigma develops Greenlight Drafts.

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2016
WE ARE EXPANDING

Pistil + Stigma expands to other states, consulting in 12 states/territories and securing 1 of 8 competitive dispensary licenses in Hawaii out of 66 total applicants.

OUR VALUES

Collaboration

We believe in crafting sustainable and conscious policies that benefit patients, consumers, and states and create an industry with an awareness of the historical and social impacts of prohibition on society.

 

Innovation

By developing policy that incorporates cutting-edge technology and creative solutions, we can build the industry that is beneficial to us all.

 

Social Consciousness

We believe in adopting business models that contribute to the community in socially conscious ways, working toward equality, government transparency, and personal privacy.

TEAM

Rebecca Gasca
CEO + FOUNDER
Rebecca Gasca

Rebecca Gasca began her work in drug policy while serving as the lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Nevada from 2008-2012. In 2013, driven by frustration at legislators’ lack of respect for cannabis consumers and operators…

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Metra Horetsky
General Manager
Metra Horetsky

Metra Horetsky is the General Manager of Pistil + Stigma, joining the team after working as an advisor to the company since mid-2016. She brings a disciplined and analytical approach to management with an intrinsically optimistic and thoughtful style.
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Sarah Krings-Lien
Senior Consultant
Sarah Krings-Lien

Sarah Krings-Lien joined the Pistil + Stigma team in 2013. Having worked on multiple cannabis farms in California, she has both hands-on and theoretical knowledge in cannabis cultivation and manufacturing. Her expertise and creative drive led to the production of Greenlight Drafts’ core product suite for cannabis cultivators and cannabis-infused products manufacturers.

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Chelsea Hahn
Operations and Projects Coordinator
Chelsea Hahn

Chelsea Hahn has played a critical role in designing and implementing effective project management plans that have enabled the company to extend its roots into the cannabis industry. She was influential as a writer and researcher on Greenlight Drafts’ initial core product suite for dispensary operators.

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Ashley Snow
Consultant
Ashley Snow

Ashley Snow’s background in both law office management and real estate makes her a perfect fit at Pistil + Stigma to assist in the research and development of new projects that depend on precise document control, referencing, and editing in order to drive results. She is a graduate of Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, where she studied music and began honing her research and writing skills.

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Mitchell Colbert
Senior Consultant + Communications Lead
Mitchell Colbert

Mitchell Colbert is a freelance journalist and formerly an editor of The Leaf Online. He has written over one hundred published articles for outlets including Cannabis Now, High Times, the Wine Industry Network, About.com, AlterNet, and Burn After Reading Magazine. As a journalist and cannabis researcher, Mitchell has written on the medical effects of nearly two-dozen cannabinoids and terpenes, the environmental issues around growing, the history of hemp, cannabis genetics, stocks, and much more.

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Shay Digenan
Policy Research Assistant
Shay Digenan

Shay Digenan performs policy research, primarily at the state level, as a policy research assistant for Pistil + Stigma. While new to the area of government relations and the cannabis industry, she has previously worked as a legal office assistant at Copenhaver and McConnell Law, P.C. in Elko, Nevada and has a fervent interest in connecting people with the policies that affect them.

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Lea Moser
Policy Analyst
Lea Moser

As Policy Analyst tor for Pistil + Stigma, Lea Moser supports Pistil + Stigma’s legislative and regulatory work on behalf of clients while providing additional support to our management on administrative matters. Lea uses her practical experience of implementing development projects and advising on domestic and international governance to further add to the results-oriented team at Pistil + Stigma.

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Auston Anderson
Communications Intern
Auston Anderson

Auston Anderson is a junior at the University of Nevada, Reno majoring in journalism with an emphasis in strategic communication and minoring in political science. Mr. Anderson currently serves as a policy intern with Pistil and Stigma, where he assists with marketing and communications for the company.

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Leslieann Hayden
Consultant
Leslieann Hayden

Leslieann Hayden has 20 years’ experience in government- and community-based planning and development roles. Throughout her career she has worked in community relations, policy development and review, and funding management in both public and private sectors. She is also a Managing Member of A Little Off the Top Salon & Styling Co., Fernley, Nevada’s oldest barber shop.

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