Leah Heise is an experienced regulatory compliance attorney barred in both the State of Maryland and the District of Columbia. Leah loves to develop structure in her personal and business lives. She is a big picture thinker with an innate ability to assess an issue and generate solutions. As a former Enforcement Attorney with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Leah is well versed in the world of rapidly changing regulations and has immersed herself in the cannabis industry as the former CEO of Women Grow, LLC, the President of Chesapeake Integrated Health Institute, LLC, a Maryland licensed dispensary, and as Chief Experience Officer for 4Front Venture’s retail brand Mission.
Leah’s interest in the cannabis industry was peaked in 2014 with the passage of Maryland’s medical cannabis legislation. As a longtime chronic pancreatitis patient who utilized opioids as her sole method of pain management, the prospect of being able to eliminate her opioid use and learn a brand new area of law was intriguing. In mid-2015, Leah formed Chesapeake Integrated Health Institute, LLC, built a management team, and applied for a Grow, Process and Dispense license in the State of Maryland; pre-approval for the dispensary was achieved in late, 2016. Leah also began counseling nascent cannabis companies, ancillary service businesses and individuals interested in joining the industry in everything from business formation, infrastructure creation, operational compliance and personal skill assessment. Her work was comparable to a Chief Executive Officer and General Counsel rolled into one. Leah’s clients and mentees ranged from Patient Scheduling companies to Testing labs to students looking for possible career paths. As CXO of Mission, Leah continues to build upon her passion to educate, connect and empower leaders in the Cannabis industry. Leah acts as the face of the Company, from time to time, and drives customer engagement through strategic outreach events and an eye towards building scalable infrastructure. Leah also serves as Strategic Advisor to the Cannabis Science Conference, the industry’s biggest scientific conference regularly advising the CEO on initiatives to increase the bottom line while providing the most current scientific education available.
When Leah isn’t attending Cannabis Industry events, you will find her enjoying her time with her husband of twenty plus years and her daughters, traveling the world and listening to music. If you meet her, beware; duplication is in her blood and you may just be talking to her identical twin. Not only is she an identical twin, she is the daughter of a fraternal twin, and the mother of fraternal twins. She is warm and friendly and always open to making a new connection.