Read Spear

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John O'Connor

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Read is a lifelong entrepreneur. Previous to his involvement in the marijuana industry, Read was one of three owners of a highly successful internet-based dietary supplements enterprise which was sold (by John O’Connor) to investors in 2004 after seven years of rapid growth.

An eye for emerging markets led Read to become involved in nearly every aspect of the legal cannabis industry since 2008. He has owned a growing supplies shop, a caregiver operation, a soil company, and the state of Colorado’s second approved legal dispensary and cultivation operation. He has consulted in the pre-application process for over a dozen applications for marijuana business licenses, and their successful acquisition, in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Nevada, Illinois, and Canada. He has written two books on the subject of cannabis cultivation, the first of which is an Amazon #1 Bestseller, plus a new book developing the same subject in greater detail. Read has written submissions for High Times and had a monthly Q&A column in Sativa Magazine. Read also successfully directed the campaign to defeat the “ban-medical-marijuana” ballot initiative in Lyons, CO in 2012. Read is licensed Real Estate Broker in Colorado with Gillette Properties.

Areas of expertise include horticultural advice, diagnostics and treatment advice for marijuana-related pathogens, marijuana nutrition questions, soil mixing, grow room layout and operations, dispensary layout, and, crucially, business planning and market strategy. Read thoroughly understands the cannabis industry.

Read has two degrees in Philosophy, a BA from The Pennsylvania State University and an MA from Duquesne University. A Pittsburgh native, he resides in Colorado, the frontier of the legal cannabis industry.

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