To provide eloquent solutions to complex problems... And in doing so, foster accessibility and opportunity in the cannabis industry.


A more socially equitable and sustainable cannabis industry, driven by brands that change the world by redefining contemporary business practices, ethics and expected outcomes. And as needed, have become the spark for change.



Compass and Arrow is a consulting firm specializing in permit application development, business planning, operations, market analytics and branding for the cannabis industry.

The Compass and Arrow Team has collectively won numerous highly-competitive cannabis licenses and permits throughout the United States.

We have successfully developed a wide variety of cannabis businesses, from boutique-level cultivation operations to vertically integrated and multi-licensed cannabis campuses.



Our Team has won cannabis licenses and permits in the following jurisdictions:

     State of Maryland (Retail, 7 licenses)

     State of New Jersey (Retail, 1 license)

     State of Illinois (Dispensary Templates, over 50 applications)

     Sacramento, CA (Cultivation, Manufacturing and Distribution, 3 licenses)

     Coachella, CA (Vertically Integrated Leasing: Cultivation, Manuf. & Dist. 10 licenses)

     Cudahy, CA (Cultivation, Manufacturing, Retail, 5 licenses)

     El Sobrante, CA (Retail, 1 license)

     Lake County, CA  (Cultivation, 1 license)

     Montebello, CA - (Retail, 5 businesses)

     San Luis Obispo - (Retail, 1 license)

     Monterey County, CA (Retail, 1 license) 

     Oakland, CA (Cultivation, 2 licenses)

     San Jacinto, CA (Cultivation, 1 license)

    Yolo County (Cultivation, 1 license)



Dr. Tom Galaraga has conceptualized, designed and developed many successful cannabis businesses in California, Maryland, Connecticut and Arkansas. This has included developing local and state level compliant layouts and blueprints; efficient operational plans that have been proven to effectively reduce COGS; and being awarded permits to operate in highly competitive, merit based industries.

Baltimore, MD: Co-developed and co-coordinated the composition and submittal of seven (7) dispensary applications for a highly-competitive and merit based application process in the State of Maryland. Responsible for generating the business plan archetype and general application content used to populate company generated templates. All seven applications were awarded a permit to operate a cannabis business in Maryland.

Cudahy, CA: Project managed and developed—under an expedited schedule, with one additional team member—application materials and content for five (5) different cannabis business license types in the City of Cudahy. All five (5) licenses were for a single, multi-use location. Responsibilities included operational layout and design, business planning and financial projections required to determine investment requirements. All five (5) licenses were approved by Cudahy.

Yolo County, CA: Designed operational layout for a fully licensed one-acre, mixed-light cultivation facility located in Yolo County, California that is on schedule to yield approximately 12,000 pounds annually (15-percent over initial projections).

Sacramento, CA: Designed two (2) indoor cultivation facilities. The total projected yield is anticipated at approximately 12,000 pounds of dry cannabis flower annually, and 240 pounds of raw trim. 



Tracie M. Rutledge, MBA, has over 30-years of professional experience spanning across several highly regulated and competitive industries. This experience includes HIPAA policy development and lecturing, timeshare sales and management, and more recently cannabis compliance and business development.


As a cannabis consultant, Tracie has helped develop and submit approximately 100 applications for cannabis dispensaries, delivery services, cultivation, manufacturing, and distribution facilities throughout the United States. Tracie has also worked with several tribal nations.


Northern California: Tracie worked with the Alturas Native American Tribe in Northern California to develop tribal policies based on CA regulations for the cultivation and distribution of cannabis and cannabis infused products. In addition to this, Tracie was part of the legal compliance team representing the Native American Church e being charged with the illegal use of cannabis. 


Tracie assisted in cases where several landlords were facing Federal Asset Forfeiture for having leased their properties to cannabis operators before the passing of Proposition 215. She also helped develop and file cases against several municipalities, on the behalf of medical cannabis patients who were seeking safe access to cannabis treatment options but were being denied by city ordinances. One of the cases proved landmark for “Ryan Pack” cannabis case.


Nationwide: Tracie has developed applications in several states, including New Jersey, Illinois and Missouri.


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