SPEAKERS

Aja Atwood
Aja Atwood
After graduating cum laude from Northeastern University, Aja spent more than 15 years working as an international engineering specialist focused
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Calan Ma’lyan
GreenThumb Education, an online learning community connecting cannabis newcomers to classes and resources surrounding wellness and plant medicine.
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Cherron Perry-Thomas Representing Pennsylvania
Cherron Perry-Thomas
She is a certified Social Impact Strategist, with a strong interest in cooperative business and how fair supply chains can
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Chris Rabb
Rep. Chris Rabb is the State Representative for the 200th Legislative District of PA. My District includes East and West
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Courtney Richardson
Courntey Richardson
The Ivy Investor, a resource for women seeking to understand the maze of the financial industry.
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Dan Adams
Dan Adams
A graduate of Emerson College and eight-year veteran of the Globe, Dan previously covered breaking news, municipal politics, business, and
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Danielle Waltz Representing West Virginia
Danielle Waltz
Danielle has published and lectured on construction matters, including authoring the West Virginia portion of the 2009 Defense Research Institute
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Dasheeda Dawson
Dasheeda Dawson is The WeedHead TM- a global cannabis advocate, award-winning executive strategist and author of top-selling workbook, How to
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Debbie Churgai
Debbie Churgai
She has served as a writer, editor, and reviewer on many ASA publications including the Patient’s Guide to CBD, the
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Desiree Ivey Representing Pennsylvania
Desiree Ivey
She's also co-founder of the Cannabis Opportunities Conference, a conference focused on bringing more people of color into the industry.
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Dr Rachel Knox
Dr. Rachel Knox
Dr. Janice uses her expertise, experience and knowledge of cannabis therapeutics to help cure and relieve symptoms of chronic disease
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Ed Forchion
A resident of New Jersey and California, he is a registered medical cannabis user. He has been arrested and convicted
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Faye Coleman Representing New Jersey
Faye Coleman
Co-founder & CEO Pure Genesis, LLC With multi-national and multi-unit experiences stemming from supply-chain logistics, operations management, retail pharmacy, engineering
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Imani Dawson
Imani Dawson
She has nineteen years of experience creating and curating award-winning content across print, linear and digital platforms for major media
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Jake Plowden Representing New York
Jake Plowden
He Co-Founded the CCA back in late 2015 in response to the lack of equity and inclusion in the growing
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Rep. Jake Wheatley
Jake Wheatley
He was first elected in 2002 to represent the 19th Legislative District, which includes historic Pittsburgh neighborhoods such as: the
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Jamie Gullen
Jamie Gullen
Ms. Gullen's work focuses on increasing access to education and employment opportunities for youth who have juvenile or criminal records
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Jasmine Burnett
Jasmine Burnett
Jasmine's work has been featured in publications like TheRoot.com, Huffington Post, and Rewire to name a few. She has covered
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Jason Ortiz
Jason Ortiz
Jason serves as the President of the Minority Cannabis Business Association which is the only nation-wide trade association comprised of
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Jennifer Michelle Pedini Representing Virginia
Jenn Michelle Pedini
Jenn Michelle’s work in Virginia has resulted in the implementation of a regulated medical cannabis program and the establishment of
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Jesse Forbes
Before turning 30, Jesse obtained a jury verdict of $3 million dollars. Jesse also handles serious criminal cases, including murder
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Jessica Gonzalez
Jessica was the co-founding partner at MGA Law PC, a boutique business law firm with a special focus on cannabis.
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Jordan Harris
State Representative Jordan Harris was elected to the State Legislature on Nov. 6, 2012. Rep. Harris has championed several issues,
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Kamani Jefferson Representing D.C.
Kamani Jefferson
He successfully pushed for Cannabis Cooperatives, micro-businesses, standardized testing licenses, expungement, and the Cannabis Control Commission's social equity program.
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Kay Rivera Representing New York
Kay Rivera
With the assistance of New York’s Cannabis Cultural Association (CCA) to assist in their journey, Rivera hopes that through storytelling
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Kebra Smith-Bolden
Kebra Smith-Bolden
Kebra Smith-Bolden is a true trailblazer, a respected healthcare professional with the vision, purpose and drive to transform the nascent
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Manny Smith
Manny Smith
Manuel “Manny” McDonnell Smith is President of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, an organization focused on ensuring diversity in
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Martin Lee
Martin Lee
Lee has written several books, including most recently Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana – Medical, Recreational and Scientific.
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Mehkavelli King
Mehkavelli King
Known to most as a contributor to publications including TheHillTalk.com, XXL, SLAM Magazine, Hip Hop Weekly and DJsDoingWork.com.
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Mona Zhang
Mona Zhang
Mona Zhang is a cannabis policy reporter for POLITICO. She joined POLITICO in 2019. Mona covers everything from state-level legalization
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Dr. Monica B. Taing
As a clinical cannabis consultant Dr. Taing strategically implements her expertise as guidance for multi-state licensed dispensaries, grower/processor facilities, and
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Monica Taing Representing New Jersey
Monica Taing
Dr. Monica Taing, PharmD, RPh graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts with a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree where
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Olivia Naugle Representing Maryland
Olivia Naugle
Olivia leads MPP’s lobbying and advocacy efforts to legalize marijuana in Maryland. She also and takes a lead in organizing
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Ricardo Baca
Ricardo Baca
Ricardo Baca is a 20-year veteran journalist, keynote speaker, TEDx veteran and thought leader in modern media and drug-policy circles.
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Saki Fenderson Representing New York
Saki Fenderson
Saki hosts a monthly cannabis cooking class introducing audiences to the diversity of cooking with the plant and its myriad
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Senator Sharif Street
Sharif Street
Senator Sharif Street, elected to the Pennsylvania Senate in 2016, represents the Third Senatorial District of Philadelphia.
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Tauhid Chappell
Tauhid Chappell
Tauhid Chappell is an Executive Board Member and Parliamentarian of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists.
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Tyler McFadden Representing D.C.
Tyler McFadden
She has also served as Pine Street Strategies' Director of Client Services and Senior Government Relations Associate, where she was
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Zoë Patchell Representing Delaware
Zoe Patchell
In 2010, she joined NORML’s Women’s Alliance and began a budding network of support at local Philly NORML events.
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