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Henry Rollins

In describing Henry Rollins, the tendency is to try to squeeze as many labels as possible into a single sentence. “Rollins is many things,” says the Washington Post, “diatribist, confessor, provocateur, humorist, even motivational speaker…his is an enthusiastic and engaging chatter.” Entertainment Weekly’s list includes “Punk Rock icon. Spoken word poet. Actor. Author. DJ. Is there anything this guy can’t do?” TV Guide has more concisely called him a “Renaissance Man” but if Henry Rollins could be reduced to a single word, that word would undoubtedly be “workaholic.” When he’s not traveling, Rollins prefers a to keep a relentless schedule full of work, with gigs as an actor, author, DJ, voice-over artist and TV show host to name a few of the roles that keep his schedule full.

Rollins has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as frontman for both Rollins Band and Black Flag and as a solitary traveler with insatiable curiosity, favoring road-less-traveled locales in places such as Nepal, Sri Lanka, Siberia, North Korea, South Sudan and Iran.

Henry currently hosts a weekly radio show on L.A.’s renowned NPR affiliate KCRW, in addition to writing weekly columns for the LA Weekly and Rolling Stone Australia. He was a recurring guest star in the FX television drama Sons of Anarchy as neo-Nazi villain ‘AJ Weston.’ In 2013, after previously anchoring shows for IFC and National Geographic, Henry joined the History Channel’s H2 network as host of the TV show 10 Things You Don’t Know About. In 2014, Henry received the prestigious Ray Bradbury Creativity Award in recognition for his lifelong contribution to the arts, his passion for social activism, as well as his intense passion for the importance of maintaining books and libraries.

Henry is well known for his popular spoken word performances, or “talking shows” as he calls them, are a seamless (yet seemingly extemporaneous) mix of political commentary and personal anecdote, full of humor, outrage, pop culture, along with a healthy dose of skepticism. In 2013, Henry was chosen as the keynote speaker at the Association of College and Research Librarians Conference. Keynote speaker at California Library Association Conference.

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Chuck Rifici

Chuck is a true pioneer of the North American cannabis industry having founded Canopy Growth (formerly Tweed Marijuana) and building it into 500,000 square feet of thriving marijuana grow capacity as it’s CEO. Today Canopy Growth is worth over $1 billion and recognized as a world class cannabis producer. 

Chuck is currently CEO of Nesta Holding Co., a private equity firm focused on US cannabis opportunities and Chairman of National Access Cannabis, a clinic chain helping patients access the Canadian federal cannabis program. Chuck also sits on the boards of Aurora Cannabis (TSX.V:ACB), Supreme Pharmaceuticals (CNSX:SL) & CannaRoyalty (CNSX:CRZ).

Chuck is a chartered professional accountant. He obtained his MBA from Queen’s University and a BASc in Computer Engineering from the University of Ottawa.

Marc Lustig

Mr. Lustig holds MSc and MBA degrees from McGill University. He began his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry at Merck & Co. In 2000, he started his capital markets career in institutional equity research in the Life Sciences sector at Orion Securities. For the next 14 years, Mr. Lustig worked as a Director at GMP Securities L.P. and as Head of Capital Markets at Dundee Capital Markets before becoming a Principal at KES 7 Capital. Mr. Lustig founded Cannabis Royalties & Holdings Corp. in early 2015.

Scott Bonagofsky

Scott Bonagofsky has been a licensed California attorney since 1997.  He was an associate at Brobeck, one of the top technology law firms in Silicon Valley, during the dot com era, and at Morgan Lewis, one of the ten largest law firms in the country, prior to starting his own law firm in 2005.  Scott has been a Thomson Reuters Northern California SuperLawyer every year since 2009, and is a member of the National Cannabis Bar Association.  Scott is a co-founder and the Chief Executive Officer of the Cannaplex, a 106,500 square foot multi-tenant, multi-use production facility and distribution hub under development in East Oakland, California.

Dasheeda Dawson

An “Urban Girl – Suburban Mom”, Dasheeda Dawson is a Cannabis executive, digital growth hacker, and brand strategist. Target to THC, she has successfully launched and managed multi-million dollar brands for Target Corporation, Victoria’s Secret and Fullbeauty Brands prior to transitioning into the Cannabis industry. From Ava + Viv™, Target’s groundbreaking entrance into the plus-size industry as the first to leverage bloggers to Victoria’s Secret Sport piggybacking being “Best in Bras” to become “Best in Sports Bras” — Dasheeda has taken her “Think Big, Start Small, & Act Fast” mentality to deliver game-changing insights that completely shift the direction of a business, driving strong brand engagement, customer acquisition and rapid sales growth. She is an award-winning strategist with a rare blend of analytical and creative know-how cultivated through 15 years of leadership, entrepreneurial, and business development excellence within digital-focused brand management, including her work with other noteworthy brands such as Johnson & Johnson, Shea Moisture & United Way. An adaptable team leader and change agent, her signature strength has been the ability to engage and inspire brand teams with “Real Talk + Real Training”, empowering innovative, yet data-driven risk-taking to drive profitable sales growth for start-up or turn-around businesses.

Brooklyn-born and Jersey educated, Dasheeda received her MBA in Marketing and Strategic Management from Rutgers Business School, where she was the 2011 recipient of the school’s two highest leadership awards during her tenure. She received her undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology from Princeton University ten years prior. A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Dasheeda is currently the Founder & President of MaryJane Marketing, LLC., a digital-focused Cannabis consulting firm and VP, Managing Partner of UNDOO, LLC, an endocannabinoid wellness product company.

Lauren Fraser

Lauren Fraser is co-founder and President of River Collective, a medical cannabis distributor. Prior to starting River, Ms. Fraser was the President of Auntie Dolores, an industry leading edibles brand. She sits on the executive Board for the California Growers Association (CGA) and is a Founding Director of the Cannabis Distributors Association, focused on developing industry best practices and providing support to regulators at the state and local level. Prior to entering the cannabis industry, Ms. Fraser facilitated capital raises and strategic partnerships for early stage companies in technology and lifestyle sectors, managed the human resources department for IDEA Health & Fitness Association, and spearheaded strategic projects for The Vanguard Group. Ms. Fraser holds a Masters of Business Administration degree and Bachelor’s in Finance.

Ognjen Brborovic

Born 1972 in Zagreb, Croatia. Graduated on Medical School, University of Zagreb in 1998. In 2005 finished postgraduate studies in Public Health and successfully finished residency in Public Health. In 2010 acquired PHD with the thesis Association of formal education and pressure for changing health habits to self-perceived mental and physical health. In 2014 he became Assistant Professor at the Department of Healthcare Organization.

 He is author in 20+ scientific papers published in peer reviewed journals.

Since 2003 he is one of the directors of symposium Media and Health that each year gathers most prominent Croatian journalists, politicians and professionals in health & healthcare area. In 2012 he became vice-president of Croatian Public Health Society, one of the societies of Croatian Medical Association.

As a vice-president of Croatian Public Health Society he advocated medical usage of cannabis on numerous occasions, in private encounters, public lectures and media. At the end of 2014 Croatian Minister of Health appointed him as a President of Minister Committee on Medical Cannabis that has successfully finished first phase of work with legal changes necessary to deliver cannabis medicine to patients. Committee’s further tasks are to track medical usage and abuse of cannabis, suggests improvements, indications and guidelines for medical professionals.

Ed Rosenthal

Ed Rosenthal is the world’s leading expert on the cultivation of marijuana. In his more than forty years as the “guru of ganja,” he has written or edited more than a dozen books about marijuana cultivation and social policy that cumulatively have sold over two million copies. His “Ask Ed”® marijuana advice column ran in High Times for several decades and still appears internationally. One of his books on marijuana cultivation is the only book of its type to be reviewed by The New York Times.

Currently Rosenthal consults for commercial growers throughout the world, both independently and as a team member of Quantum 9, a cannabis consulting service. He is also on the faculty of Oaksterdam University, the leading trade school for the cannabis industry. His classes teach pupils how different techniques can be used to improve the yield and efficiency of their gardens.

Beyond the garden, Rosenthal views marijuana law as a crucial social issue and has been active in promoting and developing policies of civil regulation. In 2003 he was tried in federal court for cultivation in a trial where the jury was not allowed to hear that he was deputized by the City of Oakland to provide marijuana for patients. His trial shifted public opinion in favor of state medical marijuana laws. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Green Aid: The Medical Marijuana Legal Defense and Education Fund.  Rosenthal has also served as an expert witness for federal, state, and civil marijuana cases for over thirty years.

Books by Ed Rosenthal include: Protect Your Garden, Marijuana Grower’s Handbook (2010), Marijuana Pest & Disease Control, Medical Marijuana 101, Why Marijuana Should be Legal, and The Big Book of Buds series.

Debby Goldsberry

Debby Goldsberry has 25 years as a leader in the medical and adult use marijuana industry. She co-founded the Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) medical cannabis collective in 1999. Directing its growth over 11 years, with 70 employees and up to 1,000 customer visits per day. At BPG, Ms. Goldsberry developed and implemented standard operating procedures for procurement, product safety, patient relations, and business management and operations, which have been replicated by dispensaries around the nation. As a community leader, she co-founded and directed Americans for Safe Access (ASA), Medical Cannabis Safety Council (MCSC), and Cannabis Action Network (CAN). She is a board member at California NORML, is a former board member of the Marijuana Policy Project, and teaches procurement and patient relations at Oaksterdam University. She has proven experience in business and human resources management, public and government relations, and product development and marketing. Ms. Goldsberry is currently the Ambassador at Magnolia Wellness in Oakland, CA and at Bloom Well in Bend, OR, two model medical cannabis dispensaries.

Guenter Weiglein

Of the legal cannabis users in Germany, three patients have been able to take their cases against the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) for not allowing them to grow their own plants since the imports are incredibly expensive and not covered by health insurance.

Günther Weiglein is one of the three cannabis patients who the German court allowed the ability to potentially grow his own medicine.

Aaron Smith

Aaron Smith is the co-founder and executive director for the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) – the only national trade association representing the social and political interests of legal cannabis businesses in the United States. Founded in 2010 and now representing nearly 1,000 member businesses, NCIA maintains offices in Washington, D.C. and Denver, Colorado.

Prior to launching NCIA, Aaron distinguished himself as a public advocate for common sense marijuana policy reforms — first under the auspices of a California-based medical cannabis advocacy group, Safe Access Now, and later as the California state policy director for the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project. Aaron’s opinion pieces have appeared in major newspapers, including the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and The New York Times, and he has been a frequent commentator on national television news networks. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Aaron is currently based in Denver, Colorado.

Ross Mirkarimi

Ross Mirkarimi was elected the thirty-fifth Sheriff of the City and County of San Francisco, and served until 2016.  Prior to becoming Sheriff, he was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (City Council) for two terms.  Throughout his 22 years of public service, Ross has been an outspoken advocate for the legalization of cannabis – the only Sheriff in California’s 58 counties.  In 2005, Ross was the first municipal legislator in California to author a comprehensive regulatory framework for legalizing medical cannabis. He received NORML’s “hero of the year” award in 2006. Appointed by the State Senate, Ross also served on the California Costal Commission between 2009-2011.   Since leaving public service, Ross is consulting governments domestic and abroad on criminal justice reforms, and implementation of cannabis regulations.

Ngaio Bealum

Ngaio Bealum is one of the premiere cannabis comics in the United States and you’ll see why he has performed at just about every Hempfest on the West Coast and too many cannabis-related events to even keep track of. He has appeared on Comedy Central, BET, MTV and many other networks and shows across your television dial.  Very recently, he was a featured guest on the hilarious podcast of Doug Benson (Super High Me, Half-Baked), Getting Doug With High. In addition to his cannabis comedy, he is the former editor of West Coast Cannabis Magazine and has been a tireless activist for legalization. While Ngaio’s comedy is hilarious whether you are a full-fledged member of the cannabis community or not, it certainly doesn’t hurt.