Aaron Justis, 38, is president of Buds & Roses, a medical cannabis dispensary in the City of Los Angeles, and a board member of NCIA (National Cannabis Industry Association). Aaron has worked for years to enact sound regulations at the local, state and federal level. He sits on the steering committee of the Greater Los Angeles Collective Alliance (GLACA), a voluntary association of dispensary operators founded in 2006, and the Studio City Medical Marijuana Advisory Board. Aaron has established a solid reputation in LA amongst patients and city officials alike. Buds & Roses is recognized for having the finest vegan-organic cannabis on the market, a deeply passionate and knowledgeable staff to assist their clientele, and a classy atmosphere, that attracts cannabis industry insiders, celebrities, senior citizens, as well as seriously ill patients.
Aaron became a cannabis activist in 1997 at 20 years old, and since then has fervently advocated to enact policy reforms and normalize its use. He's worked with and spoken alongside leaders inside and outside of the cannabis reform movement, including Jack Herer, former Mexican President Vicente Fox, and Harvard's Dean of Public Health Dr. Julio Frenk, to name a few. Aaron has traveled across the U.S. and overseas to speak at drug policy conferences, universities, and other forums. He also has extensive experience speaking about cannabis issues with mainstream print and broadcast media, from Al Jazeera and Newsweek to Men's Health Magazine. Buds & Roses was also recently featured on The Ellen Show.
Aaron is an entrepreneur at heart. He has owned multiple successful businesses, including real estate holdings, retail outlets as well as hemp clothing. In 1998, Aaron and his J-Wear Hemp Clothing Company won the High Times Cannabis Cup (HTCC) award for Best New Hemp Product. He and his team have gone on to win 21 HTCC awards, more than anyone else in the world! He also works as a cannabis consultant for the entertainment industry, which includes advising some of the country’s largest media companies about the industry as well as assisting on the set of a major motion picture. Aaron moved with his wife and two children from Rockford, IL to Los Angeles to work in the cannabis industry and to help build a new world of acceptance for cannabis businesses.