“The presenters were top notch and exceeded my expectations.”
— Cindy V., Alberta, Canada

The speaker submission process is now OPEN for MJBizConNext taking place in New Orleans, May 9-11, 2018.  MJBizConNEXT will provide a platform to advance the marijuana industry by discussing forward-looking issues, trends, technologies, new markets and strategies to take your business to the next level.

Complete the form here to apply to speak at MJBizConNEXT! The deadline to submit is December 15, 2017.

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Note: The speaker submission process is now closed for MJBizCon taking place in Las Vegas, November 15-17, 2017.


Fall 2017 Keynote Speakers Include:

Keynote Speakers

George Blankenship

Former Executive
Tesla Motors, Apple Computer and Gap

Jeanne Sullivan

Co-founder, Chief Inspiration Officer
StarVest Partners, Sullivan Adventures

Chris Walsh

Vice President, Editorial & Strategic Development
Marijuana Business Daily

Kenneth T. Walsh

Chief White House Correspondent
U.S. News & World Report
Confirmed Speaker List

Ryan Abernathy

President & CEO – X-Tracted Laboratories
Ryan is regarded as a pioneer in the concentrates market, refining safe techniques for extractors and helping regulators shape rules for processing with hydrocarbons. He co-founded X-Tracted Laboratories in 2010, a Washington-based producer and distributor of several top concentrate brands including Refine Seattle, The Clear Concentrates WA, and Northwest Concentrates. Prior to the cannabis industry, Ryan spent 17 years in the action sports industry, working closely with specialty retailers and manufacturers to provide a high-end customer experience.

Seth Adler

Host – Cannabis Economy
Seth is an event moderator and has been hosting the Cannabis Economy podcast for nearly three years, chronicling personal conversations with cannabis business leaders from around the world. His 20 years of production experience includes international events, music showcases at the historic CBGB, and bringing the former greatest show on earth – Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey – to town.

Vahan Ajamian

Equity Research Analyst – Beacon Securities
Vahan covers the cannabis industry for Beacon Securities, a full-service independent investment dealer in Canada offering institutional equity, institutional debt and advisory services across numerous sectors. In his current capacity, Vahan publishes research reports on specific companies, industry trends and developments. Previously, he spent seven years in equity research at TD Securities.

Nadeem Al-Hasan

Co-founder – Baked Bros
Nadeem co-founded the Arizona-based edibles manufacturer Baked Bros in 2014. Under his guidance, the company developed award-winning syrups and gummies as well as its own comprehensive budtender training program. Previously, Nadeem was a dedicated caregiver and spent time in Washington state to learn cultivation techniques on a much larger scale.

Amy Andrle

Co-owner – L'Eagle Services
Amy co-owns Denver-based L’Eagle, an all-natural and sustainable recreational dispensary and cultivation facility founded in 2010. She has aimed to stand out from the pack by providing a clean product while also investing the time to educate consumers on the intricacies of the cannabis plant. Prior to entering the cannabis industry, Amy was an executive at a cultural art organization.

Louis Barré

President – Cannab Intel
Louis founded Cannab Intel in 2016 to help companies navigate and position themselves within the Canadian cannabis industry. Louis has worked with international investors, clinical practitioners, regulators, universities, LP applicants and start-ups. He also founded a company that provides locking storage solutions for medication and cannabis. Previously, Louis was the CEO, vice president and director of multiple Canadian organizations at the provincial, national and international levels with a primary focus in the health sector.

Aubrey Belisle

Co-founder & Owner – Pure Cannabis Consulting
Aubrey has been assisting cannabis businesses in California, Colorado, Oregon and other states with general compliance, inventory management and standard operating procedures for over three years. She has submitted more than 100 successful retail and medical marijuana license applications and renewals. Her background includes self-propelled business ventures, real estate, content writing and retail/office management.

Julie Berliner

Founder & CEO – Sweet Grass Kitchen
Julie founded the Denver-based edibles company Sweet Grass Kitchen in 2009, specializing in cannabutter-based edibles. The company’s products – which are now in over 500 dispensaries throughout Colorado - are infused with single strain, full-flower cannabis to ensure consistency. Julie has served on multiple state workgroups and helped develop policies on serving size, potency levels, packaging and labeling.

George Blankenship

Former Executive – Tesla Motors, Apple Computer and Gap
George has 30 years of retail, international strategy and real estate experience at major international companies. He served as the senior executive of real estate at Apple, where he formulated and executed one of the most triumphant retail growth strategies in history and is widely recognized as the architect of Apple’s brand-building retail method. He also served in executive roles at Tesla Motors, where he redefined the car-buying experience and revolutionized the auto industry. Previously at Gap, George managed the growth of over 250 stores per year while establishing an energy-efficient, environmentally forward-thinking retail growth practice. His uniquely innovative processes have transformed secure, status quo organizations into forward-thinking and dynamic players of the future. George has also meaningfully redefined the purpose and importance of a superior customer experience in contemporary markets, honed and refined corporate values and deeply strengthened customer loyalty.

AC Braddock

CEO – Eden Labs
AC became CEO of the extraction technology firm Eden Labs in 2009. She has guided the company through exponential growth and has been at the forefront of extraction in the marijuana industry. Previously, AC was a manufacturing manager and a sales and marketing director.

Justin Braune

Consultant & CEO – Made by Science
Justin is an industry consultant focused on preparing companies for seed and series A investments. Recently he became CEO of the cannabis science and technology firm Made by Science, which strives to create safer and more efficient and accurate ways of delivering THC and CBD with higher efficacy and customizable onsets. Previously, Justin was with StarGreen Capital, a marijuana-focused investment firm, and served in executive roles for several other cannabis firms.

Michael Bronstein

Founder – Bronstein & Weaver
Michael co-founded Bronstein & Weaver, a political consulting and lobbying firm. He has worked with hemp clients for over four years and co-founded the American Association for Cannabis & Hemp, where he also chaired the organization's Pennsylvania legislative campaign. Michael is currently working with government agencies and officials in Pennsylvania on the commercial expansion of hemp. Previously, he worked for the British Labour Party and in the House of Commons as a parliamentary researcher.

Jenna Butterfield

National Sales Manager – Organa Brands
Jenna handles oversight and growth of the national licensee program – including training sales teams and managing the flow of products – for Organa Brands, the parent company of OpenVape, Bakked, Magic Buzz and District Edibles. The company has 11 labs and offices in 10 states in the U.S. with products distributed domestically and internationally, making it one of the largest privately held cannabis companies. Previously, Jenna worked in sales and strategy at several startups and Fortune 300 companies.

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 compliance issues. He works with cannabis businesses creating corporate structures to minimize taxation, asset protection and other corporate issues. Robert is the author of several cannabis themed books including "The Marijuana Business Licensing Guide.”

Graciela Castillo-Krings

Deputy Legislative Secretary – Governor Jerry Brown
Graciela Castillo-Krings, has been a Deputy Legislative Secretary for Governor Jerry Brown since 2014. In her capacity in the Governor’s office, she works on cannabis legislation and implementation. Prior to working in the Governor’s Office, Castillo-Krings was a director of legislative affairs at the California Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery and working in California State Assembly. She has over 15 years of legislative experience.

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 permitting, business plans and investment opportunities. He has over 20 years of experience in the industry and is a master cultivator and patient advocate who provides leadership to existing and emerging cannabis business entrepreneurs.

Jim Chrzan

VP Brand Development – Packaging World Magazine
Jim launched Healthcare Packaging magazine in print in 2006, and the publication now has 18,500 readers in the U.S. and 16,000 internationally on the web. The magazine covers everything from serialization, regulatory compliance and packaging and processing machinery to package design and materials science. Previously, Jim taught a packaging design roadshow for three years.

Michael J. Correia

Director of Government Relations – National Cannabis Industry Association
Michael is the director of government relations for NCIA, a national cannabis trade association, where he works with Congress to build support and awareness of NCIA's priority issues and works to increase the cannabis industry's profile nationally. Prior to joining NCIA, Michael spent many years working on Capitol Hill and previously as director of federal affairs for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and senior project manager for the Committee for Responsible Federal Budget.

Josh Crossney

President & Founder – jCanna
Josh founded Maryland-based jCanna in 2015 to advance cannabis science, analytical testing and personalized medicine. He later founded the annual Cannabis Science Conference in 2016, and he organizes a full-day Analytical Cannabis Symposium at PITTCON, a leading conference and exposition on laboratory science. Josh has a background in analytical science recruiting and event planning. He is a contributing author for multiple publications, including The Analytical Scientist.

Natalie Cupps DiBlasi

Co-founder & Executive Director-Digital Marketing, Media & Strategy – LACED Agency
Natalie co-founded Laced Agency in California in 2002, producing media and social media campaigns, websites and social and mobile apps. She brings to the cannabis industry 17 years of experience in advertising, branding, marketing and project management. Under her leadership, Laced Agency has become an award-winning firm with clients that include Bosh North America, Home Depot and Sony Home Entertainment.

Ben Curren

CEO – Green Bits
Ben co-founded Green Bits – a California company that provides point-of-sale and inventory-management software to retail marijuana businesses – in 2014. The business now serves over 700 customers in seven states. Ben has developed a model and best practices for fundraising campaigns, landing more than $14 million since 2008 from top Silicon Valley investors, including Sequoia Capital, First Round Capital and Shasta Ventures. Ben previously co-founded Outright in 2008, an online bookkeeping program that he eventually sold to GoDaddy.

Siobhan D. Darwish

Owner – Blessed Coast Farms
Siobhan and her husband founded Blessed Coast Farms in Humboldt County, California in June 2016. The family run company operates a 10,000-square-foot commercial organic cannabis cultivation and processing facility that employs sustainable farming techniques. Siobhan is a second-generation cannabis farmer and has been growing marijuana for over 15 years, with a vision of supporting small family farms in the industry.

Nic Easley

CEO – 3C Consulting
As the head of 3C, Nic has helped more than 75 clients design, start up, build and optimize their cultivation and commercial cannabis operations. He has a scientific background with 10 years of cannabis expertise and 15 years of direct agricultural experience. Nic holds degrees in environmental studies and biology.

Cassandra Farrington

CEO & Co-founder – Marijuana Business Daily
Cassandra heads up the industry-leading daily news website Marijuana Business Daily and its family of content resources for the B2B cannabis marketplace, including two national conferences. Previously a Vice President at Citi, she earned her MBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.

Adam S. Fayne

Partner – Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
Adam is a partner in the tax, corporate and white collar criminal practice groups at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr in the firm’s Chicago office. He has worked with some of the largest cannabis companies nationally and internationally, advising them on corporate structure, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues and fundraising. Previously, Adam was a special assistant U.S. attorney with the Internal Revenue Service.

Tom Fleming

Chairman – Link to Banking
Tom has over 48 years of experience in both the financial services industry and Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) compliance. He previously served as the assistant director for the Office of Compliance at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). In 2015 he formed Link To Banking and partnered with Kind Financial to develop a software solution to enable banks to confidently serve the cannabis industry.

Josh Gerovac

Horticultural Scientist – Fluence Bioengineering
Josh has a decade of experience working in controlled environment agriculture, ranging from growth chambers to commercial greenhouses. At Fluence Bioengineering – a Texas-based company that works to engineer horticulture lighting solutions – he focuses on the influence of light intensity and spectral light quality from sole-source LEDs on growth, morphology and nutrient content of edible, ornamental and medicinal crop production.

Ron Gershoni

CEO & Co-founder – Jetty Extracts
Ron co-founded California-based Jetty Extracts in 2013 and has overseen its growth from a local brand into a well-known extract company with multiple products including wax, oils, tinctures and vape pens. Under Ron’s guidance, Jetty has also collaborated with outside companies to create cannabis-derived, terpene-infused beers and infused toffee. Previously, Ron spent nearly a decade as president of the natural deodorant brand Lavlin.

Andi B. Goldman

Principal – ABG Advisory
Andi has managed $2 billion in institutional investments across numerous industries and is an angel investor in cannabis. She currently consults and advises for an array of cannabis companies nationally. Previously, Andi was CFO then head of corporate finance for FLRish’s cannabis holding company and cultivation operations. She has 20 years of institutional investment experience in private equity and lending, is a chartered financial analyst and was a corporate/securities lawyer.

Bethany Gomez

Director of Research – Brightfield Group
Bethany heads up research at Brightfield Group, a Florida-based firm founded in 2015 that provides strategic market intelligence for entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry. Most recently she and her team partnered with HelloMD to conduct an in-depth analysis – based on a survey of 2,400-plus respondents – on the CBD market, including hemp-derived CBD. Previously, Bethany worked with a market research firm managing syndicated research on industries such as packaged foods, alcoholic drinks and tobacco.

Michael Gorenstein

President, CEO & Chairman – Cronos Group
Mike and his team seek to accelerate growth of medical marijuana companies in Canada and have investments in various licensed producers, with 100% ownership of several vertically integrated companies. Previously he co-founded Alphabet Ventures, a New York based investment vehicle, and was an attorney where he advised on over $100 billion in cross-border and domestic M&A, securities and leveraged finance transactions for clients that included Goldman Sachs and AT&T.

Dean Guske

President – Guske & Company
Dean has over 30 years of experience as a CPA. He is licensed in Washington State and Oregon, and his firm helps over 300 cannabis businesses in numerous states develop tax strategies and best practices.

Daniel Gustafik

President – Hybrid Tech
In 1997, Daniel designed and built his first cannabis Dan founded Oregon-based Hybrid Tech in 2014 to provide design, engineering and consultation services in the cannabis industry. The Hybrid Tech team has completed over 50 projects throughout the U.S. and Canada. Dan has an extensive background in the cannabis, contracting and equipment technology sectors. He designed and built his first cannabis facility in 1997 and has completed over 100 marijuana-related projects in his career.

Jennifer Hanser

Vice President, Global Business Affairs – Tilray
Jennifer focuses on international development of the cannabis industry through supply chain and distribution deals at Tilray, a Canada-based MMJ research and production company that operates a federally licensed medical cannabis cultivation facility. The company provides standardized products across four continents. Jennifer also supports strategic product, marketing, sales and operations initiatives. She began her career on Wall Street and later worked in licensing and product development in roles at AOL, MLB Advanced Media, FIFA, Sony Music and Bitly.

Brendon Hershey

Director of Cultivation – PharmaCann
Brendon joined PharmaCann - a vertically integrated cannabis company - in 2016. He now oversees the company's collective 74,000 square feet of cultivation space in Illinois and New York. He’ll also oversee grow operations in three additional states the company is launching this year. Brendon has over ten years of experience in the horticulture industry and previously worked as a greenhouse operations manager and automation specialist at Pioneer Hybrid, supporting crop genetics research and specializing in greenhouse automation, operations and production efficiency.

Bryan Hill

Founder & Director – Botanica Premium Cannabis
Bryan founded Botanica in Arizona, launching with two medical marijuana dispensaries in 2013. The company now has two cultivation centers, an extraction operation and one main retail hub in Tucson. Prior to entering the cannabis industry, Bryan worked in finance for a major defense company.

Kelsey Hine-Ramsberger

Cannabis Market Champion – Buchi
Kelsey supports cannabis clients for Buchi, a family owned Swiss glass company that provides equipment for concentration, purification, process and analysis. She focuses on working with project teams to develop applications for the marijuana industry. Previously, Kelsey was employed by Agilent, working with chemists to help improve their chromatography’s resolution, run times and efficiency. She holds a Master’s of Science in Chemistry.

Robert T. Hoban

Managing Partner – Hoban Law Group
Bob launched Hoban Law Group in 2009 and now has attorneys in over a dozen states and abroad representing private and publicly held companies. His specialties include marijuana and hemp-based business operations, related litigation and regulatory counsel. Bob has litigated nearly every aspect of Colorado’s Marijuana Code and has closed over 300 marijuana-related business transactions.

Lynn Honderd

CEO – Mary's Medicinals
Lynn co-founded Colorado-based Mary’s Medicinals in 2013 to provide pharmaceutical-grade cannabis products, including transdermal patches and pens, tablets, topicals, protein powder and tinctures. The company’s products can now be found in seven states, with more on the horizon. Lynn has over 15 years of experience in business development and previously held a variety of senior finance positions at organizations including Bank of America and UBS Paine Webber.

Jesce Horton

Co-founder & Board Chairman – Minority Cannabis Business Association
In 2014, Jesce founded the Oregon cannabis cultivation company Panacea Valley Gardens and co-founded the dispensary Panacea. In 2016, he began development on Saints Cannabis, a vertically integrated marijuana campus. Jesce also co-founded the Minority Cannabis Business Association, which now has members in over 35 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Island and Canada. Previously, Jesce worked nearly seven years at Siemens USA holding positions in various roles including sales, finance, field service engineering and global strategy.

Ana Hory

CEO – Element of Choice, Enlucem
Ana has over 15 years of expertise in creating products that deliver on consumers' needs and now heads California-based Element of Choice, which aims to bring innovation and high-quality cannabis brands to market. She is also the founder and CEO of Enlucem, a wellness community where users share how cannabis has helped them. Previously, Ana led a business unit at Belkin International responsible for creating award-winning tablet keyboards by understanding consumer behavior.

Wendy Hulton

Senior Attorney – Dickinson Wright
Wendy is the Canadian leader of Dickinson Wright’s cross-border cannabis practice group and has been providing cannabis related advice since the 1990s, when industrial hemp regulations were introduced in Canada. In addition to offering regulatory guidance in the U.S. and Canada, Wendy and her team provide corporate, financing, real estate, investing, lobbying and intellectual property advice in the cannabis industry. Wendy has over 25 years of experience solving product-related regulatory challenges.

Jeanette Jacknin, MD

Dr. Jacknin’s Skincare – Entrepreneur, Consultant & Dermatologist
Jeanette is a holistic dermatologist in California. Previously she had a natural skin care line and has been heavily immersed in the research of hemp, CBD and cannabis topical products as well as the science behind botanical cosmeceuticals. She authored the book “Smart Medicine for Your Skin” and has contributed to publications including Redbook, Fortune, In Style and the Dermatology Times. Jeanette also was the beauty advisor to Neutrogena Naturals for four years.

Andy Joseph

President – Apeks Supercritical
In 2001, Andy founded Apeks Supercritical, an Ohio-based manufacturer of fully automated subcritical and supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) botanical oil extraction systems. He and his team have installed more than 500 CO2 extraction systems in over 30 states. With an extensive background as an engineer and skilled fabricator, he directs the company’s leadership team, communicates the vision for the company and helps the engineers perfect their craft.

Mark June-Wells, Ph.D.

Principal – Sativum Consulting Group
Mark joined Connecticut Pharmaceutical Solutions, a medical marijuana producer in 2013, as director of supercritical fluid extraction and essential oil production. Since then he has engineered cannabinoid extraction efficiency and tracking programs, developed one of the largest production databases in the United States, and created repeatable production methods informed by rigorous data collection. Mark is now the principal owner of Sativum Consulting Group and holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, where he specialized in botany and trained at the graduate level in chemistry and statistical analysis.

Allison Hope Justice

Vice President, Cultivation – OutCo Labs
Allison is a transplant from the ornamental sector of horticulture, bringing her expertise to OutCo Labs, a licensed cultivation, extraction, distribution and dispensary operation in San Diego County. The company also grows cannabis on Indian tribal lands. Through research, Allison and OutCo strive to standardize cannabis cultivation in indoor and greenhouse settings.

Pete Kadens

CEO – Green Thumb Industries
Pete is the director and CEO of Green Thumb Industries (GTI), which has 15 cultivation and retail licenses in five states including Nevada, Illinois and Pennsylvania. He has started three companies over the past 13 years, including SoCore Energy, a commercial solar company that grew operations across 17 states and was sold in 2013 to Edison International. Pete is also CEO of Purpose Investors, investing in businesses that have significant social impact.

Saul Kaye

CEO & Founder – iCAN: Israel Cannabis
Saul founded iCAN in 2015 to establish a platform to bring Israeli scientific knowledge and technology to global cannabis markets. The company operates in various sectors globally including lab testing, product development and international cannabis conferences. Saul also is an adviser to the Knesset Caucus for Medical Cannabis, a licensed pharmacist and has founded multiple companies including a global pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution platform.

Jerry W. King

Adjunct Professor, Chairman – University of Arkansas, Critical Fluid Symposia
Jerry is currently conducting research and development for projects involving foods, nutraceuticals and hemp at the University of Arkansas. He is also a consultant and program evaluator for government and industrial programs in supercritical fluid technology in Canada, Taiwan, New Zealand, France, Chile and the United States. Jerry has over 55 years of experience in supercritical fluid technology, chemical separations, chromotography, applied chemical engineering and chemistry.

Julie Kowalski, Ph.D.

Director of Science and Research – Trace Analytics
Julie collaborated on projects with Trace Analytics, a Washington-based cannabis testing laboratory, before joining the company in 2017. She now heads up science and research with a primary focus on developing and managing the research component of the organization. Julie previously served as the president of the North American Chemical Residue Workshop and currently sits on two AOAC expert review panels.

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. Kris also serves as a principal and managing partner at 4Front Advisors, a medical marijuana dispensary consulting firm that has procured 44 dispensary and cultivation licenses in seven states.

Scott Kuzdal, Ph.D.

Director of Marketing – Shimadzu Scientific Instruments
Scott oversees marketing strategies at Shimadzu, an analytical instrument manufacturer in Japan that provides instruments for research and development and high-precision physical testing and measuring technologies. He currently serves on the Editorial Review Board of Proteomics and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Cannabis Science Conference. Scott has directed toxicology and therapeutic drug monitoring labs at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and co-founded and directed the Johns Hopkins Center for Biomarker Discovery.

Chris Leavy

Co-chairman & Partner – MedMen
Chris is the co-chairman of the investment committee overseeing the investment strategy at MedMen, a cannabis firm in Los Angeles with operations across North America. He has more than two decades of experience in asset management with senior roles at Morgan Stanley, OppenheimerFunds and BlackRock, where he oversaw $115 billion of fundamental equities. Chris is also the founder of NetPost Capital Advisors and was recognized by Barron’s as a “Top 100 Fund Manager.”

Emily Leongini

Associate – Arent Fox
Emily is part of Arent Fox’s FDA practice group, where she focuses on a variety of highly regulated products including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, dietary supplements, foods, alcoholic beverages, and cannabis. She counsels clients in the cannabis industry on licensing and permitting requirements, labeling and promotional review and good manufacturing practices, among other areas. Previously, Emily worked at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for nearly six years.

Shanel Lindsay

President & Founder – Ardent
Shanel founded the Boston-based biotech company Ardent in 2013 to develop products for the marijuana industry. Most recently, she and the Ardent team developed a precision decarboxylation technology that allows patients and dispensaries to create accurately dosed cannabis therapies. Shanel is a drafter of Massachusetts’ recreational marijuana law and founding member and co-chair of the Northeast Cannabis Coalition. Prior to the cannabis industry, she had a career as a civil litigator for Fortune 500 companies.

Bruce Linton

CEO – Canopy Growth
Bruce founded the diversified cannabis company Canopy Growth in Ontario in 2015 after previously co-founding the licensed marijuana producer Tweed Marijuana in 2012. Canopy was the first cannabis producer in North America to be listed on a major stock exchange and included on a major stock index. Bruce has led six M&A transactions valued over $500 million total since founding Canopy. Previously, he held executive positions at and co-founded multiple companies.

Michael Liszewski

Principal – The Enact Group
Michael founded The Enact Group in 2017 providing lobbying, policy advising, consulting, and technical writing services for organizations including the Drug Policy Alliance and Students for Sensible Drug Policy. Previously, he was the government affairs and policy director for Americans for Safe Access where he was instrumental in the lobbying efforts to pass the Rohrabacher medical marijuana amendment, and first articulated the legal theory that has enabled the protection from federal prosecution.

Chanda Macias, Ph.D.

Owner & General Manager – National Holistic Healing Center
Chanda founded National Holistic Healing Center in Washington DC in 2013. The dispensary provides education and medical marijuana to qualifying patients and designated caregivers. She assists with dosages and strain alignment according to specific aliments and continues to work to find innovative ways to meet the population’s needs with healthcare solutions. Previously, Chanda worked for Colgate Palmolive researching oral diseases and contributed to the launch of several billion-dollar brands including Total toothpaste.

Jim Makoso

Vice President & Co-founder – Lucid Labs
In 2015, Jim founded Lucid Labs, an essential oil extraction and refinery business focused on cannabis processing using a scientific approach. He was one of the original investors and later Vice President of the vaporizer company Vuber Technologies. Previously, Jim served as a licensed finance and investment professional in New York and Miami at several investment banks and brokerage firms.

Kyle Marshall

CEO – Morsel Brands
Kyle has been developing infused products since the age of 18 and founded Morsel Brands in 2009. The company now has affordable, pesticide-free edibles in over 200 dispensaries in California. Kyle currently develops products that are 100% pre-compliant with upcoming state regulations and are triple laboratory tested. He also ensures the company gives back to the community and provides medicine to compassion programs such as Weed for Warriors and Sweetleaf Collective.

Matt Maurer

Chair, Cannabis Law Group – Minden Gross
Matt provides business and regulatory advice to a range of cannabis industry stakeholders including licensed producers, applicants and foreign businesses wishing to enter the Canadian market or partner with Canadian cannabis businesses. With over a decade of experience, his practice also focuses on litigating real estate, business and commercial disputes.

Lilach Mazor Power

Founder & Managing Director – Giving Tree Wellness Center
Lilach co-founded Giving Tree Wellness Center in Arizona in 2013. The company has two dispensary locations – which also provide massages, acupuncture and other alternative healing services ¬¬– a 15,000-square-foot extraction facility and a cultivation site. Lilach manages business development, fiscal responsibility and the company’s grow facility. She has also teamed up with top cannabis researchers from around the world, including in her native country of Israel, to produce high-quality medicine.

Eli McVey

B2B Analyst – Marijuana Business Daily
Eli has been a researcher throughout his career and now heads up data analysis at Marijuana Business Daily. He was the lead researcher and writer of the Marijuana Business Factbook 2017 and handles weekly data-driven charts on the company’s news website. Previously he worked as an analyst for Nielsen, where he provided analysis to the company’s retail clients for use in pricing, promotion and assortment decisions. He’s also been a consultant for data companies in the cannabis industry.

Sumit Mehta

Partner – Mazakali
As a partner at California-based Mazakali, Sumit provides comprehensive consulting services to emerging and established entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry. He also works as the finance and strategy consultant to The Arcview Group and is the managing partner of Emerald Ventures - an investor in the cannabis space since 2013. Previously, Sumit spent nearly two decades in financial capital markets, working for various companies including J.P. Morgan Securities.

Darwin Millard

Industrial Hemp Liaison – ASTM International - Committee D37
Darwin was appointed the industrial hemp liaison for the ASTM International Committee D37 on Cannabis where he is responsible for engaging with industrial hemp stakeholders from around the world and encouraging their support and participation in ASTM’s standards development process. He co-founded Plant Consulting Group in 2015 to help clients develop cost-effective and efficient methods for manufacturing cannabis-based goods. Previously, Darwin led the team that developed the Dixie Botanicals brand of hemp-based cannabidiol products and chaired the Hemp Industries Association’s Cannabinoid Committee.

Chris Mitchem

CEO – Diem Cannabis
As CEO of a vertically integrated marijuana producer and retailer in Oregon, Chris focuses on business development and building a talented team. His efforts have helped the company boost monthly revenue and record 244% profit margin growth via vertical integration. Chris hails from the corporate world, where he managed businesses that generated $20 million annually for a Fortune 500 medical technology company.

Peggy Moore

Partner & CEO – Love's Oven
Peggy founded Love’s Oven in 2011, guiding the company to become a leading Colorado producer of marijuana-infused baked goods, candies and concentrates. She has direct oversight of the kitchen operations and ultimate responsibility for all facets of the company. Peggy has been instrumental in creating an operating model that has supported a 1,200% increase in sales since 2013. Previously, she had a 33-year mergers and acquisitions career at United Health Group.

Bob Morgan

Special Counsel – Much Shelist, P.C.
Bob was the first coordinator of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Program in 2013. In that capacity, he was responsible for developing and implementing a regulatory framework for the use of marijuana by eligible patients. He is currently special counsel at Much Shelist law firm, where he advises businesses and governments on regulatory issues surrounding medical and adult-use cannabis laws.

James Ott

CEO – Precision Cultivation
James founded Colorado-based Precision Cultivation in 2015 to provide business, cultivation and management services to the agriculture industry and cannabis growers. He studied industrial production systems at Harvard and has a 30+ year career in agriculture in the U.S. and internationally. James previously founded Precision Foods, a nutrition analysis company that was sold to Monsanto.

Steve Ottersberg

Owner – Green Lab Solutions
Steve founded Green Lab Solutions in Colorado in 2015 to provide analytical testing services to the food, beverage, nutraceutical, agricultural, medical marijuana and hemp industries. He formulated products for support of cancer patients previously, working with physicians to change the paradigm of oncology nutrition, including cannabinoid medicine. Steve also managed a lab for several years, taught college chemistry and had a career in pharmaceutical sales.

Alfredo Pascual

International Consultant
Alfredo is a consultant based in Germany specializing in international cannabis markets and regulations. He worked for International Cannabis Corp. (ICC) in Uruguay - a licensed integrated cannabis company that produces, researches and markets marijuana for medical and recreational uses - until September 2017, with a primary focus on developing expansion opportunities internationally. Prior to the cannabis industry, he worked for different think tanks in Europe.

Morgan Paxhia

Managing Director – Poseidon Asset Management
Morgan co-founded the cannabis-focused hedge fund Poseidon Asset Management in 2013. He has helped the firm cement investments in 40 companies across technology, data analytics, agtech, real estate, media, biotech, cultivation and industrial hemp processing. Morgan also has created frameworks for analysis based on specific metrics to diversify risk for investors. He began his investment career in asset management with UBS.

Inbar Maymon Pomeranchik, Ph.D.

Founder – BioDiligence
Inbar founded BioDiligence, a group of biotech professionals consulting with biotech companies and investors. She is also an investment consultant in Israel specializing in the global medical cannabis industry. Inbar is responsible for the scientific due diligence for investors in a large number of startups and contributes to the closing of investments. She holds a Ph.D. in plant sciences molecular biology and has an extensive biotech background.

Patrick Rea

CEO & Co-founder – CanopyBoulder
Patrick is a 17-year veteran of startups, growth companies and big corporate entities. He now runs CanopyBoulder, a seed-stage, mentorship-driven business accelerator and investment fund that has made over 80 investments in the cannabis industry. Previously, Patrick worked in venture capital, investment banking, strategic consulting and B2B media and events in the natural products industry.

Kyra Reed

Founder – Markyr Digital
Kyra founded the California-based social media strategy company Markyr Digital in 2008. She is a veteran of the social media industry and a community-focused brand innovator working with a variety of industries, including the cannabis sector. In 2012, Kyra was named a social media pioneer by Entrepreneur magazine for her work spearheading the revitalization of the iconic Roxy Theater and the Sunset Strip. She’s also CEO of Kadin Academy, which provides cannabis business courses for female entrepreneurs.

Amanda Reiman

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 small sun-grown, organic farmers. She’s also helping to develop programming at the Flow Cannabis Institute, a cannabis campus that incorporates cannabis business with education and consumer experience in a winery-like environment. Previously Amanda was the manager of marijuana law and policy for the Drug Policy Alliance and the director of research and patient services at Berkeley Patients Group

Amanda Rigdon

Chief Technical Officer – Emerald Scientific
Amanda heads up the technical direction – including product offerings and partnerships – of Emerald Scientific, which delivers cannabis-specific laboratory supplies and equipment and also introduced the first series of proficiency tests in the marijuana industry. Previously, Amanda spent nine years at Restek developing applications, seminars and technical literature for various industries, including the cannabis analytics sector.

Laura Day Rivero

Operations Manager – Yerba Buena
Laura oversees operations at Yerba Buena, a cultivation facility that was among the first recreationally licensed farms in Oregon. She currently focuses on sustainability efforts and developing standards for best practices. Laura has worked in the cannabis industry for over 20 years in various states and has designed and implemented successful business models from dispensaries to cultivation operations. She also serves as Vice Chair on the Board of the Cannabis Certification Council, a non-profit dedicated to establishing standards for organically produced cannabis using fair labor practices.

Markus Roggen

Vice President, Extraction – OutCo Labs
Markus leads extraction at OutCo Labs, a licensed cultivation, extraction, distribution and dispensary operation in San Diego County. As the company’s head chemist, he oversees all processing, production, testing and formulation of cannabis products. Previously, Markus established a cannabis testing laboratory and built a facility for large-volume supercritical CO2 extraction.

Chad Rosen

Founder – Victory Hemp Foods
Chad founded Victory Hemp Foods in Kentucky in 2014 to grow and process sustainable hemp grain in the form of organic oil, protein powder, flour and de-hulled seeds. He is committed to bringing hemp into the rural economy and was invited by the White House to represent Kentucky at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Chad is board president of the Kentucky Hemp Industry Association and a board member for the Organic Association of Kentucky.

Paul Rosen

Director – iAnthus Capital Holdings
Paul joined the New York-based publicly traded investment bank iAnthus Capital – which has pumped money into several MMJ businesses – in 2016. He has made investments and/or provided advisory to emerging cannabis businesses in multiple jurisdictions including Canada, the United States, Israel, Jamaica, Uruguay, Germany and Morocco. Previously, Paul co-founded PharmaCan Capital – now called The Cronos Group – and served as its president and CEO for three years.

Jonathan Rubin

CEO – Cannabis Benchmarks
Jonathan co-founded New Leaf Data Services and its Cannabis Benchmarks division in 2015 to provide financial, business and industry data for the marijuana industry. He has over 25 years of experience in regulated and unregulated commodity markets, including 15 years in commodity data services. For over a decade Jonathan was a consultant to diversified energy clients advising on strategic positioning and operational efficiency.

Matthew Sampson

Founder & CEO – North Coast Growers
Matt currently runs North Coast Growers in Washington state. This year he and his team won a Dope Cup for both Best Nose Flower and Best Hybrid Flower, as well as 7 out of the 13 flower categories at the Terpestival. Previously, he founded IHS, a wholesale horticulture supply business, and Feed Your Farm, a company that builds commercial grain sprouting systems for dairy farmers.

Alyssa B. Samuel

In-House Attorney – MJardin Management
Alyssa has worked in the cannabis industry since 2011 and joined MJardin in 2017 as an independent contractor assisting with applications. She now provides regulatory analysis for the company – which provides turnkey cultivation management services including licensure support, facility design, and day to day management - and works on application submissions and licensing in multiple states. Previously Alyssa provided legal counsel in the marijuana industry on an array of issues ranging from licensing and regulatory enforcement defense to civil litigation.

Mali Sanati

Sales Manager – LeafLink
Mali joined LeafLink – a business-to-business marketplace for the cannabis industry – in 2016 as the company’s first salesperson. She has been instrumental in LeafLink’s rapid growth, helping lead efforts to sign up 150 cannabis brands that sell to more than 1,000 retailers across five states. Currently, she manages sales for the Rocky Mountain and West territories, working with numerous industry-leading brands. Mali has worked in B2B cannabis sales for more than three years and has developed a deep understanding of how to sell to marijuana brands and retailers.

Jennifer Sanders

Founder & Director, Risk Management & Strategy – CNS Equity Partners
Jennifer founded CNS Equity Partners, a boutique private equity launched in 2015 to acquire and manage assets in the holistic health and alternative agriculture industries. She specializes in international cannabis and hemp investment regulatory compliance and enterprise risk management. Jennifer has 15 years of leadership experience and is a board member of The Green Heart Foundation, a non-profit that educates the public on the health benefits of hemp and cannabis.

Meg Sanders

Owner – Mindful
Meg has been with Mindful, a cannabis producer and infused products manufacturer, since the company’s inception in 2010. She has played a significant role in its meteoric growth, now operating medical and recreational dispensaries throughout Colorado and soon Illinois. Meg was a key part of the establishment of regulations in Colorado and still assists local and state regulators seeking input for systems related to tracking, growing and selling cannabis.

Steve Schuman

Managing Director – Halley Venture Partners
Steve founded California-based Halley Venture Partners in January 2017. The investment firm focuses on ancillary cannabis companies and on building businesses in the hemp and traditional agriculture spaces. Steve has 15 years of public and private equity investment experience in agriculture and was a senior analyst and portfolio manager for Passport Capital, a multi-billion-dollar investment management firm. Prior to Passport, he was a senior sell-side equity analyst at Prudential Equity Group.

Mindy Segal

Chef & Consultant – Mindy’s Edibles by Cresco Labs
Mindy partnered with Illinois-based cultivator Cresco Labs in 2015 to create a line of cannabis infused sweets called Mindy’s Edibles, which are now in over 50 dispensaries throughout Illinois. She is also the owner of Hot Chocolate Restaurant and Hot Chocolate Bakery. Mindy apprenticed at top-notch culinary kitchens throughout her career including Spago, Charlie Trotter’s, Ambria and MK. In 2012, she was awarded the prestigious James Beard Foundation award for outstanding pastry chef.

Brooke Sinclair

CEO – Bloomfield
Brooke founded California-based Bloomfield in 2016 under a co-op model to help other boutique farmers bring their product to the cannabis market. Bloomfield has a strict certification program for its farmers and specializes in organic, medical-grade cannabis and quality niche products. Brooke oversees all office and cultivation site operations. She previously founded the Sierra Bloom Collective and remains its lead cultivator.

Christine Smith

Founder & CEO – Grön Chocolate
Christine founded the Oregon-based edibles maker Grön Chocolate in 2014 and has presided over its rapid growth. The company, which hasn’t taken any outside funding, now has 20 employees and products in more than 300 dispensaries throughout Oregon. Prior to entering the cannabis sector, Christine mastered the art of making chocolate and had a 20-year career as an architect.

Keren Sookne

Director of Editorial Content – Healthcare Packaging Magazine
Keren is director of editorial content for Healthcare Packaging Magazine, which educates readers on packaging machinery, materials and other topics tied to medical products. She has a bachelor’s in chemical engineering and spent years as a manufacturing engineer in biopharmaceutical production. With unique experience in both manufacturing and science communications, Keren is passionate about helping the cannabis industry deliver safe, high-quality products through smart and often-overlooked packaging decisions.

Noah Stokes

Founder & CEO – CannaGuard Security
Noah and his team provide security systems for licensed growers and retailers and have worked with over 4,000 companies nationwide, completing over 400 installs with a 100% inspection approval rate. Noah helped craft rules and regulations for recreational marijuana in Oregon. In 2016, he founded The Cannabis Distribution Company, a licensed wholesale/distribution business in Oregon currently delivering to over 330 retailers in the state.

Jeanne Sullivan

Co-founder, Chief Inspiration Officer – StarVest Partners, Sullivan Adventures
Jeanne is considered a pioneer in the New York angel investment community and has been funding companies for nearly 30 years, including during the dot-com boom and bust. In 1998, she co-founded StarVest, a tech-focused venture capital firm with $400 million under management. She brought her expertise to the cannabis world in 2014 by starting Sullivan Adventures, an advisory and investing vehicle for both tech and marijuana companies. Prior to forming StarVest, Jeanne was managing director at Olivetti Ventures, where she invested in numerous growth-stage tech companies in Silicon Valley and Boston.

Wendy Taheri, Ph.D.

Founder & Chief Science Officer – MycoCann
Wendy and her team at Georgia-based MycoCann work to create science-driven solutions for cannabis cultivators. Most recently, she created non-toxic, environmentally friendly products to help boost yields. Wendy, a former USDA scientist, is a professional researcher currently studying plant-microbe interactions emphasizing plant and soil/media health for a pest-resistant crop.

Sam Thoman

Chief of Business Development – Strawberry Fields
Sam is the chief of business development for the Colorado-based cultivation company Strawberry Fields as well as the general manager of its two-acre greenhouse. He has helped develop new production methods to create a more efficient greenhouse. Sam currently oversees the cultivation, production and wholesale of 300 pounds of product throughout Colorado every week.

Lisa Thomas

Managing Director & Associate Director of Research – Cowen
Lisa oversees an award-winning team of investment analysts at the New York-based investment firm Cowen. She has been instrumental in the advancement of Cowen's role as the first leading Wall Street investment bank with research coverage of the cannabis industry. Lisa works with other senior leaders across various departments at Cowen to evaluate strategic opportunities and risks in the cannabis sector. Previously, she was a managing director at Nomura and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Jordan Tishler, MD

President, Chief Medical Officer – InhaleMD
Jordan joined InhaleMD, a Boston medical practice specializing in cannabis therapeutics, in 2015. He is a Harvard-trained holistic care doctor working with cannabis to treat patients. Jordan also works to help elevate medication dosing and safety profiles and establish best practices for bringing new cannabis products to market. He is the treasurer and a board member of Doctors for Cannabis Regulation and the regional director for Society of Cannabis Clinicians. Previously, Jordan was an emergency physician.

Dina Titus

Member of Congress – U.S. House of Representatives
Congresswoman Titus is currently in her fourth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, where she serves the First Congressional District of Nevada. She recently cosponsored bipartisan legislation to amend Section 280E and allow legal marijuana businesses to utilize the federal tax deductions and credits available to all small businesses. Congresswoman Titus is a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the House Foreign Affairs Committee and serves on a number of caucuses.

Stuart Titus, Ph.D.

CEO & President – Medical Marijuana, Inc.
Stuart joined the publicly traded hemp-focused company Medical Marijuana Inc. in 2015 and now oversees a portfolio of subsidiary and investment businesses. Additionally, Stuart co-founded private equity company General Hemp, where he’s managed the growth of companies nationally and internationally, including CannaVest and HempMeds. Previously he worked as a British physiotherapist for over 15 years and on Wall Street as a bond trader for 11 years.

An-Chi Tsou, Ph.D.

Principal – Tsou Consulting
An-Chi founded her public affairs firm in 2016 and specializes in policy and business development in the cannabis and healthcare industries. Previously, she worked as a health committee consultant and legislative director at the state Capitol in California, focusing on several areas, including cannabis issues. An-Chi was also the lead staffer on California’s medical cannabis laws and worked as the senior policy advisor for the state’s Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation.

Steven Turetsky

CEO – Trava
Steven founded Denver-based Trava in 2016 to provide investment and operational management in the hemp and marijuana sectors. His product focus is on hemp-derived CBD and hemp derivatives, and he’s exploring opportunities in Kyrgyzstan and Uganda. He’s also managing director for Trava’s first operations project, Shi Farms – a sustainable hemp initiative in Colorado – and has partnered with University of Colorado and Digipath Labs in Central Asia on a comparative genomics study. Previously, Steve spent three years with Dixie Brands in project and operations management.

Priscilla Vilchis

CEO – Premium Produce
Priscilla founded Premium Produce – a cultivation business in Nevada – in 2014. In addition to her daily responsibilities as CEO, she is focused on creating jobs locally and supporting outreach efforts within the Latino community. Priscilla is currently launching her own cannabis brand and expanding to California. Previously she built and grew several multi-million-dollar businesses.

Nicholas Vita

CEO – Columbia Care
Nicholas co-founded Columbia Care in New York in 2013. The company now operates one of the largest portfolios of cannabis manufacturing facilities and dispensaries in the United States, with operations in seven states as well as Washington DC and Puerto Rico. Nicholas has over 25 years of experience in investing capital, structuring and funding public/private partnerships, providing strategic advisory services and negotiating joint ventures and partnerships in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Chris Walsh

Vice President, Editorial & Strategic Development – 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 United States to focus exclusively on covering the business of cannabis. He now leads the company’s entire editorial and research team and oversees content-related strategic development initiatives. Chris has been quoted as one of America’s foremost cannabis industry analysts by dozens of media outlets, including Harvard Business Review, NPR, CNBC and the New York Times. He previously worked for more than a decade as a business reporter and editor at daily newspapers.

Kenneth T. Walsh

Chief White House Correspondent – U.S. News & World Report
Ken has covered the presidency, presidential campaigns and national politics as a reporter for U.S. News & World Report since 1986, making him one of the longest-serving White House correspondents in history. He served as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association from 1994 to 1995 and has won two of the most prestigious awards for White House reporting while covering six presidents dating back to Ronald Reagan. He’s also written eight books about presidents and the presidency. He currently writes a weekly column and authors a daily blog at U.S. News.

Samantha Walsh

CEO & Co-founder – Tetra Public Affairs
Samantha co-founded Tetra Public Affairs in 2016 to provide full-service consultancy services to the cannabis and hemp industries. Her clients include the Marijuana Policy Project and the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. She was the founding vice-chair of the National Hemp Association where she lead and directed its communications strategy and legislative agenda for industrial hemp. Additionally, Samantha advises foreign and domestic governments on developing innovative hemp legislation. She previously served on several task forces that crafted Colorado's cannabis and hemp laws and regulations.

Alecia Weisman

Lead Grower & Resident Scientist – Legion of Bloom
Alecia manages the farm at Legion of Bloom, a California-based organic cannabis cultivation and extraction company with products in over 70 retail locations. She develops organic soil mixes, feeding schedules, compost tea recipes and pest management strategies. Alecia also trains all team members on cloning, planting, pruning and harvesting techniques. She has 12 years of cultivation experience with a recent focus on large outdoor cultivation and light deprivation greenhouses.

Darren H. Weiss

Vice President & General Counsel – Verano Brands
Darren is the vice president and general counsel of Verano Brands, a multi-state cannabis operator and manufacturer of infused products, and serves as general counsel for the company’s affiliated entities in Nevada, Illinois, and Maryland. Previously, he co-founded law firm Offit Kurman’s cannabis practice group. Darren has negotiated and closed numerous multi-million-dollar transactions in the cannabis space and has provided counsel in the creation of multi-state cannabis brands and products.

Nichole West

Director of Business Development – COWA Science
Prior to joining COWA Science in 2017, Nichole worked as vice president for Sweet Leaf, a multi-state, vertically integrated cannabis chain with over $60 million in annual revenues. Currently she serves as director of business development for COWA Science, a team of supply chain professionals and scientists that formulate products, analyze and streamline processes to optimize yields, decrease expenses and help clients to gain access to more retail outlets. Nichole has over nine years in the cannabis industry and has helped over 20 companies in several states obtain business licenses.

Jenny Wilkins, NMD CRA

CEO – AgeVital Pharmacy, Research and Wellness
Jenny founded AgeVital Pharmacy, Research and Wellness in 2012, a community and compounding family pharmacy, also offering CBD products in Sarasota, Florida. She is a seasoned naturopathic doctor and clinical research associate with a background in nutritional and hormonal biochemistry. Jenny is an internationally recognized lecturer, clinician and author with appearances on ABC, NBC, MSNBC and more, and has worked to bridge the gap between allopathic and naturopathic approaches. Jenny is originally from Honduras and took her first job in pharmacy in 1996.

Shon Williams

Director of Business Development, Program Management & Design – Mjardin
Shon joined Mjardin in 2016 and leads the company’s business development efforts, working to locate new partnership opportunities in the U.S. and internationally. He also oversees project management and design for the Colorado-based company, which provides turnkey cannabis cultivation and processing solutions and oversees over 30 cultivation facilities. Previously, Shon had a 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force and worked at a wind tunnel and flight testing company.

Henry Wykowski

Attorney – Wykowski Law
Henry is a litigation and trial attorney for the cannabis industry and a former federal prosecutor. He has distinguished himself orchestrating the successful defense in landmark marijuana-related cases including the forfeiture actions filed by the federal government against Harborside Health Center. Henry has also tried five of the seven cases involving cannabis in the U.S. Tax Court. His firm has expanded its practice to include all aspects of involvement in the cannabis industry.