Top Notch THC Co-Owner Kema Ogden Details Lessons Learned in Nevada

Top Notch THC Co-Owner Kema Ogden Details Lessons Learned in Nevada
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<![CDATA[Kema Ogden became Nevada’s first Black female dispensary owner in 2014 when she co-founded Global Harmony LLC, the parent company of Top Notch The Health Center (Top Notch THC), in her hometown of Las Vegas.Through guiding the company to receive medical and adult-use retail licenses, as well as a cultivation license, Ogden has learned a lot about operating a cannabis business, which she says is full of surprises.“So much is surprising in this industry,” Ogden tells Cannabis Business Times. “I was a business owner before, … and it’s unlike any business you could imagine. And that’s why I feel like, even though you might have business experience, it doesn’t necessarily equate to you being successful at this because it’s so different.”Ogden, who also serves as Board Secretary for Washington, D.C.-based Doctors for Cannabis Regulation and is on the Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board’s Cannabis Advisory Commission, owned a gym and operated a nonprofit in the health and wellness space before her foray into the cannabis industry.When Nevada legalized medical cannabis through a voter-approved initiative in 2000, Ogden’s passion for health and wellness inspired her to learn as much about cannabis and its medical benefits as she could.This journey led her to meet her current business partners, and Top Notch THC has become what Ogden calls “the neighborhood dispensary,” which is able to compete with some of the larger, publicly traded cannabis operators in the state.“We have a local presence,” she says. “We’re the original owners, [and] we’re very community based. We joke around, since we opened, we’re like the Cheers of the industry. We know everybody’s name. Our owners are very involved in the business. I’ve worked the register. I’ve been in there helping customers, and so has my partner. So, because of that, we feel very connected to the community,…

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