Kelley Crosson is a horticulturist, designer, and cannabis advocate. She owns KC, Inc., a horticulture and design consulting company based in Manhattan, and currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association (NJCIA.) From October 2009 – May 2018 she was Major Gifts Director for the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP.)
MPP was responsible for most of the major state-level marijuana policy reforms enacted since 2000. MPP played the leading role in drafting, funding, and staffing the historic 2012 Amendment 64 initiative in Colorado – which made CO the first place in history to legalize marijuana for adults and regulate it like alcohol. MPP also led the coalitions that passed measures to legalize and regulate marijuana in Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada in 2014 and 2016. Through MPP, Kelley is knowledgeable about marijuana policy at both the state and federal level. Prior to starting her own company, she worked with several horticulture and design companies nationally and on freelance projects in design, production, and installation.
She received her BA in English from the Pennsylvania State University in 1991 and is a 2013 graduate of the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden. The main emphasis of her horticulture studies and her current practice is low-impact, sustainable design and the use of native plants. While a student at the NYBG, Kelley interned with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in New Jersey to study Helonias bullata, a plant federally listed as a threatened species. She was an instrumental part of the installation team for the 3.5-acre, $15 million Native Plant Garden at the NYBG, which included Helonias bullata and other plants native to the region.