Jay Czarkowski

Founding Partner

Canna Advisors

Four years after opening one of Colorado's first dispensaries and commercial grow facilities, we founded Canna Advisors: www.thinkcanna.com

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Biography

Jay is an electrical engineer and licensed commercial general contractor with previous experience in real estate development. In 2009, he and his wife, Diane, founded Boulder Kind Care (BKC) a medical marijuana business with a retail center and cultivation facility. His focus centered on production operations. 

One of the keys to success at BKC was the ability to consistently product large amounts of high quality, pharmaceutical-grade cannabis. It was Jay’s vision, designing state-of-the-art facilities and processes that led to BKC’s success.  

Toward the end of 2012, Jay was approached by a group of business men in Connecticut, and was asked to help them compete for one of only four licenses that the state was going to issue for the cultivation of cannabis and the manufacture of cannabis products. The group won the license. A week later three of Jay's clients were awarded licenses in Massachusetts out of 20 total licenses awarded. This was the beginning of Canna Advisors.

Canna Advisors has achieved great success assisting clients across the country in obtaining competitive state licenses, assembling key industry talent, and designing state-of-the-art cultivation, manufacturing, and dispensary facilities. Recently, a Canna Advisors client in Nevada was one of three licensees in the state to be approved for cultivation in a greenhouse – a testament to the quality of the facility design. 

Canna Advisors is proud of the 83% success rate of obtaining licensing for clients.  We've helped clients in numerous states develop well-constructed winning marijuana license applications.  

Current Wins:  Nevada- 8 clients/8 wins, Illinois- 3 clients/2 wins, Massachusettes- 6 clients/4 wins, Connecticut- 1 client/1 win

Current projects in progress:  Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Missouri, Oregon, California, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Tribal Nations Implementations

Jay is often featured as a prominent speaker at National Cannabis Industry Association and MJ Business Daily events, sharing his now broad experience and expertise in the cannabis industry.

Jay is a founding member of the National Cannabis Industry Association and a lifetime investor member of the ArcView Group. He holds a number of board position for both industry non-profit and for-profit organizations.

 

Experience

President and CEO

Construction Design Group, LLC
January 2003 - December 2009

Construction Design Group developed residential and commercial real estate projects in Denver and in various ski resort towns in Colorado. Annual project volume was $8M to $12M annually.

Managing Partner

Boulder Kind Care, LLC
October 2009 - April 2012

Boulder Kind Care (BKC) was one on Colorado's first (License #7) state licensed dispensaries. BKC was awarded our cities Best of Boulder award three years in a row. BKC was highly regarded within the emerging cannabis industry, and consistently set the example for others to follow.

Founding Partner

Canna Advisors
November 2012 - present

Education

Norwich University

Bachelor's Degree
1983 - 1987

B.S. in Electrical Engineering

Other

Publications

What're They Smoking in the Next High-Finance Industry?
PBS/Simone Pathe
June 2014

Paul Solman of PBS and Jay Czarkowski discuss legal and recreational marijuana as the next high-finance industry. Jay and Diane Czarkowski became members of the ArcView Investment group in 2013, and have provided their expertise as operators in the cannabis industry since 2009.

Entrepreneurs Seek Profits From Pot
The Wall Street Journal/Iris Dorbian
February 2014

Marijuana could be the Next Big Thing for entrepreneurs with an eye for opportunity. But it has some unique challenges. Iris Dorbian reports on the News Hub and Diane Czarkowski shares her own experience. Subscription is required to see the full story; but check out the link above for a brief overview with a link to the full story on the page!

Meet the Marijuana Consultants Growing an Industry
5280 Magazine/Luc Hadlestad
April 2016

Jay and Diane were showcased on 5280 magazine on April 20th, 2016. The Meet the Marijuana Consultants Growing an Industry article discusses how Canna Advisors help marijuana entrepreneurs with anything from licensing to facility design, as well as provide basic business consulting along the way.

Jay what advice would you give someone who has 25+ years of Corporate and Private Business experience who wants to begin a new career in the Cannibis Industry?

I'm primarily interested in the growing side of the business but am interested in all facets of the industry.  I live in a state that may be one of the last to legalize and am anxious to relocate to a state that is legal.  I'm financially secure and would like to begin working with someone who could teach me all facets of the business.  The opportunity is far more important than the compensation at this point. After years as an employer, I welcome the opportunity to become a employee once again! Thanks

8/22/2016 12:44:44 PM,
Jay Czarkowski replied:

Hi Stewart. I don't know what your experience is, but I can tell you that as the cannabis industry continues to mature, there are many opportunities for smart people from many professional disciplines. Also, depending on what state you live in, you may have an opportunity to get involved directly with cultivating/processing/dispensing. Send me a note with your background and the state you live in, and I'll send you a more specific suggestion. Thanks, Jay

What is the biggest mistake you see made in cannabis business license applications?

As you're experienced in writing and reviewing cannabis business licenses, you've probably had a chance to see what does and doesn't work in the application process. What is the biggest mistake you see made in cannabis business license applications? 

7/7/2016 4:32:05 PM,
Jay Czarkowski replied:

The process of competing for a state cannabis business license is complex, and there are many moving pieces above and beyond the actual application. If I were to identify the "Biggest mistake" I've seen made over the years, its that applicants under estimate the complexity and time required to complete and submit a winning package.