Shannon Donnelly

Degree: B.S.

Affiliate Professor

Department: School of Hospitality

Shannon Donnelly


Cannabis Marijuana


  • Cannabis Operations
  • Cannabis Legalization
  • Cannabis Licensing
  • Medicinal Properties of Cannabis
  • Cannabis Absorption
  • Cannabis and Mental Health


Shannon Donnelly, affiliate professor of Cannabis in the School of Hospitality at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She developed curriculum and started teaching Cannabis classes at the University in January 2022.

Donnelly is recognized as one of the Most Influential Women in Weed by Green Entrepreneurs and a Power Player by Merry Jane. She collaborates with like-minded entrepreneurs to use her 14 years of experience in successful business re-design to create impactful, inclusive, diverse, sustainable, and profitable solutions for the industry.

In 2007, she started her career in Cannabis retail management and has been an influential part of its growth. Donnelly is well known for her hands-on, idea-driven, and insightful approach to business design. She has worked with executive teams across legalized retail and medical facilities to re-build operations, management practices, and training programs in both dispensaries and product manufacturing.

Working across these areas has provided her with a unique perspective of the legal cannabis industry; working with over 20,000 customers and clients has given her an incredible insight into what customers want and need. In addition to consulting work, she channels her passion into other industry ventures to share the value of botanical product applications. In 2014, she created Health Honeys to make quality CBD products accessible to women and offer them a safe place to experience the natural relief, ease, and restorative properties of botanical ingredients for comprehensive health.

Donnelly received her bachelor’s degree at MSU Denver in land use with a concentration in environment and resources.

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