Samantha Taylor is the CEO and founder of The Grow-Off. Since 2016, she’s overseen cannabis competitions in California, Colorado, and Oregon, working with hundreds of cannabis growers in the process. In 2020, she’s leading expansion into five new markets and spearheading restorative justice efforts to address inequality in the cannabis industry. 

Warren Bobrow=WB: Please tell me about yourself? What was your path to the plant? School of hard knocks? B-School? Do you have a mentor? Who?

Samantha Taylor=ST: I grew up an only child in Pennsylvania in a township of 11,000. At the time, I had no clue how small that was until I made