NEW YORK—(August 26, 2020)— Clio Cannabis, the awards program that celebrates creators at the forefront of cannabis marketing and communications, today announced the industry leaders who will determine the program’s winners in 2020. The group is comprised of leading creative talent from top cannabis brands, services, and dispensaries, as well as the agencies who are setting the high mark for work in the industry.

“As the world faced a crisis that caused many traditional businesses to shut down this year, the cannabis industry was deemed an essential service,” said Michael Kauffman, Director, Clio Cannabis. “It’s a huge transition for any sector to go from subversive to vital in such a short time and it has been the responsibility of the marketers in this space to shift cultural norms, work towards social justice and introduce a wide variety of new products to consumers. The creators who are leading this change deserve to be rewarded and we are so honored to be able to assemble this group of leaders to select the year’s most outstanding work and set the bar for what’s next.”

The 2020 Clio Cannabis award recipients will be decided by:

  • Cory Rothschild, SVP of Brand Marketing, Cresco Labs
  • Ann Skalski, President, Double Barrel
  • Daniel Stein, Founder, EVB, Essential Good
  • Ricardo Baca, Founder, Grasslands
  • Hope Wiseman, Founder & CEO, Mary & Main
  • Rob Dhoble, Managing Director, Havas ECS
  • Jenn Wong, VP Marketing, Select Cannabis at Curaleaf
  • Lily Sensimilla, CEO & Co-Founder, Cannabis Influencer, Silipuffs & My Happy Yoni
  • Mario Guzman, Founder, Sherbinskis
  • Ophelia Chong, Owner & Founder, Stockpot Photography
  • Mary Pryor, CMO & Founder, Tonic CBD, Cannaclusive
  • Willie Mack, CEO, Think Big
  • Ericka Pittman, CMO, Viola Brands
  • Juanjo Feijoo, CMO, Weedmaps

Clio Cannabis is also committed to pledging a portion of proceeds from 2020 to the Cannabis Impact Fund, which aims to make meaningful change, build a national narrative, and elevate the work of our black and brown leaders in the cannabis marketplace. The fund currently supports Minority Cannabis Business AssociationMinorities 4 Medical MarijuanaThe Hood Incubator, Color Of Change, The Bail Project, and Black Futures Lab.

Clio Cannabis is currently accepting submission in the Advocacy, Brand Design, Digital/Mobile, Experience/Activation, Film/Video, Film/Video Craft, Partnerships & Collaborations, Print & Out of Home, Print & Out of Home Craft, Product/Service Innovation, Public Relations, Social Good and Social Media mediums. For information, submission deadlines and to enter work, visit


About Clio Cannabis

Expanding on Clio’s enduring reputation for establishing best-in-class programs honoring creative ideas in a variety of specialized verticals, Clio Cannabis celebrates the creators at the forefront of cannabis marketing and communications. Launched in 2019, Clio Cannabis sets the bar for creative work in a rapidly growing industry, builds a greater understanding of a developing category, and elevates creative contributions from top talent and agencies.

About Clio 

Clio is the premier international awards competition for the creative business. Founded in 1959 to celebrate creative excellence in advertising, Clio today honors the work and talent at the forefront of the industry in a variety of specialized fields, including sports, fashion, music, entertainment, cannabis, and health. As a leading authority on the diverse and ever-changing creative landscape, Clio celebrates creativity 365-days-a-year via its global ad database Ads of The World and its content platform Muse by Clio.

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