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How to Work in Cannabis in Prohibition States

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This morning, I came out on Instagram.

I’m a cannabis coach. And I live in Arkansas. 

Arkansas isn’t an adult-use state yet and has a newly implemented medical law (that hasn’t been going very well since the start). 


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My name is Corinne and I’m a cannabis coach living in a (mostly) prohibition state. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Ever since we opened our doors at the Cannabis Coaching Institute, I’ve gotten so many emails from people who would LOVE to become coaches, but they can’t yet for one reason and one reason only… they live in prohibition states. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I want to let you know that you can absolutely start your cannabis wellness business right now, no matter where you live. And I know because I’m doing it right now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As many of you know, I started my business in Colorado. Back then, I vowed that I would never live in a prohibition state again (I have the video to prove it). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Like you, I thought it would be so much harder (or even impossible) to do my thing in a place where cannabis use was prohibited. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But two things have totally changed my perspective on what’s possible as a cannabis coach in a prohibition or medical only state. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. The farm bill legalized CBD nationally paving the way for CBD focused cannabis wellness coaching. 2. Life circumstances led me to move to Arkansas to be closer to family. Arkansas went medical several years ago, but when I got here there were no open dispensaries and only a couple thousand registered medical patients. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I felt lucky that I had an online business, but I figured that working with people in person would be so much harder and I thought I’d have to be a little more hush hush about what I do. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So you can imagine how surprised I was when I finally started telling people what I did and MORE people were interested and excited about the work I do. I feel like I’m making an impact in my community and changing the way people think about cannabis. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since I moved, I’ve had so many opportunities and invitations to speak and host workshops without doing a damn thing, aside from being able to effectively talk to people about what I do (something we show you how to do at CCI). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m going live to share more this week, so let me know if you have questions, comment below!

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You read that right. 

I’m a cannabis coach, educator, and business owner and I live in a place where THC is prohibited unless you have a medical condition. And even then, there are so few dispensaries and doctors writing prescriptions, that medical patients are few and far between.

So you’d think that would mean that I wouldn’t be able to do my thing here.

I thought the same thing.

When I moved, I didn’t even want to tell people that I was here. And you know why?

I was scared.

But because I’ve been doing this for a while and have talked to my legal team about what I can and can’t say, I know it’s not illegal to educate and talk about cannabis, even in a prohibition state.

You just have to know how. 

Yes. There are some things you could say (or do) that could potentially get you in trouble. I’m not saying that there are no rules or boundaries.

But once you know how to talk about cannabis with clients and the public in a way that keeps you in good standing with “the man”, a whole new world opens up.

Once I gathered up the bravery to start getting out there, during the first couple of weeks, I started to see how good this move was going to be for my career.

People started asking me to give talks and workshops and potential clients started falling into my lap. 

And not just that, in talking to people about cannabis in a place where there are still so many stereotypes and so much stigma, I’ve become a more excited and informed advocate. 

I used to think it was better out west and that the opportunities were all really out there. And what I see now is that things are changing everywhere. 

And now that I live in a prohibition state, I get to be that change.

I get to have conversations with people that shift the way they see cannabis and the way they see themselves. 

It’s a pretty beautiful gig.

Wouldn’t you love to be able to have those kinds of conversations every day?

Ones that make an impact and can help shape the way this movement unfolds. 

So that one day, everyone can not only know that cannabis is NOT bad, but that it’s an incredible plant medicine that can help (in a ton of different ways).

A friend of mine once said about the cannabis movement: “You can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube.”

We are living in this amazing time where new ideas and paradigms are taking hold of the collective consciousness. Things are expanding and we’re starting to re-remember that plants are our allies.

Through science, we’re starting to see exactly how to use them effectively.

Through the law, we’re starting to see a shift that is about to reach a tipping point.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to be part of this movement now as an educated, passionate and informed professional and then get to be on the other side to help everyone you can?

If that’s you and you want to know how to get there:

Click here to watch the Free Masterclass.

With love,



Corinne Tobias

My name is Corinne Tobias and I’m the creator of this site that is all about cannabis and health (and having a good time combining those things!). Since 2013, I’ve helped millions of people on their cannabis journey and have been featured in publications like High Times, Merry Jane, Jezelbel, Westword, and Vice.

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