With close to a decade of professional experience in cannabis, Courtney Maltais has worked with industry leaders in manufacturing, cultivation and product formulation to create efficient and ethically sound practices for producing high-quality products.
In 2013, Maltais co-founded The Clear, the first cannabis distillate oil to market in the world. Maltais continues to work as chief botany officer of parent company Clear Cannabis Inc., with a focus on product development and educational outreach.
On a more personal level, Courtney is committed to honoring the legacy of cannabis through science and education. Through CM Botanical, a consultancy she founded in 2018, she is combining her passion for cannabis and her talents in science and writing to uplift others with a deeper understanding of what happens behind the microscope.
In addition, Maltais is a thought leader in the cannabis space, educating business owners, political leaders and consumers on cannabis science and technology. Maltais advises for the National Cannabis Industry Association, and has numerous published works on cannabis research and innovation.
We spoke with Courtney for our Higher Calling series, where we chat with leaders in the cannabis space.
Courtney, tell us…
Where you grew up, and where you live now.
I grew up in New Hampshire most of my life, only living briefly in Boston when I was attending Berklee College of Music to study film scoring before I switched my focus to biology and plant science. The East Coast played a large role in my fascination with nature, or more specifically botany—I spent most of my free time exploring the woods and wetlands, foraging for native herbs and watching local maple house workers tapping trees throughout the cold winters to make every grade of syrup you could ever imagine. This feels almost like a past life, when looking at where I