APRIL 22nd & 23rd 2017
FORT WORTH CONVENTION CENTER

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THE PREMIER PROFESSIONAL EDUCATIONAL MEDICAL CANNABIS CONFERENCE RETURNS TO THE LONE STAR STATE

The 2nd Annual Texas Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo will be the most exciting professional and educational medical cannabis conference the Southwest United States Cannabis industry has ever seen.  

A business-to-business event bringing together experts from the local, regional and national cannabis industry to network and share the latest industry information is an event where individuals interested in the industry can learn more from these industry experts.  Last year was just the introduction, our theme this year: THE CANNABIS WORLD OF TOMORROW

SWCC Expo will be an electric environment for industry members, entrepreneurs, local leaders, companies, job seekers and curious individuals to come learn about the rapidly expanding cannabis industry and our changing culture.

Attendees will hear from speakers there to educate and inspire, not just showcase, their businesses. As always SWCC Expo will create a highly professional environment where the outlines for the future of cannabis will take shape.  The conference includes seminars from top industry leaders and an exhibit hall filled with businesses showcasing industry related products and services. I personally look forward to your participation in this groundbreaking event. Come take a look at the future.

Fort Worth Convention Center

1201 Houston St

Fort Worth, TX 76102

Register today!

SWCCExpo is open to all age groups 

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What To Expect At SWCC Expo

Exhibits, products, services and seminars are all available at the 2nd Annual 2017 Southwest Cannabis Conference & Expo Texas

  • Accounting & Insurance Services
  • Advertising & Marketing Agencies
  • Banking & Payment Processing Services
  • Botanicals
  • Containers, Bottles, & Packaging
  • Dispensing & Vending Machines
  • Displays & Fixtures
  • Doctors, Health Professionals, Caregivers
  • Educational Seminars
  • Entrepreneurs & Executives
  • Grow Lights
  • Health Conscious Living Advocates
  • Hemp Products
  • Hydroponics & Cultivation Products
  • Infused Edibles & Beverages
  • Inventory Tracking
  • Lawyers & Policy makers
  • Lawyers & Legal Resources
  • Licensing Services
  • Major Investors & Venture Capitalists
  • Medical Resources
  • Media, Press, Bloggers, Photographers
  • Networking Opportunities for Business
  • Paraphernalia (Head Shop & Smoke Shop Goods)
  • POS & Management Software
  • Private Equity & Investment Resources
  • Product Launches
  • Professional Training & Education
  • Security Services & Equipment
  • Seed Banks
  • Testing & Lab Services
  • Tinctures, Tonics, & Topicals
  • Vaporizers
  • And much, much more…

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Alexis Bortell
Alexis Bortell
Cannabis Refugee & Author of Let's Talk About Medical Cannabis

Alexis Bortell is a Texas girl with intractable epilepsy who was forced out of the state because Texas’ current Low-THC laws aren’t enough to keep her seizure free. She now advocates for ALL patients rights nationally and, although she now resides in Colorado, she continues her quest to find brave leadership in Texas to help reform the current laws so she can come home.

Eddie “Boo” Williams
Eddie “Boo” Williams
Eddie “Boo” Williams and Black Ghost Enterprises Changing Minds and Saving Lives

Boo Williams is on a mission of health, healing, and compassion. This celebrated NFL veteran spends every day in action, making his “changing minds and saving lives” slogan more than a catchy motto. For him and the lives he touches and changes, this slogan is empowerment. And the vehicle for change that drives him and his company is cannabis—information, products, services, and media. From athletes, to veterans, to children and more, Boo’s message applies to a global audience, anyone and everyone whose lives can be improved with the health benefits of cannabis—both marijuana and hemp.

Mr. Williams knows his message from personal experience. In 2011, after living for three days under a bridge with railroad tracks, he climbed onto those tracks and laid down on them to end it all. CTE had taken a serious toll on his life, like many of the athletes he now helps. Fatefully, a homeless couple he had helped intervened. And now Boo is paying it forward in world-changing ways. See the full story here: http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/page/hotread150225/depression-suicide-raise-issuemental-
health-former-nfl-players

Boo comes from a small college town near Tallahassee, Florida. After graduating from Lincoln High School as one of the top football players in the state of Florida, he
attended junior college for 2 years before transferring to the University of Arkansas, where his love for helping others led him to study child psychology. He then became one of the 1% of NCAA athletes to make it to the National Football League, where he played 7 years for the New Orleans Saints. After a successful NFL career, Boo went into fitness and health coaching, owning multiple fitness and educational centers in Louisiana. As a speaker with a dynamic, interactive, and extremely personable speaking style, he was in-demand in Louisiana and enjoyed the opportunity to encourage others by holding motivational speeches in multiple settings/venues, including state correctional facilities.

Mr. Williams remains committed to helping others by actively staying involved in fundraisers and community projects. He has worked with many organizations such as Feeding America and the Boys and Girls Clubs, holding summer camps where he stressed positive life choices and the importance of affirmative self-esteem. These camps were well received and life altering for the children. His 82 Chances to Life Foundation helped raised money for the Hospice Foundation for kids with mental health issues.
In 2014 Boo Williams founded the Crosby Sports Treatment Program, dedicated to helping former professional athletes suffering from neurocognitive issues. Located in San Diego, California, this treatment program helped educate, transition, and treat former players to allow them the opportunity to enjoy a more meaningful and healthy
lifestyle. Boo has a unique and dynamic presentation that relates to anyone anywhere. His level of commitment to providing insight into matters such as suicide prevention, work-life balance, and stress management will help support any individual or organization move forward.

Marvin Washington
Marvin Washington
NFL Super Bowl XXXIII Winner, Advocate for NFL Players Rights

Marvin Washington is a retired NFL player who played a total of eleven years with three teams: the New York Jets, Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers. He was a member of the Denver Broncos 1998 Super Bowl winning team and was voted by Sports Illustrated as the 36th best N.Y. Jet of all-time.

A voice for former NFL players in the NFL’s concussion lawsuit, Washington addresses the truth about the outcome as well as the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).

An advocate for all-natural, non-habit forming cannabis, Washington is speaking out on the topic of using cannabinoids as neuroprotectants as well as an avenue to alleviate the nation’s #1 health epidemic: prescription opioid abuse and addiction.

Washington is a graduate of Idaho University where he is also a 2004 inductee into the University of Idaho Vandal Sports Hall of Fame. He is a Dallas native who is involved with several charities and sits on the Board of Texas Can Charter School. He has three children, two sons; Evan 22, Isaiah 16 and a daughter; Sydney 20. His oldest, Evan Washington is following in his football footsteps playing at L.S.U.

Marvin Washington now works for William Small Wealth Management Group as a Financial Advisor; primarily serving individuals with a select number of Professional Athletes in the NFL and NBA. He has 10 years of experience working in the financial Services field – more specifically in financial planning, retirement planning, and estate planning.

Darren Long
Darren Long

Darren Long is a former NFL and USFL Tight End as well as a 3x All American. In 1982 he led the NCAA with the most receptions by a Tight End and was 2nd overall in most receptions in a single season. He is a national speaker for athletic programs, corporations, small businesses, etc. He is the host of “Foods For Athletes” a health and wellness radio show that airs world wide. Darren is also an author, and has been seen and heard on multiple television and radio shows. He also co-hosts the BlackMP Living Water Podcast. Darren knows what it takes to be at the top of your game, play at the professional level, and the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, in today’s world, eating healthy and eating right foods doesn’t work anymore! With today’s poor conventional farming methods, additives, chemicals, dyes, sweeteners and preservatives, it has now become corporate food, with NO nutritional value! With over 25 years of experience in agricultural business, Darren knows first hand that there is a “soil problem” and that farmers are not willing to spend the money or time to fix that problem. Darren explains what is lacking in food, the chemicals being added to food, and how to get the poison out of your body on a daily basis while showing how to get the right balance of Fulvic/Humic Acids, Minerals, Trace Minerals and Probiotics. Darren and his son DJ are currently working on a book and cd that is a “tell all” must read called “Sick Soil, Sick Food, Sick People.”

Darren is currently working with the US Olympic Wrestling Coach, Matt Lindland, California USA Wrestling, youth, high school, and college athletic programs. He is involved with many sports such as baseball, soccer, swimming and works with individual athletes around the world. He is on the frontline, working with many of his old EX-NFL friends that are victims of CTE (brain concussions) and who have debilitating diseases. Educating coaches and parents in ways to avoid Sudden Cardiac Death Syndrome (SCDS) and preventing Chronic Tramatic Encephalopathy (CTE) – NFL concussion.

Darren’s passion is to help people with chronic and debilitating diseases through natural cures, that really work! Also, to equip athletes with the knowledge of high performance nutrients. As an athlete or just as the average person, it’s life saving to have knowledge of what is really happening in the food industry. Darren gives insight on how to reenergize, rehydrate and rejuvenate your body with the proper nutrients that you can not get in food anymore.

Darren works only with natural soil scientist, microbiologist (not lab chemist) to bring back the best rare deep earth products to help people get there lives back. No one knows better than Darren, he has been battling farmers for over 25 years to develop soils and nutritious foods, “It is a never ending losing battle.”

Dr Richard Ford
Dr Richard Ford

Dr. Richard Ford MD,PhD, is a Pathologist and Professor of Pathology, Department of Hematopathology, Professor, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (Joint Appointment) Section Chief, Pathobiology – Research Division of Pathology/Lab Medicine, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Clinical Interests: Immunologic and molecular diagnosis of Hodgkin’s and non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas, development of new methods and technology.

Dr Elias Jackson
Dr Elias Jackson
Professor of Pathology, Dept of Hematopathology - UT Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Elias Jackson is the president of R&D and Director of Scientific PR for Vyripharm Biopharmaceuticals, a biotechnology firm that develops drugs to target cancer, PTSD, drug addiction and other metabolic diseases. He was previously a professor and research faculty member at the Cardiovascular Research Center at the Yale University School of Medicine, and is a graduate of The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Genifer Murray
Genifer Murray
Cannabis Pioneer/Entrepreneur

Cannabis health and safety champion Genifer Murray has been a driving force in the development of a credible, safe medical marijuana industry in Colorado and across the U.S. She is currently the co-founder, with her father, of the luxury cannabis jewelry line GENIFER M; a line of jewelry created to make a difference and start the conversation with cannabis, hopefully one day, to help end prohibition.

Prior to her jewelry, Genifer founded Carbon Blue Consulting, which provides science-driven insights on health and safety, laboratory setup, training, education and more. Before founding Carbon Blue, Genifer served as Founder and CEO of CannLabs, the pioneering medical marijuana testing laboratory that was licensed in 2010. Genifer is a leading advocate for legalization and responsible regulation, emphasizing the need for product safety, cannabis testing, and quality assurance, and has become a trusted resource for legislators, industry organizations, and the media.  As a member of the National Cannabis Industry Association, she actively lobbies members of Congress on key issues affecting the cannabis industry. Genifer is driven by a “pay-it-forward” philosophy towards the industry’s next generation, offering mentoring and support for fellow women entrepreneurs. This fundamental desire to help other women in cannabis, culminated when Genifer and a small group of Colorado women started the Women Grow movement in 2014.

David L. Nathan
David L. Nathan
David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA (Founder, Board President DFCR.org)

David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA (Founder, Board President) is a psychiatrist, writer, and educator in Princeton NJ. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. While maintaining a full-time private practice, he serves as Director of Continuing Medical Education for the Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) and Director of Professional Education at Princeton House Behavioral Health (PHBH). On the topic of cannabis legalization, Dr. Nathan does not speak for PHCS or PHBH. Dr. Nathan graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed his psychiatry residency at McLean Hospital of Harvard Medical School.

While serving on the steering committee of New Jersey United For Marijuana Reform (NJUMR.org), Dr. Nathan was surprised by the absence of any national organization to act as the voice of physicians who wish to guide our nation along a well-regulated path to cannabis legalization. This need was the inspiration for Doctors for Cannabis Regulation.

Kristofer Taylor
Kristofer Taylor

Kris is a native of Dallas, Texas that graduated from Austin College with a degree in biology. After spending hundreds of hours in the medical field and being accepted into Texas A&M College of Medicine, he decide to follow a different passion that combined his interests in biology, nature, and helping others.

Always the tinkerer and scientist, he grew up exploring nature and playing in the dirt. He gained his professional experience being a cannabis cultivator as the Biologist and Environmental Supervisor at Private Reserve Estate in Humboldt County, California where he managed the organic cultivation protocols and environmental compliance at the farm. Now, he intends on applying his academic experiences of biology, biochemistry, and environmental science with his professional experiences to oversee the cultivation and production of Regenic’s CBD pharmaceuticals.

Eric Espinoza
Eric Espinoza

Born with Cerebral Palsy I was treated by the Shiners Hospital for children from the age of 4-16. During this period I had over a dozen lengthening surgeries to assist with my physical mobility. The quality of care I received both from my family and my doctors helped me achieve goals I was once told were impossibilities. Such as wrestling in high school. Though these treatments from the Shriners helped me they did not take away the daily pain and spasms that I live with. In my early adult life I relied only on pharmaceuticals.

I had always relied on pharmaceutical pain management therapies.

After a year on Opioids in my early 20’s and being unable to walk under my own power I used Cannabis to rehabilitate my body and gain the ability to walk once again.

Since 2010/11 I have been an advocate for medical marijuana in Texas. I am the creator and founder of Cannabis.Fit an outlet to share my struggle and journey as an Illegally Healed Texas Medical Patient.

Lee West
Lee West

Lee West is a Veteran business owner, web developer, whole plant medicine – Cannabis advocate, researcher, and gardener from Texas. He experienced his first arrest in 2008 for 7.5 ounces of cannabis in Comal County Texas, where he would later spend 10 months fighting his arrest in custody, and finally plead NO CONTEST to criminal felony charges for possession. There in a steel and concrete cage, Lee spent over 80 hours in the law library and more than half of his time reading books and case law to contest his case. NO CONTEST pleas are common, and simply mean that you do not have the resources to contest your charges brought against you by the state, this plea also means that the criminal charge may not be used against you in future proceedings to establish repeat offender status.

While in jail, Lee envisioned a perfect world where Cannabis was medicine and it was freely grown by anyone, anywhere that does not allow access to children. That would take an Automated Enclosed Garden, which he designed and implemented this year with We Grow Live. That information lead to the ability to develop plant recognition software, a cannabis stock market (International), and a virtual reality gardens that can predict plant growth, all ran on a neural network. Lee spends most of his days researching the proof’s of concepts for these ideas, and building prototypes, as well as being active in the Cannabis Reform movement led by other organizations. Attempting to be a facilitator and supporter of other groups efforts, while lending his experience when needed. The MPP and NORML groups organized a lobby day where many came from all over the country to testify on behalf of SB 81 to end the criminal conviction of personal amounts of cannabis, this was an opportunity that Lee took to testify on the horrible conditions one might go through in jail. This bill just passed for a vote in the House by 4-2. We might actually see change to the laws in Texas in 2017.

Rosalind McCarthy
Rosalind McCarthy

As the Founder/CEO of Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc. Roz is responsible for the day to day operation and is the chief strategist involved in developing advocacy, education, and marketing campaigns to promote awareness, information, and education about the efficacy of medical marijuana. It is a varied role that includes planning, marketing, advertising, public relations, event organization, fund development, sponsorship, and research. The work is often challenging and fast-paced. 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 medicine could have made a difference and improved their quality of life.”

Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc. (M4MM) is a Florida based 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.

Ashley Simpson
Ashley Simpson
Counsel to Hoban Law Group

Ashley Simpson is Of Counsel to Hoban Law Group.  Ms. Simpson received her J. D. from Texas A&M University School of Law f/k/a Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in 2011, where she was a member of the law review, and graduated magna cum laude from Texas Tech University in 2008 with a B. A. in print journalism.  Ms. Simpson began working in the cannabis industry after the Texas Compassionate Use Act (SB 339) was passed in 2015.  She has had a long-standing interest in the cannabis industry and her desire to service cannabis business clients was solidified after she began assisting with a marijuana law business course at Texas A&M University School of Law.

Prior to pursuing a career in the cannabis industry, Ms. Simpson worked as an oil and gas title attorney in Fort Worth, Texas, where she advised oil and gas companies regarding surface and mineral ownership via drilling title opinions and division order title opinions.  As a title attorney, Ms. Simpson was often entrusted with reviewing other attorneys’ work prior to submission to clients, and she was consistently recognized for her efficiency, accuracy, and attention to detail.  Experience navigating through complex issues related to oil and gas estate ownership has placed her in a unique position to advise clients on the emerging and rapidly changing landscape of cannabis law.

Ms. Simpson and her husband, Keith, have a one-year-old daughter, Dylan, and a rat terrier mix named Tex.  Ms. Simpson and her family live in Fort Worth, Texas, and enjoy attending music festivals, traveling in their Casita trailer, skiing, camping, hiking, and rescuing an exorbitant amount of stray dogs.

Ashley Picillo
Ashley Picillo
Author Breaking the Grass Ceiling: Women, Weed and Business

Ashley Picillo was born and raised in Massachusetts and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston as well as a Master of Arts degree from Chaminade University in Honolulu, which she obtained while participating in Teach For America. Ashley has had a lifelong passion for developing business ideas and, in 2014, decided to dive head first into the blossoming cannabis industry.

Since then, Ashley founded Point Seven Group, a business solutions firm that works with operational and pre-license cannabis companies and teams around the country. Ashley specializes in marketing and rebranding, developing state application materials, license renewals, web design, and overall business strategy and planning.

Ashley is also developing the “Breaking the Grass Ceiling Speaker Series,” which launched at SXSW in Austin, TX, in March 2017. The panel series will feature different women featured in her book Breaking the Grass Ceiling: Women, Weed and Business interested in sharing their stories with newcomers to the cannabis industry.

When not on the road working with clients, Ashley resides in Denver, Colorado, with her main squeeze, Alex, and their son—a french bulldog named Hamlet.

Dan Gulliver
Dan Gulliver

Dan Gulliver is the Business Development Director of AutoPot Global Ltd, the UK based designer and manufacturer of AutoPot Watering Systems. Dan is also a Partner of AutoPot’s USA and Cultivation Consultancy divisions, which service commercial cannabis operations worldwide.

Currently Dan’s role is centred on consultancy. He makes frequent advisory visits to commercial fruit and vegetable cultivators across Europe and the Middle East. In the course of his work Dan is able to draw upon experience gained from more than a decade of operations in the European hydroponics industry. In North and South America Dan applies his experience to a similar consultancy role advising cannabis cultivators.

About AutoPot Global Ltd;
A team of experienced horticultural professionals who design and manufacture unique irrigation solutions. UK based AutoPot Global Ltd sell AutoPot Watering Systems in over 50 countries worldwide. AutoPot Watering Systems provide the ONLY watering system in the world where the plant controls its own irrigation. There is always nutrient enriched water available to the plant when it is required. There are no feeding schedules to manage and the system operates on gravity pressure alone, with no electrical input. Growers using AutoPot consistently save up to 50% in water and fertiliser usages compared to traditional irrigation methods and achieve significant increases in yield.

Romana Harding
Romana Harding

Romana Harding is a proud Navy veteran. The VA sent her from California to Houston for treatment for her service connected PTSD in March of 2012.

She was interviewed for the Texas Monthly article, War Without End by Dr. William Martin of the Baker Institute that came out in June of 2014. That article was a catalyst for her becoming a cannabis activist, lobbying and testifying before various legislative committee’s Austin over the past several years.

She was also interviewed by the Dallas Observer with other Veterans for the article Onward Cannabis Warriors, about the Texas Veteran’s medical cannabis movement.

She is currently Deputy Director for Houston NORML and Veterans Outreach Director for Montgomery County NORML and actively promoting Operation Trapped, a program started by Texas NORML to send a message to state lawmakers that it’s time for a safer alternative to harmful prescription medicine.

She is determined to help bring cannabis legalization to all Texans!

Stormy Simon
Stormy Simon
Former President at Overtock.com & Entrepreneur

Stormy joined Overstock.com in 2001 during the formative years of e-commerce, when revenue was less than $20M and employees numbered under 100.  In the beginning, Stormy developed PR in-house, the Books, Music & Movie store, Logistics, processes, positions and departments. She was promoted to VP of Branding in 2004 after writing and producing the iconic “Discover the Secret of the Big O” campaign which contributed to Overstock becoming a household name and added VP of Customer Care in 2006.  She became SVP in 2007, overseeing many departments, including Customer Care, Partner Care, Supply Chain, and all Marketing divisions. She joined the Board of Directors in 2011, culminating with her becoming president in 2014 with approximately 1600 employees.  During her tenure, Overstock became a top 25 e-tailer by traffic and grew to nearly $2B in revenue. Under Stormy’s leadership, Overstock was recognized by numerous associations; 4 consecutive years for Mobile Web Awards, multiple Customer Care awards, including top 4 ranking in the AMEX/NRF Customer Choice awards for the final 6 years the honor was given. In 2014 the company was named to Forbes’ list of “America’s 100 Most Trustworthy Companies”.

In 2016, she was personally named “Power Player” by the National Retail Federation’s “The List – People Shaping Retail’s Future”, and awarded Top Innovator by Utah Women in Tech awards in 2015.  Stormy was also recognized as a Customer Champion by Gartner 1to1 Media.  She’s dedicated time to local non-profit boards, including the Columbus Community Center, which provides jobs to adults with mental disabilities, Utah’s YWCA, the Boys & Girls Club, and Jon Huntsman’s Gubernatorial Committee of Economic Development.  She is known for her speeches on the importance of customer experience and empowerment of employees and women.  She’s proud that during her presidency the female seats at the executive table increased to 33%.

Stormy is an established e-commerce innovator, pioneer, as well as a proven business leader. In summer 2016, she stepped down as President of Overstock to explore the emerging cannabis industry and is currently consulting for budding e-commerce and cannabis companies, as well as serving on the Advisory Board for CannaKids.

Shaun McAlister
Shaun McAlister

Executive Director of DFW NORML & Independent Creative at iamshaun.com.

Zackery Alvey
Zackery Alvey

Zackery Alvey is the co-owner/operator and lead graphic designer for Texas Herbal Clothing Designs, LLC. He co-founded thcdesigns.com in 2010, and is currently studying for an AAS in Graphic Design. Zack works with organizations in the cannabis community as his way of giving to the cause. He has recently worked with DFWNORML to create images for the upcoming Marijuana March of North Texas, in Fort Worth, on May 6th, 2017. Zack has recently launched a campaign with Texas Herbal Clothing to seek artists, designers, creative individuals and organizations. His company aims to create responsible products for responsible users, while celebrating the cannabis culture. Zackery Alvey lives in Plano, Texas.

Kayla Brown
Kayla Brown
Co-Founder and Executive Director, TCIA

Kayla Brown is a co-founder & the Executive Director of the Texas Cannabis Industry Association (TCIA). Kayla developed TCIA’s Entrepreneur Incubator (named by The Cannabist as one of 2016’s top five incubators nationwide) and oversees multiple programs designed to build out the State’s industry infrastructure. These include law student pro bono, internship and business member programs.

Kayla currently teaches the Marijuana Law class at Texas A&M School of Law, a course she created as a student in 2015. She completed her Juris Doctor in 2016 with a pre-med and chemistry background from Baylor University. Over the past three years, she has worked her way through the AcquiFlow/Texas Cannabis ranks. She began as an intern, then executive assistant to the CEO and is expected to advance to a full executive this summer.

Jax Finkel
Jax Finkel
Texas NORML

Jax Finkel is Executive Director for Texas NORML, the Austin Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), having also served as Volunteer Coordinator, Political / Legislative Director and Deputy Director. She has been involved in cannabis law reform since 2005 and has been an official Board Member since 2006. In her tenor, Jax has given hundred of interviews and participated in many panel discussions and speaking engagements. She innovated the first ever cannabis-centric Voter’s Guide in 2012 and continues to prepare the Texas NORML Voter’s Guide for each election season. She helped spearhead the first Texas Chapter Training. She believes in freely sharing information and facilitating organizational growth. She created the curriculum and help organize and execute 16 regional advocacy trainings during 2015 and 2015. She works closely with Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy and their coalition partners along with many other cannabis groups. Jax is often at the Capitol pushing for cannabis law reform and building relationships with our Legislators. Cannabis law reform is her passion.

Patrick Moran
Patrick Moran

Patrick Moran is recognized as the cannabis industry’s “first mover” in Texas. He established the first open, transparent, and legal Texas-based cannabis company (AcquiFlow LLC) in April of 2014. Under Patrick’s leadership, AcquiFlow’s subsidiary company (Texas Cannabis LLC) purchased property and has broken ground on the state’s first vertically-integrated cannabis facility. Texas Cannabis recently submitted its application for licensure under Texas’s CUP program.

Patrick’s other cannabis industry work includes ArcView investor-member, CanopyBoulder mentor and Women Grow ‘First 50’ sponsor. Patrick’s previous professional experience includes creditor’s-rights litigator for national banks; clerking for US senators on Capitol Hill; production team on an Emmy-winning political talk show; writing & acting on television, optioning two pilots; writer-producer for independent feature films; and founder/operator of an LA-based award winning swim team.

Diane McIntosh
Diane McIntosh
Diane McIntosh, BSc Pharmacy, MD, FRCPC Clinical Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia

Dr. McIntosh graduated from Dalhousie University, where she completed an undergraduate degree in pharmacy before completing her medical school training, 2 years of a pediatric residency and then an adult psychiatry residency. She is a clinical assistant professor at the University of British Columbia and has a busy private practice. She is extensively involved in continuing medical education programs to colleagues nationally and internationally, with a focus on rational pharmacology. She has a particular interest in the neurobiology of mood and anxiety disorders.

As a researcher, Dr. McIntosh has been a principle or sub-investigator in phase II-IV trials, both industry sponsored and investigator initiated, and she is the author of numerous clinical and research papers. She sits on the Board of Directors of CANMAT, the Canadian Network For Mood and Anxiety Treatments and the Advisory Board for CADDRA, the Canadian ADHD Research Association. She has recently published blogs in the Huffington Post, focusing on mental health issues.

Megan Grabow
Megan Grabow
Director of Marketing, Canopy Accelerator Fund

Meghan comes to the cannabis industry from the world of action sports and outdoor retail. With over 10 years in marketing, sales and public relations for brands such as Vail Resorts, Bike and Powder magazines, and K2 Sports, Meghan made the move into the cannabis industry with the Canopy Accelerator, where she has helped grow the fund from 10 startups to 64 investments. Working with startups in the cannabis industry, Meghan has deep experience in the growth process for new companies, from team-building to fundraising.

Amy Berliner
Amy Berliner
Founder/CEO of Aegis Biotech

An advocate of medical cannabis, and an iconic figure among entrepreneurs and executives with an interest in this subject, Amy Berliner is the ultimate diplomat concerning this industry: Intelligent and wise, and eloquent and persuasive, she conveys the importance of this matter with a combination of passion and the utmost professionalism.

As Founder/CEO, of Aegis Biotech Amy applies more than two decades of Senior Executive experience to the benefit of her company and to her research and development team.  Her expertise, which includes senior-level positions as CEO/COO/CMO in  manufacturing, research & product development, technology gives her the insight necessary to succeed.  Aegis is dedicated to research and development for Pediatric DIPG

From her studies at the University of Maryland and LSU affiliate to Loma Linda University, and to her enrollment in the Medical Cannabis Institute for Continuing Education, Amy is fluent in the science and technology involving this discipline.

A member of the Society of Cannabis Research, Society of Cannabis Clinicians, International Cannabinoid Research Society, International Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, Americans For Safe Access, Women Grow LA Chairwoman, in addition to her recognition for Outstanding Achievement by the National Association of Professional Women, Amy is a leader – and a public speaker – with the ability to know, and the strength to do, what is necessary for Aegis Biotech to continue to be at the forefront of innovation, technology and research as it relates to medical cannabis.

Side note-

My relationship to Cannabis was introduced to me in 2012 after leaving Corporate America to discover I had Melanoma which I then began research and started my own company Aegis Biotech, focused on research & development of Cannabinoids for Pediatric DIPG Cancers.  I am so passionate about Education, awareness and advocacy, and Medical data,  it is the reason I can never leave research or my diplomatic approach to Cannabis, without research Cannabis  sustainability is challenged, when we support Medical Cannabis Research which supports and substantiates the validity of this incredible healing plant for future generations, we ensure the longevity of potential therapeutic impacts it can make for future generations to come.  Research matters.

Alaina Lansing-Hames
Alaina Lansing-Hames
Holistic Hemp Company

Alaina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, a Master’s degree in Economics and a Master’s in Business Administration, all completed by the age of 23. She worked full-time through college and managed to explore many different countries in her summer months. Upon graduating, she was a college professor of Economics for a few years. Alaina then earned much success working in the booming Texas real estate market. Always having an interest in sustainability and economic opportunities, her interest in the legal hemp and cannabis market continued to increase.

Her work in Business and Economics helped her realize the opportunities in the legal Industrial Hemp industry. Alaina’s background in education and real estate helped prepare her for launching her own business, but she was inspired by criminal justice reform to launch Holistic Hemp Company. She hopes Holistic will help people reconsider some of the common stereotypes associated with those that use Hemp-based products, and that lawmakers will work to weaken the legal penalties given to non-violent criminals in jail for cannabis-related charges.

Amber Lansing–Reusch
Amber Lansing–Reusch
Holistic Hemp Company

Amber holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management and is a Certified Public Accountant registered in the state of Texas. After college, Amber spent five years working in city government. Being a talented artist since a young age, Amber was thrilled to earn her next position at a non-profit, serving the Arts community. Apart from her previous full-time work, Amber ran her own small jewelry business, Chicks & Stones, for several years and continues to create custom pieces.

Amber has always had an eye on the legal cannabis industry – which continues to flourish in each of the states with legal marijuana – and knew that she wanted to involve herself in the young market. She understood early on in her professional career that she wanted to run her own business and be her own boss. Living in Texas, she understood her state would probably be on of the slower states to legalize cannabis, both medical and recreational. But, with the passing of the 2014 U.S. Farm Bill she shifted her attention to hemp, and the things that could be available now. She then began laying the framework for Holistic Hemp Company.

Malik Burnett MD
Malik Burnett MD
Malik Burnett, MD, MBA | Doctors for Cannabis Regulation

Malik Burnett MD, MBA is a physician advocate, drug policy expert, and civil rights reformer, who organized the campaign to legalize marijuana possession in Washington, DC. Although Colorado and Washington state have received global attention for legalizing recreational marijuana sales, Washington DC is the first jurisdiction in the nation to undertake a drug policy reform agenda in an explicit racial justice framework.

He is currently a resident physician in the Johns Hopkins General Preventive Medicine program, where he is developing the empirical data surrounding clinical outcomes for medical marijuana and analyzing the public health implications of current drug policy with the goal shifting the framework of US drug policy from one based on criminal justice towards a policy focused on health and human rights. Before coming to Johns Hopkins, Dr. Burnett was a policy manager in the Office of National Affairs for the Drug Policy Alliance, where, in addition to legalizing marijuana possession, he assisted with passage of a Good Samaritan law and other harm reduction policies.

Dr. Burnett completed his internship in general surgery at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, where he also worked with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to help define physician involvement with the state’s nascent medical marijuana program. He previously served on the Duke Board of Trustees and is a current advisory board member to Marijuana Majority. He also currently serves as the Criminal Justice Co-Chair for the DC Branch of the NAACP. He has appeared on numerous local and national television and print media publications discussing drug policy including CNN, Fox News, CBS, NBC, VICE News, NY Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and Rolling Stone.

Kenneth Boiarsky
Kenneth Boiarsky
Hoban Law | Senior Supervisory Attorney

Ken Boiarsky is an AV® (highest) rated attorney specializing in Federal tax matters, with an emphasis on audit, controversy, and litigation aspects. For nearly 15 years he served as a twice-decorated Outstanding Trial Attorney with the Tax Division of the US Department of Justice in DC, where he dealt with IRS matters at just about every level and developed an intimate knowledge of the internal thinking. Thereafter he became a partner in a Houston law firm, followed by the formation of his own firm, representing a broad range of individual, partnership, trust, and corporate clients, including his recent retentions as an expert tax consultant for 7 years by the international accounting firm, KPMG, and as lead trial counsel representing over 100 former partners of another international accounting firm, Ernst & Young, in tax litigation spanning 9 years. Ken has handled 300+ matters before the IRS involving collection, audit, and controversy, and has litigated 50+ cases with an aggregate amount in issue exceeding $200 million.

Ken holds an LL.M. in Tax from New York University, and a J. D. and B.Sc. in Accounting (and a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the accounting honorary) from Ohio State University, is a member of the Texas, Ohio, and DC bars, and the bars of the US Supreme Court, US Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Eleventh, and Federal Circuits, US Court of Federal Claims, US Tax Court, and US District Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas.

 

Kellen O’Keefe
Kellen O’Keefe
Senior Vice President of Business Development at MedMen

Kellen O’Keefe is senior vice president of business development for MedMen, a leading cannabis firm based in Los Angeles with operations and exposure across North America.

Mr. O’Keefe combines his knowledge of the burgeoning cannabis industry, strategic partnerships and brand building to lead business development initiatives at MedMen. He also vets investment opportunities for the Firm.

MedMen consists of two main components; a management company and a capital arm. MedMen Management offers turnkey services to cannabis license holders. MedMen Capital makes strategic investments in key markets across the U.S. and Canada.

Previously, Mr. O’Keefe was the co-creator of Oakley’s groundbreaking experiential marketing program “Learn to Ride,” a multimedia campaign that generated billions of earned media impressions. He also has built and managed custom brand campaigns for Anheuser-Busch, Chipotle, Crown Imports, Wheels Up, T-Mobile, Starbucks, and Virgin.

Kellen is a member of Big Brothers & Sisters of Los Angeles and Coachart.

Richard C. Cowan
Richard C. Cowan
Co-founder of Freedom Leaf

Cowan was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1940 where he graduated from a local high school in 1958. In 1962 he graduated with a B.A. in Economics, from Yale University, where he had served as president of the Yale Young Republicans and as Chairman of the Party of the Right in the Yale Political Union. He was also a founding member of Young Americans for Freedom, the Conservative student group launched in 1960 by William F. Buckley, Jr. Buckley’s friendship became a lifelong influence on Cowan’s life.

After graduating, Cowan held various management positions in his family’s companies working in manufacturing and natural resources. Later, Cowan worked as an independent investor. In 1972, after volunteering with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Cowan wrote a cover article for Buckley’s National Review. In it he called for Conservatives to support the legalization of marijuana, one of the first positions against prohibition in a major opinion journal. Buckley agreed with Cowan, and became a regular critic of marijuana prohibition.

In 1986, Cowan wrote another National Review cover article, “How the Narcs Created Crack”, (see attached) in which he introduced the concept of the Iron Law of Prohibition. Cowan argued that prohibition is actually counterproductive because the economics of contraband creates incentives for selling stronger drugs. It was the basis of a book on the subject by economist Mark Thornton.

From August 1992 to August 1995 Cowan served as executive director of NORML. In 1994, following a dispute with the NORML Board of Directors, Cowan resigned, but then agreed to stay on after marijuana research pioneer and author, Harvard Medical School Professor Dr. Lester Grinspoon, MD, organized a new board of notable academics. This new NORML Board included Professors John P. Morgan MD and Lynn Zimmer Ph.D (the authors of “Marijuana Myths”, “Marijuana Facts”), Craig Reinarman, Ph.D, an expert on Dutch drugs policies, Nobel Laureate Kary Mullis Ph.D, Ann Druyan, co-producer of Cosmos (with her husband, Carl Sagan), Cato Institutes’s David Boaz and others.

Cowan resigned from NORML in 1995 and NORML’s Board of Directors appointed NORML founder Keith Stroup to replace Cowan as executive director.

Cowan spent most of 1996 in Amsterdam studying Dutch marijuana policies.

In 1997 Cowan helped the late Peter McWilliams launch his website, MarijuanaMagazine.com. Later in 1997 he began MarijuanaNews.com, which has been called the original marijuana blog, documenting what he called “the best two-word explanation of marijuana prohibition: “bad journalism.” MarijuanaNews is offline as its archives are being edited to make them more useful for researchers.

Cowan also pioneered video blogging in 2001 on Marc Emery’s Pot TV.

In 2008, Cowan co-founded Cannabis Science, the second publicly owned medical marijuana company, but retired as an officer and director at the end of 2012.

Cowan now lived in Europe where he worked with marijuana legalization activists from 2013 thru 2015.

Cowan is a co-founder of Freedom Leaf, a national magazine about the “Good News” in marijuana reform (www.freedomleaf.com) and a new “movement marketing” company devoted to supporting marijuana legalization globally.

Lisa Pittman
Lisa Pittman
Feldmann Nagel, LLC

Lisa L. Pittman is an attorney in Austin, Texas who has focused her practice on all aspects of cannabis business law for the past two years while working with a firm based in Denver, Colorado that has been representing cannabis clients since 2009.  Ms. Pittman draws upon 15 years’ experience litigating complex commercial business disputes in advising clients on the risks, liabilities, and lawsuit exposure inherent the creation of new businesses and investment arrangements.  Ms. Pittman analyzes the ramifications of federal law and deciphers the requirements of individual state laws for businesses operating in the cannabis industry.  Ms. Pittman also assists governmental entities in the development of local rules, regulations, and licensing requirements in various states, and counsels license applicants and holders on compliance.

Ms. Pittman’s career experience has included handling disputes in labor & employment, breach of contract, commercial banking, fraud, fiduciary duty, construction defect and injury, deceptive trade practices, premises liability, professional liability, and product liability, and she possesses expertise in commercial insurance coverage. These issues all exist in the cannabis industry, but with added layers of state and local regulation, and the ever-present federal law concerns permeating the cannabis industry.  Ms. Pittman helps clients navigate these otherwise ordinary business issues set in this evolving territory.  

Ms. Pittman is a leader in the American Bar Association, a nationwide membership network of elite attorneys. She will present its first cannabis CLE program at its annual meeting in New York City this summer.  She is Vice-Chair of the Business Litigation and Corporate Counsel Committees of the Tort, Trial and Insurance Law Section, and writes annual articles tracking the evolution of contract law across the country for the Law Journal, and serves on its Editorial Board. She graduated from the American Bar Association’s Leadership Academy in 2015, and the Austin Bar Association’s Leadership Academy in 2016.  She is currently a member of Leadership Austin, Essentials Class of 2017.  She aims to become a leader in the field of cannabis law, which she has been pursuing since reading the Senate Bill testimony of mothers with children with epilepsy in Texas in 2014.

Ms. Pittman’s passion is empowering women in business. She founded a 501(c)(3) nonprofit to promote referrals, networking, and mentoring among female professionals in 2012 that is still going strong today.  She is a proud native Texan, and earned her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 2001.

Catherine Kan
Catherine Kan
B.Sc.Pharmacy, MBA

Catherine grew up in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She received her B.Sc. Pharmacy from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia and her M.B.A. from Waterloo’s University of Wilfrid Laurier in Ontario Canada. She has worked as a retail pharmacy manager, distribution and clinical pharmacist, nurse manager as well as pharmacy director for over 20 years before switching to pharmacy consultation work ten years ago. Over the past ten years, Catherine has worked with hundreds of health care facilities, clinics, retail pharmacies, private sector business in Canada as well as in the US, served as consultant subject matter expert to McKesson, Tecsys, CGI and various consulting firms including her own. In the last 3 years, Catherine has taken a keen interest in the advances in the route of pulmonary drug delivery system. She is currently the President of eMed International Limited, a company ready to launch the world’s smallest, most efficient pulmonary drug delivery device for medical use that is 3-4 folds more effective than other routes of administration, without thermos-degradation, physical breakdown, heat and exhale.

 

Jax Finkel
Jax Finkel
Executive Director for Texas NORML

Jax Finkel is Executive Director for Texas NORML, the Austin Chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), having also served as Volunteer Coordinator, Political / Legislative Director and Deputy Director.  She has been involved in cannabis law reform since 2005 and has been an official Board Member since 2006. In her tenor, Jax has given hundred of interviews and participated in many panel discussions and speaking engagements. She innovated the first ever cannabis-centric Voter’s Guide in 2012 and continues to prepare the Texas NORML Voter’s Guide for each election season. She helped spearhead the first Texas Chapter Training. She believes in freely sharing information and facilitating organizational growth. She created the curriculum and help organize and execute 16 regional advocacy trainings during 2015 and 2015. She works closely with Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy and their coalition partners along with many other cannabis groups. Jax is often at the Capitol pushing for cannabis law reform and building relationships with our Legislators. Cannabis law reform is her passion. 

Christopher Geymuller
Christopher Geymuller
President Protection Networks, The Security Expert
Robert H Carp, Esq
Robert H Carp, Esq
Carp Law Offices, LLC. COUNSELLORS AT LAW

Robert is a Harvard trained government scientist and attorney with a specialty in marijuana dispensary and cultivation laws, dispensary applications, and compliance issues. Robert is the author of several best selling cannabis themed books including: “The Marijuana Business Operations Guide”, a 340 page blueprint for creating a marijuana business complete with a business plan with operations, security, inventory control, and design manuals for the cannabis industry, “IRS §280E and Its Application to the Cannabis Industry”, a 260 page book describing how to minimize the impact of IRS tax laws regarding marijuana, and “The Marijuana Business Licensing Guide”, a 400 page book with over 400 bullet proof answers to the most commonly asked questions by different states for dispensary, cultivation, and manufacturing licensing.

Wendy Robbins and Karen Paull
Wendy Robbins and Karen Paull
Wendy - Director/Producer of The Marijuana Show Karen - Co-Creator and Co-Producer of The MJ Show

Wendy Robbins and Karen Paull created The Marijuana Show in the summer of 2014. CNBC called it, “Shark Tank for Cannabis.  In two seasons, 18 million was offered to contestants.  The show is on Amazon Prime, has reach 250 million through mainstream press and is casting for season 3.  Wendy and Karen were recently named the top 50 most important women in cannabis. They recently launched, Bud Camp, online video training with expert teachers, for investors and entrepreneurs.   

CLASS:  7 STEPS TO A SUCCESSFUL PITCH

Karen and Wendy raised a million dollars using this exact pitching system.  They have helped others raise money for their businesses.  

You will learn:

1.  7 things you must cover in your pitch

2.  5 mistakes to avoid

3.  How to value your business

4.  What it takes to get a “Yes!”

Ken Sobel
Ken Sobel
Co-founder Genesis International Cannabis Solutions, Inc.

NCIA Member, Ken Sobel is an attorney licensed in California and Arizona for 35 years, and he has been a consultant, and cannabis entrepreneur, and a much sought after speaker in cannabis business and law.

Ken was the first person to take the bar exams for two states in the same week, and he passed both on his first try. On behalf of the Arizona Cannabis Nurses Association, he was also the first attorney in the U.S. to sue a state cannabis regulatory body and obtain an order adding PTSD to the list of debilitating conditions appropriate for cannabis use.

Ken was the Co-Founder and Board Member for the three major dispensary organizations in Arizona. He originally became involved in medical marijuana when he lived in Southern California and his family became the primary caregiver for his mother-in-law who passed from cancer in 2003. In 2008, Ken became the primary caregiver for his father, in Tucson, Arizona. His father suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, and he later passed away from cancer. This reinforced Ken’s commitment to ensuring that other similarly situated patients had safe access to cannabis.

Inspired by the amazing beneficial effects from cannabis therapy, Ken went on to establish two (2) medical marijuana dispensaries and a cultivation facility. Ken is currently working with the US Virgin Islands writing and developing the islands new medical Cannabis legislation. He received the highest rating for an attorney (AV) by Martindale-Hubbell and has been the recipient of the San Diego Magazine’s “Best of San Diego – Attorneys” for the past four (4) years.

Locally Ken founded the La Mesa Parks and Recreation Foundation and worked with San Diego Charger, Junior Seau, in raising millions of dollars to build the Junior Seau Sports Complex. He also worked to raise millions more to fund parks and fields for La Mesa National Little League, La Mesa Youth Sports leagues, and several elementary, middle and high schools in San Diego.

Ken served as Chairman of two California statutory Bond Oversight Committees, including a $55 million school construction bond for a 22 school K through 8 school district (La Mesa/Spring Valley), and Chairman of a $300 million community college construction bond (Grossmont/Cuyamaca College District). The latter oversight committee was recognized for its excellence by the San Diego Taxpayers Association. Ken also served for two terms as President of the Grossmont College Foundation.

Ken consults on a national level for cannabis policy, law, business, patient rights, and advocacy. He co-founded Genesis International Cannabis Solutions, Inc., and is focusing his efforts now on the re-emerging California market.

Josh Stanley
Josh Stanley
Leading Medical Cannabis Entrepreneur

Josh Stanley is a leading medical cannabis entrepreneur and advocate working to advance the medical cannabis industry in the United States and throughout the world. Josh has worked in the medical cannabis industry for over 8 years and was one of the first individuals to open a medical marijuana dispensary in Denver, Colorado.

Josh’s history in medical marijuana includes starting Colorado’s first medical political action committee the Medical Marijuana Industry Group, drafting the first House Bill 1284, and he was responsible for writing the research and development portion of House Bill 1043. In addition to this, Josh also sat on the regulations boards for the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division and Research and Development.

Josh and his brothers bred a non-psychoactive, cannabinoid-rich strain of the cannabis plant with low Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content which became known as Charlotte’s Web.  This specialized varietal of medical cannabis is now classified as hemp and has proven to be beneficial for varying degrees of epilepsy in both pediatric and adult patients.  Josh and his brothers’ effort to help children restore their lives with Charlotte’s Web hemp extracts has made international headlines including several nationally aired documentaries, including Sanjay Gupta’s CNN series Weed and Weed 2.

In addition to being the spokesman for Stanley Brothers, producers of Charlotte’s Web™ products, Josh continues to advocate daily for patient rights. As a much sought after speaker, Josh has the ability to sift through the propaganda and fear encompassing the medical cannabis industry and delivers a compassionate appeal to end prohibition.

Lezli Engelking
Lezli Engelking
Founder and President, Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards (FOCUS)

Lezli Engelking is the Founder and President of the Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards (FOCUS). FOCUS is an international, third-party, non-profit, cannabis standards development organization created to protect public health, consumer safety and safeguard the environment.Lezli possesses two decades of professional experience across Lezli possesses two decades of professional experience in pharmaceutical, mental health, non-profit, and cannabis industries. Her passion for new challenges and ability to envision simplified solutions to complicated situations makes Lezli the perfect candidate for work in the formulation of public policy ensuring the highest standards that protect public health and safety are met and maintained. More than twelve years with Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals laid the perfect foundation for Lezli’s role as Executive Director of the first chain of vertically integrated medical cannabis operations in Phoenix, Arizona.

Lezli’s proven success in the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry, and her first-hand experience working in the unregulated cannabis industry place her in an ideal position to lead the company creating the first and only international, quality and safety based voluntary-consensus cannabis standards.

Barbara Humphries Johnson
Barbara Humphries Johnson
Cannabis Activist, Cancer Survivor; Patient Outreach Coordinator for DFW NORML

My name is Barbara Humphries. I am 33 years old and I am a survivor of stage 3B Invasive Breast Cancer. I speak publicly often in groups as large as 3200 people at a time about Cannabis and how it helped me during my treatments. There have also been studies done overseas that show much promise using cannabis in high doses to kill tumors.  It literally causes cancer to commit suicide. I have been open with my many Doctors here in Texas about my use of Cannabis medically and they support it. I have even gotten them to write me letters in support of my usage to read in Committee Hearings at the State Capital. I am very active lobbying our Legislators for change here. I have also appeared on TV in multiple interviews, 1 of which aired on CBS this week and the online video already has over 64K views and climbing. I have done 2 radio interviews, and appeared in Hightimes magazine twice. Most recently in Jan 2017 in an article titled “5 Redstate activists making a difference in 2016”. I will include links below to those. I was a vendor at last years SWCC with Mother Earther, and I would LOVE an opportunity to speak this year! I am well known in Texas, and part of Team Alexis. Alexis herself asked me to sit on stage with her at least years SWCC during her speech. Please feel free to google Barbara Humphries Cannabis and hundreds of pages come up. Also you may see my past speeches on Youtube. I will include some links below as well 🙂

Recently I also filmed a television commercial for MPP for SB 269 that will be appearing on TV and the internet during this session. I also serve as the Patient Outreach Coordinator for DFW NORML.

Dr. Jonathan Cachat
Dr. Jonathan Cachat
CEO of CCV Research

For over 13 years, Dr. Jonathan Cachat has purposefully examined the interface of drugs, the brain, behavior and social policy. A PhD in Neuroscience with a background in developing analytic tools and IT infrastructure, Jonathan has worked at the intersection of biomedical research and data science, and innovated several novel research methodologies currently used by leading behavioral psychopharmacology labs around the world. All the long, he has been an avid cannabis advocate exploring and participating in the culture and community around the globe. Intellectually passionate about the injustices brought about when public policy and science are unnecessarily misaligned, he has brought his scientific expertise and entrepreneurial spirit to the cannabis industry. In 2015, CCV Research was formed to investigate and develop technology and techniques that increase the economic and environmental sustainability of cannabis cultivation by dramatically cut costs, and reducing carbon emissions.

Ginger Mace
Ginger Mace
Pain Warrior USA / Chronic Pain Patient Rights Advocate / SWCC Conf and Speaker Coordinator

Ginger Mace is the Founder of Pain Warrior USA and a Chronic Pain Patient Rights Advocate. Pain Warrior USA offers education on natural / alternative pain control methods and promotes access to effective, reasonable pharmaceutical relief when naturally-based treatments to do not provide sufficient pain relief or improvement in quality of life for fibromyalgia sufferers and other chronic pain warriors.

This education is customized for each audience, whether fellow patients, community leaders where a cannabis or botanical venture will be opening, veterans and active duty members of our armed services, corporate wellness officers, convention/conference attendees, or social media audiences. Ginger also employs her 20 years of marketing experience to help her business clients receive both increased exposure and positive media attention during her speaking and educational tours. Whether it is planning and executing events, meeting one-on-one with medical professionals or civic leaders to gain their confidence and support, providing original content, giving interviews, or assisting with branding, Ginger makes sure there isn’t a moment wasted during her visit.

Ginger calls herself a “professional patient”, having experienced fibromyalgia symptoms as early as 1985, as well as the years upon years of frustration trying to find the best treatments for her as an individual. Before founding Pain Warrior Crew, Ginger worked for over 10 years with other patients like herself on a volunteer basis, sharing her knowledge with them and learning a great deal along the way.

Her passion for both helping other fibromyalgia sufferers and chronic pain warriors find relief, and for sharing knowledge on alternative pain control methods, led her to create Pain Warrior Crew, and to speaking engagements and teaching classes nationwide.

Due to changes in access to pain control pharmaceuticals starting in March 2016, Ginger began helping fibro and pain warriors who were (without regard to comfort, safety, or common sense) either abruptly taken off of those medications, or their doses cut drastically, She made it her mission to relieve as much of this cruel and unnecessary misery as she could, by sharing her knowledge of botanicals and her successes with more naturally-based treatments.

“Access to natural and effective medications like cannabis has never been more important than it is right now. I’m deeply concerned that with no relief from their doctors, cannabis being illegal in over half this country, and threats to ban botanicals like kratom, exponentially more patients in pain will give serious consideration to ending their lives. Some have chosen to do so already – a choice that was preferable to them than dealing with severe, intractable, unrelenting pain and no quality of life. To me, this is an absolutely unacceptable situation, considering we have botanicals and naturally-based options that we cannot freely use due to reasons that never made sense in the first place. We must help those we can with information, educational opportunities, and compassion.”

Bonita “Bo” Money
Bonita “Bo” Money
Founder, Women Abuv Ground

A cannapreneur, Bonita “Bo” Money is one of the few women of color in the emerging, billion dollar cannabis business. She’s the co-creator of That Glass Jar ™ , a cannabis-infused topical, and founder of  Women Abuv Ground, a networking organization, dedicated to introducing the cannabis business to  women of color. As a 25-year veteran of the entertainment business, her current projects include producing segments for ESPN’s “30 for 30” sport documentaries as well as a scripted television series, called “The Chronic,” which documents her inner working with mega rappers Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg within the walls of record label Death Row.

Despite the glitz and glamour of the entertainment business, Money became interested in the cannabis industry, especially as the legalization of medical marijuana was picking up steam in various states across the country. She wanted to be on the ground floor of a new frontier in alternative medicine – that is, a “woman in weed” on a Wall Street level.

Born in Seoul, Korea, and raised in Monterey, CA, Money began her research of the cannabis industry and became very interested in the healing properties of marijuana. As she traveled to cannabis-related social events and conventions, she eventually met Cheryl Shuman, dubbed the Queen of Cannabis and founder of the Beverly Hills Cannabis Club. Shulman became a mentor to Money, and taught her the ins and outs of the cannabis business. Unlike some cannapreneurs, Money decided to specialize in the use of cannabis for health and beauty reasons – that is, oils, topicals and creams — forgoing the cultivation route or running a medical marijuana dispensary.

In her kitchen, Money began extracting oils from marijuana, and sharing her concoctions with friends and family. Also, with a passion for cooking, she began infusing cannabis into her Korean dishes. Her experimentation prompted interest in producing cannabis-infused edibles and a coffee line. However, the illnesses of two close friends changed Money’s attention from edibles to the medicinal use of cannabis.

Ricardo Behrens
Ricardo Behrens

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