Keynote Speaker

Kevin O’Leary

Chairman of OShares ETFs & Shark Tank Investor

CEO. Venture capitalist. Wall Street visionary. Serial entrepreneur. Author. Teacher. Kevin O’Leary, a.k.a Shark Tank’s “Mr. Wonderful” has earned international…

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Featured Speakers

Jesce Horton

CEO, Saints Cannabis

Jesce founded the Oregon cannabis cultivation company Panacea Valley Gardens in 2014 and co-founded the Panacea dispensary. In 2016, he…

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Chris Walsh

Founding Editor & Vice President, Marijuana Business Daily

Chris served as the founding editor of Marijuana Business Daily during the company’s launch in 2011, becoming the first journalist in the…

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Additional Speakers

Seth Adler

Host, Cannabis Economy

Seth is an event moderator and has been hosting the Cannabis Economy podcast for nearly four years, chronicling personal conversations…

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Deepak Anand

VP, Business Development & Government Relations, Cannabis Compliance

In his role at Cannabis Compliance, a Canadian marijuana consulting firm, Deepak evaluates investment and acquisition opportunities, develops new market…

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Vivien Azer

Managing Director, Cowen

As managing director and senior research analyst at Cowen, a New York-based investment, Vivien specializes in the beverage, tobacco and…

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Charles Bachtell

Co-founder & CEO, Cresco Labs

Since Charles helped found Cresco in 2015, the Illinois-based medical marijuana firm has expanded into five other states. His focus…

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Peter Barsoom

CEO, 1906

Peter founded 1906, a premium edibles company with products in over 50 retail stores throughout Colorado. He is responsible for…

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Sara Batterby

Principal, The Batterby Group

Sara recently founded The Batterby Group in Portland, Oregon, to work with clients in the cannabis industry seeking access to…

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Cam Battley

Chief Corporate Officer, Aurora Cannabis

Since joining Alberta, Canada-based Aurora in 2016, Cam has played a significant role in the company’s emergence as one of…

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Kate M. Bell

Legislative Counsel, Marijuana Policy Project

In her role with the national advocacy group Marijuana Policy Project, Kate tracks cannabis legislation in seven states and Washington…

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Michael Bronstein

Executive Director, American Trade Association for Cannabis & Hemp

Michael co-founded the Bronstein & Weaver political consulting and lobbying firm in 2006 and has worked with cannabis and hemp…

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Michael Brubeck

Founder & CEO, Centuria

Michael founded Centuria in 2014, and the company produced more than 300 tons of cannabis over the past year for…

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Avis Bulbulyan

CEO, SIVA Enterprises

Avis has over a decade of hands-on experience in multiple segments of the cannabis industry and now runs the marijuana…

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Robert Carp

Principal, Carp Law Offices

Robert is a Harvard-trained government scientist and attorney with a specialty in marijuana dispensary and cultivation laws, dispensary applications and…

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Zeta Ceti

Founder & CEO, Green Rush Consulting

Zeta founded Green Rush Consulting in 2012 to provide support for cannabis businesses in various areas, including license applications, city…

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Robert Davidson

CEO, CURE Pharmaceutical

Robert oversees the sustained growth and diversified revenue strategy for CURE, a drug-development company that creates proprietary dosage forms and…

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Erica Dhawan

Erica Dhawan

Founder & CEO, Cotential

Erica founded New York-based Cotential, a global consulting firm, in 2012. Through Cotential, she teaches business leaders innovative strategies that…

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Nic Easley

CEO, 3C Consulting

As the head of 3C, Nic has helped hundreds of clients in 21 states and seven countries design, build, launch…

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Cassandra Farrington

Co-founder & CEO, Marijuana Business Daily

Cassandra Farrington, who was recently recognized as one of the United States’ most enterprising women in 2017, is the co-founder…

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Trina Fraser

Trina Fraser

Partner, Brazeau Seller Law

Trina brings an expertise in cannabis law to her role of co-managing partner at Brazeau Seller Law in Ontario. She…

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Brian Furnish

Head of Global Operations, Ecofibre Kentucky

Brian leads global farming and production for Ecofibre Kentucky, a vertically integrated hemp company. He is an eighth-generation farmer in…

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Rachel Gillette

Rachel K. Gillette

Partner, Greenspoon Marder

An attorney at Greenspoon Marder, Rachel focuses on marijuana business licensing and regulatory compliance. She has represented state and locally…

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Andi B. Goldman

Principal, ABG Advisory/Equitas Partners Fund

Andi has managed $2 billion in institutional investments across numerous industries and is an angel investor in cannabis. She currently…

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Elyse Gordon

Co-owner, Better Baked

Elyse co-founded Better Baked, a medical and recreational infused products company, in 2010. Based in Colorado, Better Baked offers products…

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Mike Gorenstein

CEO, Cronos Group

As CEO of Cronos Group, a globally diversified and vertically integrated cannabis company, Michael has led the company’s global expansion…

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Rhory Gould

Founder & CEO, Arborside

Rhory founded Arborside Compassion, a marijuana provisioning center based in Michigan, in 2011. Since then, he has led his team…

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Scott L. Greiper

President, Viridian Capital Advisors

Scott founded the cannabis-focused financial and strategic advisory company in New York in 2014. He also is president and founding…

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Akshay Gupta

Co-founder & CEO, Truly Oreganic

In his role with Truly Oreganic, Akshay is responsible for the company’s vision, delivery logistics, sales and marketing as well…

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Aviv Hadar

Co-founder & CEO, Oregrown

Aviv comes from a background in digital communications and technology. He founded Oregrown Industries, a vertically integrated cannabis brand, and…

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Tom Haren

Attorney, Frantz Ward LLP

Tom’s practice at Frantz Ward LLP focuses on marijuana law and policy. He represents clients in the medical marijuana industry…

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Jeremy Heidl

President, Organa Brands International

Jeremy co-founded Organa Brands International, the brand incubator and parent company of five cannabis brands including OpenVape and Bakked. Its…

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Joe Hodas

Chief Operating Officer, General Cannabis

In General Cannabis’ newly created COO role, which he accepted in February, Joe is charged with creating revenue streams and…

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Stephanie Hopper

CEO, KSF Consulting

Stephanie founded KSF Consulting in 2017. The cannabis-focused consulting firm assists companies with rules and regulations while implementing processes, procedures…

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Thomas A. Garrett Jr.

Member of Congress, House of Representatives

Tom is the lead sponsor of H.R. 1227, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act. In 2011, Tom ran for Virginia…

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Pete Kadens

Former CEO & Director, Green Thumb Industries

Under Pete’s guidance, Green Thumb Industries has raised over $150 million in the private markets and went public in Canada.…

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Gary S. Kaminsky

Principal & Chief Regulatory Officer, MLH Holdings

In his role with MLH Holdings, a cannabis investment firm, Gary oversees regulatory and compliance issues for the company’s portfolio…

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Matt Karnes

Founder, GreenWave Advisors

Matt founded GreenWave Advisors, a New York-based research and financial analysis company in the cannabis sector, in 2014. He and…

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Tripp Keber

Chairman, Dixie Brands

In December 2017 Tripp stepped down as CEO of Dixie Bands to assume the role of managing director of business…

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Kris Krane

President, 4Front Ventures

Kris co-founded 4Front Ventures in Massachusetts in 2011 to identify potential strategic partners and investment targets in the cannabis industry.…

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Sonya Logman

Deputy Secretary, Business and Consumer Relations , California Business, Consumer Services & Housing Agency

Sonya has served as deputy secretary of business and consumer relations at the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency…

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Jimmy Makoso

Co-founder & Vice President, Lucid Lab Group

Jim helped form Lucid Labs in 2015 in Seattle in hopes of bringing a different tack to essential oil extraction…

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Shabnam Malek

Partner, Brand & Branch

Shabnam co-founded California-based Brand & Branch LLP in 2015 to offer intellectual property legal services to the food and beverage,…

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Christopher Martin

CEO & Partner, The Green Heart Franchise

Chris is the CEO of The Green Heart Corporate Franchise, an integrated network of branded business operations, branded products and…

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Shane McKee

Vice President of Product Development, Shango

Shane oversees product development for Shango, a licensed cannabis producer, distributor and retailer. He created the technical specifications and functional…

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Maureen McNamara

Founder & Chief Facilitator, Cannabis Trainers

Maureen founded Cannabis Trainers in 2014 to provide professional training solutions for the cannabis industry coast to coast. She is…

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Amanda Melnick

Founder & Principal, Maine Cannabis Consultants

Amanda founded Maine Cannabis Consultants, a full-service consulting firm aimed at helping businesses successfully navigate the cannabis industry. She specializes…

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Joel Milton

Co-founder & CEO, Baker Technologies

Joel founded Baker Technologies, a leading CRM platform in the United States and Canada, in 2014. He has led Baker…

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Adam Miron

Co-founder & Chief Brand Officer, Hydropothecary

Adam co-founded Hydropothecary, a publicly traded cannabis producer in Canada, in 2013. The company boasts 1.3 million square feet of…

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Dustin Moore

Principal, Axiom Advisors

Dustin is a consultant and advisor with more than a decade of experience in business development, political strategy, public policy…

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Melanie Nash

Melanie Nash

Director of Operations, Dark Heart Industries

Melanie is director of operations at Dark Heart Nursery in California, specializing in cultivating high-quality clones for cannabis growers. She…

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Kristin Nevedal

Chair, International Cannabis Farmers Association

Kristin is the board chair of the International Cannabis Farmers Association, a nonprofit organization that empowers cannabis farmers through research,…

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Evan Nison

President, NisonCo

Evan founded NisonCo, a public relations firm in the cannabis sector, and co-founded Whoopi & Maya, a line of woman-focused…

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JJ O’Brien

Vice President & General Manager, PAX Era

In his role with Pax Labs, a vaporizer product company, JJ led the launch of the Era Division from two…

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Amanda Ostrowitz

Co-founder & CEO, CannaRegs

Amanda co-founded CannaRegs in 2014. The Denver-based company aggregates cannabis-related regulations from local, state and federal sources and offers them…

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Emily Paxhia

Managing Director, Poseidon Asset Management

Emily and her brother founded Poseidon Asset Management in 2013 to invest exclusively in the cannabis industry. Since its launch,…

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Jillian Pelletier-Litovsky

President, Virgo Moon Botanicals

Jillian is a biologist and medical cannabis caregiver who co-founded Virgo Moon Botanicals. The Maine-based company launched in 2014 to…

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Justin Pentelute

CEO, The Clear

Justin leads a successful team at The Clear, a cannabis concentrates brand with products that include THC and CBD vaporizer…

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Jesse Peters

CEO, Eco Firma Farms

Jesse founded Eco Firma Farms, a licensed cannabis producer in Oregon, operating since 2012. He works closely on brand development,…

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Derek Peterson

CEO, Terra Tech

Derek founded Terra Tech in 2012. The publicly traded, vertically integrated, cannabis-focused agriculture company has created brands in both cannabis…

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Keegan Peterson

Founder & CEO, Wurk

Keegan founded Wurk, a Colorado-based workforce-management company for the cannabis sector, in 2015. He brought together technology solutions and an…

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Richard Clark Kaufman, PhD

Chief Science Officer, NanoSphere Health Sciences

Richard co-founded NanoSphere Health Sciences, a Denver-based biotech company that manufactures nano-sized and encapsulated infused cannabis products, in 2015. He…

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Amanda Reiman

Amanda Reiman, PhD

Vice President of Community Relations, Flow Kana

Amanda oversees community outreach and social responsibility programs for Flow Kana, a California-based branded distribution company that works exclusively with…

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April Pride

Founder & CCO, Van der Pop

April founded Van der Pop, a cannabis lifestyle brand for discerning women, in 2016 and oversees the creative direction and…

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Kim Rivers

Kim Rivers

CEO, Trulieve

As CEO, Kim has worked to ensure that Florida-based Trulieve provides quality medical marijuana products and top-notch customer service. Trulieve…

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Brett Roper

Co-founder & CEO, Medicine Man Technologies

Brett is an adviser to many companies and investors in the cannabis industry. He and his team have worked extensively…

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Jennifer M. Sanders

Founder & CEO, CNS Equity Partners

Jennifer founded CNS Equity Partners, a boutique private equity launched in 2015 to acquire and manage assets in the holistic…

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Irie Selkirk

Market Actuator, Emblem Cannabis

In her role with Emblem, a fully integrated cannabis production, patient healthcare and cannabinoid-based pharmaceutical company in Canada, Irie explores…

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Gene Simmons

Co-founder of KISS & Chief Evangelist Officer of Invictus

Gene is a serial entrepreneur and international rock legend, having co-founded the band KISS as well as restaurants, consumer products…

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Christine Smith

Founder & CEO, Grön Chocolate

Christine founded Oregon-based edibles maker Grön Chocolate in 2014 and has presided over its rapid growth. The company, which hasn’t…

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Sean Stiefel

Founder & Portfolio Manager, Navy Capital

Sean founded Navy Capital in 2014 and currently manages its Green Fund, a public equity fund dedicated to investing in…

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Jesse Taylor

Director of Business Development, Cannabistry Labs

Jesse is the director of business development for Cannabistry Labs, a research and development firm for retail cannabis infused products.…

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Nicholas Vita

CEO, Columbia Care

Nicholas co-founded Columbia Care in New York in 2013. Under Nicholas, Columbia Care has developed one of the largest portfolios…

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Nancy Whiteman

Founder & CEO, Wana Brands

Nancy founded Wana Brands, a cannabis edibles and extracts company, in 2010. The firm’s products are sold in Colorado, Nevada,…

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Tamar Wise

Tamar Wise

Partner, Plant Consulting Group

As partner at Plant Consulting Group, Tamar works with clients in the cannabis industry in various capacities including product research…

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