Hemp Ace International
Joy Beckerman is the Principal Hemp Specialist at Hemp Ace International, a New York-based consulting, legal support, expert witness, and brokerage firm serving the global community and focusing exclusively on the versatile hemp crop. She is the President of the Hemp Industries Association, founded in 1994 and sits on the National Board of Directors of NORML, founded in 1970. After opening the first hemp store in the State of New York in the early 1990’s, Joy served as Secretary to the Vermont Hemp Council upon passage of the inaugural Vermont hemp bill in 1996. In mid-1998, she commenced an extensive dual career as a compliance and complex civil litigation paralegal, supporting some of the West Coast’s most distinguished attorneys.
After raising her two sons through college, Joy officially formed Hemp Ace International in February of 2014. Joy is an internationally respected voice, writer and renowned public speaker, instructing on hemp subjects from law and policy, history, and agronomy, to infrastructure, permaculture, hempcrete, and the wide spectrum of hemp industries. She has presented at continuing legal education seminars and at numerous colleges, universities, and conferences over the last nearly quarter of a century. Working directly with lawmakers and regulators, Joy assists with law- and policy-making both proactively and on request as a grassroots activist. She is the recipient of the Hemp Industries Association’s 2014 National Hemp Activist of the Year Award, and Seattle Hempfest’s 2016 Regional Cannabis Activist of the Year Award. You can learn more about Joy at www.HempAce.com.
Players Network, Green Leaf Farms
Christine Kramar is the author and sponsor of the Kramar Amendment which placed Marijuana legalization for the first time as policy on the 2016 Democratic Party National Platform as served as the sole representative from Nevada forming national policy. Bernie Sanders campaign selected Ms. Kramar as a national cannabis adviser. The fight to place a pro-marijuana onto the platform started in 2014 when she ran for local office in Nevada. Christine served as Chief of Staff to the former Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Las Vegas as the sole local government executive staff member to have pursued cannabis friendly public policy reforms at both the local and national level.
Professionally Ms. Kramar has operated political campaigns in four states from local races to two congressional campaigns. She served one term as a congressional liaison, and at both the California and Nevada legislatures as a lobbyist. She was among the first managers in TRIP Nevada where she was responsible for leadership of over 300 workers in a state of the art warehouse, fully OSHA compliant. In September 2018 she joined Players Network and its subsidiary Green Leaf Farms as Executive Secretary to CEO Mark Bradley.
Alexia Martinez is the Community Relations Coordinator for TapRoot Cannabis with a goal to foster engagement and collaboration within the cannabis industry and local Nevada market. A second-generation Las Vegas native, Alexia believes supporting your local community is the key to lasting success. Following a year in corporate hotel sales, she entered the Nevada cannabis industry in July 2017.
Alexia knows that good things start small and beginning as a budtender in a dispensary offered first-hand experience in identifying the needs of the new cannabis consumer. It’s how you manage to connect with the person in front of you and communicate to them that you are there to help. Alexia believes that positive change is accomplished together, and that only through collective collaboration can we break down the stigma surrounding cannabis and increase access for all. Alexia has been featured in the Women in Cannabis issue of Vegas Cannabis Magazine alongside two dozen influential, trail-blazing women in the industry.
In addition to her participation in local Women Grow events, Alexia can also be found singing and playing ukulele for any friends willing to listen. Alexia holds a BA in Communication from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Hot Mess Kushmetics
Heather Vanek is the owner of Hot Mess Kushmetics. Heather founded the company in 2017 after discovering that her homemade CBD bath bomb relieved her mother's migraines. Since then she has seen countless people find relief from their conditions through using her products.
Heather's luxury CBD topicals are currently being sold in 35 retail locations in 4 states. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and two children.
My name is Anna Spelleri, and I am the international sales coordinator for DAVINCI Vaporizer. I am currently 24 years old, and I have been working in the Cannabis Industry for almost 5 years. I started with DAVINCI when I was 19, and straight out of trouble for some Cannabis possession.
When starting at DAVINCI I was an shipping associate, which pretty much meant I packaged boxes. Well after countless hours of work, some blood, and some tears I made it to the position I have now. When I first started at DAVINCI I never thought I would be traveling the world educating people on vaporizers, but I did it. To me that goes to show with a little hard work, passion and of-course Cannabis you can do anything! The 18 year old bong ripping me is very proud of the young lady I have became, and I hope my story will inspire 18 year stoners around the world. Thank you
Adriana Herrera is the founder and CEO/ CTO of EpicHint, an automated social learning and training platform for dispensaries, cannabis brands, and cannabis software applications. She was inspired to build EpicHint after her friend used cannabis to aide in his recovery from early onset colon cancer and was provided poor product recommendations by Budtenders. Prior to founding EpicHint she used interdisciplinary principals and agile methodologies to build, and grow, two tech startups; a B2B competitive analytics platform for Internet Retailer 500 e-commerce marketers that protected personal identifying information, and a B2C e-commerce recommendation engine for sustainable and fairly made shopping. She is known for being able to translate a product’s social mission into viable financials.
Adriana has experiencing raising capital, creating content marketing and PR growth hacks that can achieve millions of dollars in “ads”, building streamlined customer support teams, closing multi-million dollar contracts, developing negative customer acquisition costs, acquiring customers from channels with max LTVs, and using a data-driven approach to grow business. Her work building tech for social good earned her an invitation to contribute a column to ‘The New York Times’ and features in media such as ‘Entrepreneur Magazine’ as a “Do Good Business Entrepreneur To Watch”, ‘NBC Universal’ as a “Top 10 Latino Innovator”, ‘Forbes’, ‘Fast Company’, ‘TechCrunch’, amongst many other media outlets.
When not working she surfs, loves to explore farmers markets and cook with fresh locally sourced ingredients, mentors startups, and hacks on side projects in skills-based learning, artificial intelligence, telemedicine, marketing tech, health and wellness, and cannabis niches.
Tom McCullough has lived in Nevada for 20 years working in chief financial and chief operating officer leadership positions in publicly traded multinational manufacturing companies headquartered in Las Vegas and Henderson. These included the subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company and we had subsidiaries in Mexico, Canada, Chile, Ireland and Germany. The products ranged from geo-synthetic reservoir linings (used in municipal water systems), and large scale super-heated steam generators to one of the most regulated products in the world; currency - casino chips, plaques and jetons. The major requirements for all of these industries are good manufacturing practices, accountability, consistent quality and strict compliance with industry and regulatory product standards in testing and reporting.
Tom is also veteran of the USAF and he and his partners are actively involved in supporting social, economic and environmental groups and policies. They are currently working with a Nevada state hemp task force to bring responsible, professional, industry standardization to insure consumer value and safety . Abakka is a Nevada focused company. We currently distribute a proprietary brand of CBD infused retail products in Nevada. We are members of the Nevada Hemp Association, the Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Association, Norml, the National Hemp Association and the Hemp Industry Association. We are working in conjunction with one of the largest hemp framers in the state, Western States Hemp to grow our own plants next year and are currently exploring extraction and formulation options in the state. We will be seed to sale, food to table.
Tisia Procopio Stemp
Tisia Procopio Stemp, B.A., B.S., M.Ed. A 26-year resident of Nevada, Tisia Stemp is a partner/owner of Abakka – a local enterprise featuring all-natural, 100% American grown fine hemp and CBD infused products. She has an extensive background in education; organizing social, economic and environmental groups; psychopharmacology and clinical substance abuse therapies, and is presently pursuing an advanced degree in Naturopathy and Holistic Health Practices. Having had opportunities to study and work alongside policy leaders across the U.S., Canada, Europe and New Zealand, Tisia has been dedicated to improving public education and healthcare in Nevada. A sufferer of chronic illness, she has experienced the countless medicinal benefits of CBD and has become an honest advocate for the cause.
Come January 2019, she will be educating adult learners on the healing powers of hemp in a series of seminars at the Osher Institute. These experiences have directly led to her latest project - establishing Abakka as a model to promote awareness, enlighten public policy, and further best practices in Nevada’s rapidly growing hemp industry. Abakka is focused on building a diverse robust economy in Nevada. Tisia and her partners are working together with trailblazers of Nevada agri-business - Western States Hemp to explore options in cultivation, extraction and formulation in the state next year. Members of NV NORML, National Hemp Association, Hemp Industry Association, Nevada Hemp Association, and Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Association, they are currently organizing a task force to heighten standards, professionalism, innovation and integrity in Nevada’s burgeoning marketplace.
Kevin is a Wholesale Consultant for CannaPunch Brands of Nevada since 2017, and has been a student of all things cannabis since. He grew up in Southern New Jersey and moved to Las Vegas in 2004 where he spent most of his adult life opening and working in some of the best dayclubs and nightclubs in the world. This is where he found his passion for hospitality and unparalleled customer service.
His journey in the cannabis industry, although short, has broadened his scope of what quality customer service really is while working for a brand that cares deeply about the product they produce and their customers. He believes quality product, along with solid business relationships share one key element. Neither can be rushed.
Pain Warrior USA
Ginger Mace is the Founder and CEO (Chief Education Officer) of Pain Warrior USA, a Chronic Pain Patient Rights Advocate and Activist, and a nationwide featured speaker on the topics of pain, alternative treatments, and living your best life with pain disorders. She has also been a guest on several TV and radio shows, as well as given numerous interviews for news articles. Ginger officially founded Pain Warrior USA in 2015 as a chronic pain education and patient advocacy organization, and has been helping fellow patients since 1999.
Pain Warrior USA offers education on natural and alternative pain control methods, and supports access to effective, reasonable pharmaceutical relief. The majority of pain patients see the most benefit when naturally-based treatments are used in conjunction with prescription medications, as one or the other may not provide sufficient pain relief or improvement in quality of life. Due to sweeping changes in access to pain control pharmaceuticals starting in March 2016, Ginger began helping pain warriors who were - without regard to comfort, safety, or common sense - either abruptly taken off of those medications, or their doses cut drastically. She made it her mission to relieve as much of this cruel and unnecessary misery as she could, by sharing her knowledge of botanicals and her successes with more naturally-based treatments.
The opioid crisis has made this information invaluable to patients and their families, medical professionals, community leaders, and elected officials. Ginger calls herself a "professional patient", having been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and 11 other disorders that have caused intractable, constant, and chronic pain for well over half her life. Finding the most relevant and effective ways of dealing with her symptoms was very difficult. Knowing other patients must be experiencing the same daily frustrations, and her passion for helping others and for sharing knowledge on alternative pain control methods, led her to volunteer to share the knowledge she gained, and eventually create Pain Warrior USA, leading to speaking engagements and teaching classes nationwide. “Access to natural and effective options like cannabis and kratom has never been more important than it is right now. Adequate pain relief has become a serious human rights issue - patients are dealing with severe, intractable, unrelenting pain and no quality of life. This is an absolutely unacceptable situation, considering we have botanicals and naturally-based options that we do not have the freedom to use due to reasons that never made sense in the first place.”
Culture & Cannabis Las Vegas
JC Coats is co founder of the community event Culture & Cannabis Las Vegas & owner operator of popular digital marketing agency StripSide Management Group. JC has been a leading content marketer in Las Vegas for the hospitality & cannabis industry for the last decade, his most recent work has been with the cannabis retail chain NuLeaf Dispensaries as well as the hospitality management company Hospitality Blvd.
Julie Monteiro, RN, BSK
Cannabis Nurses Network
Julie Monteiro, RN, BSK (@AskNurseJuhlzie) is a Registered Nurse in the state of Nevada and a UNLV Alumni. She has worked over twenty years in medicine specializing in Internal Medicine, Orthopedics, Pediatric ER/Trauma (PALS) and Adult ER (ACLS/TNCC), Outpatient Surgery and Pain Management, and a Nurse Educator in many of these specialties. She is the founder of Nevada Cannabis Nurses Association (NVCNA), a member of American Nurses Association (ANA) and Nevada State Nurses Association (NSNA). Through American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) she has earned certificates in The Basic Core Curriculum for Cannabis Nursing and The Advanced Curriculum for Cannabis Nursing. Since 2014, she has attended numerous industry conferences and certifications across the country and on expert panels providing a nursing perspective to medical communities in Nevada, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Utah, New Mexico, Ohio, and Florida. Nurse Juhlzie has been a dedicated presenter in the educational, medical, and cannabis industry conference speaking circuits.
She is on the Nurse Advisory Board for Nature Nurse™ and one of the Founders of Cannabis Nurses Network which is a Global network for nurses that facilitates courses and events with affiliate professionals across the globe. October 2015 she founded Cannabis Nurses Magazine which is an educational platform to promote cannabis information, evidence-based education, and research which resides under CannabisNursesNetwork.com digital media platform. She is known in the Las Vegas Community as “Ask Nurse Juhlzie” and educates professionals, patients, caregivers, corporations, and legislation on Cannabis Therapeutics and the science behind the plant in numerous platforms. She believes that the key to remove the propaganda and stigma on this simple plant is through knowledge and education. She is an advocate and voice for the patients and believes “Education is the key” to the success and future of integrating Cannabis into Health and Wellness. Contact: Julie Monteiro, RN, BSK (Ask Nurse Juhlzie)
G Five Cultivation
A visionary, dreamer and doer, Larry Smith is breaking barriers for the “status quo”. With more than 20 years in business enterprise, Larry is committed to empowering young men and women, within his community, to tap into entrepreneurship and build their own wealth. Larry’s strong business sense and leadership qualities have led him to become a successful capital investor and entrepreneur. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of G Five Cultivation, the first-ever African-American licensed medical marijuana cultivation farm in Clark County, Nevada.
As a savvy business leader, Larry is the managing member of G Five Medical Consultants, G Five Media and Square Management. He has a dedicated passion for business and a focus determination on setting up today’s youth for success. Throughout his career, Larry’s strong belief in family and in serving others has driven him continually to strive to make a positive difference in the community. With the support of his family and business associates, Larry is actively involved in several programs throughout the Las Vegas area. His philanthropic efforts include annual contributions to Andre Agassi’s Gents and Basketball program, the Latino Chamber of Commerce’s back-to-school program as well as charitable support to the community basketball league and holiday gift-giving programs at the Doolittle Community Center. Larry is leading efforts to reduce juvenile crime by creating and supporting constructive activities and employment opportunities for the youth.
The Roll Up Show
GinaJay A Cannabis Media Influencer, Making Staples In The Culture By Rolling Up And Blazing To The New Legalities For Medicinal Cannabis. GinaJay Is A Host From The Roll Up Show Eagered To Help The Trend Of Herbal Connections Evolve.
Joe Brezny has been a political operative for over 25 years, managing hundreds of campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels for candidates, independent expenditure, and issues mobilization organizations. He was one of the team members who started and managed Question 2 in 2016, bringing recreational marijuana to Nevada. He served as spokesperson for the campaign, representing the measure in debates and media interviews. He now advises governments and private organizations on effective state and local level marijuana policy.
The Vegas Botany Grow Team
The Vegas Botany Grow Team
With over 20 years of combined experience, The Vegas Botany Grow Team has been growing quality Cannabis in the valley since the days of medical Grow-your-own in Nevada.
Medical Cannabis Advocate
Vicki Higgins Medical Cannabis Advocate Jul 2009 – Present Las Vegas, Nevada Area I have been a Medical Cannabis Advocate since I became aware of the Medical Cannabis Program in Nevada in 2009. As I only found out about the program by chance, it at was at this time that I decided I felt very strongly about education about this issue.
I continue to dedicate my time and energy to assist educating the public and our Nevada public officials about the Medical uses of Cannabis. I have worked to establish press contacts by doing interviews and testimonies with multiple media formats, City Councils and Legislation. I continue working to promote education about Medical Cannabis and the issues that surround it.
Carmen F. Jones, MD
Carmen F. Jones, MD Wildflower Consulting In 2012, Dr. Jones began seeing patients seeking recommendation to enter the State of Nevada’s medical marijuana program. In the office, she helps nearly 100 patients monthly learn about cannabis as medicine. Because many of the patients are elderly and experiencing some form of pain, it is very rewarding when they return proclaiming that, “Their life has been changed.” Since then, she has become a passionate Patient Advocate, helping patients manage their illnesses with medicinal cannabis.
Traditionally, Dr. Jones is a pediatrician with widely varied experiences in over 27 years. She has practiced in the private sector; with the underserved, in both the inner city and in rural areas; and with children placed in the foster care system. She has also served as a hospitalist working with neonatal and pediatric emergencies. She is trained in medical aesthetics and, most recently, became a research investigator. Originally from Chicago, IL, Dr. Jones relocated to Las Vegas in 2002. She completed her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Illinois. She completed her pediatric residency training at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago.
In addition to her medical practices, she currently serves on several cannabis dispensary and cultivation boards. Other community service boards include; Alliance Against Diabetes, Broadway in the Hood, and HerShe Las Vegas, Inc. Dr. Jones has spoken on numerous panels regarding the usage of cannabis as medicine. She has also been appointed to a seat on the Clark County Green Ribbon Advisory Panel.
Born June 5, 1987 in Land O'Lakes, Florida, into a very close, loving family, Chris is a young man from humble beginnings on a quest to understand the world and do his part to make a positive impact. Chris comes from a place of compassion with each decision he makes: The needs of others come first. He has been described as an "indigo child", spreading kindness and calm everywhere. Part of that is sharing the benefits of healthy cooking and how important a healthy diet and lifestyle are to overall wellness. As a student, Chris made the rounds as a server and bartender.
While a mixologist at a posh resort, he perfected the craft of infusing alcohol with fruits. He happened to concoct some of his famous recipes, including apple cinnamon whiskey, espresso vodka, and pineapple rum, in an original Botanical Extractor from MagicalButter. Using the MB machine behind the bar and sharing its amazing capabilities with resort guests eventually led to getting his foot in the door at the company. At a trade show in Seattle in 2012, he met the machine's inventor, who invited him shortly thereafter to join the MagicalButter team. Today, Chris leads the TeamMB sales and support department. With an empathetic ear and a passion for people, Chris understands the needs of our customer family, whom he serves with confidence and respect.
The Women of Cannabis
Most of the world knows that cannabis is a medicinal plant with so many benefits for so many people, yet the propaganda is still being fed to the public, daily. We need to educate ourselves, our families and communities on this new world we’re living in and how to adapt. With over 20 years of advocacy experience, and as co-founder of The Women of Cannabis, Elyse brings you insights and perspective, as a patient and a parent.
Jon is the president and founder of SL Organics, home of Suite Leaf Plant Nutrients. Since the Company's inception in 2016, Suite Leaf has been on the shelf at more than fifty (50) hydroponics stores and in-use at dozens of farms in North America. Before SL Organics, Jon worked on marketing campaigns for some of the world’s most influential brands such as Coors Brewing Company, Karmaloop, Red Bull, ExxonMobil, Rockstar Games and Pabst Blue Ribbon.
Cannabis Cultivation Specialist and Educator
Bryan Wachsman is a respected and passionate Living Soil Cannabis Cultivation Specialist and Educator in Denver, Colorado. While his interest in cannabis started in Atlanta, Georgia it peaked in Colorado more than 10 years ago. His first official position in cultivation was as an Assistant Head Cultivator where he became aware of unconventional and inefficient cultivation practices being used in the new and booming multi-billion-dollar cannabis industry. He began to seek out organic cultivation practices as to provide clean medicine to patients and connoisseurs alike. This exploration led him to living soil and the concept that cultivators should feed the soil and not the plant. After experimenting and studying this philosophy he found his true calling as an educator. He began to teach eager minds about the symbiotic relationships between soil and plants through classes, social media and speaking at expos and symposiums alike.
Bryan is fully committed to the betterment of the cannabis industry and the healing properties that cannabis holds. He soon after received the honor of holding a position as Direct of Communication with Denver Norml. This allowed him to be an influencer not only as an educator but also as an advocate for cannabis community with the government. He currently holds the Director of Education position with Denver Norml and continues to be a voice we all can trust in Washington and here at the local level. We are excited to have such a passionate advocate in the industry!
During the first 12 years of her career in Las Vegas, Jenn Tramaglino served as Chief of Staff developing, marketing and operating nightclubs, bars, pools + restaurants with The Light Group, MGM Resorts, Morgans Hotel Group and Station Casinos. After spending time living in Amsterdam and learning Dutch Cannabis hospitality Jenn T., moved back to Vegas and joined the team at Dope Magazine to launch their regional Nevada Magazine before opening CANNECT Hospitality. CANNECT is a marketing & development firm dedicated to cultivating luxury concepts & entertainment experiences.
MJBIOTECH combines cannabinoids & botanical essence into highly reactive three-dimensional polymers designed for delivery of medical marijuana. Using a patent pending processing platform, we create conductive polymers that are designed to deliver specific medicinal or adult-use benefits using a skin contact deployment method called ION-Connect. Without the negative personal and social side effects of consumption or inhalation, we rapidly deliver all the desired benefits of cannabis directly through the body’s skin sensors. Ion Connect will be known as Peel & Dose, a unique delivery system produces a signal to your endocannabinoid system and nano droplets in a rapid dispersion by combining skin signaling, skin cell dilation and epidural migration. ION-Connect via Peel & Dose will set the world standard for safely providing rapid and controlled dosing of all the benefits of medical and adult-use cannabis.
Ashton Wilson is the Director of Strategy at Dr. Dabber, located in sunny Las Vegas. Ashton's experience managing creative and marketing teams for the software industry has brought organization and structure to the cannabis space.
I believe that cannabis is helpful for mental and physical health, as more and more research is proving the case to be true. I wanted to display information about cannabis strains in a logical manner, which lead to the design of an interactive mapping system built for cannabis. The concept works by first identifying strains according to their terpenoids, which gives their aroma and taste, and classifying them on the Flavor Wheel. Strains are then cross referenced, and placed on the Health Wheel, based on the active cannabinoids.
The device is a tool for cannabis patients to find strains, according to their symptoms and conditions, while cannabis connoisseurs may enjoy searching the Wheel by flavors. Customizable cannabis wheel provide opportunities for branding, advertising and distribution, as the app will serve as an online storefront, a virtual menu for cannabusinesses, connecting users with companies associated within the cannabis community. Developing the app in Israel allowed me to work alongside the world’s foremost leaders in Medical Cannabis research and technology. As America pilots the legalization of cannabis, I wanted to do what I could to bridge the gap between the two nations; creating a useful instrument which possess information about the properties of cannabis strains.
I was raised in southern California and spent my young adult years living in the Northwest. I am an Aesthetician and have been a Licensed massage therapist for 21 years. I've always been active in the Cannabis community. I've enjoyed smoking herb for 30+ years but in more recently have come to use it medicinally. With age and a couple injuries comes inflammation and chronic pain. I've always been into natural remedies so it seemed the right thing to consume the herb through edibles. My system does not tolerate pharmaceutical pills well so I became a Nevada medical marijuana patient for several years and fully explored my options at the dispensaries.
I found a great relief in topical CBD products as well as ingesting CBD and full spectrum/THC. Through using marijuana in it's various forms I have been able to keep pain, inflammation, nausea and stress under control. As a married woman with four kids and a business to run, I don't have time to succumb to chronic pain or side effects from pills. I have been able to incorporate CBD topicals into my massage and skincare treatments. I use an infrared light to penetrate the product deeper into the muscle tissue/joints. It's been noted to bring the great relief to those with arthritis/MS/ severe pain and inflammation. I bring these treatments on location with a seated chair massage. I also perform at my spa treatment room.
Denise is a Clinical Mental Health Counseling student and received her Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from Nevada State College. As a native of New York, Denise has been a Las Vegas local since her youth and has dedicated her professional endeavors to giving back to the Las Vegas community.
Her experience working in the mental health field in Nevada along with her commitment to improving mental health services on a local and legislative level enable her to develop the foundation of her knowledge and skills in therapeutic practice. As a leader and advocate within the Nevada community, she continues to be involved in an advisory role with the Black Student Organization at Nevada State. Her mission is to lead and empower black youth within the educational setting by working closely with the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force to ensure that every student of color has a voice on campus. Denise is also the owner of a consulting business, Elevate Consulting. Her role partners with her husband, Mark in developing the psychological foundation for Elevates' sales training programs. With her expertise, Denise is fundamental to the creation of more nuanced content, training, and selling approaches to the consultative sales process that specifically emphasize the importance of authentic connection.
Along with being CEO of her consulting business, Denise is actively involved in the community through the non-profit organization, Rights Society. The organizations goal is to find community ways to solve community issues focused on education reform, criminal justice restructuring, and reconstructing mental health services. Rights Society's does this by empowering and providing platforms for community leaders to expand on their solutions with support. As a mental health and criminal justice reform lead, Denise's passion is to help make community change on a local level.
Sherise & Kyle Nipper
I was having 50+ seizures daily in Texas. I would tear ligaments while seizing. We left Texas for Colorado. I am now seizure free and enjoying life on Cannabis. I am walking, talking, feeding myself and even attending college. The Drs in Texas said none of this would ever be possible. I no longer take any pharmaceuticals. When my son was stabbed in his chest at 11years old. I had to fight in a court of law to continue my cannabis treatments as his mom and to begin my son's cannabis treatments in a legal state.
Phat Jack Long
My journey in the Cannabis industry started in the mid ‘90’s. I first started with Phat Jack’s T-shirts & More doing T-shirts with pot parodies. Then in the late ‘90’s I started distributing glass under Dopeass Distributors. From 2005-2017 I also owned a glass blowing studio. I have been a judge for the High Times Magazine Cannabis cups for years. I currently own a smoke/headshop, work with Acres Cannabis and I also work for Glass Vegas in Exhibitor Sales. I am known in the glass and Cannabis community as Phat Jack.
I have a been a pharmacist for over 14 years in various settings. A few years ago I began to open my eyes and mind to cannabis. As a child I was told it was a gateway drug to harder drugs, however that isn’t the case. In fact, the gateway cannabis leads to is medicine. I saw the potential cannabis has as a medicine which in turn lead me to get involved with the Las Vegas cannabis community in 2016. I have been learning as much as I can from all of the wonderful cannabis community members I have met along the way. Thank you to everyone. Let’s help end the stigma and educate.
Green & Gold Supply Co.
Brooke Oliver moved to Las Vegas in November of 2014, from Denver Colorado. Since then, she has worked on the strip as a cocktail server and bartender. While working on the strip, she began looking into the cannabis industry, and was lucky enough to land a position at Thrive Cannabis Marketplace as a bud-tender. Since then, she has worked her way up the ladder and is currently the wholesale manager for their cultivation company, Green & Gold Supply Co. She has always been inspired by the possibility of the cannabis industry offering a career outlet for young people who want to initiate change in America. By working closely with patients, customers, sales representatives, executives, and CEO's she believes that she has learned more in the past two years than she could have ever learned in any other industry. Being in the cannabis industry offers a unique opportunity to be apart of a growing grassroots movement that resists being tainted by corporate greed and monopolies. She hopes that her generation and the generations to follow can keep this industry thriving while still maintaining the principles and values that it was built upon.
Michael is the inventor of Curved® Papers. These easy to roll rolling papers are a patented innovation. An MIT Architecture graduate and software engineer, Mr. O'Malley has been on the internet for 35 years and jokes that he's worked in every building in Manhattan, designing everything from magazine covers, business cards and wedding invitations to video animations, software applications and a swimming pool. Michael worked on chase.com, ml.com, huffingtonpost.com and hundreds of other websites. He had an extensive digital print career consulting for Xerox, HP, Canon and others. He taught Computer-Aided Design commercially and at Pratt Institute and New York City Technical College. His animations have been in the Museum of Modern Art and on television, for clients such as The Rolling Stones, Johnson & Johnson, IBM and many of the world's most famous architects including Philip Johnson, Rafael Vinoly, Peter Eisenmann and Michael Graves. Curved Papers, Inc. is a licensee of NORML, The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law. Curved Papers NORML 100% organic hemp papers were the #1 gift in The Rolling Stone holiday gift guide last year and are available at www.curvedpapers.com. Curved Papers, Inc. is a national sponsor of The Marijuana Business Association. Mr. O'Malley won the HOTBOX award for his Curved Papers package design. He is an executive producer on High Hopes, a new marijuana infotainment series filming in Las Vegas.
My Bud Vase
Lifestyle innovator and career creative, Doreen Sullivan was first to bring to market bongs that are discrete and beautiful. Following her successful career working with Disney, ESPN, and Dreamworks, to name a few, Doreen was sparked by her passion for the normalization of cannabis to start My Bud Vase. Her designer bongs and lifestyle brand has created a cultural shift in at-home consumption. Through industry leadership, she is breaking the stigma of the cannabis lifestyle one artisan My Bud Vase a time.
Omega Hemp Company
Chris Girard is the CEO of Omega Hemp Company, a Nevada-based corporation that secures and manages agricultural leases for hemp cultivation and manages the cultivation itself. Omega Hemp Company planted 270 licensed acres in Nevada in 2018, primarily for cannabinoid production. Chris hails from the State of Washington, where he was a principle part of the legal support team for several years at the premier Cannabis law firm Pelley Law Group which later merged with Northwest MJ Law. As a part of this line of work in one of the first states to legalize medical Cannabis, then create a legal infrastructure for adult use Cannabis, then industrial hemp, Chris was exposed to the observations and solution-seeking to every possible challenge that comes with newly legal, highly regulated industries. Chris is also an experienced cultivator and soil ecologist and went on to form his own successful consulting company. Chris has worked on opposite sides of multiple mergers, acquisitions, and dissolution matters as both a paralegal and a private, subcontracted consultant, from which he developed his extensive skill set and profile as an expert in the spectrum of Cannabis industries.
Western States Hemp
Joe Frey is the owner of Western States Hemp and handles the farming operations that successfully planted, managed and harvested 400 acres of hemp in 2018. Western States Hemp plants and manages their own fields and directly manages the cultivation for clients. The growth plans for 2019 are exponential. A fourth generation Nevadan, Joe and his wife Jamie have four children that pitch in on feeding the animals and pulling the weeds.
The Frey family began farming in Nevada in 1857, and have become masters at cultivating crops in the high desert. Over the years, various members of the family have tackled cutting edge farm projects, aiming to push the limits of horticulture and entrepreneurial vision. In founding Western States Hemp with his partner Adrienne Snow, Joe aims to utilize his 20+ years of farming experience to help foster an entirely new industry in the silver state by producing the highest quality hemp in the west.
Desert Aire Wellness / Circle S Farms
Brenda’s vast and diverse knowledge of business and ability to manage effective teams stems from her professional tennis, casino, management, retail, and legal marijuana experience. Her history has given her a dynamic insight into the business world, particularly the service aspect. She has a unique understanding of the balance between operational excellence of any successful business. In fact, Brenda operates a nearly statement of deficiency free dispensary and retail marijuana store.
Passionate about creating a more empathetic marijuana experience and industry, Brenda partnered with Stacey Huffman and Darlene “Alex” Davis to form the all-female owned Desert Aire Wellness, LLC (“Desert Air”) and it’s sister company Circle S Farms, LLC (“Circle S”). Desert Aire opened its storefront location, Sahara Wellness, in 2016, serving the medical marijuana market. It focused on an individualized experience where Wellness Guides spend time with each patient and took the time to know them as individuals. Desert Aire’s pre-recreational market motto, “patients over profits” epitomizes its desire to take care of individuals and make them feel safe and secure. Brenda’s desire to take care for people, and not for people’s money, has led her to be known as one of the most compassionate marijuana establishment owners in town.
Top Shelf Budtending
As a Budtending Strategist, Andrew facilitates the responsible consumption of cannabis and creates intelligent budtending solutions within the retail and social consumption space. Over the past 3 years, he has successfully served cannabis to over 10,000+ guests, at 130+ events spanning 5 legal cannabis states. He has been quoted in High Times, Rolling Stone, CNN, FOX, VICE and Newsweek for advice on serving cannabis to guests in private event and social consumption lounge settings. When he's not behind the bud bar serving guests, he is working with state and local governments to create standard operating procedures, safe serving practices and sensible regulations regarding the social consumption of cannabis.
My name is Katree Saunders the Founder and CEO of Kannabis Kouture from Las Vegas Nevada. As a medical cannabis patient and cannabis patient advocate with Americans for Safe Access Lobby in Washington DC 2016,2018 for Carers Act. I started Kannabis Kouture to raise awareness and help educate the community on the positive benefits of Medical Cannabis and enlightenment of our endocannabinoid system.
At a health-care reform rally at Green Valley High School, I was set up by the DEA in 2011 after I asked President Obama about medical cannabis patients rights before the legalization of cannabis, I was helping patients get set up legally on our Nevada state program which was implemented in the year 2000. I helped over 800 patients and protected them from the government when I got indicted under operation chronic problem. I violated probation for medical marinol use and went to prison for 4 months. As a result my husband divorced me and took my car and my kids making me homeless for a while just for being a medical cannabis patient. I now use my knowledge and experience to help people legally. Nevada is now a fully legal state with dispensaries located throughout the state selling cannabis products to both medical patients and currently selling to recreational 21 and older.
Jessica comes to the cannabis industry from the medical industry. With more than 10 years of compliance and regulatory experience, she transitioned into the highly regulated Nevada cannabis market in 2016, specifically managing compliance. As general manager of a Las Vegas dispensary, she expanded from medical into the recreational market, with strategies increasing gross revenue by more than 10 times. Jessica’s passion for education, advocacy and compliance within the cannabis sector form the foundation of Kana’s guiding principles for success.
Jesaka, or better known as @jesaka_the_patient on instagram, is a full-time brand ambassador, social media influencer, model, and writer for the cannabis industry in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has been working predominantly in cannabis activism for the past 2 years. She has represented well over 50 different companies within both the cannabis and ancillary industries, promoting products, creating brand awareness, and educating the public about cannabis, it's many uses, and the products and companies that help bring it to the masses.
Her mission as an industry professional is to spread the knowledge and acceptance of cannabis not only in Nevada, but in the United States as a whole. She attempts to break the social barriers and stigma around cannabis by normalizing it with creative content and modeling with cannabis products, building a platform for all cannabis supporters to celebrate and learn more about cannabis openly.
JA St Thomas
The Mad Hatter Coffee & Tea Co.
Jill Alikas St Thomas was born in Red Bank New Jersey in 1967 to Stephen Peter Alikas and Margaret Ann (Peggy) Rankl. She and her brother were raised by their mother in Old Bridge and attended high school in Holmdel New Jersey. An early passion for poetry and writing, as well as a distinctive desire to perform led her to Florida where she attended but did not complete studies at the University of Tampa in Florida with a full classical music scholarship, she also studied figurative sculpture. Dropping out of school, Jill became the singer of The Flower Sermon a local Tampa band in 1985. In 1987 She met Ray Carroll in NYC and they created The Waterlillies, soon signed to Reprise/ Sire Records by Seymour Stein. They released two full length albums with three songs breaking the top 10 charts in 1994 - 1995 and Never Get Enough, reaching No. 1 in the U.S.
Jill met her husband Thomas St Thomas in NYC in the summer of 1989, a fine artist from California, they married in 1994 in Maui Hawaii. A year later her mother died of cancer at home. In 1996 they moved to New Mexico, where they opened the Fine Art Gallery, Margeaux Kurtie Modern Art, named after her mother and a recently deceased friend.
Her daughter Elektra was born in 2005. Determined to raise their daughter with global awareness, their family moved to Costa Rica for four years and homeschooled.
Jill Co- founded The Mad Hatter Coffee & Tea Co., a cannabis infusion company, specializing in drinks. Since 2007, working in tandem with her husband they helped pioneer cannabis beverages and are presently serving over half a dozen legal states. Considered a Green Queen of cannabis, she has been profiled by The New York Times, Time Magazine and Newsweek.
In 2015 Jill began writing, A Walk in The Park, based on a dream and her experiences in the industry. She continues to live in a magical town in New Mexico with her husband and their daughter.
Marijuana Business Association
David Rheins is founder of the Marijuana Business Association. Providing business intelligence, professional networking, and commercial opportunity for participants in the legal cannabis industry, the MJBA is the leading business organization in the fastest growing industry in America. Founded in 2012, Seattle-based MJBA hosts cannabis industry trade events, professional education seminars and meetups in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, New York, Nevada and Massachusetts, and publishes the popular MJHeadlineNews on Facebook, MJNewsNetwork.com, and Marijuana Channel One on YouTube.
Rheins is a frequent speaker and moderator at leading trade shows, a syndicated columnist, and a recognized thought leader in the legal cannabis industry, providing advice and consulting to some of the industry’s top brands. With 30+ years of experience building and operating best-of-breed media and marketing organizations, Rheins has an impressive track record as a senior executive for Rolling Stone, SPIN, I Village, Corbis, Time Warner and America Online. LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/davidrheins
Hello! I'm Jenn Mendoza! I have 9 years of Promotional Modeling & Brand Ambassador experience, 2 years of marketing, and over 10 years of sales experience under my belt. Although I have studied and love the medicinal uses of ALL plants, healthier lifestyle choices, and holistic alternatives, I had a hand in the education and legalization of cannabis in NV. I was part of the first team to open the doors Feb 2016 at Essence Cannabis Dispensary as a Patient Consultant.
While being a part of their success; for 3 years I focused on the one plant, healing patients that suffered from a variety of medical issues including myself. I eventually worked in dispensaries, cultivation, modeling/hosting/influencer, and marketing-b2b sales within this growing industry. I started my company GAIA MOMS this year for business savvy mothers that prefer a holistic way of life in June 2018. Although our focus is on all alternative therapies, we are strong advocates for the cannamom community!
The Sober Junkie
The Sober Junkie Singer-Songwriter, Cannabis Advocate. The Sober Junkie got clean April 20, 2012, and for him cannabis was his exit drug. He is a singer-songwriter with ambitious charisma and is a lover of all people. His goal is to change the world by working on himself first, but he's been quoted saying we must "Teach people about people, so people can love".
Through his journey he has been put through a lot of ups and downs, but he's been able to do leaps and bounds where most can only make steps. Support, love, hard work, and commitment has put him into a position to help others. The struggles of his journey has helped him create music for the soul on a timeless level.
Evan Marder is the founder of Matrix NV, which is a wholesale cultivation and production facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. Matrix NV distributes cannabis products to dispensaries all throughout the state. Marder founded the company in March of 2014 and along with co-founder, David Tuttleman, was successful in putting together a partnership group of investors and experts in the field.
Marder lead Matrix NV through the application, design, construction, start-up, and operations phase and continues to play an integral part of the company’s day to day operations. Marder also consults on other large scale cannabis projects throughout the US. Marder has had a lifelong passion for the culture of cannabis, the plant itself, and a deep seeded disgust over the Draconian laws enforced against it. Marder started his growing hobby as a teenager in Wilmington, DE with a small growth chamber called a Phototron purchased through an ad in High Times Magazine in 1987.
His passion for the plant increased from that point forward and has never ceased. Marder was able to turn a lifelong passion into a thriving business in NV that has helped thousands of people treat ailments through the use of cannabis, as opposed to opiates and other forms of pills with a multitude of negative side effects. Mr. Marder has been a member of NORML since the early 1990’s and has participated in many events to push for the legalization of cannabis. The first Million Marijuana March 1999 in New York City being a good example.
Las Vegas Sun
Chris Kudialis is a reporter for the Las Vegas Sun. His coverage of cannabis in Nevada includes the legislative, business and medical aspects of the plant. Highlights of his work include the 2016 Nevada Marijuana Legalization Initiative campaign and elections, the 2017 Nevada Legislature and launch of legal adult-use sales in the state in July 2017. He has traveled to other states on several occasions as part of his marijuana coverage, most recently to Portland for the 2018 Cannabis Science Conference. Before focusing on cannabis in early 2016, Chris covered a variety of Las Vegas beats, including sports, entertainment, conventions, police, immigration and education.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Chris speaks three languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese) and has also written articles for the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Observer, Houston Chronicle, Detroit Free Press and Brazil's Rio Times, among other metropolitan dailies. He was an international news intern at Mundo Cristiano in Madrid, Spain, and has covered the Summer and Winter Olympic Games as well as the FIFA World Cup. Before journalism, Chris worked as a translator and interpreter.
A former congressional candidate, DNC delegate, touring poet and political writer, Weisser began working on cannabis politics in 2012 and helped draft Arizona's 2016 cannabis legalization initiative. Since 2015 Mikel Weisser has been the state director of NORML’s Arizona chapter and a consultant to AZ’s cannabis industry.
In addition to working as a staff writer for Cannabiz News, his cannabis reporting has been published in Leafly and Freedom Leaf. Weisser has a Masters in English from the University of Illinois at Springfield and a Masters in Secondary Education from Northern Arizona University. He lives with his wife in So-Hi, AZ.
Jason Sturtsman, Sturtsman Consulting, Cannabis Dispensary Education, Budtender Fight Club : Cannabis Education, Independent Lab Advisory Committee Member, SSF Consulting, NORML Board of Advisors Balance has been the key to Jason Sturtsman’s success, a serial entrepreneur who is presently the owner of Budtender Fight Club : Cannabis Education and Cannabis Dispensary Education (CDE), a cannabis business consultant, a manager of SSF Consulting, which is a member of a Nevada cannabis cultivation and production facility, and a previous owner of a popular downtown Las Vegas music venue, Beauty Bar.
As a cannabis consultant, he has written numerous cannabis business applications and standard operating procedures, in addition to consulting on cannabis product creation, branding, marketing, & sales. He was chosen by the Nevada Division of Public of Behavior Health, now under the Nevada Department of Taxation, over three years ago to be on the Independent Lab Advisory Committee, to provide regulation recommendations to assist with the rollout of the Nevada marijuana industry.
Altitude Products exists today thanks to the trailblazing leadership of Krista Whitley. An award-winning fast growth entrepreneur, Krista Whitley has spent her career creating organizations poised for explosive growth in underserved industries. Of Krista, Shark Tank Shark Kevin O’Leary said, “She’s the real deal.” Known as a real time connector, Krista is an established community leader who was a founding board member for the Conscious Capitalism Chapter of Las Vegas. Honored as a Woman to Watch by Vegas, Inc, one of Las Vegas’ Most Intriguing People by Vegas Seven, and one of MYVEGAS’ Top 100 Power Women, Krista served as the Women Grow Market Leader for Las Vegas and moderated the monthly Las Vegas Medical Marijuana Association Market Trends in Marijuana panel.
An experienced business leader, Krista is a passionate advocate for plant medicine who is dedicated to helping leaders and brands do what they do best. Founder and CEO of Altitude Products, Krista built a plant medicine wellness empire that was honored by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 100 organizations in the industry. Led by an all female leadership team and all female board of directors, it includes the industry’s premier advertising agency Social Media Unicorn, the cannabis industry’s most explosive product launch to date with The Weekend Box, licensing rights to some of the industry’s most established brands, and producing nine premium CBD wellness brands for people and pets. Altitude Products designs exceptional wellness products that help people live their best lives.
Green Bridge Consulting
A’Esha Goins is an author, advocate, Business Coach, columnist and an alternative medicine Blogger. She was a lobbyist in the 2016 Nevada Legislature and organized efforts to amend the laws governing regulations that demoralize Minorities. A'Esha's NEW consulting firm is Green Bridge Consulting and they specialize in alternative medicine Small Business development and Branding.