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Ananda Strategy advises leading cannabis brands, retailers,  ancillary technology businesses and venture capital funds across the United States, Canada and Western Europe.

Ananda Strategy's Hirsh Jain featured on Advancements TV

List of organizations Ananda Strategy has worked with, including the Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles NORML, Caliva, MedMen, AirBnB, McKinsey & Company, Harvard Law School, and UC Berkley
"In India, cannabis consumption has long been part of Hindu worship and Ayurvedic medical practice. According to ancient Vedic texts, the psychoactive herb was "a gift to the world from the god Shiva" - where the nectar of immortality landed on earth, cannabis sprang forth. Longevity and good health were attributed to this plant, which figured prominently in Indian social life as a recreant, a religious sacrament, and a household remedy. Hindu holy men smoked hashish and drank bhang (a cannabis-infused cordial) as an aid to devotion and meditation. Folk healers relied on cannabis, "the food of the gods" for relieving anxiety, lowering fevers, overcoming fatigue, enhancing appetite, improving sleep, clearing phlegm, and a plethora of other medical applications. Cannabis flower tops were said to sharpen the intellect and impel the flow of words. "So grand a result, so tiny a sin", the Vedic wise men concurred. There are no less than fifty Sanskrit names for cannabis, all praising its attributes ..."
Martin Lee
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Hirsh Jain is the Founder of Ananda Strategy, a consultancy that advises leading cannabis brands, retailers, ancillary technology businesses and venture capital funds across North America and Western Europe.

Ananda represents many of California's leading cannabis retailers, helping lead their expansion strategy, competitive licensing efforts and M&A activity, and has helped open many of the top-performing dispensaries in the state. Ananda also serves operators in the Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Ohio, and Oregon markets, as well as clients in Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

Hirsh serves as Chair of the Los Angeles Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, which aims to promote the common interests of cannabis businesses in Los Angeles County by advocating for sound public policy and facilitating collaborations between cannabis operators. He also serves as Vice Chair of the California Cannabis Chamber of Commerce.

Hirsh is also on the Board of Directors of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) in California, which for fifty years has been working to reform California's cannabis laws, led the opposition to the War on Drugs in California, and co-sponsored the nation's first medical cannabis law, Prop 215, in 1996.

In addition, Hirsh serves on the Board of Directors of SC Labs, one of the largest cannabis testing labs in the United States. SC Labs provides potency, pesticide, terpene, and microbiological testing services to many of the leading cannabis operators in the country.

Hirsh is also an Equity Workshop Instructor at Success Centers, a San Francisco-based non-profit that helps communities impacted by inequality and the War on Drugs develop sustainable career and entrepreneurial paths in the cannabis industry. Hirsh regularly leads Success Centers Workshops on cannabis licensing and policy that help social equity applicants navigate local and state regulatory requirements.

Hirsh was previously the Director of Government Affairs at Caliva, a vertically-integrated California cannabis operator. Prior to Caliva, Hirsh was the West Coast Director of Government Affairs at MedMen, a leading cannabis retailer. 

Before working in cannabis, Hirsh was the Global Policy Lead at Airbnb in San Francisco, working closely with government officials to develop legal and regulatory frameworks that enabled Airbnb to operate legally and successfully throughout the world. Hirsh managed the company's public policy strategy in its most important global markets, including Beijing, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Miami, Montreal, Moscow, New Delhi, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Vancouver.

Before Airbnb, Hirsh was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company in New York, working in the company's Public Sector Practice. In this role, he worked closely with President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (PCJC) chaired by the CEO of General Electric, Jeff Immelt.

Hirsh has a B.A. in Philosophy from UC Berkeley, where he worked as the Cannabis Lead in the Campus Public Defender’s Office, defending students that were accused of cannabis violations by the University. He also has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he worked for the Human Rights Clinic and published research on the racially disparate impacts of The War on Drugs under the supervision of Professor Lani Guinier and Professor Charles Ogletree.

Understanding California (ft. Hirsh Jain of Ananda Strategy)

In September 2021, Hirsh joined the Cannabis Investing Podcast to provide a detailed analysis of challenges and opportunities in the California cannabis market.

Serving Clients Across California

Ananda Strategy has helped clients establish cannabis businesses across California's diverse landscape, including the following jursidictions:

  • Bellflower
  • Brisbane
  • Ceres
  • Chula Vista
  • Concord
  • Corona
  • Costa Mesa
  • Culver City
  • Emeryville
  • Hanford
  • Long Beach
  • Los Angeles
  • Modesto
  • Oakland
  • Oceanside
  • Pasadena
  • Redwood City
  • Sacramento
  • Salinas
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Santa Ana
  • Ventura
  • West Hollywood
  • Union City

Services Offered by Ananda Strategy

Ballot Initiatives

We draft local and state ballot initiatives to expand legal cannabis access, organize signature collection efforts and lead campaign strategy. Ananda Strategy served on the Steering Committee of Prop 207 in Arizona (2020), the Los Angeles Equity Fund Initaitive (2022) and numerous other ballot measures.

Due Diligence

We provide operators, investors and ancillary businesses with detailed "due diligence" on cannabis operators, their footprints, their performance by asset / state, competitive position, growth prospects, management quality, and regulatory risks.

Licensing / Applications

We have helped operators apply for licenses and establish cannabis businesses in Arizona, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New York, Nevada, Ohio and Oregon.

Market Dynamics

We help cannabis operators, investors and ancillary businesses in the United States and Canada understand the evolving local / state regulatory landscape for cannabis, and local / state market dynamics, with an unprecedented level of granularity.

California Expansion

We serve many of California's leading cannabis brands and retailers, helping guide their expansion strategy, competitive licensing efforts, and M&A activity within California. Ananda Strategy has entitled more than 40 of the 1000 dispensaries in California, including many of the highest-grossing retail outlets in the state.