Speaker Bio


Debby Goldsberry

Debby Goldsberry

Writer and Business Adviser, Green Rush Consulting

Debby Goldsberry has more than 30 years of experience as a leader in the medical and adult use marijuana industry. She lead Magnolia Wellness dispensary from 2015 – 2020, an award-winning dispensary in Oakland, CA, and is the Compliance Officer and a board member at Hi Fidelity dispensary in Berkeley. She also co-founded the Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) medical cannabis collective in 1999, directing its growth for over 10 years, from 1999 - 2010.

Goldsberry is author of Starting and Running a Marijuana Business (Idiot’s Guide), a well-known industry guide. She developed and implemented standard operating procedures for procurement, product safety, patient relations, and business management and operations, which have been replicated by dispensaries around the nation. She has proven experience in nonprofit business management, public and government relations, and product development and marketing.

As a community leader, Goldsberry is active in the campaign to reform the cannabis laws and to protect patient’s rights. Goldsberry was a Commissioner on the Oakland Cannabis Commission from 2020 - 2021. She is a former board member at California NORML and the Marijuana Policy Project, and is a Professor Emeritus at Oaksterdam University. Goldsberry has been a staff writer at DOPE Magazine and High Times Medical Marijuana Magazine, and Cannabis Dispensary magazine, and was a featured writer at “Smell the Truth,”“Ladybud,” and Freedom Leaf.

She is currently a professional and technical writer, working with Green Rush Consulting to help entrepreneurs secure cannabis business licenses in competitive markets. Goldsberry has been on winning teams in CA, MA, NV, IL, OR, MO, WV, and MD.