Ben Burkhardt

Burkhardt entered San Francisco’s adolescent medical marijuana industry as a patient-cultivator in 1998, working with collectives such as Berkeley Patient’s Group and C.H.A.M.P.   He moved his business to Los Angeles in 2003, where he was an active member of LAPCG, one of the first dispensaries in Los Angeles County.  Frustrated with the lack of regulatory guidance in California,  he founded a business in Denver, Colorado, which became the largest indoor grow facility in the country with an award winning infused products division and more than a dozen retail locations.  Under his leadership, the company grew vigorously, employing more than 450 personnel and commanding approximately 12% of the sales volume in the regulated Colorado market during between 2013 and 2014.

In addition to directing all operations as owner/operator, Burkhardt navigated his businesses through the burgeoning Colorado medical marijuana industry adapting to major regulatory and policy shifts like the Cole Memo, House Bill 1284 Vertical Integration, Pesticide regulation, and most importantly the legalization of recreational marijuana in 2013.  Burkhardt has since sold his Colorado interests, and is pursuing national and international opportunities with his new venture, Sunlight Green Systems, delivering a full suite of operational logistics, with an emphasis on cultivation efficiencies. He has been issued state cannabis business licenses 51 times in Colorado and Nevada.

Boards/Associations

  • 2014 Appointed to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s Cannabis Safe Cultivation and Handling Practices Advisory Board
  • Board of Directors, Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Reform
  • Los Angeles Patient’s & Caregivers Group (LAPCG)
  • Californians Helping to Alleviate Medical Problems (CHAMP)
  • Colorado’s Department of Revenue hearings
  • Member of the National Cannabis Industry Association
  • Member of Americans for Safe Access