Tuesday, 29 August 2017 17:13

San Rafael, CA, Businesswoman Trades Garage for Ganja

Written by Stephanie Weldy, Marin Independent Journal
San Rafael resident Laura Bertolli sold the longtime family business, Bertolli’s Auto Body Shop, and plans to join the marijuana industry. “It can just calm everyone down and bring peace,” she says. San Rafael resident Laura Bertolli sold the longtime family business, Bertolli’s Auto Body Shop, and plans to join the marijuana industry. “It can just calm everyone down and bring peace,” she says. Robert Tong/Marin Independent Journal

Twenty-one years ago, Laura Bertolli took over her father’s San Rafael, CA, auto body business, which he had started 19 years earlier after migrating from Italy.

Last week, she watched as Bertolli’s Auto Body Shop signs were dismantled and replaced by those of GMP Cars. She sold the shop in the hopes of using her business background and passion for marijuana to join the growing cannabis industry.


“Though I love cars, it’s more a family business I went into,” said Bertolli, 55, of San Rafael. “Now, it’s what I want to do. I want to promote healing properties ... that can change the world.”


Bertolli was a teen when she first experienced marijuana. With last year’s voter-approved legalization of recreational marijuana throughout California, Bertolli knew her days were numbered at her auto garage.


Following a short break, Bertolli plans to step into a role as a pioneer in the largely uncharted territory of marijuana sales.


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