Board Nominee Shelli Hayes


Shelli Hayes

Founder & Chief Compliance Officer, American Standard Hemp Co.
Founding Board of Directors, National Cannabis Bar Association
Founding Board of Directors, Minority Cannabis Business Association
Founding Advisory Board, Elicit Labs

Judge Shelli Williams Hayes (Ret.) is Chief Compliance Officer for American Standard Hemp, Grand Junction, Colorado where she works on various aspects of operational regulatory compliance, such as seed to sale, state tracking systems, security, record keeping, general construction, water rights, transportation, disposal and generally the cultivation, production and dispensing of legal hemp and cannabis. She has worked with numerous start ups from the ground floor, and with investors seeking to enter the industry through the creation of compliance programs and applications for licensure. Judge Hayes also currently serves as the liaison to cannabis business owners and uninitiated investors seeking to enter the industry. Initially, she entered the cannabis industry during the creation of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.

Judge Hayes is admitted to the New York Bar and the Illinois Bar. She served as a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois for 18 years. While on the bench, Judge Hayes acquired courtroom legal experience in business, marketing and management. Her last assignment was presiding over a high volume Civil Jury Trial Courtroom.

As a trial lawyer with Earl L. Neal and Associates, Chicago, IL, her legal practice specialized in real estate matters, condemnation, zoning, litigation and municipal law. She left private practice to serve as the Director of Real Estate Management, Cook County and also Assistant Chief Attorney, Cook County Forest Preserve.

Her background placed Judge Hayes to be appointed to the Founding Board of Directors of the Minority Cannabis Business Association and the Founding Board of Directors of the National Cannabis Bar Association in 2015. She is a Founder of the first annual MCBA Opportunity Summit 2018, Daniels College of Business at University of Denver, which encouraged minority participation and policy reforms in the cannabis industry.

Judge Hayes received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York and her Juris Doctorate Degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana.  She lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, is a mother of two, and the wife of Joseph Blackwell, a Psychologist.