Kebra Smith-Bolden is a true trailblazer, a respected healthcare professional with the vision, purpose and drive to transform the nascent cannabis industry. A registered nurse, Kebra leveraged her medical knowledge and decades of professional experience to create CannaHealthTM, the first and only Connecticut cannabis business owned by an African-American.
CannaHealthTM is a division of The Healing Choice LLC and HK Smith Enterprises, LLC. Its innovative community based business model offers disadvantaged communities disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs education about medicinal cannabis, as well as safe and legal access through medical marijuana program evaluations. An
industry pioneer dubbed the “Marijuana Guru in CT”, Smith-Bolden is a medical marijuana (MMJ) expert on topics such as the use of cannabis as a therapy for emotional trauma and chronic disease, as well as dedicating her practice to the expansion and preservation of statewide MMJ programs.
Smith-Bolden is also familiar to many across Connecticut as she co-hosts the popular “Cannabis Corner” on New Haven independent radio WNHH 103.5 FM and is host of the weekly “Keeping CT Healthy with Kebra Smith-Bolden” on WYBC 94.3 FM.
In addition to her entrepreneurial ventures, Smith-Bolden is a prominent industry advocate, serving as a member of the National Executive Team for Women Grow, a networking organization that empowers women to become leaders and entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry. She uses her considerable platform and background in mental health to support disadvantaged communities by studying the use of
cannabis in conjunction with therapy for those suffering from complex traumas. The presenting symptoms of people living in high-crime communities are similar to those seen in post-combat war veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Smith-Bolden CO-Founded and serves as President of CURE, Connecticut United For Reform and Equity, an advocacy group whose purpose is to end the war on our communities, ensure those who have been harmed are made whole, and to create opportunities for our communities to thrive equal to other what other communities are being given.
Other professional affiliations include The Connecticut Coalition to Regulate Marijuana, where she is CO-Director, Connecticut NORML, where she serves as Deputy Director and Minority Cannabis Business Association where she serves on the Medical Committee and the National Cannabis Industry Association, where she is Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Sub-Committee.
Prior to joining the cannabis industry, Smith-Bolden worked as a psychiatric home care nurse, specializing in patients with mental health issues. She attended Morgan State University, is a graduate of Excelsior College and received a certificate of competency in the cannabis industry from Northeastern Institute of Cannabis. Kebra is currently studying to be an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse at Simmons College in Boston, MA, and was recently inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, National Nursing Honor Society, as a Nurse Leader. A lifelong Connecticut resident, Smith Bolden is a proud mother and grandmother. She currently resides in New Haven, Connecticut with her family.