Head of Unit of Federal Drug Commissioner of the Ministry of Health, Germany.
A sociologist and advisor for treatment of drug dependency, Dr. Michels has served as Head of the Drugs and Prison projects department of the German AIDS-Hilfe in Berlin, as Drug Commissioner of the Federal State of Bremen, Germany, and as Head of the Office of the Federal Drug Commissioner, Federal Ministry of Health in Berlin, Germany.
In 2007 he worked as a Consultant for the German International Development Organization GTZ (Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit – Association for Technical Cooperation) on “HIV prevention among injecting drug users through harm reduction capacity building and advocacy” in Vietnam, Ukraine and Pakistan. Dr. Michels has published widely in international journals on substance use.
Currently serving his 13th term in Congress, Dana Rohrabacher represents California’s scenic 48th District. He also serves as Chairman of the Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats Subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and is Vice Chairman on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Rohrabacher is a strong voice for lower government spending and taxes. His record of fiscal restraint and pro-growth policies has won him acclaim from the National Taxpayers Union, Citizens Against Government Waste, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business.
Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director of Harborside Health Center in Oakland, California, is a cannabis industry leader, movement strategist and lifelong activist. Steve writes and speaks widely on the subject of cannabis, and his creation of the world’s model medical cannabis dispensary has been extensively covered in national and international news media.
His past accomplishments include organizing I- 59, Washington D.C.’s medical cannabis initiative; Hemp Tour, which brought hemp to the heartland; and Ecolution, Inc., which produced hemp garments and accessories 1990-2000. A Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Maryland, Steve is a founding, charter member of ASA (Americans for Safe Access); on the board of the Emerald Growers Association and the star of the Discovery Channel mini series, “Weed Wars” which is currently rolling out internationally.
As Leafly’s Director of Marketing, Linn Baumgardt continuously strives to elevate the cannabis industry by breaking through barriers and partnering with mainstream companies such as Pandora and Twitter. Linn’s creativity, strategic mindset and drive to push boundaries have been invaluable in establishing Leafly as the fastest-growing privately held company in the Pacific Northwest. By analyzing market trends and legislation around the world she created a custom algorithm that has become the standard for how Leafly approaches new regions and global markets.
In addition, Linn launched Leafly’s largest media campaign, Leafly Vote, in support of cannabis legalization in nine states. Prior to Leafly, Linn worked with companies such as Microsoft, Discovery Channel, and consulted for clients such as Amazon, Sprint,
and Red Box.
Georg Wurth is a former local politician of Germany’s Green Party. He has lead the German Hemp Association (DHV) since its foundation in 2002. The organisation is one of Europe’s biggest organizations calling for the regulation of recreational and medical cannabis. With 150,000 Facebook fans and more than 3 million Youtube views, the DHV is powerful on social media. After winning a popular vote, Georg became the first cannabis lobbyist to speak to German Chancellor Merkel about reform. In 2014 Georg’s reform campaign idea won one million Euros on a televised show, after which he launched Europe’s first cinema spot campaign against prohibition.
Ophelia Chong is the creative genius behind Stock Pot Images and Asian Americans for Cannabis Education (AACE). She is driven to help shape the new conversation of Cannabis and is guided by one mission: to advocate for the legalization of cannabis and offer truthful reflections of the faces and communities that embrace cannabis.
After graduating from the Art Center College of Design in 1989, she traveled the world for a few years and found her calling in photography. She began her career as the photographer for David Carson at Raygun Magazine, Sony Music, Mercury, Epitaph, and Interview Magazine. She went on to become the creative director at Strand Releasing, distributing over 50 films to the Sundance, Toronto, New York, Venice, Berlin and Outfest film festivals. She moved into the stock and assignment photography business next. Since 1999, she has specialized in marketing and designing for photographers, photography monographs and photography agencies.
Ophelia teaches Marketing and Self-Promotion to photography students at the Art Center College of Design since 2010 and is an art director in the MFA writing program at CalArts since 2008.
A Berlin based journalist, Michael is also affiliated with Vice Magazine in Germany.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Former elected Sheriff of San Francisco and Co-Founder of the California Green Party.
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.
Chris has a deep sales and leadership background and has risen through the ranks at O.penVAPE, the largest consumer cannabis brand in the United States. He has performed highly at every level and overseen dramatic revenue growth for the past several years. He was the architect responsible for tripling the number of states in the licensee network and expanding the international presence into both Europe and the Caribbean.
A born leader with an ability to motivate and make those around him perform at a higher level, he now takes the helm at Headquarters in Denver, Colorado. Driessen will be tasked with delivering ever higher revenue gains, rolling out new brands and delivering new products to both the THC and CBD markets. Chris will oversee operations at the extraction lab, fulfillment center and corporate office, where he will be expected to increase efficiency and maintain or improve an already healthy bottom line.