In the cannabis industry, difficult decisions and strategic curveballs are a daily reality. With over 40+ years of combined experience in cannabis business law and operations, Coldwater Consulting has the practical knowledge and keen insight that businesses need to compete and succeed in America's fastest-growing new sector.



After the passage of Amendment 64 in California as the world’s largest adult-use cannabis market took shape, the founders recognized a growing need for operational guidance informed by long-term industry leadership. There are many consultants offering their services to cannabis businesses, but in a space so new, few can offer working knowledge of the space. In an industry where the old corporate playbook doesn’t apply, experience is invaluable.

Coldwater uses on-the-ground knowledge and long-term perspective to help a new generation of cannabis businesses succeed in a landscape filled with difficult decisions and strategic curveballs. With the strategic guidance of advisors and co-founders Henry Wykowski and Chris Wood of  Wykowski & Associates, and the acumen of infused products entrepreneur and operations leader Jaime Lewis, Coldwater supports the success of cannabis industry operators at all stages of growth from pre-licensing to expansion and exit. The consultancy leverages first-hand industry insight, deep knowledge of the legal, regulatory and corporate factors shaping the cannabis space, and an extensive network of proven professional resources. 



Coldwater Consulting works with businesses across all segments of the cannabis industry, from licensed producers and retailers to funding vehicles and ancillary brands. The partners have navigated all phases of the corporate life cycle and every stage of regulatory development. With team members in San Francisco and Boston and first-hand engagement in the country's leading cannabis programs, Coldwater Consulting offers informed support and guidance for businesses in established and emerging medical and adult-use markets.



Our founders have worked in almost all U.S. markets with some form of legalized cannabis. We have experience at every phase of program evolution, from pre-implementation to mature markets.



Cannabis operations face a dynamic set of challenges requiring diverse insight. Coldwater Consulting offers business services informed by operational knowledge and legal expertise. Consulting services include:

  • Standard Operating Procedures & Processes

  • Community Relations

  • Facility Siting, Design & Build Outs

  • Government Affairs

  • Executive Team Sourcing & Support

  • Corporate Structuring & Operations

  • Due Diligence

  • Application & Licensing Support

  • Regulatory Compliance

  • Fundraising & Start Up Strategy

  • Strategic Planning and Expansion

  • Market & Opportunity Analysis

  • Brand Development & Strategy

  • Concept & Product Development



Coldwater Consulting is the brainchild of three cannabis sector leaders with over 40 years of combined industry experience. Learn more about our team.



Phone: 415.216.0456