ANN ARBOR – Jamie Cooper from Sensi Connects interviews cannabis advocate Stormy Simon, former CEO of Overstock and High Times magazine. Stormy also is running for state representative in Utah.

In her words: “I was born to a blue-collar family in Hammond, Indiana, and spent my formative years in the small town of Tooele. I was married and the mother of two sons by the time I was 17. At 21 I was divorced and on welfare. I relied on social programs as I charged into the workforce, bypassing college and business school so I could support my sons. I bootstrapped my way into a career as morning show producer and on-air host with broadcaster Citadel Communications.  In 2001, a temp agency placed me in the sales department at the start-up e-commerce retailer Overstock.com.

“I stepped down from Overstock and pursued the emerging world of cannabis by working at a medicinal only operation in Denver.  It was there I began to fully understand the industry and the value of the plant as a medicine. This education led to me to becoming a medical advocate.

“I served on the Advisory Board of an organization dedicated to the study the benefits of cannabis for children with cancer, and in 2017 joined the board of High Times and ultimately became CEO.  I had the honor of delivering the keynote address at the Aspen YPO Conference in 2019.  I also served as Strategic Officer for a blockchain payment point-of-sale system removing cash only payments and making it safer for the dispensaries.”