DREAM TEAM

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Jim Wood

Jim Wood

Assemblyman Jim Wood a local from Healdsburg was elected to represent the 2ndAssembly District in November 2014 that includes all of Humboldt, Mendocino, Northern & Coastal Sonoma , Trinity and Del Norte Counties. Deeply committed to environmental causes, Jim has led initiatives both at the State and City Levels to protect our precious natural resources. Appalled by the devastation wreaked by illegal cannabis grows on our forests and watersheds, Jim authorized the “Marijuana Watershed Protection Act” (AB 243) which serves as the cornerstone for last year’s historic cannabis regulations. This important legislation sets cultivation guidelines and funds environmental enforcement for cannabis farmers statewide. Jim has also authored a bill that would provide additional funding for cleanup on rouge cannabis grows: Assembly Bill 1548 would create a permanent funding source to ensure we have the resources we need to keep our forest safe and healthy for future generations. For these efforts, Jim has been recognized by the California League of Cities with the Distinguished Legislative Leadership Award.

Lynnette Shaw / Industry Pioneer. Lynnette Opened the first licensed  California dispensary in 1997 & was In operation for 15 years before she was shut down by the federal government. In 2015 she won her case against the Federal government  and continues to be an inspiration to the industry and a marijuana activist.

Lynnette Shaw

Lynnette Shaw

Hezekiah Allen

Hezekiah Allen

Executive Director of the Emerald Growers Association. Hezekiah Allen was born and raised in Humboldt County. He studied Politics and Government at Pacific University. In 2010 he was hired as the Executive Director of the Mattole Restoration Council. In 2013 he stepped down as ED of the MRC to work as a public affairs consultant. In June 2014 Hezekiah relocated to Sacramento after he accepted a contract to work as the Executive Director of the Emerald Growers Association. All his life he has been a fierce guardian of and advocate for the heritage of small scale farms and sustainable cannabis cultivation in CA. He has a deep understanding of the impacts prohibition has had on families, communities, and patients throughout the state.

Robert Jacob / Former Sebastopol Mayor Robert Jacob (dubbed the “Marijuana Mayor”) is the founder and Executive Director of Peace in Medicine, a model medical cannabis dispensary with locations in Sebastopol and Santa Rosa, California. He is also the Executive Director of SPARC, the premier dispensary and cultivation organization in San Francisco, California.

Robert Jacobs

Robert Jacob

Tawnie Logan

Tawnie Logan

Tawnie Logan / Executive Director of Sonoma County Growers Aliance. Tawnie spends much of her time Traveling throughout California and the United States educating cultivators, large and small, on responsible and successful growing practices.

Joe Rogoway is the lead attorney and founder of Rogoway Law Group. Since 2004, Joe has championed cannabis policy reform and has been a staunch advocate for industry operators. Joe is internationally recognized for his prominence as a cannabis industry attorney and has appeared in major media outlets. In 2015 Joe was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers® and is widely recognized a leading attorney in the cannabis industry.

Joe Rogoway

Joe Rogoway

Erin Carlstrom

Erin Carlstrom

Erin Carlstrom / Attorney At Law & Santa Rosa Councilwoman – Erin was elected in 2012 to serve as the Vice Mayor of Santa Rosa, where she has fought to get Sonoma Clean Power adopted, passed a vulnerable users ordinance to protect local cyclists and walkers and worked to make health care more accessible for local residents.

Amanda Conley is a partner at Brand & Branch LLP and Founding Treasurer of the National Cannabis Bar Association.  Amanda has a diversified practice focused on intellectual property and legal issues in emerging technologies and in the cannabis industry, including trademark and copyright counseling, enforcement, and litigation; advising on privacy and data security practices; recovering domain names through Uniform Dispute Resolution Proceedings; and representing clients in district court litigation and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Amanda Conley

Amanda Conley

Amy Poinsett

Amy Poinsett

At the start of marijuana legalization in Colorado, Amy Poinsett co-founded MJ Freeway Business Solutions with a desire to see burgeoning marijuana businesses expand and thrive with smart business solutions in place. To fill a need for cannabis-specific retail software solutions, Poinsett and her co-founder launched MJ Freeway in 2010. Since then, featured in the INC 5000 fastest-growing companies list, woman-owned MJ Freeway Business Solutions has expanded to include point of sale, inventory tracking, manufacturing and cultivation management software platforms, as well as consulting services and cannabis licensee application support.

Ryan Wilber is the managing attorney and founder of Wilber Law Offices, which he runs with his wife, attorney Rachel Wilber In addition to criminal defense, civil rights litigation, and pursuing a fight for the underdog, Ryan’s advocacy for the medical marijuana movement and attendant businesses associated with that cause are of unwavering importance to Ryan’s personal philosophies and his law practice.

Ryan Wilber

Ryan Wilber

Shabnam Malek

Shabnam Malek

Shabnam Malek  is a partner at Brand & Branch LLP and President and Executive Director of the National Cannabis Bar Association. She advises clients on domestic and international trademark clearance, registration, and enforcement. She also represents clients in disputes, develops worldwide expansion strategies, and negotiates and drafts agreements, including settlement agreements, co-existence agreements, trademark license agreements, and interstate license agreements. In addition to trademark law, Shabnam practices promotions law, privacy law, and all things internet.

Casey O’Neill is a CGA farmer who runs a micro-diversified farm in northern Mendocino County, California. His family raises approximately two acres of Clean Green Certified vegetables, poultry and medical cannabis in a small-farm setting while working towards sustainability. He is a self -described “weed geek” and is passionate about sharing food, medicine and cultivation techniques with others. He is passionate about representing small farmers as a Board Chair of the California Growers Association and as a voice in the legalization and functional regulation movement.

Casey O'Neill

Casey O'Neill

Kimberly R Simms

Kimberly R Simms

Kimberly R. Simms became a member of the California State Bar in 2009.  Kimberly started her law practice immediately after law school focusing on the legal and political needs of the medical marijuana community.  In her law practice, she has negotiated with government officials to craft reasonable and effective regulations that allow for safe access, litigated complex land use and zoning cases, and advised hundreds of medical cannabis entrepreneurs.  She has taught courses and lead seminars which focus on how to comply with the ever-changing legal and regulatory requirements of the cannabis industry.  Kimberly is a founding Board Member of the Alliance for Responsible Medicinal Access, San Diego’s leading cannabis chamber of commerce and political advocacy organization. Kimberly is also proud to serve as Chapter Co-Chair for San Diego Women Grow.   Kimberly is also an active member of San Diego’s political community and serves on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Leadership Alliance, an organization that develops the next generation of progressive leaders in the San Diego region.

Lauren Fraser started her exploration into the cannabis industry with Auntie Dolores, a leading edibles brand in California. After successfully securing $1M in seed capital, she led the company through corporate restructuring, rebranding, and expansion efforts. In 2015, she worked closely with legislators and stakeholders on the Medical Marijuana Regulation & Safety Act with the hope of securing a viable future for cannabis businesses in California. After the passage of the MMRSA, Ms. Fraser launched RvR (pronounced River), a collective of collectives which is poised to become a leading cannabis distributor under the eventual state licensing program in 2018.

Lauren Fraser

Lauren Fraser

Jamie Kerr

Jamie Kerr

Jamie Kerr is the Founder of 530 Collective, a storefront dispensary that has been in compliance with local ordinance since 2009 and the dispensary’s in-house edible line, 530 Edibles, which she launched in 2011.

In 2013, Jamie was unanimously appointed to the City of Shasta Lake Planning Commission where she is currently serving a four-year term. Jamie has also previously served as vice-President of the Shasta Lake Chamber of Commerce, of which 530 Collective has been a member since 2009. In 2014, 530 Collective joined the California Cannabis Industry Association and shortly thereafter Jamie was appointed to CCIA’s board of directors where she served until April 2015.

In his second term serving the geographically large and economically diverse Fifth District, Supervisor Efren Carrillo is currently serving as Chair of the Board of Supervisors.  He has been active in water and climate protection issues, and successfully lobbied for local funding for fisheries restoration projects with both State and Federal agencies. Efren worked closely with the Climate Protection Campaign, regional cities, and the Sonoma County Water Agency to bring forward the Sonoma Clean Power Authority, a community choice aggregation project which formed a Joint Powers Authority in 2013.

Raised in the Roseland area of Santa Rosa and our County’s first Habitat for Humanity home, Efren has dedicated his professional life to public service.

During Supervisor Carrillo’s terms, tens of thousands of acres of Coastal lands – some targeted for preservation for decades – have been protected in his District.  Supervisor Carrillo also spearheaded efforts to align the needs of Sonoma County employers with the workforce training provided to our students, in addition to supporting Upstream Investments and the First Five Commission.

Efren Carrillo

Efren Carrillo

Matt Cote

Matt Cote

An expert in brand and the cannabis industry, Matthew Cote has helped companies like Berkeley Patients Group, Bhang Chocolate, Auntie Dolores, United Patients Group, and Steep Hill Labs reach their target audience through educational campaigns and creative original content.

He’s developed effective social strategies aimed at increasing sales, enhancing public awareness, and enriching the value of various brands; He has also developed and currently manage campaigns that integrate social media with B2B and B2C web-based engagement for driving sales and educating the public about product availability.

Alec Dixon  is a veteran of the  US Navy as well as Co-Founder and Director of Client Relations of SC Laboratories.  Among Alecs’ work with SC Labs includes educational outreach and support, conducting training lectures and seminars with various Cannabis stakeholder groups on west coast.  These seminars cover various topics from best practices in cultivation, IPM, cannabis science, individualized patient care, patient service and stewardship. Alec’s combined decade of experience in an around all aspects of Cannabis has made him a leading expert in the field.

Alec Dixon

Alec Dixon

Rebecca Stamen White

Rebecca Stamey-White

Rebecca Stamey-White is a legal expert, advisor and strategist, specializing in the laws related to the sale, distribution and marketing of alcoholic beverages and medical cannabis. She is a partner at Hinman & Carmichael LLP, a nationally-recognized boutique law firm representing the alcoholic beverage, hospitality and medical marijuana industries and their service providers. Rebecca provides licensing, compliance and trade practice advice and defends clients in state agency protest and accusation hearings and federal alcohol investigations. She has a special expertise in crafting legally- compliant advertising, social media, promotions and events and advising unlicensed third party providers serving regulated industries.

Zack Darling is the CEO (Chief Eternal Optimist) and Creative Director at ZDCA Design & Development, a digital creative agency in Santa Rosa, Ca. He co-founded the company in 2009 with his associate Kate Schneider, who serves as President and CTO. In 2015, they launched a subsidiary agency, The Hybrid Creative, which allowed their team to further focus their support of the cannabis, hydroponics and medical marijuana industries. Appointed as CEO was fellow Mendo-native Laurel Gregory, who also serves as Art Director for ZDCA.

Zack Darling

Zack Darling

Pamela Epstein

Pamela Epstein

Pamela Epstein is the Founder of Green Wise Consulting, LLC. She graduated with Honors and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arizona in both Communications and Political Science. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of La Verne College of Law. After law school, Pamela earned her Master’s of Law from Golden Gate University School of Law, where she received her LL.M in International Environmental Law & Policy. During her LL.M program, Pamela drafted and published an article in the International and Environmental Law Journal. Subsequent to law school, Pamela served as General Counsel for Mountain View Aesthetics & Dermatology and was the consulting Attorney for the American College of Osteopathic Dermatology focusing on healthcare administrative law and general business matters.

In 2014 stated working in the cannabis industry. She has become known as a fearless advocate for local businesses with current clients ranging from startups, entrepreneurs, and companies in all stages of development. Pamela ensures that her client’s have the proper planning and structure that will result in efficiency, profitability, compliance as well as an overall benefit for the cannabis industry.

Andrea Unsworth is the Founder of StashTwist, a woman-operated delivery-only dispensary in the Bay Area.  As a patient advocate, Andrea spends much of her time working at the local level to build relationships with policy makers in Oakland and neighboring cities.  She collaborates with local organizations to build awareness and support entrepreneurs within the cannabis community.  Currently, she also serves at the Chairwoman for the Bay Area chapter of Women Grow.

A former financial analyst for Moodys, Andrea has written and published numerous pieces on the cannabis industry both locally and in other states.   She has a B.A. from UCLA and an MBA from the University of Southern California (USC).  A California native, she has lived 10+ years in San Diego, Los Angeles, and the Bay Area.

In 2014 stated working in the cannabis industry. She has become known as a fearless advocate for local businesses with current clients ranging from startups, entrepreneurs, and companies in all stages of development. Pamela ensures that her client’s have the proper planning and structure that will result in efficiency, profitability, compliance as well as an overall benefit for the cannabis industry.

Andrea Unsworth

Andrea Unsworth

Tom Hicks

Tom Hicks

Tom Hicks, Attorney at Law

Tom Hicks is a California water law, real property, and conservation attorney who represents public interest organizations, landowners, and others on public policy, transactional, and select administrative and litigation matters. Before law school Tom was an energy and water policy analyst at the Natural Heritage Institute and the founder and Executive Director of the Headwaters Institute. He has interned at the San Francisco Office of the City Attorney, California State Water Resources Control Board, and American Rivers. Tom founded and chaired the inaugural California Water Law Symposium sponsored by leading northern California law schools and is a Board member. He is the author of the Water Education Foundation Layperson’s Guide to Water Rights Law, recognized as the most thorough explanation of California water rights law available to non-lawyers. Tom is a former whitewater raft guide, kayaker, and Colorado Outward Bound School instructor. He holds a JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law and a BA from the University of Vermont.

Ms. Lencho’s practice currently focuses on the medical cannabis industry where she provides medical cannabis businesses guidance on corporate formation and advice on navigating the ever-changing local and state regulatory requirements for their businesses. In addition, Ms. Lencho provides intellectual property services such as trademark counseling, clearance, and prosecution, copyright registration, intellectual property enforcement, and strategy. Ms. Lencho also has experience with state licensing application processes and requirements and has been following the rollout of California’s local and state regulations closely. Ms. Lencho is a member of Women Grow, and is currently a board member of the Bay Area chapter. She is co-founder of Supernova, an organization for women of color in the cannabis industry that has been affecting change by providing free education and training programs to communities of color in the Bay area. Ms. Lencho and her cofounders plan to expand Supernova’s reach nationally in the second quarter of this year.

Sunshine Lencho

Sunshine Lencho

Jeffrey A. Titus

Jeffrey A. Titus

Jeffrey Titus is a sole practitioner focusing on tax controversy matters in Santa Rosa, California. Over the last 30 years, he has litigated on behalf of his clients in the U.S. Tax Court, District Court, Bankruptcy Court, Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, and the U. S.Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. Mr. Titus has represented numerous individuals and entities in administrative matters before the IRS ranging from collection, audits, and appeals. In addition to tax controversy work, he has represented and guided several small businesses in their formative years.

Mr. Titus is a member of the California and New York bars. He is a member of the Tax Procedure and Litigation Committee of the Taxation Section of the California State Bar.

Mr. Titus has an LL.M in Business and Taxation Transnational Practice from McGeorge School of Law awarded in 1985, and a JD from Golden Gate University School of Law awarded in 1983.

Patrick Murphy, co-owner of Emerald Family Farms, was raised in California and has lived in beautiful Humboldt County for the past twelve years. In late 2014 Patrick became involved with California Cannabis Voice Humboldt, a local non-profit advocating on behalf of Humboldt County cannabis farmers. As an outreach coordinator and eventually a policy co-chair, Patrick helped address and transform the perception that cannabis farmers do not participate in solving the problems that have arisen due to the unregulated nature of the industry.

Patrick Murphy

Patrick Murphy

Lezli Engeliking

Lezli Engeliking

Founder of FOCUS:  Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards

FOCUS is the only company to develop third party, international voluntary- consensus cannabis standards that protect public health, consumer safety, and safeguard the environment. Through her experience in public health, pharmaceuticals and as a cannabis business owner, Lezli realized the only way to build a truly sustainable, legal, cannabis marketplace – not just on a national level- but globally – was to develop standards suitable for adoption into regulations that would serve as the common language to ensure the quality and safety required for international commerce.

Kevin Walsh

Operations

As a leader in the cannabis industry, Kevin Walsh has developed his reputation by constructing the “pillars of ethics”. With a degree in sustainable agriculture from Prescott University, he has been able to apply his knowledge of cannabis with traditional agriculture. He began cultivating cannabis in Humboldt County and eventually moved into Oregon to purchase and develop raw land. He worked out a licensing deal with Vital Earth to distribute fertilizers and nutrients to Colorado and the East Coast. Once Vital Earth signed a national distribution deal, he broke off with a partner to start his own nutrient and fertilizer company, Elevation Organics. In 2014, Oregon passed House Bill 3460 which permitted medical marijuana to be sold in retail establishments, moving what has been a booming but legally hazy industry squarely into the mainstream. As an outdoor farmer, it made perfect sense to pursue setting up a CO2 extraction facility in one of the largest outdoor production regions in the world. He manages the day to day operations, oversees the financial department, and the sourcing of raw materials from farmers. There is no manual for starting a cannabis company but he consistently tackles the hurdles that normal businesses do not encounter such as 280-E, compliance factors, and lack of banking.

Kevin Walsh

Natalia Thurston

Natalia Thurston

Natalia Thurston, J.D., M.B.A, Director of Legal Services, has served as a legal advisor to California’s medical cannabis collectives in business law matters since 2010. In her vigorous legal representation of collectives across California, Natalia brings to the table a strong educational background coupled with extensive industry expertise. Natalia earned her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, M.B.A. from San Francisco State University, and J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law. While studying at Berkeley Law, she won the American Jurisprudence Award for Small Business Counseling, served as an editor for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, and as a business consultant to the East Bay Community Law Center’s Economic Development Unit. Committed to social justice and patient access issues, Natalia has served as pro bono counsel in a wide range of matters from helping low income terminally ill patients seeking legal relief to serving as legal counsel to the Oakland Art Museum for its 2016 exhibition, Altered State: Marijuana in California. Natalia is licensed to practice law in the State of California.

Josh Wurzer has seven years of experience testing Cannabis and Cannabis products. He is the President and Co-Founder of SC Laboratories, an analytical laboratory specializing in quality control for the Cannabis industry. With laboratories in Northern and Southern California as well as Seattle Washington, SC Labs is one of the largest analytical laboratories servicing the Cannabis industry. He also serves on the board of directors of Envirocann, an organization that provides compliance and quality certifications for Cannabis producers and manufacturers of Cannabis products.

Josh has a background in both analytical and synthetic chemistry and had specialized in small molecule synthesis for drug discovery and silicon polymer research and development for the pharmaceutical and electronic materials industries before becoming the laboratory director of the first cannabis testing lab in the United States. He received his Bachelors degree in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Through his tenure at SC Labs, Josh has overseen the analysis of almost two hundred thousand unique Cannabis samples.

Josh Wurzel

Josh Wurzel

April Crittenden

April Crittenden

As president of Envirocann, a budding cannabis certification agency, April Crittenden brings a wealth of knowledge regarding environmental stewardship and the USDA National Organic Program. April was the Senior Quality and Compliance Supervisor at California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) were she worked for over 8 years. In that role she crafted client communication systems, helped develop and implement the pesticide residue testing program as well as oversaw all complaints and investigations. Prior to her years devoted to organic certification April studied at UC Santa Cruz where she received a BA in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. She also has certificates in Permaculture, NOP & ACA trainings and obtained the following IOIA Inspection Certifications: Crop, Basic Post harvest handling/processor, and Pesticide Residue Sampling. When April isn’t working to expand access to organically grown cannabis she loves to snowboard, backpack with her dogs and garden.

David McPherson is a Principal at HDL Companies which represents over 160 cities and counties in California. Prior to joining the firm he served 28 years working in various local government agencies. While working for the City of Oakland he was instrumental in working closely with the cannabis industry in developing an economic strategy which expanded the number of dispensaries and other ancillary cannabis businesses in the City. David became a Nationally recognized government official when he became the first Tax Administrator in the Country to successfully tax medical marijuana. David also served three terms as president of the California Municipal Revenue & Tax Association. David has vastly become one of the state’s most recognized government experts in cannabis horticulture, processing and dispensary operations. He uses his industry experience to assist local and state agencies in developing medical marijuana policies for regulation, compliance, auditing and economic development. David worked closely with the League of Cities and lobbyists on the development of AB 243, SB 243 and AB 266 which established the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA). Currently David is working closely with various state agencies and local government jurisdictions in order to develop the “best practices” for the MMRSA regulations.

David McPherson

Jarred Kiloh

Jarred Kiloh Operator of The HigherPath Dispensary in Sherman Oaks Ca

Melissa N. Sánchez is a Sacramento attorney specializing in the complexities of California’s state and local medical cannabis laws and regulations. As the founder of

Harvest Law Corporation, she represents cannabis cultivators throughout California, navigating them toward compliance and licensing. Ms. Sánchez received her Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis, where she earned a Regents Scholarship, the most prestigious award presented by the university. She received her Juris Doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Robert L. Lieff Scholar. Ms. Sánchez is co-founder of The Harvest Group, which promotes environmental, economic and social sustainability and legal compliance for the cannabis industry. She organized and moderated the University of California’s first continuing legal education class on medical cannabis in 2012, which featured Assistant United States Attorneys from the Eastern District of California and respected attorneys in the field. Ms. Sánchez advises the California Growers Association, the trade group for craft cannabis farmers. She is Sacramento Chapter Chair of Women Grow, created to connect and educate the next generation of cannabis industry leaders.

Melissa N. Sánchez

Lt. John Nores

Lieutenant John Nores Jr is a California Department of Fish and Wildlife Patrol Lieutenant and has been a game warden for 27 years. In 2013, Lt. Nores became the team leader of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s newly formed Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET). This 13 operator special operations team specializes in suspect apprehension, marijuana eradication, environmental restoration, marijuana public safety outreach training, in addition to handling all other high risk tactical challenges faced by game wardens today. For the last 10 years, Lt. Nores has conducted marijuana operations tactics training for other conservation and law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S., and in 2007 co-instructed a tactical wildlife investigators school in South East Asia.

Lt. Nores’s first book, “War in the Woods: Combating the Marijuana Cartels on America’s Public Lands,” was released in October 2010, and he has appeared on multiple national radio shows and network news expose programs as a result. “War in the Woods” has been optioned for a motion picture and the movie is in development currently. Lt. Nores currently conducts a marijuana education and awareness presentation for all ages, showing the public safety and environmental destruction effects of drug cartel marijuana cultivation operations occurring all over the west coast.

Lt. Nores is featured in the National Geographic channel’s game warden reality television series, “Wild Justice,” now aired through three seasons, with seasons four and five filming beginning shortly. Lt. Nores is also featured in Dr. James Swan’s 2009 California Game Warden documentary, “Endangered Species: CA Fish and Game Wardens.” In early 2012, Lt. Nores and allied agency operators from the Santa Clara County Marijuana Eradication Team (MET) worked with the NRA’s American Warrior: Life of Duty online TV series production team to film “Reclamation: The Battle for Terra Firma.” This project resulted in a 26 minute documentary highlighting the public safety and wildlife resource destruction issues associated with clandestine Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) marijuana cultivation operations throughout the US.

Tim Morland graduated from California State University Sacramento in 2008 with a degree in Government. He served an internship at the Office of the Assembly Chief Clerk his senior year in college. After his internship he was hired on full-time by the Office of the Assembly Chief Clerk as an engrossing and enrolling clerk. Tim served in a variety of different positions within the Office of the Assembly Chief Clerk, most notably serving as the Assembly Reading Clerk and Assembly Daily File Clerk.

 Tim was hired by the State Board of Equalization Member Fiona Ma in January of 2015 as the Assistant Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Director. In November of 2015, he was promoted to Director of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs. He currently serves on the Cannabis Compliance project within the State Board of Equalization.

Tim Morland

Jessie Gissen

Jesse Gessin is a Deputy Federal Public Defender in the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California.  Mr. Gessin was formerly an Assistant Federal Public Defender in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands.  Mr. Gessin has represented federal defendants during all stages of the trial and appellate proceedings in federal court including over twenty-five federal jury trials to verdict.  Mr. Gessin has extensive experience representing individuals  charged with federal drug crimes.  In January of 2015, Mr. Gessin filed one of the first motions in the nation for preclusion of federal enforcement of the controlled substances act against those licensed to cultivate and possess medical marijuana under Section 538 of the Appropriations Act of 2015.  The case is United States v. Butier and the strategy presented in that case has become a blue print for litigating Section 538.  Section 538 has since been extended to 2016.  Mr. Gessin has presented nationally for the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.  Mr. Gessin is a lecturer in trial advocacy at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.   

Diane has been practicing in Santa Rosa, California for over 30 years. She is a Certified Public Accountant, Enrolled Agent and Financial Advisor. Diane advises clients in all areas of tax including Individual, Corporation, Partnership, Non Profit, Estate and Trusts. In 2012, Diane became active in representing a Medical Marijuana Non Profit Mutual Benefit Company in an IRS audit. Through this audit experience, Diane has obtained tremendous insight in organizing and set up of an accounting system to gain additional expense deduction that may reduce the tax liability that the 280E regulation currently restricts.

Diane Piccioni CPA

Dr. Robert Martin

Dr. Robert Martin is the co-founder of CW Analytical Laboratories, a testing facility to ensure the potency and safety of medical cannabis and cannabis products for the past three years.

Jonathan Valdman

Jonathan Valdman is the founder of Forever Flowering Greenhouses