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Ryan Hudson: CEO & Co-founder

Ryan Hudson is co-founder and CEO of The Apothecarium, the cannabis dispensary he founded with his two first cousins and two family friends in 2011. Hudson manages operations and expansion for the company. He started The Apothecarium with the mission of providing a professional and welcoming environment for patients to obtain their cannabis comfortably. The dispensary has been hailed as one of the leading dispensaries in the nation. The San Francisco Chronicle called The Apothecarium an “international model.” Architectural Digest named the flagship Castro store the best designed dispensary in the country.

Hudson is a seasoned entrepreneur with an engineering and technical background. His previous startups were in the veterinary health, mobile apps, and computer diagnostic fields. Earlier in his career he served as a network engineer supporting a large medical device company and an investment bank.

The Apothecarium is known for providing in-depth consultations to patients with serious medical conditions to help them select the right medicine for their needs. In an address to the United States House of Representatives, Nevada Representative Dina Titus referred to Hudson as a “leader, expert and innovator,” in the field of medical cannabis. He has served as a board member of the Castro Merchants Association and the California Cannabis Industry Association.

The Apothecarium has donated more than $400,000 in cash to community groups and nonprofits and more than $300,000 worth of in-kind donations. Hudson attended Dominican University and San Francisco State University. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and young son.