James Kennedy, Apothecanna founder, brought 12 years of beauty industry experience to the brand he created in 2009. His knowledge of product and packaging design was honed at several leading beauty companies including Aveda, Johnson & Johnson, and Limited Brands. Fascinated by the emerging cannabis industry, Kennedy relocated to Colorado to combine his interests in beauty and plant medicine, creating the first cannabis topicals brand in the industry, Apothecanna. Kennedy, utilized his knowledge of essential oils, from having worked directly for Aveda’s founder Horst Rechelbacher in designing an organic beauty line, and his passion for the power of cannabis. Apothecanna was launched in 2009 and is the leading topicals line in the cannabis industry today. Kennedy graduated from University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art & Design (DAAP), and has been a pioneering voice in the cannabis industry since 2009.