Adam is a Director at Dr. Bronner’s; Co-Founder of Capitol Hemp and proposer of Initiative 71. Adam is a parent of a 12 year old daughter, has lived in DC since 1992 when he moved to the capital to attend American University, and has a BA in Communication and Government.
Amy Rising served in the Air Force as a meteorologist at the 15th OWS at TACC headquarters from 2002 to 2005. She holds an MPA from Park University. She previously worked on Cannabis legislation as it relates to veterans in Delaware and New York. She actively works with Congress to develop viable alternative healthcare options for veterans in the VA.
Wellness Coach/Educator – 37Tons
Bill provides in-depth cannabis consulting and community education, he recently led a yoga session at the National Cannabis Festival highlighting the intersection between cannabis and general health and wellness. He holds a BS from Pennsylvania State University, before changing careers to health and wellness he worked for Lockheed Martin for 10 years.
As a Wellness Coach, Bill has partnered with Cigna and other healthcare providers to design and facilitate fitness, wellness and nutrition classes to employees under their respective wellness programs (non cannabis related). Bill is hopeful that in the near future with the acceptance of the endocannabinoid system within the science and medical communities, healthcare providers will fully realize how legalized and regulated cannabis can lead to lower human health costs.
Brandon L. Wyatt Esq.
DC Councilmember Brianne Nadeau
Brianne Nadeau was elected to the Council of the District of Columbia on November 4, 2014. In her many years of service to the community, she has brought perspectives from a career that has spanned the non-profit, public and private sectors. As Councilmember, Brianne is committed to strengthening our schools, supporting small businesses, increasing affordable housing and public safety, and putting measures in place that allow for government transparency, effectiveness and the highest ethical standards. Brianne earned an M.A. in Public Policy from American University where she concentrated her studies in the Women & Politics Institute. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Boston College. While at Boston College, she worked to improve the local community with involvement in the Latinas y Niños Center, a treatment program for women recovering from addiction.
Dr. Chanda Macias
CEO, National Holistic
Dr. Chanda Macias has more than ten years of experience using her knowledge and skills in academia, government, technology, and the cannabis industry to successfully leverage business implications and opportunities. Her extensive experience developing strong teams, managing operations, directing research projects, and providing strategic leadership adds value to every company she works with.
Journalist, Marijuana Times
Chloe Sommers is the Senior Writer for The Marijuana Times and a contributor to Leafly, The Weed Blog, and Ganjapreneur. After graduating with her Master’s in Journalism from Syracuse University, she worked at CNN as a Digital Political Producer for six years. As a digital media influencer, Chloe focuses primarily on cannabis and hemp policy, industry news, and medical marijuana in America.
Founder, District Growers
Corey Barnette is the founder and CEO of District Growers, LLC—a full service grower and producer of cannabis, concentrates and infused products. Having operated dispensaries and cultivation operations since 2008, Corey has extensive experience designing, securing, operating and expanding cannabis cultivation and production operations. Corey returned home to the Washington DC area from San Diego, CA to found District Growers. He also purchased ownership of Metropolitan Wellness Center, a dispensary in Washington DC, which currently boast more than 30 percent of the patients in Washington, DC – despite being one of five.
Prior to focusing on the medical cannabis industry, Corey owned and operated businesses in a number of different industries across several states, including but not limited to automotive manufacturing, pharmaceutical testing, sports and entertainment, and transportation industries. He served as a Vice President of the Small Enterprise Assistance Funds from 2001 to 2004, an emerging market venture capital firm investing in start-up and early-stage businesses in 28 different emerging market countries. Prior to this, he served as an investment banker. Corey received an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business in 1997 and a BS of Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1992.
Executive Director, Maryland Cannabis Industry Association (MDCIA)
Darrell Carrington has over 25 years of experience working with every level of government, non-profits and the private sector. Mr. Carrington has lobbied in Annapolis, Maryland for the past 8 years, representing a wide array of clients, including professional sports teams, civil rights groups, energy companies and utilities. He has a successful track record for his clients in Annapolis and throughout Maryland. Mr. Carrington formerly worked in the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Office under the Honorable Glenn F. Ivey, serving as the Prisoner Re-entry Coordinator. He was responsible for assisting men and women returning to Prince George’s County from incarceration to find housing and employment and overall, to reduce the rate of recidivism. Working with a myriad of Federal, State and County Agencies, the Re-entry Program established a continuum of care for ex-offenders and their families.
Mr. Carrington was privileged to work closely with the Maryland General Assembly to assist in re-writing the Maryland Medical Cannabis Program in 2014, and continued to work closely on the proposed Regulations with the Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Cannabis Commission. Darrell was an important voice in helping to shape the regulations that govern the Maryland Program. Finally, Mr. Carrington also helped found and presently serves as the Executive Director of the Maryland Cannabis Industry Association (MDCIA). MDCIA is a membership organization representing those interested in participating in Maryland’s emerging medical cannabis market. MDCIA serves as a chamber of commerce for the Maryland Cannabis Industry. In his spare time, Mr. Carrington is an avid golfer, (if not a very good one), and had volunteered with several county-based organizations, including the Take Charge Juvenile Diversion Program where he served as Board Chair.
Activist, Author, 37 Tons
Author, Social Activist, Prolific Pot Smuggler-Largest Pot Bust in US History | David is author of 37Tons–a story based on the largest pot bust in US history of survival, addiction, wild successes and failures, and the attempt to make sense of it all. As a social activist, David speaks about poverty, crime, addiction and prison. He developed, owned and operated inpatient and outpatient healthcare programs in California, Delaware, Florida and Ohio for both adult and adolescent dual diagnosis patients suffering from addiction and underlying psychiatric problems.
Davis Clayton Kiyo has been called a visionary and innovator in the industry. He founded Myster High-End Accessories with the intention of cleaning up the image associated with being a regular cannabis user. Myster designs, manufactures, and sells classy accessories for the modern enthusiast. Myster’s Bethesda, Maryland retail location was raided by police for selling CBD oil and Davis now faces 3 felony charges. Myster/Davis go to trial in mid September to fight these unreasonable charges. Myster is currently spearheading a #freemyster campaign to raise funds for their legal battle.
CEO, Klein Law Solutions
The Law Office of Jason Klein, PLLC has been serving cannabusiness clients in Washington, DC and on the East Coast since 2011. His office advises direct and ancillary cannabis operators and entrepreneurs on a range of legal issues that they face from their startup through the lifecycle of their business. This includes organizational formation, commercial contract and administrative matters, compliance in tightly regulated cannabis markets, and general counsel services. Jason Klein is a native of Michigan, and member of the Michigan and District of Columbia Bar. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics and math, Masters degree in public policy and J.D. (cum laude) from Indiana University – Bloomington.
CEO, Brand Joint
Jennifer Culpepper founded the Maryland-based branding agency, Brand Joint, after identifying a need for specialized brand strategy and design in the emerging cannabis industry. In addition to Brand Joint, she is the Principal and Chief Creative of award-winning branding firm, Peppermill Projects, designing for a wide variety of consumer-focused clients. Her creative talent, business acumen and 20 years experience creating successful brands makes her an exceptional brand strategy advisor for cannabis entrepreneurs who are looking to grow successful canna-businesses.
Jesce Horton is the owner of Panacea Valley Gardens, a medical cannabis cultivation center and co-founder of Panacea, an award-winning dispensary in Portland, OR. He is also the co-founder and Chairman of the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA), the first non-profit organization founded to create equal access and economic empowerment for cannabis businesses, their patients, and the communities most affected by the war on drugs.
Currently, Jesce is developing Saints Cannabis, a vertically-integrated cannabis campus that will house adult-use (recreational) retail, cannabis lounge, indoor and greenhouse cultivation, processing and R&D operations all on one flagship property in Portland, OR. He sits on numerous state and city appointed committees that oversee rules and regulations shaping the Oregon cannabis industry. Jesce has received recognition from Marijuana Business Magazine, Willamette Weekly, DOPE magazine and High Times magazine for local and national contributions.
Account Manager NCC Group
Joe has over 16 years of experience working in the information technology arena. His experience expands across multiple industries including retail, healthcare, finance/banking, pharmaceutical, education, and government.
Joe is a current and active member of the Technical Advisory Service for Attorneys (TASA) and was a key note speaker at the NYC Law Summit on Healthcare Law. In addition, Joe is a panelist for the HHS/ NIST Healthcare Summit. Mr. Meyer is also a recipient of the 2014 Security Insiders Blogger of the Year for his work on Biometric security, and formalizing secure coding training.
Joe’s skills are utilized to develop and lead multiple service disciplines and offerings, and for ensuring the quality and timeliness of Consulting services. Joe also provides subject matter expertise to help clients align their security goals with regulatory and industry standards, to include ISO 27001/2, HIPAA/HITECH, PCI DSS, FISMA, FIPS, and SOX.
Josh Godaire (pronounced “Go-Dare”) is a fourth generation Master Plumber with over 20 years of experience in the mid-Atlantic region. He is a native Washingtonian with master licenses in 5 states and is an expert in designing irrigation systems and providing maintenance solutions for large and small-scale cultivators. He entered the cannabis industry in 2006 and began his work by focusing on cultivation and advocacy. He was a financial supporter and campaign volunteer for Initiative 71 that legalized cannabis in Washington, DC. He is also a master gardener who has trekked the globe to find rare cannabis genetics and has learned various growing techniques he often shares with his clients. From setting up small I-71 compliant closet grows to building out one of Washington, DC’s largest medical cannabis cultivation facilities, Josh Godaire is one of the foremost cannabis consultants in the mid-Atlantic region. His passion for the cannabis industry, along with his many talents, makes him a treasure trove of valuable information on the high points and pitfalls of the new emerging cannabis industry.
Kate Bell Esq.
Kate Bell joined MPP in December 2015 and is working toward reform in Arizona, D.C., Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wyoming. Prior to MPP, Kate worked as a criminal defense attorney based in Baltimore, Maryland, where she witnessed first-hand how the racially-disparate enforcement of prohibition warps the relationships between police and the communities they serve. In her practice, she regularly represented medical marijuana patients under the affirmative defense law, while also advocating for a broader law that would protect patients from prosecution. Kate graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. She has traveled extensively and is now a proud resident of the (future) 51st state.
Lead Cultivator, District Growers
Kathryn currently serves as a Manager at the Washington DC-based medical cannabis cultivation center, District Growers. She further serves as an Assistant Manager at the Metropolitan Wellness Center located in Capitol Hill and has been a leader and pillar of progress in both facilities since their opening in 2013. Kathryn brings over a decade of experience in the medical cannabis industry, specializing in genetic specific training techniques and patient care. Kathryn has a BA in Biology from San Diego State University and became a certified Holistic Health Practitioner after graduating from the Mueller College also located in San Diego, CA.
Keith Stroup Esq.
Founder , NORML
Keith Stroup is currently a Washington, DC public-interest attorney who founded NORML in 1970. Keith obtained his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Illinois in 1965, and graduated class of 1968 from Georgetown Law School in Washington, DC. Following two years as staff counsel for the National Commission on Product Safety, Keith founded NORML and ran the organization through 1979, during which 11 states decriminalized minor marijuana offenses.
Former White House Correspondent
Ken Bazinet is a communications, public policy, campaign professional, and longtime White House Correspondent, who covered the last three presidents. As host of the Legalization Nation Report, he focuses on federal and state efforts to mainstream the anti-prohibition movement.
Director & Founder, CannaCare Docs
Kevin is the Managing Director and Founder of the first New England and Mid-Atlantic medical marijuana evaluation center, Canna Care Docs—which provides access to state medical marijuana programs in Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Arizona, and Maryland. Kevin has worked in Colorado’s booming cannabis market since 2006 as a cultivator, entrepreneur, and as founder/operator of Kafka Consultants. Kevin has help fund numerous Cannabis business and has provided mentorship to many young Cannabis entrepreneurs. He is honored to have the opportunity to help Mid-Atlantic entrepreneurs with guidance and funding for stellar cannabis business plans. Kevin resides in Nederland, Colorado with his wife, two young daughters & his dog Roxie.
CEO, Get Hemp Butter
Kyla Hill is the owner, creator, and CEO at Get Hemp Butter. Get Hemp Butter, winner of the 2015 Cannawards, is DC’s premier topical company specializing in Hemp based products for hair, hands, body and more. Growing up in a military family enabled Kyla to experience various areas of the US. She has incorporated some of those influences into her product.
Kyla is an advocate for hemp in support of full legalization for the purpose of creating alternative resources and sustainable practices. She is a certified Medical Marijuana Provider in the District of Columbia and have been involved in the industry for more than three years. Through her involvement in the legal Cannabis industry, Kyla has built a strong network of individuals not only in DC, Maryland, California, Colorado, Washington, and Nevada.
Kyla has appeared in The District, a local PBS show, was a contestant on season one of The Marijuana Show and appeared on Viceland. She was featured in The NY Times and over a dozen other publications among them Forbes magazine and The Washington Post.
Dr. Malik Burnett
Bio coming soon…
Rick Simpson Oil
Rick Simpson is a retired power engineer who worked for 25 years in the medical system in Canada. After suffering a severe head injury in 1997 he took all the medications doctors prescribed, but their side effects did nothing but harm. In desperation, he turned to the use of self-produced cannabis extracts and quickly found that he discovered one of the greatest natural medicines that can cure and control many different illnesses. Today, these extracts are usually called RSO or Rick Simpson Oil.
Rick Simpson put up the phoenixtears.ca website in 2004 to spread the knowledge about the healing abilities of the cannabis oil. Due to the criminal record that the Canadian government gave him, because he was growing cannabis plants in his own backyard, and was giving the oil for free, he can not enter the U.S. Therefore, Rick will give this lecture via Skype. For the last three years Rick Simpson has been residing in Europe.
Rick Simpson is only affiliated with two websites: phoenixtears.ca and www.simpsonramadur.com.
Founder, Blunt House Media
Born in Denver and raised in Texas, Robert dropped out of college at Texas State University after two years to pursue activism full time. After connecting with Rick Simpson and helping his effort to spread the word about RSO and the hidden power of cannabis medicine, Robert created the largest digital community of specifically cannabis friendly viewers and brands in the world (over 10,000,000)—Blount Group or “The Blunt Group.” With 5 subsidiaries, including the fastest growing cannabis web series in the industry, Blunted Radio, and cannabusiness’ largest social marketing agency, Blunt House Media, Blount Group is expanding rapidly and currently launching another fast growing startup with two more planned for next year.
Judge Shelli Williams Hayes
Former Illinois Judge
Judge Hayes is admitted to the New York Bar and the Illinois Bar. She served as a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois for 18 years. While on the bench, Judge Hayes acquired courtroom legal experience in business, marketing, and management. Judge Hayes was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Minority Cannabis Business Association and the National Cannabis Bar Association in 2015. Her memberships include advocacy in the Illinois Women in Cannabis; Minority Cannabis Business Association; Illinois Cannabis Bar Association, National Cannabis Bar Association, and Illinois Cannabis Industry Association. Judge Hayes received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and her Juris Doctorate Degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. She is a mother of four, wife, and medical cannabis advocate. Her new cannabis business venture is Sweet Leaf Kitchens, LLC., an infused organic edibles company in Illinois.
Partner, GTI Maryland
Sterling Crockett is a visionary leader offering over 30 years of innovative, imperative business practices that create value and masterfully inspire teams to high performance in meeting complex challenges. He is a strategic industrialist whose thoughtful leadership, decisive insight, and experience as chair of five corporations and agencies has made meaningful impacts on corporate governance, infrastructure, and community mentorship on local, national, and international levels.
Most recently, Mr. Crockett assumed the position of General Manager for GTI-Maryland, leading GTI’s diversity efforts to secure investments from minority investors, economic benefit, and the campaign to build a medical cannabis cultivation facility in Washington County, Maryland.
Native American Strategist
Tom Rodgers is a federal tax policy expert and lawyer who served as a senior staffer on the Senate Finance Committee. He is also a leading national advocate for Native American rights and empowerment. He is founder of the first Native American-owned cannabis company.
Co-Founder, DC Taste Buds
Originally from the Philadelphia metropolitan area, Victoria has a passion for startups, culinary arts, journalism, social media, and customer relationship management. She received her education at the world renowned Culinary Institute of America where she received her Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree in Culinary Arts Management. Upon graduating, Victoria continued her education at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers University while working for Stephen Starr’s hospitality group in Philadelphia. During this time she worked in Breslow Partners – a Philadelphia firm specializing in public relations and brand management.
In 2010, Victoria moved to Washington, D.C to help open CapMac, one of the first food trucks in Washington D.C. Her aggressive social media strategies and expert customer relationship management helped to skyrocket the truck to national acclaim. Victoria also served as the Social Media “Ringmaster” for the DMV Food Truck Association. Her blitz digital campaign helped defeat proposed regulations that would have forced food trucks out of downtown DC. She currently serves as their Communications Adviser.
For the last year, Victoria served as the community manager at Mess Hall, a culinary incubator and event space that houses some of DC’s most innovative startups, restaurateurs, and culinary brands. While Victoria was managing the collective, her efforts as the sole employee quadrupled the membership and event clientele in less than a year via client referrals and word of mouth marketing: her social media strategies increased engagement upwards of 500%, while followers grew 3x-10x across various platforms.
Currently, Victoria is in the process of launching a new cannabis culinary startup with two other well known DC food personalities – Warren Brown (Cakelove) and Anna Bran-Leis (DC Empanadas).