By Ellen Marks
Albuquerque Journal, N.M.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Rachael Speegle shares her journey from dancer to cannabis entrepreneur. Speegle also shares how she came to change her mind about the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes.
Rachael Speegle describes her route to cannabis entrepreneur as “quite an evolution,” one that included dancing professionaly for two renowned companies, doing the physically demanding job of EMT in New York City and working as a nurse at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque.
Now, the 36-year-old businesswoman is head of Verdes Foundation, which operates dispensaries in Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.
It’s been an unlikely progression, she says, because “I was actually an opponent at first of cannabis use, period.”
During her work in the medical profession, she saw “people dying of alcohol abuse, dying from addiction disorders. When someone would say that (cannabis) is better than drinking — to me, a bullet in the head was in that same category,” she said.
Speegle changed her mind after the man who would become her husband, Eric Speegle, started Verdes with his father in 2010.
Speegle started researching and realized that “my role as a nurse is patient autonomy and advocacy, so it doesn’t matter whether I agree with what a patient wants to do with their body. It matters that I protect their right to do that.”