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The 7 Most Lucrative Jobs In Medical Marijuana

The 7 Most Lucrative Jobs In Medical Marijuana

So… you want to break into the booming cannabis industry…Bravo! We love where your head is at, and we’re here to help. Over the past 10 years, our Grothority team has had (pretty much) every job in the cannabis industry…


From cleaning toilets, managing grows, working in dispensaries, to running multi-million dollar cultivation facilities.

It’s our intention in creating this short guide to show you…

The 7 most lucrative (and damn fun) jobs in the cannabis industry…

  • Which ones would be a good fit for you – based on your personality & experience…
  • How you can get started with any of these jobs…

We hope this guide serves you.

With love, hugs, & fist bumps,

– Alex & Dr. Anthony

Founders of Grothority

Job #1: Dispensary Manager

“Because who doesn’t want to sell weed legally every day…”

Average Salary:

Dispensaries are where product meets market – and every good dispensary needs a great captain. Do you have what it takes to lead your dank crew to victory? Find out…

Job Details: You will be managing a wide range of tasks including – customer service, product sales, educating team members & customers on strains, managing employees, and maintaining state compliance.

Experience Recommended: vast strain knowledge, strong management skills, proficient people skills, product knowledge on all levels (personal use), & knowledge on process of manufacturing.

Best Parts About The Job:

  • You get to help amazing patients/customers every day.
  • It’s incredibly rewarding to sell great products.
  • You get to work with other great like-minded people.
  • There is no shortage of very high value networking.
  • You get to host awesome dispensary events.
  • You are the cap-i-tan… ‘nuff said.

“Potentially” Worst Parts about the Job:

  • You have to deal with that occasional unruly customer/patient.
  • Life can be 24/7 BUSY – as manager, you are handling 5+ tasks going on at all times (people, sales, inventory, compliance, etc – see below).
  • Sales tracking & maintaining compliance can be tricky & tedious at times.
  • Inventory management can be a pain of the butt – running out of product when you have a line of 20+ patients out the door is “no bueno” – (trust us on this). Buying way too much of one product can also seriously lock up your cash flow.
  • Security issues – where is stoner Vin Diesel when you need him?
  • Employee retention issues – when good people leave, you need to find good replacements fast.

Personalities this is good for: Type A organized personalities who prefer to never stop moving. Friendly, charismatic people who have the ability to manage others and inspire enthusiasm and trust.

Who this is not good for: Those of us who are a bit more reserved & shy. People who prefer independent work (see Job #3 & 5). People who hate people (you know who you are… 😉 )

How to get started: Budtending is the best place to start – unless you have previous experience managing a dispensary (in which case you probably wouldn’t be reading this… I know, our jokes suck compared to our content quality).

Job #2: Compliance Manager.

“If you like rules and weed – this is your sah-weeet spot, my friend.”

Average Salary:

Up to $80,000

Compliance (n) – the state or fact of meeting accepted rules or standards. This is one of the least-sexy (yet most-important) aspects of the cannabis industry.

Job Details: Working with “seed-to-sale” tracking systems, managing plant count inside grow facilities, managing dispensary inventory, keeping up-to-date state records, & other important “legal stuff.”

Experience Recommended: Computer skills sch as – excel spreadsheet proficiency, Biotrack/MJ Freeway/RFID software experience.

Best Parts about the Job:

  • It’s very rewarding to ensure that this industry is legal & profitable.
  • You’ll have minimal (to zero) customer service hassles.
  • You’ll have a small daily workload (compared to other jobs on this list).

Potentially Worst Parts about the Job:

  • Larger upfront knowledge investment (in software knowledge & legal training)
  • It can be a bit lonely at times to be working mostly solo.
  • You are dealing with government forms or systems… and let’s be real… nobody really likes those.

Personalities this is good for: Compliance is best for tech savvy, quiet, detail-oriented, and organized individuals (prior healthcare experience is very helpful).

Who is this not good for: Someone who desires hands-on contact with plants. Someone who prefers mostly teamwork as opposed to individual work. Someone who considers themselves more “artsy” than “detail-oriented.” Basically, if you like finger painting and long walks on the beach, compliance is probably not the best fit for you (but Job #5 might be perfect…)

How to get started: Learn excel spreadsheets (a necessary prerequisite skill), train with MJ Freeway, Biotrack softwares (see here for our Grothority training on these software systems).

Job #3: Head Grower

“If you excelled at herbology as a Gryffindor 3rd year, this is for you.”

Average Salary:

Without quality cannabis, the whole industry collapses.

Job Details: You will be working with cannabis plants, soil, & hydroponic systems. You’ll also be scheduling feed times, cloning plants, and vegetation times. To accomplish all this, you will work with growers, trimmers, compliance managers, manufacturing companies, and dispensary managers on product details.

Experience Required: Because this is a head grower position, it’s pretty much necessary that you have previously managed a grow facility of any size greater than 2,500 square feet for more than 2 years – or you’ve run your own caregiver grow facility for more than 5 years.

Best Parts about the Job:

  • You are working with all types of industry experts at all levels.
  • You are working with amazing plants (…duh).
  • There are few feelings as rewarding as reaping a successful harvest.
  • You are in a leadership position with the power to increase the efficiency and morale of your team at any time. The head grower is the only person with the power to change end product and overall product quality – making him or her (perhaps) the most important person in the industry.
  • You have near total control over the grow environment.

Personalities this is good for: leaders, outdoorsmen, artists, craftsmen, and industrious hippies.

Who is this not good for: People pleasers, those who prefer customer service positions, those who prefer computer/tech work (hint: you will get your hands dirty).

How to get started:
Take our Grothority “Basement to Boss” Master Grower Mentorship. Get on instagram and start following exceptional growers for tips & inspiration (a few of our favorites… @gromer1,, @rare_dankness, @eljefeothedank)
Read grow forums, manuals, and books (our favorite resources are linked here).

Job #4: Head Extractor

“If you’re a nerd who loves “sciencey shit”… this job is for you.”

Average Salary:
Let’s get freaky.

Job Details: Extracting cannabis oils using butane or CO2 extraction equipment. You’ll be working with hydraulic presses, hot plates, bubble hash systems, commercial washers, chemical compounds, ovens, and (of course) cannabis flowers & trim.

Experience Required: Chemistry background is a must – you will be mixing chemicals and flammable agents. Lab tech & medical backgrounds are highly preferred.

Best parts about the Job:

  • Your final product is your creation.
  • You can be creative in coming up with new ideas for concentrates.
  • You have the ability to build/engineer custom equipment for your workflow.
  • You are the “really smart person” in the chain of product production.

“Potentially” Worst Parts about the Job:

  • You can pretty much blow yourself up at any minute. J/K… but there is a high level of risk if you’re not working in the proper environment and with the proper equipment.

Personalities this is good for: The Chemist, the artist, the science-oriented person, and people willing to work in a (potentially) risky environment.

Who this is not good for: Less detail-oriented people or those lacking a scientific background.

How to get started: Apprentice under a head extractor (on the job training is a must). Practice with rosin pressing, ice water extraction, bubble hash (the less dangerous versions of extraction). Learn the basic methods through our “Cannabis Chemist Course”

Please learn how to extract the right way. We’ll happily show you the ropes here.

Job #5: Head Chef

“Because Cannabis & Cooking is way cooler than Kanye & Kim.” – Said everybody, every time.

Average Salary:
Let’s get freaky.
With FOOD!

Job Details:You are an artist melding cannabis and food (think: infused butter, honey, oils, edibles, and other delectables from hard candies to gourmet meals). This is a commercial scale food processing position.

Experience Recommended: Cooking background, fast paced kitchen experience, and spanking Bobby Flay on Season 5 of Iron Chef.

Best Parts about the job:

  • You work with food – which (intrinsically) is pretty damn fun.
  • You work with growers, extractors, and dispensaries to produce a final product.

Personalities this is good for: Creative/artistic types, cooks, foodies, fast-paced workers, and leaders.

Who is this not good for: Slow workers, non-detail oriented people, followers (if you can’t stand the heat, stay outta ‘dis kitchen).

How to get started: Start by trying to cook with cannabis butter and oils. Read books and forums about dosing and effectiveness. Take the Grothority Master Course “The Cannabis Chef” for everything you need to get started.

Job #6: Grow Manager

“You are “the big cheese” at the cultivation facility making sure everything runs as smooth as velveeta” (#badjokes).

Average Salary:

You are “the big cheese” at the cultivation facility making sure everything runs as smooth as velveeta (#badjokes).

Job Details: Managing growers, extractors, manufacturing companies, delivery companies, soil companies, scheduling, compliance audits, security companies, grow ownership, yada, yada… #yourunshit

Experience Recommended: Management experience in other industries, strong leadership experience, & experience with health inspection audits (state-level).

Best parts about the job:

  • You are working with a full-suite team of growers, extractors, & dispensary managers.
  • You are managing PEOPLE instead of PLANTS (things with ears are usually easier to manage).
  • This is the easiest access point into the industry – you don’t necessarily need growing experience to be awesome at this job.

Personalities this is good for: Strong, organized, and patient leaders.

Who is this not good for: The hands on craftsman who prefers touching plants on a daily basis (or someone lacking people skills).

How to get started: When it comes to landing a Grow Manager position, your network access to decision makers at cultivation facilities is a HUGE FACTOR. If you’re serious about pursuing this opportunity, we recommend getting a leg up on the competition by taking our “Basement to Boss course” where you will gain direct network access to dozens of cultivation facilities across the country we can help land you a job.

**SPECIAL NOTE: There are 2x more cultivation facilities than dispensaries – meaning there is A LOT of opportunity to become a grow manager. Again, this is an excellent entrance point into the industry for someone (without cannabis-specific experience) yet with strong prior management experience to break into the industry successfully.

Job #7: The Cannabis Consultant

“Cash money know how. Get the money.”

Average Salary:


This is potentially one of the most lucrative jobs on the list. As a Cannabis Consultant, you are a major thought leader in the industry with the ability to advise grows, dispensaries, investors, etc. There is a BIG DEMAND for truly experienced cannabis consultants. As such, the breadth of your salary and impact is determined only by your hustle and experience.

Job Details: Consulting dispensaries, grow facilities, extractors, construction companies, lawyers, accountants, etc. You are working with “big money” ownership of all types.

Experience Recommended: 8-10 years cannabis grow knowledge and cannabis experience. Experience opening varieties of dispensaries, extraction labs, kitchens, and grow facilities. Experience dealing with local governments, regulations, and law enforcement. Working with state government and application systems. Working with investors. Putting together cannabis contracts. With this particular job, you really do need to know all facets of the business.

Best parts about the job:

  • You make your own schedule.
  • You are your own boss.
  • You set your consulting fees.
  • You can choose your projects.
  • You control your own destiny.
  • Use The Force wisely, young padawan.

Personalities this is good for: Owner and leader types, entrepreneurs, success addicts, uber Type-A people, and those desiring large incomes.

Who this is not good for: Weak, unmotivated people (and those with less than 5 years of cannabis industry experience).

How to get started: With this particular position, it’s pretty imperative to become a master in at least 1-2 certain aspects of the industry (See Jobs #1-6). Start growing, start managing a cultivation, and start networking with dispensary owners/growers.

For the fastest path to this particular job, take one of our Grothority Master Mentorship Classes (see below for more information).

That’s All for Now

We hope that this post got your “gears turning” and inspired you to take the next steps to breaking into the industry.

There is A TON of money to be made (and fun to be had) in this beautiful Cannabis Industry we love.

Here are a few FINAL NUGS we’d like to leave you with:

  • You can do this. All of these job skills are LEARNABLE. If you’re the type of person with passion, hustle, and willingness to learn, you will succeed in this industry.
  • Often, it’s not just about WHAT you know… but WHO you know. Your network is your networth. This is the hard truth in the Cannabis industry.
  • Our team here at Grothority WILL HELP YOU. We’ve dedicated our lives to helping awesome people like you succeed at both life and cannabis. Join us in our programs below.

If you’re fired up to take your next steps, tell us what specifically you want to start exploring…

10 Must Know Tips To 10x Your Cannabis Grow

10 Must Know Tips To 10x Your Cannabis Grow

So, you know there’s been a massive jump in the public interest on cannabis, both medical and recreational. And wherever there’s hype… there are “experts” pedaling information from all corners.

And yeah, some of the information is very good. But a lot of it is outdated. And frankly, most of it is trash…

Thankfully, our team here at GROTHORITY has spent the last 10 years decoding that information, testing it in our own multi-million dollar grow facilities, and distilling it down into simple action steps to help other growers.when

We love this industry. We love people who choosemake to grow in this industry, and it’s our goal with the 10 tips in this short guide to help you see higher crop yields and better quality products… faster.

Some of these tips are technical (see Tips 3 & 7). Some tips are more basic (See 9 & 10). All are extremely valuable when applied together.


If you want to be a pro-grower, you need to act like one.

And acting like a professional grower comes down to how you manage the PLANNING of your grow – far before you touch your first seeds and soil.

The entire successful cultivation process is predicated on proper timing.

  • Average Growers focus ONLY on the immediate plants on hand.
They don’t have pre-planned schedules of when to cut clones, when to start the vegetation/flowering cycles, or when to periodically maintain grow rooms. And sure, they may have good seeds, good light, and good equipment… but without the foresight – you will never see the results from your grow that you want.
  • Good growers plan.
They’ve determined timetables on cycles, scheduled tending times, and tracked the necessary cleaning and TLC each plant requires. However, more often than not, these guys and gals are limited by the fact that they don’t record or compare nutrient/lighting/tending strategies against previous grows in order to improve yield. This is definitely a science, so we need track data.


(image of sample grow schedule here)

  • Great Growers don’t do these bad things.
The Hall of Flame guys who are reinventing the tree. These guys take data and planning to the next level through rigorous scientific testing (See Tip #?/Also would like a small picture of an example here) by timing everything on a set schedule – from feeding, to how long the composite bubbles for and when to add humidity/CO2 – all the way to when to add extra lighting at the end of the flower cycle. Great growers will even go so far as to have a timed IPM spray once per week.

THE BIG POINT: Plan. Schedule. Collect Data.

TIP #2: Use custom feeds & refine your inputs.

When starting out as a grower, there is a big temptation to use a generic nutrient line to get started quickly.

The problem with this “generic feed” approach is that you are not able to have the complete visibility and control over the macro and micro nutrients used in your grow.

Using generic feed is like pumping some generic “gas” into a high performance ferrari and being shocked that the car isn’t running well.

With generic feed, you can’t expect your grow to perform at full capacity.

That being said, here are your feed options.

Option # 1: Make your nutrients from scratch.


The obvious benefit of creating your own nutrients will be shown in the improved quality of your soil, plants, and end products (no heavy metals and dangerous plant growth hormones).

The less obvious benefit to using custom feed is that it’s actually CHEAPER to make your own nutrient line in the long run. We explain the details of how we create our custom feed in Lesson #2 in our BASEMENT TO BOSS Mater Grower Mentorship Program.

We recommend using kelp meal in the first 6 weeks of flower as part of your compost routine to induce quick growth. We then recommend you use blue corn for the last 4 weeks of your flower routine (to nicely plump the plants up).

Option # 2: Use nutrient salts to make your own line.


This second option is a little less “custom” than making your own soil from scratch; however, it’s still a great option to improve soil quality over generic feed.

When we were starting out as growers, we used salts from companies like Veg & Bloom to produce high quality soil. Our crop quality benefited tremendously from this wise decision.

Option # 3: Use a quality generic nutrient line.


When it comes to generic feed lines, some brands are substantially better than others. Here are a few companies that we have used and trust here at Grothority…



Again, we recommend Options 1 & 2 over any generic nutrient line; however, if you’re just starting out, this is an acceptable option.

NOTE: With any of these generic companies, you want to make sure your PPM levels of your nutrients to between 800 – 900 PPM for best nutrient intake for the plants. If you have too high of a PPM level, you risk “burning” your plants. If you have too low of a PPM level, your plants will grow too slowly.

If you do choose to use generic feed, all nutrient companies will provide you with a Factory Feed Chart with your purchase of soil.


One of the main problems preventing cannabis growers from increasing both their yields and quality is that they do not construct their cultivation facilities properly in terms of air-flow and humidity levels.

When you do not have the proper humidity levels, CO2 levels, and air temperature ranges you have a recipe for disastrous mold and mildew problems – which is perhaps the most common (and easily avoidable) problem that harms new-to-intermediate growers.

All successful growers must understand the concept of a Vapor Pressure Deficit (VPD) which is essentially the ratio of air with water molecules to air without. Your VPD will determine how much CO2 and oxygen your plant is able to intake, which, in turn, will determine your plants’ nutrient intake.

If your vapor pressure deficit is incorrect at any point during the flowering cycle, you have the potential to destroy your flowering crop by causing mold to grow inside of your bud, closing stomata too early, and not allowing for proper nutrient/CO2 uptake.

On the flip side, when you ensure your vapor pressure deficit and CO2 are optimal throughout your grow, you can maximize yields above 3 pounds per light.

Your ability to manipulate your Vapor Pressure Deficit is entirely based on the quality of your facility’s air flow system.

One way to keep your CO2, humidity, and temperature levels in proper ranges is to always have sensors in your grow facility going at all times. In our grows, we use hygrometers like the Smart Bee Controller.

Because this is such an overlooked topic, we developed what we call our “Million Dollar VPD Chart” that shows us the proper VPD levels for each week of our grows. We (and our most successful growing mentees) use our hygrometers to maintain these proper VPD levels at each stage of our grow.

You can access this chart – among our full growing resource kit – inside our Basement To Boss Growing Membership. Learn more here (LINK COMING SOON)

“This single chart has made me $100,000 in the past year.” – Miami Mango.


When you’re dealing with plants, pest infestations are a very real threat that can wipe out your crop faster than almost anything else. I learned that tough lesson early in my career, and I want to help you avoid this problem…

Spider MitesIn 2008, I was early in my growing career and was getting pretty confident harvest results…and then I got a spider mite infestation.

My entire crop was completely wiped out in a matter of 3 weeks.

In dry climates like where we do our grows in Arizona and Nevada, spider mites are one of the biggest pest risks. In more humid climates, you have to watch out for aphids and fungus gnats.

HERE’S THE TRUTH: it’s hard to track pests, because they’re small and it’s even quite common for people to have these tiny mites on their clothing/hair. So, even bringing people into your grow facility inherently poses risk to your crop.

The best way to approach pest management is to use pre-emptive defensive measures.

As an organic grower, I recommend using Integrated Pest Management (IPM) on a weekly basis, which is essentially a mix of herbs and spices that will be used to counteract and kill pretty much all dangerous bugs – without harming your plants.

IPM is not a pesticide; it is a natural approach to pest control. That said, although IPM is important to use throughout the earlier stages of your grow, it’s not something you’re going to want to use during your flowering stages, as your end product will end up having IPM residue left over i,e… seasoned weed. Those spices & herbs will alter the taste of your end product, which is not something you want. has a great selection of pre-made herbal IPM blends I used before I refined a more custom solution for my grows.

For complete access to our IPM custom blend, VPD chart, and grow tracking software as well, you’ll want to check our Lesson #4 of our basement 2 boss grow mastery course where we give you all these resources plus 10 other powerful modules. Learn more.


Greater increase in quantity… Less stress to the plant over time.

If you’re not familiar, “training” is the art and science of using constructive materials to shape your plant growth and help take stress off the plants – which ultimately leads to both increases in quantity and quality of your harvest yields.

Training methods include but are not limited to:

  • TOPPING Cutting the plant above an internode to allow for the lower branches to grow and take their place. Topping is best to use during veg to allow for proper spacing of branches and internodes.
  • SUPERCROPPING Describes the pinching or breaking of the skeletal structure of the plant. You aren’t breaking branches but carefully pinching the plants branches 2-3 inches below a bud site. Pinch until the upper portion falls on its side while still connected. This is going to open new nutrient pathways, allow for greater light penetration to lower branching. This is also a great way to spread the plant out and allow for awesome early flower growth.
  • LOW STRESS TRAINING (LST) Bending plants through a trellis or using a tie down is the most effective and least stressful way to do this. After low stress training allow a day or two for plants to start reaching towards the light. Low stress training is the best training to use in conjunction with a trellis.

To put it simply, training allows your plants to put on more mass (product weight) and to put less stress on the skeletal system of the plant. Think of the proper training system as removing the stress of gravity so the plant can use more of its energy to grow and get bigger, that’s the beautiful part about having a controlled grow is that we can create these specific enhancements to get the best overall product.

Using PVC/trellis and super cropping together will be a perfect symbiotic training technique.

There are 4 main training techniques that you should be using (based on the different growth stages of your plants). For the complete breakdown of these 4 techniques, plus time-lapse videos of grows, and the best techniques on low-stress training, topping, and supercropping… check out Lesson #6 in Basement To Boss .


Avoiding light leaks is one of the most basic (and overlooked principles) in high yield growing. Light leaks can reduce your overall crop size by up to 20%. These leaks can be as small as hairpins, but still impact your crop yield.

One of the things you’ll want to do before starting your flowering cycle is to do a 1 hour dark cycle in your flower room where you (and a few other people) thoroughly check for ANY light leaks. Catching these leaks early will ensure that your plants have an adequate and uninterrupted 12 hour dark cycle.

While you’re checking for light leaks, also use temperature gauges to ensure that your readings are stable.


Sadly, there are many growers out there who think that getting seeds from buds that are being trimmed is a good, economic idea.

HERE’S THE FACT: Bud seed is a hermaphrodite – meaning that it has both male and female DNA inside the seed – making it unusable for commercial cultivation.

The best way to ensure a quality plant is to only buy your seeds from a reputable breeder.

When I started out as a grower, I never actually bought bag seed – even though some of my friends did. I remember when we compared our first harvests and my friends were shocked at how much healthier and more productive my plants were.

Always use a reputable seed breeder. Here are a few that we respect here at Grothority:

  • TGA GENETICS (@____)
  • EXOTIC GENETIX (@____)
  • SWAMP BOYS SEEDS (@____)
  • GAGE GREEN GROUP (@____)

If you’re a serious grower, go follow our favorite connects on instagram.


Most growers do not collect data of their grow facility.

A big problem with not tracking your progress and variable is that you never get consistency in your end product. How can you pinpoint when something is needed or not without tracking data and variables?

Everything in the grow should be tracked . Humidity, temperature levels, c02 levels, feed levels, water retention levels in the soil(should you use soil), everything!!!

I remember when I started growing.. I started a manual, in this manual is every harvest and test I have ever taken. You can literally see the improvement as time goes on. Over 10 years of growing, testing, and hypothesis (proven or not). I still have the manual to this day, and it’s one of the main pieces behind Grothority.

I want people to feel like they have a sense of control over their grow. Taking this step and graphing all data will give you that control.


One of my favorite items or pieces of equipment to track data is the Smart bee controller you can follow them on Instagram at smart bee controller the smart bee controller actually track CO2 temperature humidity soil water levels feed levels nutrient intake levels it grabs it all out and bar graph date on the computer for you it analyzes everything for you it’s almost a 1 Stop data graphing system for your entire grow facility and it uses One controller per room connected to the main control system It will have a plug-in for your soil it will have a plug-in for your water levels your ppm levels it will track everything.


A popular mentality in the cultivation industry is akin to weightlifting – it’s a battle to see who can lift the most.

The typical slogan is how many grams per watt can you hit? Who care’s if your product is bunk? Is it going to sell any faster just because you have more of it? No!

Increasing potency (terpene levels, cbd levels, thc levels) should be the prime objective with every new harvest. Using the scientific method to break down each harvest and increase potency every time thereafter is a much better long term strategy for success.

The industry as a whole is already implementing ways to drive down the price of product. Don’t fall into the same category by lowering your product quality. Focus on the quality. Stabilize the price for your product over a long term period with quality and potency.


  • How many growers out there have almost fallen off a ladder changing out a light by themselves?
  • How many growers have almost eaten shit while moving plants with spikes and tie downs?
  • How many growers have almost slipped in a grow facility due to slippery floors?
  • How many growers have had electrical shocks?

I’ve met many growers over the years. Most of the best growers I meet are part of a tightly knit team. They are almost a family. With legalization and medical status in almost every state, the lifestyle of the lone wolf grower is finally coming to a close.

No more are the days of hiding a grow in a basement and telling no one. Long gone are the days when you hid behind a username on a forum. The best thing you as a grower can do is to connect with your peers. This will increase your knowledge base and understanding of the cannabis industry as a whole. This is a necessary step in the process to 10x your grow.

One of the most rewarding feelings about legalization and the coming into the light of the cannabis industry is to be part of a team and helping others. Pushing those in front of you and pulling those behind you. This is something the community of cannabis has always been about. Helping others.


We hope this helps you as much as it’s helped us.

Alexander “El Jefe” Smith

Chief Grower & Founder of Grothority

Dr. Anthony Balduzzi

Chief Medical Officer & Founder of Grothority