NCIA Educational Series Speakers
Betty Aldworth - Kurt Barrick - Jessica Billingsley - Chris Bochenski - Joe Brezny - Hilary Bricken - Jay Czarkowski - Troy Dayton - Steven DeAngelo - Becky DeKeuster - Scott Hawkins - Rob Hunt - Ryan Hurley - Sebastopol, CA Vice Mayor Robert Jacob - David Jones - Tripp Keber - Kayvan Khalatbari - Khurshid Khoja - Kris Krane - David Lampach - The Honorable Lou Lang - Jaime Lewis - Chris Lindsey - Christie Lunsford - Jim Marty - Patrick McManamon - Ralph Morgan - Genifer Murray - Mark Passerini - Gabriel Plotkin - Amy Poinsett - Luke Ramirez - Christian Sederberg - Ean Seeb - The Honorable Tick Segerblom - Matt Simon - Aaron Smith - Ken Sobel - Scott Van Rixel - Brian Vicente - Chris Walsh - Tim Ward - Henry Wykowski
Deputy Director, National Cannabis Industry Association
Betty Aldworth is the deputy director of the National Cannabis Industry Association and chair of NCIA's Women's CannaBusiness Network. Since 2009, Betty has specialized in community outreach, public relations, advocacy, and policy reform as a consultant to cannabis-related businesses and nonprofit organizations. Prior to her work in marijuana policy and medical cannabis, Betty was a volunteer leadership professional with some of Denver's most well-respected nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she served as spokesperson and advocacy director for Colorado's successful Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the collaborative committee responsible for legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults in Colorado. Betty lives and works in Denver, Colorado.
CEO, The Von Dank Group
Las Vegas, NV
Kurt Barrick is a Las Vegas-based cultivation facility designer with experience in Colorado and Arizona.  The VonDank Group is a Sustaining Member of NCIA.
Co-Founder & COO, MJ Freeway
Jessica Billingsley has built and managed technology operations with an emphasis on executive management, strategic relationships, culture, financials, support, accounting, infrastructure, and intellectual property. Jessica's strategic vision and strong team building skills result in cohesive teams and year over year high revenue returns with large profit margins. Jessica has been a successful founder, owner, director, COO, and CEO of companies with revenue exceeding eleven million ($11M). She holds a Communications and Computer Science degree from the University of Georgia. Jessica is co-founder and COO of MJ Freeway.  Jessica is a member of the Board of Directors of NCIA and MJ Freeway is a Founding and Sustaining Member.
Vice President, Quantum 9
Chris Bochenski is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Quantum 9, a leading medical marijuana consulting and technology firm headquartered in Chicago. With 19 years of enterprise software experience and entrepreneurship, Chris has improved industry efficiency by implementing technology and promulgating best practices. Quantum 9's expert consulting helps companies enter the cannabis industry through lobbying, strategic planning, and operations commencement in emerging states, as well as improving performance for existing businesses through optimizing production quality and yield. Quantum 9 offers innovative technology for cultivation automation, dispensary, and statewide compliance systems. Chris believes the true measure of a medical marijuana program is the ability for state agencies to implement technology that ensures patient safety and supply chain transparency. Quantum 9 is an NCIA Member.
Executive Director, Nevada Cannabis Industry Association
Las Vegas, NV
Joe Brezny is the Executive Director of the Nevada Cannabis Industry Association. Joe has 25 years of operative political experience, beginning as a high school senior registering his classmates to vote and turning them out to the polls. He has been a manager or adviser on hundreds of campaigns, spending 22 of those years managing political operations for state parties, legislative caucuses, and candidates at the local, state and federal levels. Joe has spent the last three years as a nonpartisan political advisor to trade associations, developing and implementing strategies that organize their members and effectively engage in the political process. The Nevada Cannabis Industry Association is a Sustaining Member of NCIA and its only officially recognized state affiliate.
Partner, Canna Law Group
Regarded as one of Washington State's premier cannabis business attorneys, Hilary helps cannabis companies of all sizes with everything from corporate structure and intellectual property protection to branding, licensing, and medical cannabis law. Hilary's primary focus is helping cannabis businesses navigate the increasingly confusing and murky legal climate surrounding Washington State medical and recreational cannabis laws. She has represented clients struggling with a host of common problems in the industry, from business license denials, revocations, and injunctions to land-use disputes and moratoria on cannabis businesses. Hilary has also been involved in 280e tax reform and routinely participates in community education panels to continue to inform industry participants about the current and changing cannabis laws in Washington State. Hilary also works closely with lobbyists in Olympia, representing the Cannabis Business Group, a business trade organization focused on I-502 implementation. Hilary is a member of the Board of Directors of NCIA and the Canna Law Group is a Sustaining Member.
, Organa Labs
Organa Labs is a Sustaining Member of NCIA.
Senior Partner, Canna Advisors
Jay serves as a Senior Partner with Canna Advisors, a national cannabis industry consulting firm focusing on the competitive license application process in emerging markets and the design, build, and start-up operations of medical cannabis facilities. With a degree in Electrical Engineering and 15 years of commercial construction experience, Jay became a pioneer in the medical cannabis industry in 2009 by founding Boulder Kind Care (BKC). With a keen understanding of processes and operations, BKC quickly became one of the most successful medical cannabis businesses in Colorado. A key area that lead to BKC's success was its ability to consistently produce large amounts of high quality, pharmaceutical-grade cannabis. Jay's vision in design and process made the facilities state-of-the-art. Canna Advisors has been a Member of NCIA since its founding and BKC was a Founding Member.
CEO, ArcView Group
Trot Dayton is CEO of The ArcView Group which he founded in 2010 with Harborside Health Center's Steve DeAngelo. ArcView is responsible for a number of business innovations in the legal cannabis industry, including The ArcView Angel Investor Network, See Change Research, and MyDispensary Mobile App. ArcView is also a partner in Cannassure Insurance Services and the soon-to-be launched crowd-funding platform WECANNA. Formerly he was the Marijuana Policy Project's top fundraiser and lead liaison to the legal cannabis industry. Troy co-founded Students for Sensible Drug Policy (now on over 200 campuses), and helped launch and serve as the first sales director at Renewable Choice Energy. He was the promotional director for the Flex Your Rights film BUSTED. His work gathering support from religious leaders to advocate for cannabis legalization made national headlines. He is part of the leadership team at the Interchange Counseling Institute. Troy is regularly featured in the national media as an expert in cannabis industry.  Troy was a founding board member of NCIA and ArcView Group is a Sustaining Member.
Founder & Executive Director, Harborside Health Center
Steve DeAngelo has almost four decades of activism and advocacy in the cannabis reform movement. In 1998 Steve played a key leadership role in the passage of Washington D.C.’s medical cannabis initiative, Initiative 59. In October 2006, Steve launched Harborside Health Center (HHC) to bring a new model of professionalism and integrity to the industry. Harborside quickly gained recognition for its free holistic care clinic, laboratory tested medicine, low-income care package program, and wide array of other patient services. In 2007 Steve was involved the creation and development of Steep Hill Labs, California’s premier medical cannabis analysis laboratory, and Steve is the founder of the ArcView Group investor network.  Harborside Health Center is a Sustaining Member of NCIA and Steve is a member of the Board of Directors.
CEO, Wellness Connection of Maine
Becky was a founding board member of NCIA and Wellness Connection is a Member.
Principal, GRÜN Strategic
Scott is a Principal with GRÜN Strategic LLC, a leading medical marijuana public affairs consulting firm, with offices in Boston and San Francisco. Scott has spent his career focused on public relations, food and farming, communications, non-profit management, and strategic development issues. His Santa Cruz-based fresh produce buying brokerage and consulting firm, Hawkins Associates, was a primary contributor to the growth of the organic produce industry in its formative stages during the 1980s and 1990s. He eventually sold the company to Whole Foods Market. He has devoted much time to community health care issues, volunteering as a hospice bedside and grief support volunteer for over a decade.  Scott was a member of the NCIA Board of Directors from 2011 until 2013, and GRÜN Strategic is a Sustaining Member.
Chairman, Coalition for Responsible Patient Care
Robert Hunt is the Chairman of the Coalition for Responsible Patient Care in Massachusetts, a trade group for Medical Marijuana Industry Professionals. Rob is also the CEO of Evergreen Garden Centers in ME and MA as well as the CEO of Rocky Mountain Hydroponics in CO. He is also a contributing writer for Hydrolife magazine. Rob has lived in the Boston area for almost ten years and is a graduate of Suffolk Law School. He currently splits his time between MA and CO where as a barred attorney he often consults to Medical Marijuana Dispensary owners. CRPC is an NCIA member.
Partner, Rose Law Group
Ryan Hurley is a partner at Rose Law Group in Scottsdale, AZ and heads up the firm’s Medical Marijuana Practice Group. He has a background in land use and zoning law, environmental and water issues and a wide variety of regulatory compliance and administrative law issues. Ryan and the MMJ Practice Group assist clients with all aspects of AZ’s MMJ law including employment and criminal issues but primarily focus on the business of MMJ and helping clients apply for and secure dispensary licenses from the AZ Department of Health Services. Mr. Hurley has been working on AZ’s MMJ law even before it was passed and had significant input on the ultimate Rules that AZDHS developed. He is a frequent presenter at MMJ seminars and conferences throughout the West and is a tireless advocate for AZ MMJ in myriad interviews and appearances on AZ tv and radio. Ryan and Rose Law Group have been committed to the industry from day one and remain the go-to attorneys for all MMJ needs in AZ. Rose Law Group is a Founding Member of the National Cannabis Industry Association.
Sebastopol, CA Vice Mayor Robert Jacob
Founder and Executive Director, Peace in Medicine
CEO, San Francisco Patient and Resource Center
Sebastopol Vice Mayor Robert Jacob is the founder and Executive Director of Peace in Medicine, a model medical cannabis dispensary in Sebastopol, California, and is the CEO of SPARC in San Francisco. A diligent community leader and visionary entrepreneur, Robert was named in the Top 40 Under Forty by the North Bay Business Journal. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Sonoma County Democratic Party as well as City Liaison to Cittaslow Sebastopol, a nonprofit project-based organization. Robert developed and lead non-profit organizations serving disenfranchised youth and patients, formed a chain of salons, and ran a nationally recognized charter school. Before being elected to the Sebastopol City Council, Robert served as the Chair of the Sebastopol Planning Commission. Peace in Medicine is a Member and SPARC is a Sustaining Member of NCIA.
Partner, Capitol Counsel
David W. Jones is a partner with Capitol Counsel LLC. With over two decades of political experience, he advises clients on politics and process in Washington, D.C. David has served on the campaigns of Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), former House Majority Leader Richard A. Gephardt (D-MO), Congressman Charles Rangel and Vice President Al Gore as well as serving on the staff of President Clintons 1992 inaugural committee. Mr. Jones was a member of the finance committees for the presidential campaigns of President Bill Clinton in 1996 and Senator Hillary Clinton in 2008. He was on the Board of Trustees of the American Council of Young Political Leaders, a U.S. State Department-funded international exchange program. He was appointed by then-Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell to the Council of Trustees at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Jones is a graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Political Science.
Managing Director, Dixie Elixirs
Tripp Keber currently serves as the Managing Director of Dixie Elixirs and Edibles as well as President and CEO of Red Dice Holdings, LLC a portfolio company of Medical Marijuana, Inc. Mr. Keber is an Advisory Member of the Medical Marijuana Industry Group in Colorado as well as a Director of the Board for the Marijuana Policy Project.  Dixie Elixirs is a Founding Sustaining Member of NCIA and Tripp is a member of the Board of Directors.
Principal, Denver Relief Consulting
Kayvan Khalatbari holds a degree in Architectural Engineering and worked as an electrical systems designer with a Denver firm for 5 years while volunteering for Sensible Colorado and SAFER, where he was introduced to the medical marijuana community and its devoted base of patients and caregivers. Through those friendships that were formed Kayvan realized the wonderful benefits that medical marijuana provides for patients and the support system those caregivers make available. It is also through these relationships that he met future partners in his local small businesses, Denver Relief, Denver Relief Consulting and Sexy Pizza. Kayvan currently acts as Operations Manager for Denver Relief and Principal for Denver Relief Consulting. Denver Relief and Denver Relief Consulting are Founding Sustaining Members.
Principal, Greenbridge Corporate Counsel
San Francisco, CA
Khurshid Khoja is Principal at Greenbridge Corporate Counsel, a business law firm representing investors, start-ups and established companies in the legal cannabis industry. Before founding Greenbridge, Khurshid practiced corporate, securities, regulatory and transactional law at Reed Smith LLP and Thelen LLP. His expert columns have appeared in the Medical Marijuana Business Daily, and he has been a featured presenter at the National Marijuana Business Conference and the California NORML Conference. Khurshid was President of the Class of 2001 at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and is an alumnus of The University of Chicago and DePaul University. He was named a Northern California Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Greenbridge Corporate Counsel is a Member of NCIA.
Managing Partner, 4Front Advisors
Kris Krane is a co-founder of 4Front Advisors. Prior to forming 4Front, Kris served as director of client services for CannBe, where he helped develop many of the best practices that have become the backbone of 4Front Advisors’ operations. Kris served as associate director of NORML from 2000 to 2005 and executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) from 2006 to 2009. During his tenure at SSDP, the organization experienced rapid growth; scaled back the law that denies financial aid to students with drug convictions; and was featured prominently in major news outlets around the world. Kris currently serves on the national board of directors for both SSDP and Common Sense for Drug Policy. 4Front Advisors is a Sustaining Member of NCIA.
CEO/Co-Founder, Steep Hill Lab
David Lampach is co-founder and CEO of Steep Hill Lab Inc, the nations first medical cannabis testing laboratory in the United States. He has consulted in an official capacity for both state and local government on cannabis quality assurance issues. Most recently, he was on the team that won a contract with Washington State to develop the state's adult use legal cannabis program. He also led the development of the QuantaCann system, which is the industry's only remote instant cannabis potency evaluation system. Steep Hill Lab is a Founding Member of NCIA.
The Honorable Lou Lang
Representative, Illinois State Legislature
Representative Lou Lang (D) was appointed to the Illinois House in 1987 for the 16th District, and has served Skokie and parts of other northwest suburbs of Chicago since. In 2013, Representative Lang sponsored House Bill 1, creating the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program.
Founder, Mountain Medicine
Jaime Lewis is the Chief Operating Officer of Good Chemistry where she is responsible for operations and business development of this leading medical marijuana provider in Colorado, renowned for its community engagement and philanthropic efforts. She is also the owner of Mountain Medicine, an award-winning medical marijuana infused products manufacturer in Denver focusing on providing high quality medical marijuana edibles and infused products. Jaime is a founder and Chair of the Cannabis Business Alliance which serves as the principal policy voice for the marijuana industry in Colorado. CBA reflects her passion for and interest in developing sound policies for responsible and sustainable industry as medical marijuana business grows.  Jaime is a Member of the Board and her companies, Good Chemistry and Mountain Medicines, are Founding Sustaining Members of NCIA.
Legislative Analyst, Attorney, Marijuana Policy Project
Chris serves as a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project and works with elected officials, community leaders and lobbyists to change marijuana laws. Chris's work on Illinois' HB 1 was instrumental to its passage. As a medical marijuana attorney, he brought cases to the Montana Supreme Court on behalf of caregivers and patients, consulted with marijuana businesses, helped found business-related organizations in Montana, and testified before the Montana legislature. Chris has conducted numerous legal seminars including one for the Montana State Bar Association on marijuana law. He has also seen the harsh side of federal prohibition policies. In 2011, he was charged as a co-conspirator for violating federal law due to his earlier participation in a medical marijuana business.
Marketing Director, Dixie Elixirs
Christie Lunsford is marketing director at Dixie Elixirs and Edibles and has served as a consultant during the licensing and development phases of multiple Medical Cannabis Centers and Infused Product Manufactures in Colorado and California. As a board member of the Women's CannaBusiness Network, a project of the National Cannabis Industry Association, she has worked to lobby Congress in the areas of fair taxation and banking laws for state legal medical marijuana businesses. Additionally, Christie has more than 20 years experience in communications, with a broad background in cannabis therapeutics, uptake systems, consumer relations and corporate branding. Dixie Elixirs is a Founding Sustaining Member of NCIA.
Owner, Jim Marty & Associates
Jim Marty has been a CPA in the Denver Metro area of Colorado since 1984. His firm, Jim Marty and Associates, LLC, has offices in Longmont and Cherry Creek. Jim provides his clients with exceptional tax preparation assistance and is accredited in Business Valuation, certified in Financial Forensics, and qualified as an expert witness in jurisdictions in Colorado and California. In November 2009, Jim traveled to San Francisco, CA to meet with attorneys and accountants involved in the CHAMP case and medical marijuana generally. Jim serves more than 100 medical marijuana clients, has assisted in numerous medical marijuana IRS and State of Colorado audits, and continues to support the medical marijuana and the emerging adult-use marijuana industries in Colorado. Jim Marty & Associates is a Sponsoring Member of NCIA.
Managing Director, Cannassure
Patrick McManamon is the Managing Director of Cannassure Insurance Services, LLC. Patrick offers 12 years of alternative risk and insurance industry experience. Cannassure is an insurance organization focused exclusively on the legal Cannabis Industry. The firm develops, underwrites and services alternative property & casualty and risk management products for the Cannabis industry. Cannasure is a Sponsoring Member of NCIA.
CEO, Organa Labs
Ralph Morgan has founded and is a partner in several medical marijuana businesses including Organa Labs, an infused product manufacturer based in Denver and licensed to several other states; O.pen Vape, a personal portable vaporizer; and several retail centers in Denver Colorado. Following extensive work in the medical equipment and supplies field, Ralph and his wife Heidi Morgan became fascinated by the profound medicinal efficacy of marijuana and opened Evergreen Apothecary. Noticing an unmet demand for consistent, safe, and organic products, they created Organa Labs. Ralph completed his undergrad degree at the University of Nevada, Reno with an emphasis in Advertising and a minor in Marketing. Organa Labs is a Sustaining Member of NCIA.
Genifer Murray received her bachelor of science in microbiology from Colorado State University and in 2010 Genifer created Colorado's longest running medical marijuana testing laboratory. Driven by Genifer's skills and her passion for cannabis science, CannLabs has grown into the premier marijuana analytics firm in Colorado. Advocating for science, Genifer has adopted medical marijuana rights as a personal cause. Genifer's expertise allows her to provide education to clients and patients on accurate dosing and proper activation, health, and safety, and in so doing she has helped to create a credible and safe industry for the future. CannLabs is a Sponsoring Member of NCIA. CannLabs is a Sponsoring Member of NCIA.
Co-founder, Om of Medicine
Ann Arbor, MI
Mark co-founded The Om of Medicine in 2010 and is president of the Ann Arbor Medical Cannabis Guild in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He currently serves as the government liaison for the Michigan chapter of ASA, a nationwide activist group protecting cannabis patients' rights. He was recently chosen to organize and moderate the 42nd annual Hash Bash, the longest running cannabis reform rally in the country. His interest in the cannabis sector stems from not only his love for the plant but also from his passion for the promise of natural, holistic medicine.  Om of Medicine is a Member of NCIA.
Partner, Miller Shakman & Beem LLP
Gabriel Bankier Plotkin is a partner at Miller Shakman & Beem LLP, a litigation firm in Chicago. A former federal public defender, Gabe has significant experience representing clients in federal criminal matters. He also represents a wide variety of clients in commercial disputes in both state and federal court, including in litigation involving contract disputes, corporate and partnership disputes, fraud, and RICO allegations. In addition, Gabe has advised numerous lawyers and law firms on issues of ethics and malpractice. Gabe is a graduate of Yale Law School and currently teaches a clinical course on criminal justice at the University of Chicago Law School.
Founder, MJ Freeway
Amy Poinsett is a co-founder and the CEO of MJ Freeway Software Solutions, a woman-owned software company providing a business software platform including point of sale, inventory tracking, and cultivation management for marijuana businesses. Amy provides strategic direction and guides the high-performance culture of her team, resulting in high-quality software platforms for the medical and adult-use marijuana industry. An alumnus of the University of Denver, Amy has directed technology development teams in software, application design, and research analysis across various business sectors within financial services, luxury tourism, and medical technology, resulting in high revenue returns and stable corporate growth. Amy has founded, directed and held COO and CEO positions for various high-earning technology start-up companies in the point of sale and e-commerce spaces.  MJ Freeway is a Sustaining Member of NCIA.
Owner, Cannabusiness School and Consulting
Luke is co-owner/managing director of Walking Raven MMC and founder of Cannabusiness School and Consulting. Prior to entering the cannabis industry, Luke's experience as an insurance agent provided him with a foundation for understanding complex regulatory environments. Luke strives to bring professionalism to the industry; and has made his company one of the most reputable in Denver. Since Luke took over its operations, Walking Raven has been actively involved in advocacy groups and campaigns such as Amendment 64, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, and NCIA. A young cannabis entrepreneur, Luke is motivated by the ideal to shift cannabis sales from the underground market to professionals who operate peaceful business practices. Walking Raven has been an NCIA member since February 2013, and Cannabusiness School and Consulting has been an NCIA member since its inception in April 2013.
Partner, Vicente Sederberg
Christian Sederberg, Esq., is the co-founder of Vicente Sederberg LLC, a law firm with offices in Boston and Denver providing legal assistance to businesses and individuals in the medical marijuana community. In his capacity as an attorney focusing on medical marijuana, Christian has served on the Colorado Department of Revenue Medical Marijuana Regulatory Advisory Board and the Denver Medical Marijuana Advisory Board. In December 2012, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper appointed Christian to the Amendment 64 Implementation Task Force as the representative of the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol.  Vicente Sederberg is a Founding Sustaining Member of NCIA and Christian is a member of the Board of Directors.
Founder, Denver Relief Consulting
Ean Seeb is a third generation Denver native. He is one of the founders of a local non-profit and holds multiple leadership and board positions throughout the city in civil rights, community and cultural organizations. He is an actor and real estate broker and holds a B.S. in Business Administration. A ski accident led Ean to the healing effects of medical marijuana in 2008 after suffering more than a decade of pain and permanent nerve damage with no relief available from conventional medicine. Recognizing the opportunity to combine his business acumen along with his passion for helping others, Ean has become a leading caregiver in the medical marijuana community. Ean currently acts as Wellness Center Manager for Denver Relief. Ean is Chair of the Board of Directors and Denver Relief and Denver Relief Consulting are Founding Sustaining Members.
The Honorable Tick Segerblom
Senator, Nevada State Legislature
Las Vegas, NV
Richard "Tick" Segerblom was first elected to the Nevada Assembly to represent Assembly District 9 in 2006, and was elected to the Nevada State Senate in 2012 to represent Senate District 3. Tick is also a Las Vegas employment lawyer, a Nevada native, and a fourth generation Nevada representative.
Legislative Analyst, Marijuana Policy Project
Matt Simon has been working since 2007 to reform marijuana laws in New Hampshire, lobbying for medical marijuana legislation that passed the House and Senate in 2009 and 2012 (but was vetoed). In December 2011, he began working as a legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project, where he serves as a resource to legislators and reform advocates in 16 states. Matt's top mission in 2013 is to finish the job and pass a medical marijuana law in New Hampshire. Matt lives in Goffstown, New Hampshire and holds a Master's degree in English from West Virginia University.
Executive Director, National Cannabis Industry Association
Aaron Smith is co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Prior to launching NCIA, Aaron distinguished himself as a public advocate for marijuana policy reform — first under the auspices of a California-based medical cannabis advocacy group, Safe Access Now, and more recently as the California state policy director for the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project. Aaron has successfully built coalitions with elected officials on both sides of the aisle in order to advance marijuana law reform legislation in the state capitol and among the voting public. Aaron's opinion pieces have appeared in major newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, and he has been a frequent commentator on national television news networks. Aaron is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona and Denver, Colorado.
President & CEO, The Green Halo
Ken Sobel is the President and CEO of the Green Halo, LLC, which owns and operates the Green Halo Dispensary in Tucson, Arizona; established the Heavenly Harvest, Arizona's only approved cannabis infusion kitchen; and is a principal officer or consultant in several other dispensaries scheduled to open later this year. An attorney who has practiced for 32 years in California and Arizona, Ken was the first person to take and pass two bar exams in the same week on his first try. He serves as First Vice President of the Arizona Wellness Chamber of Commerce, the primary trade organization for medical cannabis in Arizona, and co-founded an organization of dispensary owners dedicated to strengthening the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act ("AMMA"). Green Halo was the first Southern Arizona business to join NCIA. The Green Halo is a Member of NCIA.
Scott Van Rixel
CEO, Bhang Chocolate
Bhang Chocolate is a Sustaining Member of NCIA and Scott is a board member.
Partner, Vicente Sederberg
Brian Vicente, Esq., is a founding member of Vicente Sederberg, LLC. Brian served as the co-director of the Amendment 64 campaign and was one of the primary authors of this historic measure. Brian also serves as executive director of Sensible Colorado, the state’s leading non-profit working for medical marijuana patients and providers. Brian is the chair of the Denver Mayor’s Marijuana Policy Review Panel, serves on the Colorado Department of Revenue Medical Marijuana Oversight Panel, and coordinates the Colorado Bar Association's Drug Policy Project. He was awarded the prestigious Gideon award for his free speech advocacy during the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Brian was the found Board Chair and Vicente Sederberg is a Sustaining Member of NCIA.
Editor, Medical Marijuana Business Daily
Chris Walsh is the editor of Medical Marijuana Business Daily, which covers financial and legal news for executives running dispensaries, cultivation sites and infused products companies as well as investors, lawyers and other ancillary firms. Profiled by Dow Jones as a top business journalist in the cannabis industry, Walsh is frequently quoted by the media, including publications such as MarketWatch, The Seattle Times, CBSNews and Crain's Michigan Business. MMJ Business Daily is a Member of NCIA.
Founder, Ideal 420 Soil
New York, NY
Ideal 420 Soil is a Sustaining Member of NCIA.
Attorney, Henry G. Wykowski & Associates
San Francisco, CA
Henry Wykowski is a San Francisco-based trial attorney representing numerous cannabis dispensaries throughout California in tax matters. He was the tax attorney in the landmark case Californians Helping to Alleviate Medical Problems (CHAMP) v. Commissioner. In CHAMP, the IRS sought to disallow the dispensary’s cost of goods sold and expenses, and impose a tax on gross sales, thereby establishing a precedent that would tax dispensaries out of business. The CHAMP decision recognized the right of dispensaries to offset sales with cost of goods sold, a significant victory for medicinal cannabis dispensaries. Henry has spoken on tax issues at numerous events including several NORML national conferences and NCIA events. Henry Wykowski is a former Board Member and Henry G. Wykowski & Associates is a Sustaining Member of NCIA.