Melanie Rose Rodgers has been advocating and fundraising for medical cannabis causes since 2012. Prior to working in the cannabis industry, Melanie worked for nonprofits, a leading ad agency, a CPG manufacturer, and a top healthcare insurance company. After realizing the greed behind the private healthcare system, Melanie left the corporate world for a career in cannabis. In 2017, Melanie started a company of her own, Influential X, marketing, consulting and organizing community events and fundraisers. Dedicated to education, advocacy and social responsibility, Melanie inspires people to take action and curates multiple events throughout the year bringing community together to empower positive change. In 2018, she organized two local benefit concerts raising funds for Colorado’s homeless and funds for disaster relief efforts in Puerto Rico and delivered clean water filtration systems to Puerto Rico in the Spring of 2019.
Melanie’s passion for cannabis advocacy and civil engagement has brought her to two U.S. Federal Court lawsuit hearings and on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, advocating for medical cannabis and patients’ rights at a national level. In 2018, Melanie founded Safe Access Colorado, a Colorado chapter of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) whose mission is to help unite the medical cannabis patient voice and community. Safe Access Colorado was recognized and awarded ASA’s 2019 Chapter of the Year. Safe Access Colorado had a successful 2019 legislative session and expanded medical cannabis access to all Coloradans adding Autism and ‘Any Condition for Which an Opiate is Prescribed’ to the list of qualifying conditions.
Melanie is an advocate for all plant medicine. In October 2018, Melanie was one of six Denver residents who petitioned Denver City Council to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms via a ballot initiative. She was instrumental in helping pass Initiative 301, volunteering to collect signatures and organizing two educational events leading up to the historic May 2019 election, in which Denver became the first city in the US to decriminalize psilocybin mushrooms. Melanie has a zest for life; in her free time, she likes to attend live music concerts, play the violin, and host peer support women’s circles and community events. You can reach Melanie at Influentialx.com.