Archives: Speakers

Ricardo Baca

Ricardo Baca is a 20-year veteran journalist, keynote speaker, TEDx veteran and thought leader in modern media and drug-policy circles. He served as The Denver Post’s first-ever marijuana editor and founded news vertical The Cannabist.

Dr Rachel Knox

Dr. Rachel Knox uses her expertise, experience and knowledge of cannabis therapeutics to help cure and relieve symptoms of chronic disease that traditional medicine has failed to conquer.

Mona Zhang

Mona Zhang is a cannabis policy reporter for POLITICO. She joined POLITICO in 2019. Mona covers everything from state-level legalization efforts to the thorny federal regulatory issues facing hemp and CBD businesses.

Jason Ortiz

Jason serves as the President of the Minority Cannabis Business Association which is the only nation-wide trade association comprised of and working for people of color in the cannabis industry.

Faye Coleman Representing New Jersey

Co-founder & CEO Pure Genesis, LLC With multi-national and multi-unit experiences stemming from supply-chain logistics, operations management, retail pharmacy, engineering and emerging business strategy.

Kamani Jefferson Representing D.C.

He successfully pushed for Cannabis Cooperatives, micro-businesses, standardized testing licenses, expungement, and the Cannabis Control Commission’s social equity program.

Tyler McFadden Representing D.C.

She has also served as Pine Street Strategies’ Director of Client Services and Senior Government Relations Associate, where she was deeply immersed in the substance of her clients’ issues and played key roles in campaign strategy, research, candidate messaging, and direct lobbying efforts.

Aja Atwood

After graduating cum laude from Northeastern University, Aja spent more than 15 years working as an international engineering specialist focused on climate disaster risk engineering to reduce damage and business interruptions from natural catastrophes.

Desiree Ivey Representing Pennsylvania

She’s also co-founder of the Cannabis Opportunities Conference, a conference focused on bringing more people of color into the industry. A medical marijuana patient who manages symptoms stemming from Lupus.

Cherron Perry-Thomas Representing Pennsylvania

She is a certified Social Impact Strategist, with a strong interest in cooperative business and how fair supply chains can work to build better communities.

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