NCIA committees are an opportunity for members to get directly involved in specific industry issues and sectors. These volunteer-driven efforts engage members’ expertise and passion to drill down in areas of expertise and passion to effect change, provide professional development opportunities, and develop best practices and guidelines that will shape the future of our industry.  

The 2018-19 committee application period was open from Wednesday, May 30 to Wednesday, June 20 and all NCIA members are encouraged to apply. Due to the overwhelming interest we cannot guarantee committee assignment.

Take your involvement with NCIA to the next level, and reap the benefits for your industry and your business. For more information review the NCIA Committees Overview.

2018-19 Committee Applications are now closed, stay tuned for more ways to take your membership engagement to the next level. 


“There is no doubt that my fellow Committee Members will be the ones to help drive our industry forward and the relationships I’ve made are a valuable benefit of my NCIA Membership.”
– Michael Weiss, Nature’s Dream, Inc. (aka Cannacopia), NCIA’s Marketing & Advertising Committee

“I believe that by being a part of this committee and the actions that we are taking that we will begin to make significant strides for our industry. We wrote a white paper directed at educating financial institutions on the need to consider a program to bank the industry and developed a series of educational modules on 280E to address allowable deductions.”
– Dana Chaves, Ms. Mary Staffing/Hybrid Payroll, NCIA’s Legal and Banking Committee

Serving on the committee provided a brilliant opportunity to both deliver value to NCIA and our members as well as the ability to connect with and learn from fellow NCIA members. A terrific way to leverage membership and participation in NCIA.
– Gregg Steinberg, Growcentia, NCIA’s Marketing & Advertising Committee

“My experience of being the chair of the committee has enriched my understanding of the cannabis industry. Additionally, I have gotten to know some great people who have brought their unique background and expertise to our committee.”
– Nancy Warner, AssurPack LLC, NCIA’s Packaging and Labeling Committee

Being on the Scientific Advisory Committee has given me the opportunity to get updates and share ideas with a group of industry experts who I don’t meet with on a day to day basis. Also, the committees provide a unique forum to better discuss the specific problems facing our industry and allows us to better educate the community.
– Alena Rodriguez, Rm3 Labs, NCIA’s Scientific Advisory Committee




Cannabis Cultivation Committee (CCC)

The CCC’s mission is to promote the voice of growers, and to develop, promote, and distribute best growing principles and practices with other NCIA members in this industry sector.

Committee Members

Matt Hoffman - Chair

Hand Grown

Mo Phenix - Vice Chair

Growcentia / Mammoth Microbes

Sable Bender


Adam Chalasinski

Nexus Greenhouse Systems

Karen Duval

Floracal Farms

William Goodin

FlexMOD Solutions

Gino Granados

Talking Trees Farms

Kevin Haller

Petrinovich Pugh & Company, LLP

Akido Kittrell

Kittrell Consulting

Britt Massaro

Mamba Humboldt Logistics

Jacob Policzer

The Cannabis Conservancy

Dave Royal

Earthworm Soil Factory

James Schwartz

Cascade High

Scot Trifilo

Fiorello Pharmaceuticals

Finance & Insurance Sector Committee (FISC)

This committee promotes the interests of the cannabis industry’s critical finance and insurance sectors, and will develop strategies for the responsible advancement of these sectors for the good of our industry as a whole.

Committee Members

Ian Stewart - Chair

Wilson Elser

Jason Horst - Vice Chair

Horst Legal Counsel

Gene Bernkrant

Bozzuto & Company Insurance Services Inc.

Charlie Christopher


Sam Fensterstock

AG Adjustments

Shay Gilmore

The Law Office of Shay Aaron Gilmore

Gerry Jones

The Cannabis Insurance Company

Marco Materazzi

Emerge Law Group

Patrick McManamon - Immediate Past Chair

Cannasure Insurance Services, LLC

Sumit Mehta


Adam Patt

iCann Insure, LLC

Todd Prestenback

Artemis Brand

Eric Rahn

S2S Insurance Specialist

Jeffrey Samuels

Q56 Capital

Hailey Stephenson

Norick Risk Funding Concepts

Jennifer Vargen

State Compensation Insurance Fund

Wayne Weisenfluh

MMJ Financial Solutions

Infused Products Committee (IPC)

The IPC focuses on edible and topical products, reviewing existing business practices and state regulations. Regulation of these products is the IPC’s initial key focus, but the committee’s purpose is to ensure the infused product sector is helping shape its destiny, rather than being driven by differing jurisdictional regulations. The IPC is also working with the Council on Responsible Cannabis Regulation (CRCR) to develop standardized regulations for legislators and regulators to adopt as their states legalize the industry.

Committee Members

Todd Winter - Chair

Winter LLP

Trevor Morones - Vice Chair

Control Point

Radojka Barycki

Nova Compliance

Ben Bradley

MilesBradley Inc

Lenora Cooper

Genesis Medical Edibles

Lenora Cooper

Genesis Medical Edibles

Ashley Hanson

Humboldt Green Light Kitchen (Eva Gardens)

Lee Hilpert


Danielle Maybach

Eva Gardens

Scott Stein

CannAllay Brands Holding LLC

Banking Access Committee (BAC)

The BAC advocates for the industry’s equitable access to banking and for the industry to be treated fairly under state and local laws on issues such as 280E; the BAC and FISC will work in conjunction to ensure mutual goals are achieved.

Committee Members

Dana Chaves - Chair

Ms. Mary Staffing

Kelvin Keith - Vice Chair

Tidel Engineering, L.P.

Sahar Ayinehsazian

Vicente Sederberg LLC

Tyler Beuerlein

Hypur Inc.

David Bruns

Farella Braun + Martel

Jose Casarez

Verde Republic

Laurent Crenshaw


Donnie Emmi

Hunsaker | Emmi, P.C.

Yesenia Esparza

Red Mule Group

Nathaniel Gurien


Patrick Hammond

Linx Card Inc.

Alan Hanson

Emerge Law Group

Darren Kelly

Green Green

Todd Kleperis - Immediate Past Chair


John Morris

Dynamic Alternative Finance

Keefe E. Roberts

Keefe Roberts & Associates

Krystal Saab

Solace Holdings (dba Aether Gardens)

Steve Schain

Hoban Law Group

Marketing & Advertising Committee (MAC)

The “MAC Attack” for the 2017-2018 volunteer year includes developing best practices in cannabis industry marketing; opening dialogues with major media outlets that ban most or all cannabis-related advertising; holding in-person or virtual educational events for NCIA members; and developing processes for a NCIA Excellence in Marijuana Marketing Award, or “EMMA.”

Committee Members

Robert O’Shaughnessy - Chair

Higher Ground Agency

Jeanine Moss - Vice Chair

AnnaBis LLC

Lisa Buffo - Immediate Past Chair

Cannabis Marketing Association

Ken Epstein

WYD Agency

Kate Farmer

Baker Technologies

Carolyn Gerin

Cannawise LLC

Jeff Gonring


Barbara Jacobs


Lisa Jordan

Canna Advisors

Amy Larson


Gretchen Luchsinger

Information Forecast, Inc

Olivia Mannix


Kary Radestock

Hippo Premium Packaging

Patricia Rosi

Wellness Connection of Maine

Rudy Schreier


Gregg Steinberg


Michael Weiss - Immediate Past Chair

Nature’s Dream Inc (aka Cannacopia)

Laura Wilkinson Sinton


Tyler Wolf


Packaging & Labeling Committee (PLC)

The PLC develops recommendations for standardization of the packaging and labeling of cannabis products available to consumers nationwide.

Committee Members

Karen Bernstein - Chair

Bernstein IP

Alex Berger

Emerge Law Group

Mauria Betts

Potency Branding

Eden Irgens


Natisha Matthews

Great Little Box Company

Lisa Hansen

Plaid Cannabiz Marketing

Carl Rowley

Thompson Coburn LLP

Tammy Sagastume

Quake Scientific Products

Brian Smith

Satori Wellness

Nancy Warner - Immediate Past Chair

AssurPack LLC

Azia Weisz

Green Rush Packaging

State Regulations Committee (SRC)

This committee will examine and review the varying cannabis industry-specific statewide regulations and work to establish best practices or guidelines for states and municipalities to facilitate the development of regulations and compliance procedures.

Committee Members

Maureen McNamara - Chair

Cannabis Trainers

Matthew Abel

Cannabis Counsel, PLC

John Barnes

Veritec Solutions

Karin Clarke

KC Business Solutions

Michael Cooper

MadisonJay Solutions LLC

Juli Crockett


Sean Donahoe

Operative Campaigns LLC

Patricia Heer

Duane Morris

Jillian Hishaw

Agri-Business Consulting

Tanya Hoke

Galen Diligence

Greg Huffaker

Canna Advisors

Genny Kiley

Emerge Law Group

Bao Le

BAS Research

Yvette McDowell

YMcDowell & Associates

Lauren Mendelsohn

Law Offices of Omar Figueroa

Jose Merino

Zen Leaf

Barton Morris

Cannabis Legal Group

Wayne Nasby

Global Compliance Specialty Group

Kelly Rosenberg

McAllister Garfield, P.C.

Carolyn Schaffer

Thorburn Walker, LLC

Heather Sullivan

3C Consulting, LLC

Sam Tracy

4Front Ventures

Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC)

The SAC is comprised of practicing chemists and other scientific field professionals to advise other NCIA committees as they work to develop standards and guidelines for the various sectors of our industry, ensuring that any formal recommendations produced by other NCIA committees are scientifically sound, sustainable, and legitimate.

Committee Members

Paul Muchowski, Ph.D - Chair

Dr. Paul's

Alena Rodriguez - Vice Chair

Rm3 Labs

Dana Acton

Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits

Brittny Anderson

The Cannabis Conservancy

Stuart Bennett

Molecular Testing Labs

Christine Caldwell

EME International

Thomas Caristo

Agriscience Labs

Mike Clark

Bio Rad Laboratories

Tiffany Coleman

Lilu’s Garden

Garrett Cropsey

Canna Advisors

Scott Hansen

Agricor Laboratories, LLC

Krista Hill

Jondle & Associates, P.C.

Nick Jikomes


John MacKay

Synergistic Technologies Associates, LLC

Courtney Maltais

The Clear

Cynthia Shelby-Lane, M.D.

Shelbylane MD PC

Chris Tilzer

Eden Labs

Human Resources Committee (SAC)

The HRC is comprised of Human Resource practitioners devoted to bringing best practices to the cannabis industry. They’re focus is educating and bringing awareness to misclassification of employees, promoting guidelines for employee safety, clarification on wage and hour issues in the industry and creating checklists to being a legitimate employer.

Committee Members

Kara Bradford - Chair

Viridian Staffing

Kerry Arnold


Mark Hackett

Emerge Law Group

Nichole McIntyre


Heidi Quan

Murchison & Cumming

Michelle Whitmore

Canna Advisors