Learn from 30 top cannabusiness experts, including:
|Brendan Kennedy, Privateer Holdings, Inc.
Kennedy leads a private equity firm strategically investing in the emerging legal cannabis field. His team enlists years of hands-on investment and entrepreneurial experience with trusted advisors, investors and partners to navigate this promising new marketplace. Previously he was president of Leafly, chief operating officer of SVB Analytics an president/CEO of Mindability.
|Henry Wykowski, Henry G. Wykowski & Associates
Henry Wykowski is a San Francisco-based attorney widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading authorities on tax issues affecting medical marijuana businesses. He has represented numerous dispensaries on tax and litigation matters and is currently involved in several dozen tax audits of dispensaries. Wykowski serves on the board of directors of the National Cannabis Industry Association and is a founding member of both the NCIA Accounting and Tax Issues Committee and the 280E Reform Committee.
|Angel Swanson, Naturally Green Access Point & The Cannabis Emporium
Angel Swanson is co-owner of two dispensaries in Washington State: Naturally Green Access Point and The Cannabis Emporium, which launches in July. Previously, Angel worked in the real estate field and started several other companies.
|Steve DeAngelo, Harborside Health Center
Steve DeAngelo is executive director of Oakland-based Harborside Health Center, the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the country. A cannabis leader, visionary and well-known industry advocate, Steve has created a model business for the medical marijuana industry. Harborside has been extensively covered in national and international news media and was the subject of the Discovery Channel mini-series “Weed Wars.”
|Jay Czarkowski, Canna Advisors
Jay Czarkowski and his wife run Canna Advisors, a Boulder, Colo.-based firm that provides consulting to dispensaries and cultivation operations in states with medical marijuana laws. Jay previously ran Boulder Kind Care, a dispensary and grow operation with $2.5 million in annual sales. He and his wife sold their interest in the business to a group of investors in 2012.
|Ron Kampia, Marijuana Policy Project
Rob Kampia is co-founder and executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, a nonprofit organization that works to reform cannabis laws. He co-authored most of the medical marijuana laws currently on the books and has testified before a U.S. House subcommittee and legislative committees in California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, Vermont and Washington State. He has been quoted in almost every newspaper in the U.S. and has also appeared on national TV dozens of times, including on the “Today Show,” “NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” “Anderson Cooper 360″ and the special “Marijuana: A Chronic History.”
|Cassandra Farrington, National Marijuana Business Conference
Cassandra Farrington has headed MMJ Business Daily’s publishing and event operations since its launch in 2011. She has been featured in The Boston Globe, and has appeared at industry events including MMJ Business Daily’s East Coast Seminar in June 2013 and the National Marijuana Business Conference in November 2012. Farrington has an MBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. Previously she was a vice president at Citigroup.
|Aaron Justis, Buds and Roses
Aaron Justis is president of Buds and Roses, a medical cannabis dispensary located in the Los Angeles area.
|Aaron Smith, National Cannabis Industry Association
Aaron Smith is the executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), which represents the cannabis industry on the national stage. Prior to launching NCIA, Aaron distinguished himself as a public advocate for marijuana policy reform — first under the auspices of a California-based medical cannabis advocacy group, Safe Access Now, and more recently as the California state policy director for the Marijuana Policy Project.
|Chris Walsh, Medical Marijuana Business Daily
As the editorial head of Medical Marijuana Business Daily, Chris Walsh covers daily financial and legal news of interest to cannabis dispensaries, investors, lawyers, and related vendors. Profiled in Dow Jones Newswires as a top business journalist in the cannabis industry, Walsh is frequently quoted in the media including MarketWatch, The Seattle Times, USA Today and the Boston Globe. Walsh keynoted the National Marijuana Business Conference 2012 and led the research team for MMJ Business Daily’s new Marijuana Business Factbook 2013. He has more than a decade of professional experience as a business reporter and editor at daily newspapers. He earned his MBA from Regis University in Denver.