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Wanda James and the political voice of the cannabis industry

James worked on Gov. Jared Polis' Congressional campaign and President Barack Obama's finance committee in 2008. But it was her brother's 10-year prison sentence that led her to align her entrepreneurial and political inclinations. James morphed her political consulting career into another venture, the Cannabis Global Initiative, then moved into cannabis edibles and opened her second dispensary, Simply Pure, in 2015.