The cannabis world has its flags at half mast today as we bid farewell to legendary member of the cannabis community, Peggy Noonan.
Peggy Noonan was best known as the CEO and founder of Copia, formerly known as Cornucopia Health and Wellness, an Arizona-based food company that pioneered legal cannabis and quality products in their home state. She died on April 10 after having been diagnosed with leukemia for four years.
For the past 10 years, Noonan has focused on helping build Copia, a company that has the first home cooked kitchen in Arizona and is known for its funnily named and delicious products like OGeez! Gummies, KIND concentrates, Weedish Fish, German chocolate brownies and a line of Tommy Chong cannabis. Noonan has left her mark on the cannabis industry with her creative and productive work.
“Those who knew my mother it goes without saying that she loved this company and the Arizona community and passed on the passion she has put into the company,” said Bran Noonan, Peggy’s previous role with the company will take over. according to a press release. “My mother had an entrepreneurial spirit unmatched and as the company moves through 2021 and beyond, we will do so in her honor and continue to build on her legacy.”
Bran will bring over a decade of industry experience as well as unique skills developed throughout his history as a commercial and corporate lawyer.
Peggy Noonan first went public with her diagnosis of acute myeloid leukemia in 2017 and has been fighting the debilitating disease ever since.
Peggy Noonan: From Drug Runner to CEO
While Noonan’s obituary largely looks like the most successful cannabis folks left too soon, there is a definite turn in the rebellion. Before cannabis became legal in Arizona, she was a drug dealer and traded drugs between the United States and Mexico. This illegal business got her behind bars in Mexico and then back on parole in Arizona. However, she eagerly left this life behind to join the legal industry and earn a living honestly from gummies, brownies, and tinctures.
“It was pretty wild, life closed,” Noonan said of her history in the industry and how it contrasts with where she ended up.
In 2017, the same year she was diagnosed with cancer, Noonan changed the company’s name from Cornucopia Health and Wellness to Copia, a rebranding that will help her organization stay up to date and live off its name .
“I would especially like to thank all the members of the MMJ community for their care, kind texts and support – and especially for creating Team Peggy with T-shirts,” she said in her thank you letter to the community. “They were exceptional and it made a profound difference in my battle with cancer. You have all been part of the tremendous success of my ongoing treatment and recovery.
“My health and my business were inspired by this quick, furious, and mind-boggling experience. And what I have brought into the universe from the moment of diagnosis and future is magic and wonder, health, love and light. “
Peggy Noonan will be missed in the wonderful world of legal weed, but she will not be forgotten as her contributions will live on before cannabis was made legal by the successful company she founded.