About Simone Cimiluca-Radzins
Simone is a global thought leader and the CEO of Kalogia, a global professional network of cannabis professionals. Simone’s aims to end global cannabis prohibition and help entrepreneurs, startups, and rapidly growing companies become successful through the Kalogia platform.
Simone’s expertise is in business strategy, finance, risk management, and business process improvement. She has improved business operations for hundreds of clients around the world. With a background in Big 4 public accounting and international consulting for Fortune 500 companies, she has lived and worked in Spain and France and has assisted clients throughout Latin America, Western and Northern Europe, and the Asia Pacific region.
Is this your first time to Prague?
This is my third trip in Prague! The first was to run the Prague Marathon in 2014 and the second was to speak about the US Economy at Cannafest in 2015. I love Prague and am happy to be back!
What message do you hope to get across for the cannabis industry?
Cannabis is a global community and industry. We must continue to work together to end Global Cannabis Prohibition.
Would you support the legalization of cannabis if it had no medical value?
From my experience using the cannabis plant and meeting many people that use the plant – cannabis opens up creativity, it helps with sleep, anxiety, and provides relief. Many people who choose to use cannabis for “adult use” actually are receiving tons of medical benefits that they are unaware of.
Ironically, under its current scheduling in the United States, the US government believes that cannabis does not have any medical value. So theoretically, I am in support of something that has “no medical value.”
What’s the best medical cannabis story you have heard?
A woman who had almost no chance to live, used THC-A to help shrink tumors and re-build her immune system. There are so many amazing stories of what the cannabis plant has been able to help with.
What was your first experience with cannabis?
I was 14, and I was with a bunch of my friends on a Friday night. After several months of consideration, we decided that night was the night to smoke “weed.” Unaware of pipes, bongs, or other sources we smoked out of an apple (our only available option). After that moment, the world looked different – my friend and I stared at the trees and started to notice a glow to them, an array of colors that had not been there. We giggled and had the most magical evening.
Has cannabis ever landed you in trouble?
No. However, it has been looked at negatively by the authorities. In a previous life I had to get top US security clearance and the fact that I had smoked cannabis was definitely frowned upon.
If the global cannabis movement hadn’t begun, what would you be doing instead?
I’d be working globally in business advisory and consulting – my previous life.
Where do you see the industry in 10 years?
More countries in Latin America and Europe have legalized and both for medical and adult use. Cannabis tourism has taken off, and the general population sees cannabis as something overall beneficial and non-threatening.
What are your plans outside of the convention, business or pleasure?
Meet as many people as I can to understand what is happening in other countries. I also plan to explore the city and work a bit on my book.
How is your diary looking for the next six months?
It’s looking pretty full. I’m heading to Hawaii for a small break in December, to gear up for the madness in 2018. I’ll be leading a cannabis women’s empowerment summit January 2018, continue recording Season 3 of my podcast, and leading several business training programs.