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.
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.
Cannabis World Conference & Expo, Boston 2017
Cannabis World Conference & Expo, Los Angeles 2017
National Cannabis Bar Association, Denver 2017
Patients Out of Time, Berkeley 2017
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
Why Choose Pistil + Stigma?
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.
Under a tight deadline? With our customizable Greenlight Drafts documents, you don’t have to start from scratch.
Our technical writers and consultants have successfully taken clients through cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and dispensary licensing processes in a variety of domestic jurisdictions.
OUR COMPANY IS FOUNDED
Pistil + Stigma is founded to connect the cannabis industry to regulators and their community and gain legitimacy in government.
WE ARE GROWING
Pistil + Stigma is instrumental in lobbying local government in Nevada to craft dispensary and laboratory regulations.
WE ARE NOW LEADING
Pistil + Stigma secures for clients 24 Medical Marijuana Establishment licenses in Nevada.
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.
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.
By developing policy that incorporates cutting-edge technology and creative solutions, we can build the industry that is beneficial to us all.
We believe in adopting business models that contribute to the community in socially conscious ways, working toward equality, government transparency, and personal privacy.
CEO + FOUNDER
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…
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. read more
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.
While Sarah Grittmann hails from Kansas City, she has established roots in Nevada where she worked to impact multiple nonprofit arenas, establishing programs, and ensuring public resources were easily accessible to everyone. Sarah has worked with the state mental health department, area school districts, as well as recreation groups. From museum education to youth programming, Sarah has worked on a wide variety of projects that have connected people to their various communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meiloni Erickson joined Pistil + Stigma in 2016 while she completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in New Orleans. Her creative communication and content strategy development experience has been instrumental in the success of many winning applications for competitive licenses. Originally hailing from California, Meiloni is a creative writer with multiple short story publications.
Pistil + Stigma is a consulting firm working with organizations in public, private, and nonprofit sectors on groundbreaking policy issues nationwide. 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.