Marianne Bays is a cannabis industry business consultant, analyst and advocate. She has been studying and working in the cannabis industry since 2008. In 2010 she established and led one of NJ’s first cannabis business forums, the Association of Safe Access Providers – NJ (ASAP-NJ). The association, a registered non-profit alliance of business professionals and entrepreneurs, prepared formal feedback to NJ DHSS and Senator Scutari’s office on the problems with NJ’s draft medicinal marijuana business regulations and the application process for licensing Alternative Treatment Centers for operation.

Since then, Marianne has consulted on business license application projects in 8 states, and the District of Columbia; helping her clients to win competitive licenses in several states, including leading Fiorello Pharmaceutical’s team to success in winning one of 10 licenses in NY state. She has also performed on-going cannabis industry analyses to understand state regulatory requirements, business issues and opportunities in support of Kalyx Properties Inc. and her consulting clients across the US.

Marianne has over 20 years of previous experience working as a consultant to Fortune 200 organizations on process, performance and structure improvement, human resources and information systems management and measurement.

In addition to experience in the private sector, Marianne has also had substantial experience in leadership of an international non-profit professional organization and guiding the set up and formal organization of several non-profit charitable organizations. She has been a business advisor to the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) and NORML NJ Women’s Alliance. She is a currently a Board Member and Vice President of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association and Chair of its Policy Committee; and is also a Director of a non-profit neonatal kitten rescue, foster care and adoption service in Asbury Park, called Three Little Kittens.

She holds a PhD in Business – Organization and Policy Studies from CUNY Graduate Center in NYC.