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Consciously Cultivated Cannabis

Founded in 2015 by some of Maryland’s most well known business and philanthropic families, CULTA always intended to be different. Operating partners and co-founders Mackie Barch and Matt Bickel, along with their other founders, wanted to create a Maryland-only, craft cannabis brand that not only focused on product quality but also used cannabis as a tool for revitalization.

Located in Cambridge, a federal enterprise zone, the city has had a long history of manufacturing but fell on hard times as the canning industry moved overseas. CULTA is a socially conscious company that wants to make Cambridge the hub of Maryland’s cannabis manufacturing, technology and canna-tourism.

CULTA is a vertically integrated cannabis company that cultivates, extracts, processes, distributes and retails cannabis and cannabis-related products. CULTA proudly grows all its own cannabis in processing facilities in Cambridge and sells product in its flagship Baltimore dispensary. CULTA products are also available in dispensaries throughout the state.

CULTA promises to only sell products we’d be proud to use ourselves and strive to work with the best cultivators and geneticists in the industry. Catering to premium consumers, we take pride in our high-quality flower, concentrates, extracts, and edibles, and are determined to change the unfounded perceptions of cannabis by demonstrating corporate responsibility.

From the moment you’re introduced to CULTA, you’ll notice the difference: a community of like-minded souls with a passion for cannabis perfection.

meet our EXPERTS

CULTA’s diverse management team includes experts with a passion for changing the unfounded perceptions of cannabis by demonstrating corporate responsibility and leadership.

Mackie Barch, Chief Cannabis Officer and Co-Founder at CULTA

Mackie Barch

Brand Evangelist and Co-Founder

Mackie Barch

Brand Evangelist and Co-Founder

Mackie Barch is an accomplished cannabis professional and entrepreneur with over 20 years of sales, management, business development and business operations experience.

Upon his entry to the cannabis industry, he worked as a consultant, supporting companies with market development and operations, before co-founding CULTA in 2015.

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Matt Bickel, Brand Evangelist and Co-Founder at CULTA

Matt Bickel

Brand Evangelist and Co-Founder

Matt Bickel

Brand Evangelist and Co-Founder

Matt Bickel is instrumental in fueling the industry-wide cultivation transition through simple, efficient and compliant cultivation procedures and growing methods. 

His love for cultivating cannabis has quickly earned him a reputation in the industry as a top grower and cannabis cultivation consultant.

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James Pilchard

VP of Compliance & Safety

James Pilchard

VP of Compliance & Safety

James Pilchard is a former police chief who transitioned into the cannabis industry as a senior investigator at the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC).

His knowledge of state regulations and medical cannabis compliance has been invaluable in his role at CULTA as the Vice President of Compliance and Safety, including loss prevention, based in Cambridge, MD. 

Michelle Sprawls, Director of Laboratory at CULTA

Michelle Sprawls

Director of Laboratory

Michelle Sprawls

Director of Laboratory

Michelle Sprawls is CULTA’s Lab Director and has been in the cannabis industry since 2013. Michelle started her career in cannabis as a budtender at The Clinic Medical Marijuana Center and later went on to be the first female extractor to lead at Green Dot Labs.

Michelle joined the CULTA team in April of 2018 as the extraction engineer.

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Jay Bouton, Director of Cultivation at CULTA

Jay Bouton

Director of Cultivation

Jay Bouton

Director of Cultivation

Jay Bouton has always been an admirer of high-quality cannabis genetics. 

Jay got his start in the cannabis industry as a manager of The LoDo Wellness Center in Denver. From there, he acted as the Head Grower at Lucky Edibles, and consulted for their multi-tiered LED cultivation facility in Las Vegas. He moved to Maryland in 2018 to work for CULTA.

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David Myrowitz

Outdoor Cultivation Manager

David Myrowitz

Outdoor Cultivation Manager

David Myrowitz brought his California cannabis cultivation expertise to CULTA when the company first launched.

He has been instrumental in building a crew to manage the expansion of CULTA’s outdoor field from one to three acres, making it the largest outdoor cultivation east of the Mississippi.

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Jon Lassiter

Jon Lassiter

VP of Operations

Jon Lassiter

VP of Operations

Jon Lassiter was a sales veteran at Guitar Center for 17 years, rising through the ranks from store manager to district manager, at increasingly high volume stores.

In his last post, he was the district manager overseeing 12 retail locations, worth more than $50 million dollars. In his executive role at CULTA, he is focused on growing sales and scaling operations through the acquisition of new dispensary locations.

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Jared Miller, Senior Director of Sales at CULTA

Jared Miller

Senior Director of Sales

Jared Miller

Senior Director of Sales

Jared Miller is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 15 years of sales and management experience. Throughout his career Jared primarily worked with luxury and locally-owned brands producing craft, alcoholic beverages. 

As the Director of Sales at CULTA, he manages a multi-million dollar wholesale and distribution business while building relationships with CULTA’s brand partners and retail clients.

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Chase Lessman, Director of Retail Operations at CULTA

Chase Lessman

Director of Retail Operations

Chase Lessman

Director of Retail Operations

Chase Lessman is responsible for managing the day-to-day aspects of CULTA’s retail location in Baltimore, while simultaneously training members of CULTA staff in operational standards.

Before working with CULTA, Chase worked with Doctors Orders in Denver, Colorado, where he earned the title of General Manager, and oversaw 3 dispensary locations during his tenure.

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The CULTA Promise

CULTA takes pride in its consciously cultivated flower, concentrates and extracts. CULTA’s team would never sell you a product they wouldn’t be proud to use themselves. CULTA invests in employees, the communities it serves and will never lose focus on putting quality first.

Additionally, CULTA cares about giving back to the community. A percentage of CULTA apparel purchases goes toward the Last Prisoner Project, so together we can help decriminalize the use of cannabis.

 

CULTA Values

  • We are an ego free environment, we treat everybody with respect and dignity.
  • We stay committed to learning, growing and being passionate about what we do.
  • We promote healthy and integrated living to our patients and employees.
  • We are a team and we support one another.
  • We are a profitable and fiscally responsible company.
  • We take pride in our products and our partner/patient relationships.
  • We recognize our team’s accomplishments and reward them.
  • We support creativity at work and home.
  • We communicate openly and honestly with one another.
  • We provide a clean, safe and positive work environment.
  • We view each other’s time as a precious commodity.

 

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