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Shaleen Title is a Commissioner of the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission. Shaleen co-founded THC Staffing Group and served as a senior staffer for Amendment 64, Colorado’s historic 2012 initiative that made Colorado the first state in the U.S. to legalize cannabis. As the Speakers Bureau Director for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, she recruited high-profile law enforcement officers, DEA agents and prosecutors to speak out in favor of legalization. She previously provided regulatory expertise for marijuana businesses and is a leading voice in diversifying the field of cannabis.
Chris Alexander is a policy coordinator with the New York Policy Office of the Drug Policy Alliance. As policy coordinator, Chris works to support forward-thinking policies and organizes community groups to pass legislation to end marijuana prohibition in New York State. Chris is a native of Queens, New York, and comes to DPA with legislative and community organizing experience that he utilizes in the fight to end mass incarceration and the drug war. Chris is an advocate for social justice, racial equity and a champion for civic engagement. He received his BA in political science from Syracuse University.
Betty Aldworth is the Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy and since 2014 has led the organization through its most substantial growth: the member base and campuses on which SSDP is present have doubled; staff and offices supporting those members have tripled; global presence has quadrupled; and as a result the policy change and education efforts members are leading have grown immeasurably. Since 2009, Betty has specialized in community outreach, public relations, advocacy, and policy reform as a consultant to or staffer for cannabis-related businesses and nonprofit organizations. She served as spokesperson and advocacy director for Colorado’s successful 2012 Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the collaborative committee responsible for legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults in Colorado, and was the Deputy Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association in 2013, the organization’s fastest year of growth.
Karen J. Bernstein is the Principal of Bernstein IP, which is celebrating its tenth year and helps its clients with corporate, securities, and intellectual property issues. Karen is admitted to practice law in New York, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. Her firm represents a diverse group of clients, including companies operating in the legal Cannabis industry. Among some of her firm’s legal Cannabis clients is a NY licensed RO and The Arcview Group. Karen is the Vice Chair of the Product and Labeling Committee for the National Cannabis Business Industry Association and the firm is a Sustaining Member of the National Cannabis Bar Association. Karen speaks and writes about intellectual property issues that affect the legal Cannabis industry, and she taught an online educational course produced by Green Flower Media entitled, “Protecting Your Intellectual Property in Your Cannabis Business: Identifying and Building IP to Enhance the Value of Your Cannabis Business to Attract Investors.”
Heather L. Burke is a partner with Greenspoon Marder’s Cannabis Law practice group. Due to her desire to defend cannabis patients and cultivators from a young age, in law school, Ms. Burke interned with Lance Rogers, who is also now a partner in Greenspoon Marder’s Cannabis Law practice group, assisting him in the seminal California cannabis case, People v. Jovan Jackson. Immediately after law school, Ms. Burke began her career by working closely with several renowned California medical marijuana attorneys, who mentored her in the aggressive representation of medical cannabis patients and cultivators throughout California and in federal court. Eventually opening her own practice in Nevada City, she has worked on numerous precedent setting cases, including a five-day evidentiary hearing regarding cannabis’ Schedule I status in U.S. v. Pickard in the Eastern District of California. Ms. Burke also co-drafted a proposed initiative for California cannabis legalization (2016), entitled The California Craft Cannabis Initiative.
Cristina Buccola is an attorney, advocate, and business developer in the cannabis sector. She is the former General Counsel of High Times and has been a partner in a large commercial cultivation operation in the Pacific Northwest. Cristina advises on M&A transactions and investment opportunities, designs and negotiates complex corporate matters, intellectual property protection and licensing programs, and develops strategic ventures and back-end compliance suites for her clients. She also undertakes public interest/policy work related to medicinal cannabis issues, and has testified in front of the New York and the New Jersey State Legislatures. Cristina has been admitted to practice law in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Illinois (inactive status), and is a member of the New York Cannabis Bar Association. She received her BA from The Gallatin School at New York University and her JD from The University of Chicago Law School. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @cbcounsel.
Malik Burnett, MD, MBA, MPH is a physician advocate and entrepreneur, working to advance drug policy reform away from one based on criminal justice and towards one based on public health. As policy manager of Drug Policy Alliance, he successfully co-chaired the Initiative 71 campaign, a ballot measure that legalized cannabis in Washington, DC. He continues to consult with state and local governments through the advocacy organization Doctors for Cannabis Regulation and provides consulting services to legal cannabis business through his firm Prevision Strategies and Analytics in addition to founding and managing a number of plant touching cannabis operations. Dr. Burnett is originally from Montego Bay, Jamaica by way of Atlanta, GA. His passion for drug policy is rooted in solving the racial disparities which exist in drug enforcement practices. Dr. Burnett attended Duke University where he completed a medical degree and masters in business administration. He earned his MPH from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Edmund M. DeVeaux is the Executive Vice President of Burton Trent Public Affairs, LLC. A graduate of Rutgers University and a commissioned officer in the United States Army, Edmund brings a wealth of private, public, and not-for-profit sector experiences to the firm. Edmund's career began in New Jersey state government, where is oversaw the capital budgets for departments of Corrections, Human Services, the NJ State Police, and the Department of State. He went on to serve as Aide to the Mayor of the City of New Brunswick, as well as special assistant to US Senator Bill Bradley, where he specialized in environment, military & veteran affairs, transportation, and municipal government development. Edmund's corporate career includes leadership roles with the country's largest multinational water-related source and environmental companies. He has served on the board of nearly 10 non-profit boards and currently serves on the board of Civic League of Greater New Brunswick and Elijah's Promise.
Amy Epstein Gluck is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel throughout the U.S., advising employers large and small about employment and anti-discrimination/anti-harassment laws, human resource policies and procedures, retaliation, and how to remain in compliance with all federal, state, and local employment laws. Ms. Epstein Gluck’s current practice areas include employment law and business litigation matters. Amy co-authors her firm’s “Employment Discrimination” blog and provides information to the media concerning prevalent employment law issues, most recently The New York Times. She is an expert for SheSource—Women’s Media Center, an online braintrust of female experts designed to serve journalists and producers seeking female sources, guests, and speakers.
Rebecca Greenberg is a partner of The Greenberg Law Firm, LLP and a leading cannabis law attorney, with a specialization in civil litigation and insurance liability. She advises clients on minimizing liability exposure in the wild west of the cannabis industry and is an expert in the areas of New York compliance and professional liability, particularity in the area of medical cannabis. Rebecca currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Washington Heights Corner Project and is an active member of the New York Cannabis Bar Association. She has written and lectured on the constitutionality of Internal Revenue Code 280E, medical malpractice liability exposure for recommending cannabis in New York State and implementing medical cannabis in primary health care. She received her Juris Doctor from Pace Law School, during which she served as a judicial intern at the New York State Appellate Division, First Department.
Andi Goldman, CFA, Esq. is Principal of ABG Advisory/Equitas Partners Fund. With 20 years of institutional investment experience in private equity and lending, Andi’s managed $2B of investments across numerous industries. In cannabis, Andi’s been an advisor, angel investor and executive. As a financial executive, Andi was instrumental in raising and negotiating significant capital for FLRish’s California cannabis holding company and cultivation operations and gained significant exposure to Harborside’s dispensary operations. Andi’s a Chartered Financial Analyst and former corporate/securities lawyer, is currently advising a variety of cannabis companies across the US and launching a cannabis investment fund, Equitas Partners Fund. Andrea is a frequent industry speaker, member of the Arcview Selection Committee and WomenGrow, and holds an MBA from Yale and JD from Duke.
Patricia H. Heer practices in the area of business reorganization and commercial litigation. She has represented all constituencies in and prior to bankruptcy proceedings and litigation spanning across wide ranges of industries. She has successfully litigated a variety of business, contract, collection, and director and officer disputes. Patricia advises a wide array of cannabis businesses and ancillary businesses, including national advocacy groups focused on changing cannabis related prohibition laws, investors and cultivation and dispensary operators. Patricia previously served as law clerk for the Honorable Robert E. Grossman of U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the U.S. Eastern District of New York. She graduated summa cum laude with a BA from St. John's University and in 2006 graduated from Hofstra University School of Law.
David C. Holland, Esq., has more than two decades of experience litigating complex civil and criminal matters including R.I.C.O. cases and cannabis related matters. He has also obtained significant results on behalf of clients in the areas of civil rights, employment discrimination, and housing related matters and has worked in and experienced the criminal justice system from every angle.
David is the Executive and Legal Director of Empire State NORML, the New York State affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and served as Counsel to High Times Magazine for more than 10 years. David is also a sought after Canna-Business legal advisor to private equity investors, news media resource, and requested to participate in many multi-disciplinary legal lectures regarding cannabis. He is a member of the New York Cannabis Bar Association and has participated in several challenges to marijuana’s Schedule I designation under the federal Controlled Substances Act.
Abner Kurtin is the Founder of JM10 Partners and serves as Portfolio Manager. He has been managing opportunity capital for over 20 years. Prior to JM10 Partners, Abner was the founder of K Capital Partners a multi billion dollar hedge fund. He started his career at The Baupost Group. Abner graduated Harvard Business School in 1994 and completed his BA at Tufts University in 1989.
Senator Liz Krueger (Democrat, 28th Senate District) is currently the ranking minority member of the Senate Finance Committee and a member of the Codes, Elections, Higher Education, Housing, Construction and Community Development, Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities and Rules Committees. Senator Krueger is a strong advocate for tenants’ rights, affordable housing, improved access to health care and prescription drug coverage, social services, and more equitable funding for public education, including higher education. She has made reforming and modernizing New York State’s governmental and electoral processes and tax policy central goals of her legislative agenda. Senator Krueger received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Policy and Human Development from Northwestern University and also holds a Master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s Harris Graduate School of Public Policy.
Dr. Bernie Lee is the Associate Chief Medical Officer at New York’s largest palliative care agency, Metropolitan Jewish Hospice and Palliative Care. He also serves as Assistant Clinical Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Lee served as an active duty armor officer in the US Army after graduating from West Point Academy before earning his medical degree from Stony Brook School of Medicine. Dr. Lee is a strong voice and physician advocate of medical marijuana and is leading the charge to educate physicians on its safe and effective use in order to help alleviate the suffering of patients with chronic and terminal illness.
Shanel Lindsay is a Boston-based attorney and patient advocate as well as founder of Ardent LLC and inventor of the precision medicinal cannabis tool, the NOVA™ Decarboxylator. Shanel drafted Massachusetts’ adult use cannabis law and is founding member and co-chair of the Northeast Cannabis Coalition and counsel to the Massachusetts Patients Advocacy Alliance. She was recently appointed to the newly-formed Massachusetts Cannabis Advisory Board, working with the Massachusetts government to develop and implement regulations for the medical and adult use markets. Shanel received an undergraduate degree from University of Pennsylvania and received her JD from Northeastern University School of Law. She worked as a law clerk fro Massachusetts Superior Court, then as a civil litigator for Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen.
Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno is the Drug Policy Alliance’s Executive Director. Prior to DPA, Maria worked as Co-Director the US Program at the Human Rights Watch, which in 2013 became the first major international human rights organization to call for decriminalization of the personal use and possession of drugs and global drug reform more broadly. Maria is the author of the narrative non-fiction book There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia (2018). She holds a law degree from New York University School of Law and a BA from the University of Texas at Austin.
Hillary Peckham co-founded Etain, LLC, the only women-owned and family-owned business to receive one of the only five competitive medical marijuana licenses in New York State. Etain was awarded the license in 2015, making Hillary the youngest person to ever receive a competitive marijuana license in the Unites States. Hillary and her co-founders share in the singular mission of improving the quality of life for patients in New York State by providing access to the highest quality, pharmaceutical-grade medical marijuana treatments available. Hillary’s passion for the medical cannabis industry comes from her own experience with chronic pain and muscular atrophy. After a failed hip surgery, Hillary spent two years unable to walk and suffers from permanent atrophy. From her personal experience, Hillary has a strong interest in alternative therapies that provide palliative care for those enduring long-term suffering. Hillary is a graduate of Hamilton College and the Dartmouth Tuck-Bridge School of Business. She is Vice President of the New York Medical Cannabis Association and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York.
Shanita Penny is a cannabis advocate, business professional and entrepreneur with 17 years of world-class corporate experience solving complex issues and improving business performance. She founded Budding Solutions in 2015 to help clients create and grow compliant, successful businesses that positively impact the burgeoning cannabis industry and communities. Shanita is the Washington, D.C. Publisher for Sensi Magazine, a City Lifestyle Magazine with a pro-cannabis stance dedicated to showcasing “the new normal” in the post-prohibition world. She is the President of the Board of Directors for the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) as well as a member of The New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association’s (NJCIA) Board of Trustees. Connect with Shanita at www.BuddingSolutions.net
Amol Sinha has served as the Executive Director of the ACLU-NJ since 2017. Prior that, Amol was a policy advocate at the Innocence Project, where he led state-level policy campaigns nationwide to address wrongful convictions. Amol is also an adjunct professor at Marymount Manhattan College and serves president of the South Asian Bar Association of New York and co-chair of the public interest committee of the South Asian Bar Association of North America. Amol holds a B.A. in journalism and economics from New York University, and a law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Jeanne M. Sullivan – Advisor, Investor, Speaker is a fierce advocate and for the regulation and legalization of the Cannabis industry. Jeanne is a General Partner of ArcView Venture Fund and a long- time tech investor. Ms. Sullivan is a sought-after industry speaker on the subject of “how to get the wallet out of investors’ pocket.” Named by Business Insider 2018 as one of the “rising stars” in the cannabis investing landscape, Sullivan likes leveraging her tech experience in this nascent but fast growing sector.