Anthony Johnson – Oregon Cannabis Industry Association, New Approach Oregon and member of the OHA Rules Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana Facilities.
Anthony Johnson is the Executive Director of the Oregon Cannabis Industry Association (OCIA), working to protect and improve the rules and regulations governing Oregon’s cannabis industry as well as the Director of New Approach Oregon, working to end cannabis prohibition for all adults in 2014. Anthony is a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, helping draft the administrative rules governing Oregon’s upcoming state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. Further, Anthony works to help cannabis law reform measures and ally political candidates across the country through his work with the National Cannabis Coalition. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, he passed the Oregon bar in 2004 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political realm.
Troy Dayton co-founded The ArcView Group with cannabis pioneer Steve DeAngelo in 2010 and currently serves as CEO
The ArcView Group has since grown to be the premier investment group and market research firm in the industry. Under Troy’s leadership ArcView has made three major innovations in the industry including the development of The ArcView Investor Network, Cannasure Insurance Services, and ArcView Market Research (formerly See Change Strategy) which just released the second edition of The State of Legal Marijuana Markets.
Brian Michaels is a criminal defense attorney in Oregon with over two decades of experience working in the Oregon judicial system to provide his clients with aggressive, honest and straight forward representation.
His practice focuses on drug cases specializing in both medical and non-medical marijuana defenses, medical marijuana/property return, and asset forfeiture.
He has served as a long standing member of the Oregon Health Authority’s Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana; is a lifetime member of National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML); is a gold member of Oregon Cannabis Industry Association (OCIA); and advises a variety of businesses in within the medical marijuana industry. He was cofounder and legal counsel for High Times’ WHEE I and II (World Hemp Extravaganza) concerts in Harrisburg, Oregon.
Senator Floyd Prozanski currently serves on four committees: the Senate Judiciary Committee (which he chairs), the General Government, Consumer and Small Business Protection Committee, and the Rural Communities and Economic Development Committee.
In addition, he has been appointed to three task forces formed during the 2013 session: the Justice Reinvestment Grant Review Committee, the Task Force on Public Safety, and the Task Force on Resolution of Adverse Health Care Incidents. Finally, he continues to serve on the Oregon Law Commission, the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission (CJC), the Asset Forfeiture Oversight Advisory Committee of the CJC, and the Oregon State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision.
As your State Senator, he is able to help you address concerns and disputes with state agencies. If you are not a resident of District 4, he will forward your disputes with state agencies to your own State Senator. If your problem involves the federal government, such as Social Security, Medicare or veterans’ benefits, please contact Congressman Peter DeFazio, Senator Jeff Merkley or Senator Ron Wyden.
Don Duncan has served on the Board of Directors since he co-founded Americans for Safe Access in 2002
As California Director, he is coordinating the grassroots and grasstops campaign to fully implement the states medical cannabis laws, respond to federal interference, and build a broader and more powerful coalition for medical cannabis in California. Mr. Duncan was instrumental in galvanizing grassroots resistance to federal raids and in seeding local self-regulatory alliances for medical cannabis providers statewide.
He has worked closely with elected officials, law enforcement, collective operators, and community members in local implementation efforts in several California cities and counties, and is currently working with lawmakers in Sacramento to adopt legislation to expand rights for patients. Mr. Duncan co-founded one of the oldest and most reputable families of medical cannabis dispensing collectives in California, helping to open legal facilities in Berkeley, West Hollywood, and Los Angeles. He is a leading consultant in the field of medical cannabis and has been featured in major media coverage, including 60 Minutes, Dan Rather Reports, Retirement Living TV, and the Los Angeles Times.
Leland R. Berger Attorney at Law – Well known Oregon cannabis lawyer. Currently litigating the most relevant cases in Oregon with respect to municipalities and their authority to regulate dispensaries
Portland based lawyer Leland Berger spent the first 11 years of his law career practicing a broad range of criminal defense, protester defense and appellate law (10 of which in Oregon’s first privatized public defender office, Rieke, Geil and Savage, PC) and left 19 years ago to work out of his home in inner NE Portland concentrating on appeals. He began representing patients and their providers before the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act (which he helped draft) was enacted and has lobbied and testified at each legislative session since. He assisted in drafting the two regulated medical supply initiatives and provided legal assistance to the lobbyists for HB3460. He was a co-founder and for 10 years the legal counsel for Voter Power. He has been providing legal counsel regarding the OMMA lawful distribution of medical cannabis since passage of the OMMA.
He also assisted in drafting New Approach Oregon’s responsible adult use regulated supply and distribution system initiative.
Effective January 1, 2014, he will move his office out of his home and, with legal assistant Leia Flynn, open Oregon Cannabusiness Compliance Counsel, LLC. Oregon Lawyer Courtney Moran, who is graduating in January with an LLM (Master of Laws) degree in Environmental Law, with an emphasis in Hemp Law, has agreed to work with OregonC3 as ‘of counsel’. By the time of the conference, he will be able to announce other of counsel lawyers, including a business lawyer and a tax lawyer.
Russ Belville is the Executive Director of 420RADIO.org where he produces the world’s best 24-hour live stream source for cannabis news and entertainment broadcasts.
“Radical” Russ, as he is known on-air, hosts The Russ Belville Show, a two-hour news and talk radio program for the cannabis community, weekdays at 3pm Pacific on 420RADIO.org. The program is a continuation of the work he did for NORML from 2008-2012, hosting their NORML SHOW LIVE program. With well over 1,200 shows heard by hundreds of thousands of listeners, “Radical” Russ is one of the most recognizable voices in the marijuana media.
Russ is based in Portland, Oregon, and travels extensively, lecturing and presenting on marijuana law reform issues. In addition to his own blogging at RadicalRuss.com, Russ’s writing is featured in print in HIGH TIMES, Kush Magazine, West Coast Leaf, and Oregon Cannabis Connection, and online on HIGHTIMES.com, Pot.TV, Alternet, Huffington Post, The Weed Blog, Salon, SF Gate’s Smell the Truth, National Cannabis Coalition and many other websites. Russ’s work is also featured in college textbooks by McGraw-Hill.
Russ’s radio career began in 2006 when he won a nationwide talent search for progressive talk radio personalities. After winning five national head-to-head competitions judged by talk radio professionals, including MSNBC’s “Big” Ed Schultz, Russ hosted a political talk radio show on XM Satellite radio from 2007-2009, also airing on the then-largest progressive talk radio station in America, Portland’s AM 620 KPOJ.
Russ began his marijuana activism in 2005, joining Oregon NORML, the local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, headquartered in Portland. In a short time, he was the chapter’s Associate Director (2nd in command), web designer, and producer and host of the chapter’s cable access television program, Oregon NORML Presents. Soon, he became a featured guest on Cannabis Common Sense, another popular pro-cannabis program produced by The Hemp & Cannabis Foundation.
In 2008 he was hired by National NORML to take on chapter outreach duties and in four years on the job he supervised the creation of 78 new college and local chapters and state affiliates. During his activism, Russ has been a featured speaker at NORML Conferences, HIGH TIMES Cannabis Cups, Seattle Hempfest, Portland Hempstalk, Boston Freedom Rally, The Baker Institute, and pro-cannabis events in seventeen states and the District of Columbia.
Paul Loney is Oregon’s Most Experienced Comprehensive Medical Marijuana Attorney
He has practiced law in Oregon State and Federal Courts for over 21 years. He has served as Oregon NORML’s Legal Counsel for the past 15 years. Paul developed the legal blueprint for the first American high-profile cannabis café, “Oregon NORML’s Cannabis Café”, and the first high profile smoker’s lounge, “Highway 420.” Paul Loney’s practice focuses on a variety of legal issues associated with the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, specifically in the areas of business law and the formation of business entities, administr ative law and governmental agencies, criminal defense litigation and appeals. Paul Loney currently represents numerous individuals and high profile medical marijuana related businesses throughout Oregon.
Alex Rogers is the CEO of Ashland Alternative Health and Northwest Alternative Health
He is a local (Ashland) success story and has direct proprietary experience in newly emerging “green” industries. He has been an activist for cannabis legalization for over twenty years. He has worked with HighTimes Magazine, Ed Rosenthal, Debby Goldsberry, Dennis Peron, Don Duncan and the late Jack Herer, to name a few.
Alex Rogers is a magna cum laudi graduate in Political Science from Southern Oregon University. In his spare time he likes to cook, work out, and spend time with his family.
Edgar Winters – Completed the first course ever offered in the world on Industrial Hemp through Oregon State University, entitled Introduction to the Botany, Biology, and Agronomy of Industrial Hemp.
Edgar Winters has been consulting with state agencies, such as USDA, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, OSU Dept. of Forestry and OSU Master gardener Extension Services, about SB 676 Industrial Hemp in Oregon. Edgar has been consulting with farmers across the U.S., to advise farmers, policy makers and retail establishments on the viability and profitability Industrial Hemp can offer. Edgar’s company Natural Good Medicines has been “Teaching the teachers” and “Training the trainers” in this up and coming commodity of Industrial Hemp.
He is actively involved in capitalization, development and acquisition of hemp and medicinal hemp based consumer products and their supporting technologies. Natural Good Medicines goal is to assist rural and urban communities in crafting and implementing strategic plans and design for a healthier life style. Edgar J. Winters is the COO of Natural Good Medicines, Director of Cannabis Research at Winterfox Farms, a member of Industrial Hemp Association (IHA), and a community member of HIIMR (Humboldt Institute Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research. (Golden Triangle).
Edgar has been a patient, caregiver, and grower since the onset of the OMMP in 1998. He was a foot soldier in collecting signatures for the Measure 67 Oregon Medical Marijuana Act. Edgar also worked for High Times as a field commander for WHEE I and WHEE II World Hemp Extravaganza concerts in Harrisburg, Oregon.
Aaron Smith is co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association.
Prior to launching NCIA, Aaron distinguished himself as a public advocate for marijuana policy reform — first under the auspices of a California-based medical cannabis advocacy group, Safe Access Now, and more recently as the California state policy director for the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project. Aaron has successfully built coalitions with elected officials on both sides of the aisle in order to advance marijuana law reform legislation in the state capitol and among the voting public. 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. Aaron is currently based in Phoenix, Arizona and Denver, Colorado.
Todd Dalotto is a cannabis industry consultant, horticultural scientist, public policy advisor, and expert witness specializing in medicinal cannabis.
He earned a horticultural research degree from Oregon State University, is Chair of the Oregon Health Authority’s Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana, chairs the ACMM’s Horticulture, Research & Safety Committee, and as a member of the HB3460 Rules Advisory Committee, helped draft the regulations for Oregon’s licensed dispensary law. Todd founded the first hemp food business in the U.S., authored the world’s first hemp cookbook, and founded Oregon’s first cannabis medical clinic, education & support center. He is currently president of CAN! Research, Education & Consulting in Corvallis, Oregon, where he innovates and implements protocol for the scientific research of cannabis, teaches, and consults cannabis industry businesses and start-ups.
Amy Margolis completed her Juris Doctorate at the University of Oregon School of Law and Lewis and Clark School of Law with an emphasis in criminal defense.
Before law school, Amy studied English Literature and Comparative History of Ideas at the University of Washington. Amy is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar, and the Oregon State Bar. Before entering practice on her own, Amy worked as a public defender from 2002-2006, as a lobbyist for the Partnership for Safety and Justice, and a lobbyist for the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association. Along with Amy’s successful law practice, her involvement in the Dispensary Rules Advisory Board, the Better People panel on the state of medical marijuana, and her volunteerism with Law School Democrats, the Classroom Law Project, and the Bus Project have earned her the honor of being one of the Oregonian Top Young Attorneys in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Amy has been representing people charged with marijuana related offenses for 13 years and has primarily represented growers since 2007. Since 2009, Amy has expanded her practice to represent clients in all aspects of the cannabis industry. Amy has been particularly interested in the potential pitfalls for marijuana related businesses as we slowly progress to legalization..
Robert A. Graham has been a licensed attorney since 1977, admitted in Oregon and California.
He has been practicing law in Grants Pass, Oregon since 1999. For the past 32 years his practice has been primarily focused on representing business clients including business formation, business capitalization and securities, intellectual property, business tax planning, and related areas such as real property, contracts, merger and acquisitions and related litigation.
For the past decade his practice has included the representation of clients involved in various aspects of the cannabis community, including both civil and criminal matters. In addition, he teaches business law at Rogue Community College.
Dave Kopilak has represented and advised clients at all stages of growth in connection with a wide variety of business transactions and legal issues.
Before founding Crux Law Group, Dave was a shareholder at Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt where his practice focused on business and corporate law. He has also worked on-site at Intel Corporation where he drafted and negotiated numerous contracts and created several new legal document templates for particular business scenarios.
Outside the practice of law, Dave has engaged in a number of entrepreneurial ventures. He is the president and co-founder of ClayTablet, a company that provides legal document templates to Oregon and Washington attorneys. He also produced a documentary movie that won awards at several film festivals, and for several years designed and published a calendar that was carried in regional bookstores.
Jahan Marcu, Ph.D., is currently the Director of Research and Development at Green Standard Diagnostics Inc.
Dr. Marcu is the Senior Scientist at Americans for Safe Access, and on the Board of Directors of the International Association for Cannabinoids as Medicine (IACM). He received his Ph.D. for significant contributions to the study of the structure and function of the CB1 receptor, and the role of the endocannabinoid system in bone. Before earning his Ph.D., Dr. Marcu worked at the California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute studying the anti-cancer properties of compounds from the cannabis plant (Published in the Journal of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics). He is also an author of the American Herbal Pharmacopeia’s Cannabis Monograph and is an auditor for the Patient Focused Certification program.
He effectively translates complex scientific concepts to a lay audience and is developing international networks of key cannabis researchers. He has served as a volunteer for Americans for Safe Access (ASA) since 2003. He has been invited to speak on the subject of cannabinoid science at universities, medical cannabis cooperatives, libraries, and high schools. Dr. Marcu is a contributing author and/or editor of several publications including: O’Shaughnessy’s: The Journal Of Cannabis In Clinical Practice (beyondthc.com), projectCBD.org, the West Coast Leaf (aka the Leaf), the Philadelphia examiner (www.examiner.com) , CannabisNow, and the sensible science blog at freedomisgreen.com. Dr. Marcu is also court qualified cannabis and synthetic cannabinoid expert.