Co-Founder & President, Business of Cannabis
Jay Rosenthal has a 20-year career at the intersection of media, business, politics, and policy — especially as it relates to heavily regulated industries. The Co-Founder and President of Business of Cannabis, Canada’s authoritative source for news and analysis of the cannabis industry, Jay provides context and insight into the dynamic and ever-changing landscape of the Canadian cannabis sector.
In his information-packed talks, Jay explains key differentiators between how Canada and the United States are regulating cannabis; the promise of medicinal cannabis; and what the future has in store for Canada as a world leader in the cannabis industry. He also looks at the impact that cannabis may have on workplaces, and the burgeoning cannabis market as it pertains to entrepreneurs, technology, finance, and trade.
A sought-after media commentator on cannabis related issues, Jay has appeared in The Globe and Mail, and on CBC Radio, BNN and Breakfast Television. He is also a contributor to The Huffington Post and Civilized Life.
With a background in government, Jay launched several successful consultancies and startups before launching Business of Cannabis. He began his career in the US Capitol, working for United States Senator Barbara Boxer. Moving to the Bay Area in the late 90s, he deepened his interest in the intersection of politics and technology, serving in the administration of the Mayor of San Jose, the 10th largest City in the US and the heart of Silicon Valley.
Jay also founded a strategic communications firm that worked with Fortune 500 companies, and launched and sold an online publication which focused on California politics. From 2013 to 2017, Jay directed special projects at Public Inc., a social impact marketing agency, where he led two separate Public Health Agency of Canada-funded projects focused on workplace health and wellness. In late 2018, Jay led a successful acquisition of Business of Cannabis by Civilized Worldwide, a leading media and lifestyle brand that highlights and embraces modern cannabis culture.