Melissa Rolston has worked in the health care industry since 2009 and narrowed her focus to medical cannabis in 2013. She has spent her time in the industry consulting clinic startups, working as an EA with an LP applicant and has acted as a liaison between patients and physicians during cannabis prohibition. Raised in a holistic home, she sees the benefits in bridging the gap between conventional and holistic medicine. Inspired by her upbringing, in September 2016 Melissa co-founded TeamMD, a full spectrum medical education start up with her partner Sandy Carveth BN, RN. Her patient advocacy — inspired by being a patient herself — has lead her on a path fuelled by acts of compassion to assist medical patients who have fallen through the cracks of our current medical system with her not-for-profit BTS Stories.
In addition to her developing her own businesses, Melissa relaunched and co-ran the Toronto Market for Women Grow which held Signature Networking Events the first Thursday of every month for Cannabis Industry Professionals. In June of 2017 Melissa took her public speaking skills to the next level when she was asked to host a weekly segment on SiruisXM every Monday titled “The Cannabis Report” sponsored by Boveda Inc. In the fall of 2018, she co-hosted a special series of interviews alongside Andrew Krystal leading up to Canada’s Federal Legalization (Oct. 17th). The series aired every week 1-2 times a day on ch167 Canada Talks on SiriusXM.
Melissa is currently a professor for a Cannabis & Marketing course with Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is teaching the course online with Collège Boréal.