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The DCP Legal Division consists of 23 staff members, more than half of whom are attorneys. In addition to licensing enforcement, the Department oversees: 1. The Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act, bringing cases against businesses and individuals engaged in deceptive or unfair business practices in the state; 2. Eighteen professional Boards, Councils and Commissions, most of which adjudicate administrative cases; and 3. Lemon Law arbitrations between consumers and vehicle manufacturers.
Prior to joining DCP in 2015, Julianne worked in private practice, with a focus on commercial real estate, corporate acquisitions and financing. She previously served at the City of Hartford overseeing housing and economic development initiatives, and at not-for-profit organizations focused on community and economic development. Julianne has her BS, MBA and JD from the University of Connecticut.
Dr. Susan Amat
After completing her MBA, Dr. Amat developed pediatric health monitoring products and earned a Ph.D. in Strategic Entrepreneurship (coursework in industrial engineering, business, and education). While teaching at the University of Miami, she founded The Launch Pad, which was considered the top model in entrepreneurship education. Her program and platform were replicated internationally as Blackstone LaunchPads in universities including USC, UCLA, and Case Western Reserve University.
Dr. Amat served as the founding Chair of the STEM Board for Miami-Dade County Public Schools and is a Trustee of Miami Dade College, the largest college in the United States with more than 165,000 students. She actively speaks about entrepreneurship and innovation education internationally and has worked with the US State Department, the Kauffman Foundation, and the World Bank on program development, training, and evaluation. In 2012, Dr. Amat was honored as a Champion of Change at the White House.
She is a Board Member for many various organizations starting with OC NORML, The Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, Advisory Board Member for Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo, Head Judge of Edibles for The Emerald Cup, Regional Lead for the California Cannabis Tourism Association and she is the Host of A Seasoned Perspective for Wrazel Cannabis Broadcasting Network. Keiko has started various companies in the industry from delivery services, cultivation and dispensaries, all to support patient care with natural plant-based medicine.
In the past Keiko passion on holistic natural plant-based medicines took her to study at Twin Lakes Holistic College, Alive Polarity Institute, CIIS Calif. Institute of Intralegal Studies, Esalen Institute, UCLA and LA College of Massage and Physical Therapy. She worked in the music, film, and surf industry prior to dedicating her path to education and patient care with natural and fungi medicines. She has assisted in starting Women Grow OC, and has written for Weedmaps, Marijunia.com, Sensi Magazine, and currently contributing to The Retreat Journal. Keiko’s mission statement is “Acceptance and legalization of Cannabis and Psychedelic medicines through education and outreach for patient care.”
At Business Insider, Jeremy has covered the bumpy rollout of Canada's cannabis legalization, the boom in cannabis companies going public in 2018 (and the resulting fallout), multibillion-dollar mergers between cannabis companies and corporations from other industries, the ongoing health effects from vaporizers, the mislabeling of CBD products, and how the world's largest financial, legal, and political institutions are reacting to and planning for legalization.
Jeremy joined Business Insider in 2015 and has covered breaking news, science and the environment, and political campaigns before building up the cannabis beat.
Prior to joining the Cuomo administration, Axel was a partner at the law firm of Constantine Cannon, where he was a nationally recognized legal expert in the healthcare sector, particularly on antitrust matters.
Senator Cory Booker
Cory grew up in northern New Jersey and received his undergraduate and master’s degree from Stanford University. At Stanford, Cory played varsity football, volunteered for the campus peer counseling center, and wrote for the student newspaper. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and went on to study at the University of Oxford, and then Yale Law School, where he graduated in 1997.
Cory moved to Newark after law school and started a nonprofit organization to provide legal services for low-income families, helping tenants take on slumlords. In 1998, Cory moved into “Brick Towers” in Newark, which eventually became a housing project. Cory lived there until the housing project was demolished in 2006.
Cory still lives in Newark's Central Ward today, where he sees first-hand many of the challenges he's working to solve in Congress, such as lack of access to affordable health care, environmental injustice, food insecurity, and our broken criminal justice system.
At 29, Cory was elected to the Newark City Council, where he challenged the city’s entrenched political machine and fought to increase economic security for city residents, expand access to health care, and improve public safety.
Cory served as Newark mayor from 2006 until 2013. During his tenure, the city experienced economic growth on a scale not seen since the 1960s. In addition, under Cory’s leadership, overall crime declined, affordable housing and green spaces massively expanded, city services were made more efficient, and educational opportunities increased.
In October 2013, Cory won a special election to represent New Jersey in the United States Senate. In November 2014, he was re-elected to a full six-year term.
As New Jersey’s junior Senator, Cory Booker has brought an innovative and consensus-building approach to tackling some of the most difficult problems facing New Jersey and our country. He has emerged as a national leader in the effort to fix our broken criminal justice system and end mass incarceration, helping craft the most sweeping set of criminal justice reforms in a generation, the First Step Act, which became law in December 2018. He has also advocated for economic policy that expands opportunity, increases wages, limits corporate concentration, and cracks down on corporate practices like outsourcing, stock buybacks, and no-poach agreements that firms use to keep wages down. And he has been a leader in the Senate in the fight to protect the Affordable Care Act, while also championing proposals to build upon the law, increase access to care, and lower costs.
Cory sits on the Judiciary Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Environment and Public Works Committee, and the Small Business Committee. Cory was re-elected in 2020 as to the United States Senate with a majority vote.
Joseph Bondy, Esq.
Bondy is a life member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and a life member of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws’ (NORML) National Legal Committee. He is the Founder of In the Know 420, a well-known weekly livestream on cannabis law and policy, and Vice-President of the Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA). The American Trial Lawyers College rates Mr. Bondy as one of the top 100 criminal trial attorneys in the United States. Mr. Bondy lectures on a variety of federal criminal and cannabis law topics at various community, bar association and legal programs throughout the country. Mr. Bondy serves on the faculty of Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP), and immensely enjoys mentoring young lawyers and advocates.
She began her career in the securities industry where she was a Vice President at Bear Stearns holding three securities licenses. She left Wall Street to earn her Masters Degree in Business and Economic Reporting from New York University. At that point, she embarked on a career as a financial journalist and spent eight years at TheStreet.com working daily with Jim Cramer.
Debra has covered the cannabis industry since its earliest stages when she recognized that the legalization story was the biggest business news story of the decade. In 2020, she received a Stevie Award for Best Female Executive. Debra is also a Co-Founder of the women’s cannabis executives networking group Industry Power Women and serves on the board of the cannabis newswire Axiswire.
Nathalie Bougenies, Esq.
In his career, Jeff has worked extensively on the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, particularly the creation of health insurance exchanges and the expansion of Medicaid, has led an association of community-based providers to implement innovative new payment models in Medicaid, and has fought to expand access to healthcare in New Jersey’s urban communities by developing sustainable financing policies.
Jeff grew up in Mercer County and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Rutgers University. He is active in the community and serves on the advisory board of the New Jersey Chapter of the New Leaders Council and on the board of trustees of the Trenton Health Team Accountable Care Organization.
As a Certified Pilates Instructor and Lululemon Legacy Ambassador, Kym merges her passion for health and cannabis through her “Plant-Based Pilates” CBD fitness platform. On the patient advocacy side, Kym works with Nugg MD to help New Yorkers get their medical marijuana cards. Kym is passionate about the future of cannabis and and the potential impact of cannabis for women, health applications and the growth of the industry. When she’s not educating the world on cannabis, you can find Kym working out, exploring and traveling and of course consuming some of the best cannabis and CBD in the world.
She received her degree from Long Island University College of Pharmacy and served as the Pharmacist-in-charge and manager of a specialty pharmacy counseling patients with complex drug regimens prior to working with Etain Health.
Through her extensive experience as a pharmacist, Sang brings strong competencies as a pharmacy manager and patient counselor to Etain Health. Sang prides herself on her ability to interact with patients, and believes in the importance of both high-quality medicine and committed counseling in providing compassionate care to the patients of New York State.
Ariel Clark, Esq.
For over a decade, Ariel has been in the trenches of cannabis law and drug policy reform, helping enact industry-defining regulations while building a client list of leading operators, entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and healers. When the idea of cannabis business law was considered an oxymoron, she committed her practice exclusively to this emerging industry — foresight that was recognized by Rolling Stone, which named her one of 18 “Women Shaping The Culture of Tomorrow.”Ariel’s hard work, intelligence, and tenacity have earned her a national reputation as one of the industry’s fiercest lawyers.
Ariel works closely with clients on a myriad regulatory and legal challenges in her role as outside general counsel. As the world embraces hemp, the derivative cannabinoids, and other emerging medicines Ariel’s extensive legal and political expertise provide valuable counsel to other trailblazers building successful companies, products, and services.
Ariel’s nationally-recognized leadership is reflected in her inclusion in Cannabis Business Executive’s “75 Most Important Women in Cannabis”; mg Magazine’s “30 Most Powerful Cannabis Lawyers”; Cannabis Law Report’s “Global Top 200 Cannabis Lawyers”; and Entrepreneur’s “Top 100 Cannabis Leaders. ”
Ariel’s affiliations include the International Cannabis Bar Association, California Native American Cannabis Association, California and National Cannabis Industry Associations, and California Growers Association. She is vice chair of the Executive Committee and serves on the Social Equity Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Cannabis Law Section. Additionally, she serves as co-general counsel to Chacruna Institute for Psychedelic Plant Medicines; is a member of the Council for the Protection of Sacred Plants; and co- founded the Cannaboss Womxn’s Circle, an active community of professionals collectively advancing feminine leadership in the industry.
Ariel founded the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force, which was instrumental in the passage of Measure M, authorizing the creation of a legal, regulated industry in LA. Over the last ten years, she has advised many other trade associations and drug policy reform organizations on regulatory and legal changes necessary for a thriving legal marketplace.
Prior to founding Clark Howell LLP (originally Clark Neubert LLP), Ariel captained her own firm and worked with California Indian Legal Services in Oakland, Santa Rosa, and Eureka. Her holistic, forward-thinking, and thorough approach to law –coupled with deep policy expertise and progressive vision –is of enormous benefit to clients, colleagues, and fellow paradigm-shifters.
From 1992-2009, she worked as a freelance designer for a multitude of luxury event, home, floral, and garden design companies in San Francisco, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, St. John (USVI) and New York City. Kelley received her BA in English from the Pennsylvania State University in 1991 and is a 2013 graduate of the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden. The main emphasis of her horticulture studies and current practice is low-impact, sustainable design and the use of native plants. While a student at the NYBG, Kelley interned with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in New Jersey to study Helonias bullata, a plant federally listed as a threatened species. She was an instrumental part of the installation team for the 3.5-acre, $15 million Native Plant Garden at the NYBG, which included Helonias bullata and other plants native to the region. She also taught the first class on “Growing Cannabis” at the NYBG in Jan/Feb 2020, and will continue as a guest lecturer in the Fall/Winter 2020 session.
Antonio de Hierro
In 2013, he became the founder and CEO of MA & Associates, LLC, overseeing the expansion of the cannabis testing division. After overseeing the sale of MA & Associates to a publicly traded company, he decided to further his interest in cannabis testing with Steep Hill Mexico.
He is also the Chief Operating Officer for Indica Capital, serves as the Vice President of Mexican Council of Cannabis and Hemp, and Vice President of Certification and Accreditation for CONCANACO SERVYTUR (Confederation of National Chamber of Commerce, Services, and Tourism) in Mexico.
Antonio has a degree in Political Science and Economics from California Polytechnic State University in Pomona California and is both a native of Southern California and Mexico.
Michael Hiller, Esq.
In addition to his law practice, Michael was a member of the faculty as a Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for eight years, and has served as a Standing Mediator for the New York State Supreme Court (Commercial Division) since 2005. Prior to working as an attorney, Michael was a professional musician. His band, Lunar Tourists (which still performs occasionally), has released two CDs, the title track of one of which will be featured in a documentary feature film on the legalization movement to be released later this year.
During Sherri’s foray into the strategy to position social equity front and center as part of cannabis legalization, she has developed a formidable knowledge of cannabis regulation and public policies impacting access to ownership and employment opportunities. Sherri has leveraged her knowledge of organizational development, land-use, construction and community development to help social equity applicants create licensed entities and to structure their ventures for vertical integration within the industry. Sherri is also the CEO of Urban Design Center, www.urbandesigncenter.com, which over the past 30 years, has managed the planning and land-use entitlement, proposal development and project management for over $140 million in government subsidized affordable housing, infrastructure and economic development projects.
Sherri is a board member of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, a board member and partner of Integrated Equitable Solutions, a property management subsidiary of Concerned Citizens of South Central Los Angeles, a thought leader for the Leimert Park Village 20|20 Vision Initiative, a 15 year member of the Pacific Coast Regional - Small Business Development Corporation loan committee and the Co-Chair of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Parking Reform Working Group. In 1992, Sherri was appointed by Mayor Tom Bradley to the City Los Angeles Department of Planning Board of Zoning Appeals and served as Vice Chair. Subsequently, in 1993, she was appointed by Mayor Richard Riordan to the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation Commission where she served as President and, thereafter, to the Los Angeles Housing Department's Rent Stabilization Commission in 1995 as a board member.
Mr. Frye has more than a decade of experience in the cannabis industry working alongside some of the founders of the MMJ industry (Dennis Peron and Richard Eastman) as well as many of the industry pioneering groups in Los Angeles (Americans For Safe Access and Norml.) Mr. Frye has one of the oldest Pre-ICO licenses in Los Angeles and is one of the first dispensary owners in the entire country.
He has been pivotal in the progression of the cannabis movement throughout the United States. As an activist, Mr. Frye travels all over the United States to help shape and pass current MMJ legislation. He has appeared in numerous documentaries and television shows and has been featured in many magazines as one of the premier voices in cannabis. Nationally, Mr. Frye has been the featured speaker at many conferences including the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition and Blunt Talks. Frye has first-hand knowledge of the regulatory issues affecting the cannabis industry through his extensive work with local LA government bodies and agencies. Currently he is participating in the sponsored mentorship program that oversees and teaches social equity program owners how to operate and run a successful dispensary for the City of Los Angeles. Mr. Frye has also branded his line of cannabis genetics and trademarked the name “Cloneville” which he has attached to his genetics.
In 2009, Mr. Frye consulted in the hydroponics industry where he gained extensive knowledge in the actual growing, set-up and production of cannabis. Mr. Frye also owns Frye Consulting and Management Group, a full-service firm that provides consulting services from startup to full scale production including regulatory expertise. Mr. Frye earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa (Big Ten Conference) in Science Education. He also attended graduate college with emphasis in General Science.
Andi has managed more than $2Bn in institutional investments to date and has been underwriting investments for almost 30 years. Prior to cannabis, Andi was a corporate and securities lawyer, investment banker, senior portfolio manager and senior underwriter, including in private equity at GE Capital and healthcare banking at RBS Citizens.
Andi is a frequent speaker, investment shark, and mentor in the cannabis industry. She holds an MBA from Yale University, a JD from Duke University and a BS in Business Administration from SUNY Albany (graduating magna cum laude). She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst®.
Madelon holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago and obtained her J.D. from Rutgers Law–Newark.
Bruce’s experience as a Founder, CEO and Board Member across a diversity of sectors was a huge influence for the success of CGC. Earning market support for capital raises of over $6 billion in public capital markets and private placements, the company funded capacity growth and opened new markets, including a $5 billion CAD investment by Fortune 500 beverage company, Constellation Brands. Bruce is co-founder and was Chairman & CEO of Canopy Rivers, Inc.
Notably, throughout his career, Bruce has been responsible for the acquisition and/or disposition of nearly $4 billion in business assets and has established regular engagement with the World Bank and Asia Development Bank.
Currently he holds the positions of: Executive Chairman for Vireo Health International, Inc.; Executive Chairman for Gage Cannabis Co.; Co-Chairman for Martello Technologies Group; Co-Founder of Ruckify; Executive Chairman for Wolverine Partners Corp. He is also special advisor with better Choice Company, and Director with Mindmed.
Born in Mexico City and raised in Los Angeles, Sergio is a bilingual (English/Spanish) bicultural creative marketer, strategist and business development professional with 15+ years of experience managing, leading and growing brands in financial services, education, casual dining, automotive, food and healthcare. He’s an Alumni of Univision and Zubi Advertising, among others.
A self described "Smarketer", since 2013 he’s assisted start-ups better identify their target markets, improve messaging and positioning, determine strategic partners and craft their story.
A former fellow for the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS), Sergio earned his B.A. in Communication Studies magna cum laude from UCLA and his MBA from Thunderbird, the Graduate School of Global Management where he specialized in Marketing and Latin America.
Marshall has formerly served as brand ambassador of Elixinol Global Solutions of Australia and the USA. He’s currently a board of advisor to the Concussion Legacy Foundation, A board members for the advocacy organization Athletes For Care, an active board member for Care Plus of Paramus New Jersey, a benefactor of the Nat King Cole Foundation, and heads the Leonard Marshall Foundation, which advocates for inclusive safety issues associated with sexual and civil assault.
Marshall has a long list of Brand Ambassadorships he has served throughout his career including additional CBD groups.
In addition, Marshall is presently managing partner of Marshall Procida Development Group LLC presently working on a development at Malcolm Shabazz Plaza in Harlem. He’s building 120 affordable homes and 50,000 square feet of retail commercial space in conjunction with NYCHA and HPD New York. The first of its kind for New York City.
Rosemary Mazanet, M.D., Ph.D.
Rosemary trained in Internal Medicine and Oncology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute before starting her industry career at Amgen in the early 1990s as the head of Clinical Research. At Amgen, Rosemary was given broad responsibilities as one of the first US trained clinician scientists in her field, where she led multiple successful product development initiatives (4 INDs and sBLAs, one BLA, CE mark and IDE) including FDA panel presentations.
Rosemary moved into public equity in 1998 when she joined Oracle Partners LLC in New York as a General Partner. Since that time, she has been a presence in public and private equity biotech and specialty pharma investments, most recently as a General Partner of Apelles Investment Management. In addition to serving as a life sciences management and investment professional, Rosemary has served as a C-suite executive at several biopharma companies and led development programs ranging from IND submission through NDA approval and commercial launch. Her ability to conceive, articulate and execute strategic development and financial vision in public and private company environments enables her to guide Columbia Care’s research efforts, including at many of the top national academic sites.
Among the many boards she is on, Rosemary is a Charter Trustee at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and is the Co-Chair of the Leonard Davis Institute Executive Advisory Board at Wharton.
Roz also hosts a weekly call in Cannabis 101 talk platform entitled “CannaTalk with Roz.” When asked should marijuana be legalized for medical use.......Without hesitation Roz boldly says yes! "In 1983 my father lost his vision due to glaucoma and in 2005 my mother passed away after a courageous battle against breast cancer. I'm sure if medical marijuana were available the plant could have made a difference and improved their quality of life."
Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc. (M4MM) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization focused on advocacy, education, and outreach as it relates to the social, medical, business, and public policy aspects of the cannabis industry. M4MM is a membership based organization working hard to make sure people of color have a true quantifiable opportunity to participate in this marketplace and are afforded adequate access to care despite their economic situation. M4MM currently has presence in 20 states throughout the US as well as a chapter location in Jamaica.
Sumit is the former Director of Finance for the Arcview Group, and prior to entering the cannabis industry full-time in 2016 spent 20 years on Wall Street at Merrill Lynch, Raymond James, UBS and JP Morgan in roles that spanned portfolio management, investment planning, capital introduction, strategic consulting, institutional relationship management and corporate business development.
Sumit has earned an MBA from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and a BA with Honors in Economics with minors in Math and Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. Sumit holds investment banking, brokerage, M&A and investment advisory securities licenses and resides in San Francisco where he enjoys motorcycles, yoga, cannabis and the great outdoors.
His short description of MAZAKALI:"We help investors place capital, and we help companies raise capital, only in Cannabis."
She has pioneered the most renowned and highly-educational cannabis publications in the industry starting with Terpenes & Testing / Extraction Magazine, Cannabis Compliance & Packaging News, and the most recent being CBD Health & Wellness Magazine. She also produces events such as Terpenes & Testing World Conference 2018, the entire CBD Expo Tour, CONCENTRATION 2019: a Cannabis Extraction Conference, CannaFarm Con, and the Cannabinoid + Natural Products Expo all powered by her publications. She sits on several boards within the cannabis industry including the Cannabis Cultural Association, CALM and MC4MS.
In addition to running Psychedelics Today, Joe coordinates Breathwork workshops in Breckenridge, Colorado. Joe previously spent 15-years in the software industry.
While at Goldman Sachs, Gia oversaw various business areas from Private Equity, Urban Investment, Investment Research and Technology to the firm’s organizational focus on Corporate Engagement, Diversity, Recruiting, Human Resources and Corporate Services. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Gia was Director of Promotions and Publicity for six years at The Fremantle Corporation, an international television distribution and production company.
Outside of her professional accomplishments, she continuously works with a number of non-profit organizations in New York City and mentors up-and-coming young women entrepreneurs across the country to South Africa. Gia currently resides in her hometown of Brooklyn, NY, with her daughter.
In the course of a political and communications career that has spanned thirty years, David has served as President of North Bridge Strategies, worked on eight US presidential campaigns – four as a staff member, and served as a Clinton Administration presidential appointee at the Corporation for National Service and US Small Business Administration. David also held senior positions on Governor Deval Patrick’s political action, inauguration, and campaign finance committees.
David holds a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and a BA from Merrimack College. He is an elected member of the Democratic National Committee and the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee.
Jenn Michelle Pedini
Jenn Michelle’s work in Virginia has resulted in the implementation of a regulated medical cannabis program and the establishment of the Virginia Legislative Cannabis Caucus. At NORML, they ensure availability of resources and tools necessary to leverage the organization’s powerful grassroots support and elevate the work of the worldwide affiliate chapter network.
Prior to drug policy reform, they enjoyed a successful entertainment and media career with The Walt Disney Company. They cut their advocacy teeth publishing accounts of two battles with lymphoma, chemotherapy, and finally a life-saving stem cell transplant to raise thousands of dollars for nonprofit organizations like Stand Up to Cancer and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Born and raised in Orlando, FL, Jenn Michelle has flown from the heights of Cinderella’s Castle, danced their way through the Magic Kingdom, and performed principal roles in countless shows throughout the Walt Disney World Resort property. Jenn Michelle resides in Richmond, and brings a sparkle of pixie dust to public policy.
Lauren A. Rudick, Esq.
Lauren is an Expert Contributor to Marijuana Venture Magazine, a frequent speaker at national and local cannabis events, including, among others, MJ Biz Con, the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition, NCIA, Emerald Cup, and the Women Grow Leadership Summit and provides pro bono legal and advocacy services to the Cannabis Cultural Association, among others. Lauren also serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the International Cannabis Bar Association, as the organization’s Treasurer. Lauren enjoys an extensive network of cannabis professionals nationwide, enabling her to provide full legal and business services to her clients.
Named one of the top 100 people to know in Cannabis by The Hemp Connoisseur magazine, Alex has spoken for numerous industry events including: NOCO, Colorado Ag Forum, CWCBE, the Original CBD Expo, and others including providing content and Company coverage to Greenhouse Grower Magazine, MJ Biz, and Hemp Industry Daily.
Alex brings over 20 years of financial expertise and business acumen to clients around the globe. He has worked in a diverse array of industries including manufacturing, public accounting, health care, and financial services.
R. Keith Stroup, Esq.
Stroup has also practiced criminal law, lobbied on Capitol Hill for family farmers and artists, and for several years served as executive director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL). In 1994 Stroup resumed his work with NORML, rejoining the board of directors and serving again as Executive Director through 2004. He is currently serving as Legal Counsel with NORML.
In 1992 Stroup was the recipient of the Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Drug Policy Reform presented by the Drug Policy Foundation, Washington, DC. In 2010 he received the Al Horn Award for Advancing the Cause of Justice from the NORML Legal Committee. And in 2012 Stroup received the High Times Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2013 Stroup published the history of NORML entitled It’s NORML To Smoke Pot: the 40 Year Fight for Marijuana Smokers’ Rights.
Dr. Stu Titus
Now, Dr. Titus, a 10-year pioneer of the cannabis industry, is the Chief Executive Officer of the first-ever publicly traded cannabis company in the United States, Medical Marijuana, Inc. Dr. Titus has been involved in all aspects of the medical marijuana and industrial hemp industries as he also oversees a robust portfolio of subsidiary and investment companies. Through his leadership, Medical Marijuana, Inc. became the first company to deliver cannabis brands across U.S. state lines and international borders, making hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) available across 50 states and in dozens of countries such as Mexico, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and many European nations.
Dr. Titus is a graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., where he majored in Economics and minored in Business Administration. He earned his Ph.D. degree from the Open International University, which is a World Health Organization (WHO)-chartered affiliate. He holds a Fellowship with the American Academy of Pain Management and clinical association with the American Association of Integrative Medicine.
She has consulted for, developed, started, sold, and performed due-diligence for valuation on hundreds of successful MJ business nationally. After working with countless businesses such as dispensaries, centers, mass cultivation facilities, kitchens, labs, and cannabis brands, she has used her experience to influence the growth of the industry to be safe, regulated, and responsible. She has worked alongside numerous government agencies to assist with the implementation of business standards, educational standards, and business procedures.
Dr. Ken Weinberg
After earning a medical degree from St. Georges University School of Medicine in 1980 Dr. Weinberg continued on to complete his residency in Internal Medicine at USC-LA County Medical Center. He then returned to New York City and pursued a Fellowship in Psychoneuroimmunology at the Manhattan VA and NYU. Following that he trained in Emergency Medicine at NYU and Bellevue Hospitals. After 30 years of practicing Emergency Room Medicine Dr. Weinberg transitioned to Urgent Care.
In January of 2016, when NY State's Compassionate Care Act went into effect, Dr. Weinberg began certifying patients to receive medical marijuana. He is one of three founders of Cannabis Doctors of New York. As with many physicians and healthcare providers Dr. Weinberg’s vast experience caring for patients over decades with a vast array of medical conditions has provided him with a unique perspective about the impact of public policy on the practice of medicine. He has been featured on several panels, radio and on TV as a thought leader and medical marijuana expert. He is a strong advocate for legalization of medical marijuana and its benefits and recognizes the value of education as well as science-based research.
Under Tricia and Rick’s stewardship, High Falls Hemp NY upholds the most stringent industry standards utilizing organic farming practices and growing the products they sell. Their company owns the manufacturing process from, “seed to soul”. The product that is delivered to customers comes from their farm in High Falls, NY. Every product is triple lab tested, vegan, gluten free, cruelty-free, non-GMO. The extraction methods and processing of the products far exceed NY State Dept of Agriculture guidelines under Tricia and Rick’s leadership to ensure they remain the trusted New York CBD. They have an unwavering commitment to delivering the highest quality, most premium products to their customers.
Rick’s career spans 30+ years in the bond market. He served as Managing Director of Institutional Mortgage and Asset-Backed Sales at Gleacher Securities (2008-2013), RBS Greenwich Capital Markets (1994-2008), Nomura Securities (1989-1994), and LF Rothschild and Co (1986-1989). At Nomura Securities, Rick led a 50-person institutional MBS sales group and headed their mortgage-backed securities strategy group. Prior to Nomura, Rick was Senior Vice President at Powers Research, an interest rate risk management firm (1981-1986).
Rick holds an MBA from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University (1981) with a major in Finance and Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (1978) with majors in Finance and Marketing.
He serves as Co-founder and President of Collective Growth Corporation which today is the largest publicly traded fund focused on building the hemp supply chain in America. The Company, Co-founded by former Canopy Growth Founder and CEO Bruce Linton, raised $150 million before beginning public trading under the ticker symbol CGROU.
Whaling was Co-founder and former President of HIP Developments LLC, a wholly owned division of Canopy Growth Corporation and Strategic Advisor, CBD and Hemp to Canopy Growth, the world’s largest Hemp and Cannabis Company. In those roles, Geoff lead CGC’s expansion into the Hemp and CBD industry in the United States.
Born in Canada, and a dual Canadian/U.S. citizen, Geoff Whaling’s areas of expertise are wide ranging given the diversity of his government, business, entrepreneurial and philanthropic work. A profound sense of “wanting to serve” remains an integral part of his life.
In 2015 Christine joined her family of serial entrepreneurs who have owned and operated hundreds of trade shows within various industries over many decades – many in emerging business sectors. Today, Christine is a Partner and Show Director for trade shows that focus on the cannabis and hemp industries: Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpos). Christine is a Board Member for the National Hemp Association.
Affiliations/Recognitions: National Hemp Association – Board Member; 10 Most Interesting Females in Cannabis, Weed Reader (February 2018); Distinguished Alumna Award, Baruch College (2018); New York University-Polytechnic Board of Trustees (2012 – 2015); Dedicated Alumna Award NYU-Poly Alumni Association 2011 Honored with the NYU-Poly i²e Recognition Award 2011 (Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship); President of the Alumni Association of Polytechnic Institute of NYU (2009-2011); Member of the Polytechnic Institute of NYU International Board of Directors, Polytechnic Alumni Association 2007; “35 Most Admired Engineers in Radio,” Radio Ink April 2007 & Radio Ink April 2009
Greg brings a diverse expertise in business development, sales, marketing and digital strategy. He is a graduate of Ramapo College of New Jersey. Greg enjoys spending his spare time with his family at the Jersey Shore, volunteer coaching various sports in his community and playing golf.
He is happily married with two children and resides in New Jersey.