Greenhouse Ventures presents Innovation in the Cannabis Industry: Future Outlook, the second installment of Greenhouse Ventures Innovation in the Cannabis Industry conference series.

Innovation in the Cannabis Industry: Future Outlook will take place December 9, 2016 at Chemical Heritage Foundation in Center City Philadelphia from 9am – 6pm.

This conference will feature multiple panel discussions from 15+ professionals with backgrounds in: finance, technology, medical research, legal, politics, and compliance. This event will facilitate unique marketing and networking opportunities for attendees looking to advance their careers in the cannabis industry in 2017.

With a new President in the White House, and 8 new states recently passing some form of cannabis legalization, 2017 is set to be a historic year for the cannabis industry. Innovation in the Cannabis Industry: Future Outlook will feature discussions on likely market trends expected in 2017, as well as tips from industry experts on how to navigate the post-election cannabis industry.


Accredited CME Course

(Sponsored by Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University)

 8am – 9am

Cannabinoids as Medicine

Sara Jane Ward, PhD – Assistant Professor, Center for Substance Abuse Research, Department of Pharmacology, Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University

Registration & Networking 

9am – 10am

coffee & tea provided 

Elections are Over, Now What?

10am – 11am

Evan Nison – Board of Directors, NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws)

Troy Kaplan – Licensing, Regulations and Compliance Consultant, Capital C Consulting LLC

Jim Thorburn – Founding Partner, Thorburn Walker LLC

Roseanne Scotti – State Director, New Jersey, Drug Policy Alliance

Lezli Engelking – Founder & President, Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards (FOCUS)

Deborah Miran

Med-Tech & Application Methods

11am – 12pm

David Goldstein – CEO & Co-Founder, PotBotics

Nial Chase DeMena – CEO/Co-Founder, Manna Molecular Science LLC

Mark Doherty – Director of Sales, Eastern Region, urban-gro

Lunch & Networking 

12pm – 1pm

Data, Research & The Need for Synergies 

1pm – 2pm

Jahan Marcu, PhD. – Chief Scientists, Americans for Safe Access

Debra Kimless, M.D. – Medical Director, ForwardGro

Dr. Bryan Doner – DO, CEO Medical Director & Co-Founder, Compassion Certification Centers

Giadha Aguirre De Carcer – Founder & CEO, New Frontier Data

Where are Investors & Funds Deploying Capital?

2pm – 3pm

Lance Johnstone – Director, STAR Angel Network

Pamela Johnston – Senior Vice President of Strategy, Electrum Partners

Scott Greiper – Founder/President, Viridian Capital Advisors

Alain Bankier – Co-Founder & Managing Partner, VS TechVentures

Lindy Snider – Founder/CEO, Lindi Skin

Kevin Provost – Co-Founder, Greenhouse Ventures LLC


3pm 3:15pm

Guest Speaker

3:15pm – 3:35pm

George Martorano


3:35pm – 3:55pm

Jeffrey Friedland – Author of, Marijuana, the World’s Most Misunderstood Plant 

What Advice Can You Give After Closing Your Round?

4pm – 4:30pm

Ryan Smith – CEO & Co-Founder, LeafLink

Steven Gormley – CEO, Seventh Point

Company Pitches

4:30pm – 4:45pm

Networking Reception

4:45pm – 6:00pm


Evan Nison - Member, Board of Directors at NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws)

Evan Nison is the youngest ever Executive Director of NORML New Jersey, and sits on the Board of Directors of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. He also runs a cannabis specific PR firm, NisonCo. In New York he is the Co-Founder and Director of the NY Cannabis Alliance, which has helped craft numerous pieces of cannabis related legislation in New York. In 2010 he moved to California to run the college outreach effort for Prop 19 in California, which spanned over 40 schools. He was President of Ithaca Students for Sensible Drug Policy for 4 years, which was rated the #1 college drug law reform chapter in the country in 2011, and under his leadership passed one of the first college policies in the country that equalized penalties for cannabis and alcohol on campus. Evan was instrumental in the passage of the New York 911 Good Samaritan Law and served as Drug Policy Advisor to Mayor Svante Myrick of Ithaca, NY, one of the youngest mayors in the country, where he helped spearhead an effort to pass a US Conference of Mayors resolution supporting the legalization of marijuana.

Troy Kaplan, Esq. MBA - Licensing, Regulations and Compliance Consultant, Capital C Consulting LLC

Troy F. Kaplan, Esq. MBA has extensive, real-world experience in the burgeoning medical and recreational cannabis space as a licensed attorney and as a licensing and regulatory consultant. He is licensed to practice law in California, New York and New Jersey. His consulting practice has a national footprint advising sophisticated, compliance-focused clientele, including but not limited to dispensaries, cultivation centers and manufacturing facilities, in many of the most highly-regulated, state-run medical cannabis jurisdictions in the country. As a natural result of his work, Mr. Kaplan is well versed in virtually every medical cannabis state’s enabling statutes and program regulations as well as hundreds of municipal zoning and operating ordinances related to cannabis businesses. As a central component of his practice, Mr. Kaplan has advised lawmakers on new cannabis legislation in several states, including Pennsylvania, and has prepared merit-based license applications on behalf of his clients with an unmatched record of success in jurisdictions such as NY, MD, DE, IL, MA, DC, NV, HI, CA & PR.

Roseanne Scotti - State Director, New Jersey, Drug Policy Alliance

Roseanne Scotti is the Senior Director, Resident States and State Director of Drug Policy Alliance’s New Jersey office. Over the past 14 years, she has managed successful advocacy campaigns, including the Compassionate Use Campaign which resulted in the enactment of New Jersey’s medical marijuana law, the New Solutions Campaign that reformed mandatory minimum sentencing and pretrial justice laws, and various harm reduction campaigns to reduce drug overdose deaths and establish syringe access programs in the state. Before joining the Drug Policy Alliance, Scotti was a research coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Studies of Addiction in the HIV Prevention Research Division. Scotti received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and her J.D. from Temple School of Law.

Jim Thorburn - Founding Partner, Thorburn Walker LLC

Jim is on the forefront of the current federal and state issues affecting dispensaries, and works hard to achieve successful outcomes for his clients. He helps dispensaries, grow facilities, and other businesses navigate through complex legal issues including tax court and IRS audits. In addition to 280E issues, Jim also provides general business representation, and helping dispensaries comply with the regulations under the Colorado Medical Marijuana Code. Jim has received national recognition as a lead litigating attorney in the cannabis industry’s key cases; like Feinberg v. Commissioner of Revenue, as well as other high-profile cases. Jim speaks on marijuana legal issues across the country. In the near future, you will begin to find his 280E blogs on the NCIA website. Jim also provides legal representation helping dispensaries, grow facilities, and retail product companies comply with Colorado’s Cannabis laws and regulations.

Lezlie Engelking - Founder & President, Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards (FOCUS)

Lezli Engelking is the Founder and President of the Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards (FOCUS). FOCUS is an international, non-profit, cannabis standards development and third-party certification organization created to protect public health, consumer safety and safeguard the environment. Lezli possesses two decades of professional experience across pharmaceutical, mental health, non-profit, and cannabis industries. Her passion for new challenges and ability to envision simplified solutions to complicated situations makes Lezli the perfect candidate for work in the formulation of public policy ensuring the highest standards that protect public health and safety are met and maintained. More than twelve years with Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals laid the perfect foundation for Lezli’s role as Executive Director of the first chain of vertically integrated medical cannabis operations in Phoenix, Arizona. Lezli’s proven success in the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry, and her first hand experience working in the unregulated cannabis industry, place her in an ideal position to lead the company creating the first and only international, quality and safety based, voluntary-consensus cannabis standards.

Deborah Miran

Former commissioner, Deborah Miran, was a member of the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission from 2013- 2016. While serving on the commission, she was also a member of the executive committee, policy, and research subcommittees, and was chair of the education subcommittee. She was responsible for developing education programs for doctors and patients, and was also an integral part of crafting the current regulations. Prior to the commission she was president and founder of Miran Consulting, Inc. There she advised both brand and generic drug makers on the FDA approval process. Ms. Miran was senior director of regulatory affairs for Alpharma, a generic drug manufacturer, where she directed the submission activities for new and abbreviated new drug applications to the FDA. She has spent over 30 years in the US pharmaceutical industry. Ms. Miran received her bachelor of science in chemistry from Iowa State University.

David Goldstein – CEO & Co-Founder, PotBotics

David is an entrepreneur and branding professional specializing in accelerating start-ups. Since founding PotBotics, identified as a top 10 technology company in the medical cannabis space by venture beat, Mr. Goldstein has ascended to the forefront of the industry and is now considered a pioneer and thought leader for cannabis. Mr. Goldstein leads PotBotics’ involvement in grassroots projects, speaking engagements, investment relations, and leads PotBotics’ market-specific product development, white label, and joint venture opportunities. Prior to his work with PotBotics, David founded CrowdPunch, an integrated crowdfunding marketing platform.

Nial DeMena - CEO/Co-Founder, Manna Molecular Science LLC

Nial is a young entrepreneur with executive leadership experience in the cannabis space from an operator and an ancillary business point-of-view. His extensive knowledge of the business requirements, compliance standards, and his progressive vision of cannabis therapeutics and technology, as well as his progressive industry reputation, allowed him access to the best minds outside of cannabis business. In six months, he has built a company and a team of unrivaled expertise in the area of cannabinoid medicines and delivery platforms. He is an autodidact that brings alacrity and intelligence into his projects and into the evolving, cross-disciplinary space of cannabis sciences.


Mark Doherty - Director of Sales, Eastern Region, urban-gro

Mark Doherty is urban-gro’s Director of Sales for the Eastern Region of the United States. Doherty’s extensive experience in the East Coast marijuana industry as the founder of MedCann Advisors, coupled with urban-gro’s position as a leading supplier of Cannabis cultivation product solutions provides Eastern Cannabis cultivators with top-notch solutions and support as cultivators begin to grow for this burgeoning market. Prior to establishing MedCann Advisors, Doherty created the Northeast’s first controlled environment agricultural facility using the aquaponic farming method. As a wholesale producer of aquaponic lettuce for the restaurant industry, Aqua Vita Farms garnered national and international attention for its contribution to controlled environment agriculture and sustainable farming. As an advisor and consultant, Doherty has been instrumental in building a foundation of success for dozens of entrepreneurs and startup companies. Mark has over a decade of experience in controlled environment agriculture, hydroponics, aquaponics, food security and distribution. Doherty has been featured in “USA Today,” “City and State Magazine,” “BBC World News” and “Horizons,” which recognized Aqua Vita Farms for its leadership in the future of food production. Doherty earned an associate’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from Paul Smith’s College, as well as a bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s in business administration from the State University of New York Institute of Technology. As legalization marches down the East Coast, Cannabis producers need urban-gro’s core expertise in lighting solutions, integrated pest management, fertigation and water treatment.

Jahan Marcu, Ph.D - Chief Scientist, Americans for Safe Access

Jahan serves on multiple expert government, trade association committees, and scientific organizations including AHPA, ACS, AOCS, AOAC, ASA, IACM, IMCPC and others. He is an author of the American Herbal Pharmacopeia Cannabis Monograph. His work has focused on the structure and function of cannabinoid receptors, the anti-cancer properties of cannabis compounds, Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), as well as method development & validation for analyzing complex formulations. Dr. Marcu was the first recipient of the Billy Martin research award from the International Cannabinoid Research Society. He is also a court-qualified synthetic cannabinoid and cannabis expert.

Debra Kimless, M.D. - Medical Director, ForwardGro

Graduated magna cum laude from Muhlenberg College with a double major in Natural Sciences and Biology. She was selected to be part of Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She went on to medical school at Rutgers, and residency at Temple University Hospital where she studied and became a clinical practitioner for over 15 years as a boarded Anesthesiologist with a subspecialty certification in Pain Medicine. She shares her knowledge by speaking with physicians to educate them about the endocannabinoid system and to help them to understand how medical cannabis can be an effective tool to help patients. She also consults with patients pro bono to introduce cannabis medicine as a treatment option. She has first-hand experience in successfully treating patients with a variety of medical conditions using an individualized treatment plan. She collects patient data and has presented the case studies at national and international conferences and seminars.

Dr. Bryan Doner - DO, CEO Medical Director & Co-Founder, Compassionate Certification Centers

Dr. Bryan Doner received his undergraduate education at Denison University and completed a graduate program in Medical Sciences at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He then completed his medical education at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, immediately followed by residency training in Emergency Medicine at Saint Vincent Health System (Erie, PA). In addition to Emergency Medicine, Dr. Doner has undergone extensive, fellowship level training in both Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine, a Certified Hyperbaric & Wound Care Specialist (CHWS) by the American Board of Wound Healing, and a Fellow of the American Professional Wound Care Association (FAPWCA). In addition to being the President/CEO of D&P Medical Group, Dr. Doner currently serves as Medical Co-Director of the Wound & Hyperbaric Center, Medical Director of the Primary Stroke Center, and attending Emergency Physician at Armstrong County Memorial Hospital outside of Pittsburgh, PA. A Medical Marijuana nursery and dispensary owner and investor, Dr. Doner is certified to attest for Medical Marijuana in New York, Florida and soon Pennsylvania and Ohio. He is also licensed to practice in New York and has attended many symposiums and educational meetings regarding medical marijuana and research. He is also an advocate for Medical Marijuana as an investor in many areas and is especially interested in future research within this field. Bryan is a member of the following professional organizations: American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine, American’s for Safe Access, and the Society of Cannabis Clinicians.

Giadha Aguirre De Carcer - Founder & CEO, New Frontier

DeCarcer is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Frontier Financial Group Inc., dba New Frontier. She is an entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in business execution, management and strategic business development with an emphasis on emerging markets. DeCarcer worked in investment banking with JPMorgan Chase in both Manhattan and London, and served as a senior consultant in the Defense, Technology, and Telecommunications sectors for both the commercial and government sectors domestically and abroad. She has successfully launched and operated four data-driven businesses and is considered an expert in strategic positioning and risk management in emerging high growth markets.

Jeffrey Friedland - CEO, INTIVA INC

Jeffrey Friedland is an emerging market pioneer — his firm, Friedland Global Capital, was one of the first American investment banks to establish a presence in China — and is now on the front lines of the cannabis industry. In his book, Marijuana, the World’s Most Misunderstood Plant, Mr. Friedland dives into the world of marijuana, discussing what we know and what we still hope to discover. Mr. Friedland was an owner of two retail marijuana stores in Colorado which were located in the mountain resort towns of Breckenridge and Crested Butte, and a marijuana cultivation facility south of Steamboat Springs, which were featured in CNN’s eight-part, 2015 reality series, High Profits. He is also CEO of INTIVA Inc., a multi-faceted company in the worldwide legal cannabis industry. INTIVA has established operating businesses and made venture investments in the cannabis industry in California, Colorado, and Canada. INTIVA’s primary focus is the leasing of proprietary CO2 supercritical extraction systems to cannabis growers, extractors and edible products manufacturers; and the formulation and manufacturing of proprietary products that include the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, CBD. INTIVA also has investments in two Canadian cannabis growers licensed as “Licensed Producers” under Canada Health Canada regulations.

Lance Johnstone - Partner, STAR Angel Network

Mr. Johnstone serves as Vice President of Business Development for Timeless Herbal Care and Director of its sports division. He is also currently a Partner of Star Angel Network and President of Bill Pickett Riding Academy. Mr. Johnstone has also served as a financial advisor with Merrill Lynch where he received has Series 7, 66 licenses as well as a Life, Health and Variable Insurance license. Mr. Johnstone has lectured at Wharton School of Business and been featured on Bloomberg TV, The New York Times, Philadelphia Business Journal and He has also been the subject of a Harvard Business School case study. Mr. Johnstone holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management, and Marketing from Temple University. He completed Harvard Business School’s Entrepreneurship Program, Wharton School of Business Management and Sports Initiatives Program and Stanford Business School’s Entrepreneurship Program. Lance was a second round draft pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 1996 Draft and went on play 11 seasons in the NFL, with Oakland & Minnesota Vikings.

Alain Bankier - Co-Founder & Managing Partner, VS TechVentures

Alain Bankier is a co-founder and Managing Partner of VS TechVentures, a partnership platform that provides legal, tech and business advisory help to early stage and high growth companies in the legal cannabis industry. VS TV focuses primarily on “high value added” cannabis companies including extraction, brands, technology and research. Alain is an active early stage investor and entrepreneur, and invests in a variety of companies in the legal cannabis, technology and food/tech industries. As an active board member and advisor to a variety of companies, he has been instrumental in helping companies achieve their business milestones and exits/liquidity events. Alain is the co-founder of the New York Angels, one of the leading early stage investment groups in the US. He is also a member of ArcView. In the cannabis industry, Alain has invested in variety of (public and private) legal cannabis companies, including: cultivation, processing, dispensaries, R&D, technology and other ancillary businesses.

Pamela Johnston - Senior Vice President, Strategy & Special Projects, Electrum Partners

Respected thought leader and entrepreneur with a history of business bullseyes that have been in line with her mission to help organizations uncover their potential and harness change. An instinctive problem solver popular for her signature intuition and way of distilling the complex down to the manageable, at Electrum Partners she spearheads global strategic planning, value creation initiatives, and international business development while also leading branding, communications and reputation for company interests, partners and investments. As the woman known to ‘influence the influencers’ for over 25 years, Johnston’s career has been characterized by high-speed entrepreneurism and innovation. Her ability to draw pioneers into high impact teams and think tanks speaks to her dynamism – what’s been described by partners as a gravitational pull that aligns the realms of invention and progress. Through consumer engagement, corporate strategy, and business innovation, her unconventional approaches and astute methodologies have impacted a wide range of industries.

Scott Greiper - President & Founding Partner, Viridian Capital Advisors

Mr. Greiper is the president and founding partner of Viridian Capital Advisors. He has had a distinguished 20-year career in the technology, security, and IT sectors as both a research analyst and investment banker. Mr. Greiper is also the president and founder of Secure Strategy Group, which provides capital, strategic advisory, and M&A services to growth companies in the technology, security, and IT markets. Previously, Mr. Greiper was a principal and senior analyst at C. E. Unterberg, Towbin, where he covered public companies in the global security industry and was consistently ranked as one of the top analysts in the sector. He has been involved in raising more than $400 million for both public and private companies and has completed a range of M&A assignments. Mr. Greiper attended the Executive MBA program at Columbia University and holds a B. A. in economics from the University of Chicago. He holds FINRA Series 7, 63, and 79 licenses.

Lindy Snider – Founder/CEO, Lindiskin

Lindy has more than 20 years of experience in identifying, developing and growing innovative companies, and is a passionate entrepreneur and a champion of both start-ups and women owned businesses. She is the founder of a fill line of skin care products for cancer patients.

Kevin Provost - Founder, CoFund360

Program Developer, Startup Advisor, and Career Coach focused on collaborative technology and business models that improve Workforce, Education, and Capital opportunities for Creatives, Students, Startups, and Small-Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs). Current CEO of CoFund360, a network of crowdsourcing accelerators bridging early-stage funding gaps in nontraditional industries and markets underserved by traditional venture capital.

Ryan Smith - CEO & Co-Founder, LeafLink

Prior to co-founding LeafLink, Ryan successfully founded and exited two companies, one of which he sold to an NYSE public firm. Ryan brings his experience creating and managing B2B firms and an online marketplace in a highly-regulated space to LeafLink as Chief Executive Officer. LeafLink, the cannabis industry’s standard platform for orders, sales and relationship management, raised $1 Million in angel investments. Since its launch in Colorado in March, more than 500 retailers and brands such as CannaPunch, Dixie Elixirs, Keef Cola, Wana, ZOOTS, and Sweet Grass Kitchen have joined the platform. In 2016, Ryan was the first CEO of a cannabis-facing company to be listed on Forbes’ 30 Under 30.

Steven Gormley - CEO, Seventh Point

Recognized expert in the legal cannabis industry. Published in Forbes, Wall Street Journal, US News, CBS News, World Report, Chicago Tribune, and Market Watch, among other prominent media outlets. Served as an officer and member of the board of a publicly traded cannabis company. Previous partner in a private, state-based investment vehicle providing legal and sage investment opportunities into legal medical marijuana dispensary operations and legal medical marijuana cultivation facilities. Additional experience in Private Equity, Board of Directors and C-level management roles.


Compassionate Certification Centers

We are the first and only companies in the United States that provide medical marijuana services to healthcare providers, allopaths, MDs, DOs, and mid-level practitioners. Our belief at Compassionate Certification Centers is that “if you want to be the best, you have to work with the best.” The strategic partnerships that we have established will allow us to stay ahead of the curve in the medical marijuana field. We are a medical marijuana marketing and consulting company that offers physicians the tools and resources needed to operate their own certification centers. We also provide supplemental advertising services so that patients can find the our physician’s certification centers to be diagnosed and treated. Our panel of executive sales managers, accountants, and lawyers provide a support network that no other company can offer.

Temple University

Lewis Katz School of Medicine

The Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM), established in 1901, is one of the nation’s leading medical schools.  Each year, the School of Medicine educates approximately 840 medical students and 140 graduate students. Based on its level of funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Katz School of Medicine is the second-highest ranked medical school in Philadelphia and the third-highest in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  According to U.S. News & World Report, LKSOM is among the top 10 most applied-to medical schools in the nation.

Thomas Jefferson University The Lambert Center For The Study Of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp

The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp, in the Institute of Emerging Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University, goals are to (1) provide expert-developed, unbiased information to clinicians and patients about the medical uses of marijuana, hemp extract, and other cannabinoid-focused therapies, (2) conduct research and serve as a networking nidus for multicenter, multinational research to evaluate and elevate the evidence basis for cannabinoid therapy in multiple medical conditions, and (3) provide best-in-breed support for the development of entrepreneurial and socially responsible business and clinical approaches within the emerging medical cannabis industry. We have recruited an internationally renowned Steering Committee to lead the Center’s academic programs, and an illustrious board of entrepreneurs and thought leaders to our business and social impact focused projects and research.

Jefferson is the first major health sciences university in the United States to provide a comprehensive academic resource for the medicinal application and business of cannabis and hemp, in keeping with its nearly 200-year history of innovation in science and medical education. Please check back often as our various initiatives are announced on this site.

Our mission at The Lambert Center for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and Hemp is to advance the scientific basis, research efforts, educational opportunities, positive social impact opportunities, and patient experience associated with the clinical use of cannabis-derived therapies.


urban-gro is your expert in commercial Cannabis cultivation product solutions. We provide commercial grade grow light systems, integrated pest management products, fertigation and water treatment solutions. We understand that each grow is unique and every facility presents a different set of opportunities and challenges. By taking the time to understand your unique circumstances, we offer customized product solutions to help you meet your cultivation goals.



NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.

Capital C Consulting LLC

Advises nationwide based clientele seeking lawful participation in or compliance with highly-regulated Medical and/or Recreational Cannabis Programs in jurisdictions such as AZ, CA, CT, DE, FL, HI, IL, MA, MD, MN, NH, NJ, NY, NV, OR, WA, DC, Canada and Puerto Rico. Drafted proposed amendments to state and municipal regulations governing Medical Marijuana Programs and meet with regulatory officials to discuss merits and potential issues of such regulations. Secures Cannabis operational licenses in the country’s most competitive application processes, including 14 distinct licenses for dispensaries, cultivation centers and manufacturing facilities in 2014 alone (won max licenses issued by state for individual clients in both MA and NV)

Drug Policy Alliance

The Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) is the nation’s leading organization promoting drug policies that are grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights. Our supporters are individuals who believe the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. Together we advance policies that reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and seek solutions that promote safety while upholding the sovereignty of individuals over their own minds and bodies. We work to ensure that our nation’s drug policies no longer arrest, incarcerate, disenfranchise and otherwise harm millions – particularly young people and people of color who are disproportionately affected by the war on drugs.

Thorburn Walker LLC

Thorburn Walker, LLC offers over 50 years of combined legal and CPA experience and represents Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and other Western State dispensaries in a variety of ways. We are keenly aware of the current federal and state issues affecting our local, regional and national dispensaries and we work hard to achieve successful outcomes for our clients. We can help dispensaries navigate through these complex legal issues including tax court and IRS audits. Our services range from representation of dispensaries in IRS audits and tax court, including section 280E issues. We also provide general business representation, helping dispensaries, grow facilities and retail product companies comply with Colorado’s Cannabis laws and regulations.

Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards (FOCUS)

FOCUS is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that develops international, cannabis-specific standards and third-party certification for the cannabis industry to protect public health, consumer safety, and safeguard the environment.  FOCUS is the only organization to create voluntary-consensus standards suitable for accreditation and adoption into regulations by assuring impartiality, balance and transparency in the development process. Unlike most standards-setting organizations, FOCUS does not accept dues or fees for standards development. FOCUS is not a regulatory agency or industry trade association. This autonomy fosters a principled, objective environment in which comprehensive standards can be developed. FOCUS Standards provide current good manufacturing practice (cGMP) guidelines for all key areas of the cannabis industry including Cultivation, Retail, Extraction, Infused Products, Laboratory, Security, Sustainability, and Packaging & Labeling.


PotBotics is a New York and Silicon Valley based biotech company working to reduce patients’ reliance on “roll of the dice” medical marijuana recommendations by identifying and quantifying the effects different cannabinoids have on patients with various symptoms and conditions. PotBotics main products, PotBot and BrainBot, streamline the selection and recommendation process to a point where personal recommendations can be made without the need for patients to experiment with different strains themselves. BrainBot is a wireless EEG device that allows general practitioners to analyze neural response to cannabinoid stimulants, while PotBot is a medical cannabis recommendation engine that uses scientific data to recommend cannabinoid levels, custom strains, and consumption methods to patients via in-store kiosk, desktop, and mobile apps.

Manna Molecular Science

Manna Molecular Science began operating in late-summer 2016 in response to the need its founders identified for medically sound and lab-tested whole-plant cannabis medicine delivery systems. Its founders are Boston-area pharmaceutical chemists and cannabis industry experts dedicated to advancing cannabis science. We use proprietary state-of-the-art 3d printer known as the MannaBot One (“MB1”) to reproducibly and consistently dose our transdermal patches all over the US.



ForwardGro has combined best in class greenhouse growing practices, business management, medical cannabis research, and patient advocacy to become Maryland’s premier grower and manufacturer of medical cannabis and related products. In 2014, when Mike McCarthy and Gary Mangum, co-founders of Maryland’s largest greenhouse grower, heard the state was considering legalizing cannabis for medical use, they were very interested in learning about the growing process. Their initial research found plans for indoor growing facilities, which went against everything the duo knew from a lifetime of working in greenhouse and related businesses. As founders of Bell Nursery, the nation’s sixth largest greenhouse and single largest Home Depot live goods supplier, the duo saw the potential for growing cannabis in a greenhouse environment and listed the benefits for Maryland legislators: greenhouses are efficient, sustainable, require less energy, and result in a more consistent, robust product.

Americans for Safe Access

The mission of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) is to ensure safe and legal access to cannabis (marijuana) for therapeutic use and research. ASA was founded in 2002, by medical cannabis patient Steph Sherer, as a vehicle for patients to advocate for the acceptance of cannabis as medicine. With over 100,000 active members in all 50 states, ASA is the largest national member-based organization of patients, medical professionals, scientists and concerned citizens promoting safe and legal access to cannabis for therapeutic use and research. ASA works to overcome political, social and legal barriers by creating policies that improve access to medical cannabis for patients and researchers through legislation, education, litigation, research, grassroots empowerment, advocacy and services for patients, governments, medical professionals, and medical cannabis providers.

New Frontier

New Frontier is the Big Data authority for the cannabis industry. Investors, operators, and market researchers rely on our unique intelligence and market insights to shape business priorities, identify opportunities, and mitigate risk. A team of industry experts, analysts, statisticians and econometricians are singularly focused on helping our clients make smart, data-based decisions that give them the competitive advantage. New Frontier is exclusively focused on the cannabis sector and committed to producing actionable intelligence that drives results.

STAR Angel Network

Founded in 2012, STAR Angel Network is the only network of professional athletes and celebrities committed to finding, funding, and promoting promising early-stage companies.  STAR’s select group of investors is committed to developing a portfolio of investments in early-stage companies that have the potential for significant returns on investment. Our mission at STAR is to provide much more than just financial capital, but also a platform through which our portfolio companies can quickly accelerate their growth and brand value. By employing a combination of data and social analytics, along with our network’s unique access and influential reach, we believe we can disproportionately affect the outcome of our investments.

Viridian Capital Advisors

Viridian Capital Advisors ( is a financial and strategic advisory firm dedicated to the cannabis market. We provide market intelligence, investment banking, investor relations, and corporate development services to emerging growth companies in the cannabis sector. Our banking practice, through broker-dealer Pickwick Capital Partners, provides capital and M&A to fund the growth of our clients, while our advisory practice helps to position and build their businesses. Leveraging our team’s decades of high level operating and transactional experience on Wall Street in a variety of emerging sectors, we provide comprehensive strategic and financial solutions that assist cannabis enterprises in realizing their full potential.

Electrum Partners

Electrum Partners is a leader in strategic management and advisory services, with specialization in entry and expansion opportunities for privately-held and publicly-traded companies in the cannabis industry. Electrum Partners’ reach encompasses hemp, legal medical marijuana and recreational marijuana (including marijuana pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and biotech), technology, ERP (enterprise resource planning), retail sales, processing and cultivation, ecommerce, unique brands, edibles manufacturing, intellectual property, finance, banking and complex issues management. Electrum Partners works with cannabis entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes with the goal of increasing shareholder value by capitalizing on access to diverse and emerging opportunities in the cannabis industry on an international level. Electrum Partners maintains membership and relationships with key industry groups including: The ArcView Group, the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP ), the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), Red Estatal de Mujeres Antiprohibicionistas and Women Grow.

To learn more about Electrum Partners, please visit our website at


LeafLink is the leading platform for B2B orders, sales, and relationship management for cannabis vendors and retailers. The secure, mobile and web-based software offers vendors a suite of tools for managing all elements of their wholesale activity. Retailers, who previously spent hours calling, texting and emailing their vendors, can now order from all of them online in one cart.

Seventh Point

Seventh Point’s mission is to secure and maintain a market dominant position within the legal cannabis industry through the acquisition of “compliant cannabis” assets (including cultivation centers, dispensaries, brands, technologies, intellectual property, and similar) through straight acquisitions, new build-outs, joint ventures and strategic financing.

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