Michael Mayes has been called one of the most influential voices in international cannabis consulting by CannaInsider. Michael, an Asian-American, has been instrumental in the educating elected officials, physicians, business owners and patients about the therapeutic and palliative effects of medical cannabis around the world. In 2012 Michael started a cannabis consulting firm Quantum 9, Inc. His award-winning consulting team has been engaged globally in public policy consulting and the manufacturing of cannabinoid products through the prioritization of environmental sustainability and patient care. In 2015, Quantum 9 was awarded the prestigious CannAwards Most Disruptive Company. In 2016, Michael and Quantum 9 were recognized by Corporate Visions Magazine as the Best International Marijuana Consulting Firm. In 2017, Michael was recently awarded the Bronze Stevie Award for Executive of the Year and the Silver Golden Bride Award for Most Influential People of the Year in Business.
Quantum 9’s wins include first place wins in Pennsylvania in round 1 and round 2. His firm Quantum 9 has also obtained the two highest scores in Arkansas. Of the 26 applications submitted, where Quantum 9 worked on the project soup to nuts, 24 applications were successful.
Michael is a member of the International Cannabinoid Research Society (ICRS), contributor to Marijuana Business Daily, quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, Leafly, Cannabis Business Times, Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, Sun-Times, Tampa Tribune, Yahoo Finance, Sativa Magazine, CBC and the Daily Herald. His media appearances include several CBS and WGN appearances and international presence on BNN Commodities in Canada. On the public policy front, Michael and his team were instrumental in their work of drafting the Kentucky Medical Marijuana Bill for Senator Perry Clark. Most recently, Michael taught a class for the International Pharmaceutical Academy in Toronto, Canada. He spoke on Cannabis Pharmacology, and the effects cannabis has on the endocannabinoid system.
Michael performs public speaking engagements all over the world helping governments and politicians understand how legal medical cannabis policies are written and enforced. In 2016, Michael has supported the German Ministry, Representatives from Guam, Illinois, and Senators in Pennsylvania.