Kimberly Cargile has been dedicated to advancing the medical cannabis industry in California for over a decade as an advocate and educator. With over 12 years’ experience operating dispensaries and 20 years cultivating cannabis, Kimberly has gained invaluable industry knowledge. As the C.E.O. of A Therapeutic Alternative, a locally permitted and State licensed storefront dispensary in Sacramento, Kimberly is proud of the fact that various government officials have commended her on her model operation. Over the last few years, Kimberly has mentored and partnered with many of her employees founding 7 more cannabis businesses including 4 more dispensaries, 2 cultivation sites and a manufacturing company, all without any corporate funding.
In 2006, when she graduated Humboldt State University as a Presidential Scholar with a degree in Liberal Studies with a minor in Psychology and a focus on Social Justice, she moved to Sacramento and began her advocacy for patients to City Councils, Board of Supervisors and the State Legislature. She has been an educator to local and State governments advocating for regulations that protect consumers, the industry, the environment and the public alike.
Kimberly provides fully transparent tours of A Therapeutic Alternative on a regular basis to government officials in order to educate them on the operations of a cannabis industry. She has provided numerous tours to Senators, Assembly Members, The Bureau of Cannabis Control, The Department of Public Health, The Department of Food and Agriculture, The California Department of Fee and Tax Administration, The Franchise Tax Board, The California Highway Patrol, The Department of Motor Vehicles, the California Association of Cities and Counties, The Rural Counties Association, Chiefs of Police Association, City and County officials from throughout California, Neighborhood Associations, Doctors and College Professors.
A Therapeutic Alternative has been a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association sinceKimberly became the E.D. in 2013 and is the longest standing member of the California CannabisIndustry Association, joining on day one. She speaks regularly at colleges, hospitals and for variousorganizations in efforts to spread education of cannabis as medicine. Kimberly is respected for herknowledge, ethics and compassion. In 2013, Kimberly was voted one of the top ten most influentialpeople in the cannabis community in Sacramento by Sacramento Alternative Magazine. In 2016, Kimberly was nominated for the Luminary Award by the National Association of Women Business Owners. And just this year, Kimberly was voted by the Sacramento News and Review as one of 2019’s Top 5 Women to Watch and the Sacramento Business Journal’s award for Women Who Mean Business and 40 Most Influential People in Sacramento under 40. Kimberly is a published writer, has been interviewed by many publications, radio, podcasts and television.