SPEAKERS | EUGENE 2017

Henry Rollins - Keynote Speaker and VIP Reception Attendance

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

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

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

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

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.

Brian Michaels

Oregon’s most well-known marijuana Attorney with over 25 years of experience specializing in criminal defense, medical and non-medical marijuana cases, seizure and forfeiture cases, OMMP and OLCC marijuana law compliance law.

Brian is a speaker at various events throughout Oregon and nationally such as the THC Fairs, Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and Oregon State Bar conferences and seminars and various other cannabis industry festivals and events. He 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); former member of National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA); cofounder and legal counsel for the High Times WHEE I and WHEE II (World Hemp Extravaganza) in Harrisburg, Oregon.

Mr. Michaels is licensed to practice in all Federal and Oregon Courts.

He strives to provide his clients with aggressive, honest and straight forward representation.

Amanda Borup OLCC

 is a Policy Analyst with the Recreational Marijuana Program of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Borup is responsible for helping stakeholders understand and implement the agency’s administrative rules and advising on recreational marijuana policy issues. She has served in a variety of executive branch and agency positions within Oregon and Illinois state government. Prior to joining the OLCC Borup was responsible for developing state policy for the Illinois medical marijuana program. Borup began her professional career in Southwest Oregon working for the Oregon State University/Curry County Extension Service. Borup has a B.A. in Human Development from Oregon State University.

Drake Sutton-Shearer

Drake Sutton-Shearer is a serial entrepreneur who left his native New Zealand to found a boutique entertainment talent management firm where he represented multi-platinum and Grammy-winning music talent.  He transitioned the firm into consumer application development and branded lifestyle programming for premier entertainment companies, including Warner Bros, SONY and Universal.  Additionally, Drake has founded, led and sold a music publishing company, social virtual gifting platform company (#1 on Facebook) and an interactive social research company incubated at the Wharton School.  He is also the inventor and holder of multiple patents with social and technology applications.

Drake was recruited to lead Brand Solutions and Strategy at the third-fastest growing Internet company in the US, Prodege LLC.   While there, he built and led their brand solutions group and oversaw record quarterly growth engaging directly with media agencies and brand teams including Razorfish, Mediacom, Starcom Mediavest, Horizon, Lunchbox,  R/GA, Quigley-Simpson, Microsoft, Pandora, CBS, Hearst Media, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Complex Media, Invoca, Jet.com and many more.

Drake’s 20+ year track record of building branded media and lifestyle driven marketing businesses led him to his most recent venture as co-founder of PRØHBTD Media, the leading Video Production and Content Marketing Studio in the Cannabis industry.  He has been featured on the cover of MG Magazine, CNN, Variety, SFGate, Huffpost, Billboard and MJINews and is a featured panelist and speaker at numerous Cannabis events including CWCBE and New West Summit.

 

Kohel Haver

is a partner at the Portland law firm Swider | Haver. He focuses his practice on business development and branding, intellectual property law (including copyright and trademark law), cannabis and arts & entertainment law.  Mr. Haver received his undergraduate from Antioch University in Ohio, a degree in nursing in Kansas and his J.D. from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon.

He has conducted workshops and taught classes on copyright, branding, media and arts law, free speech issues and especially trademark issues with and for creative businesses. These lectures have been at colleges, universities, professional associations and various performance venues to professional groups across the country. He is a founding Board member of Oregon Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. He works closely with Oregon Cannabis Compliance Counsel in Portland. He is also consigliere to Voodoo Doughnut and he has been since their founding in 2003.

Kristie Cromwell

Kristie Cromwell received her Juris Doctorate from Lewis and Clark College Law School in 2013 and her undergraduate degree in International Business from University of Maryland College Park in 2008. Ms. Cromwell represents clients in both business and administrative law concerns, with a focus on Oregon medical and recreational cannabis license application, business formations, contracts and compliance.

Random Vaughn

Random Vaughn started in the medical marijuana industry as a wholesaler in Washington State in 2010/2011. He proceeded to move into the retail side of the industry in 2012 under the collective then named Pacific Green Collective. The first collective location opened in the City of Pacific, Washington in December 2012. Proceeded by opening locations in Puyallup, Spanaway and Tacoma. When SB 5052 passed in 2015, Random was selected by the state and was approved for two recreational and medical licenses under 5052. In August of 2016 he opened the first recreational store named Dank's Wonder Emporium in Thurston County.

Danica Hibpshman

Danica is the Director of Statewide Licensing and Compliance for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. She joined the Oregon Liquor Control Commission in 2015 and has been heavily involved in the agency's work to implement Oregon’s recreational marijuana legislation, including drafting proposed administrative rules and facilitating a number of the public rules advisory committees. In early 2016 Danica stepped into the role of Director of Statewide Licensing and Compliance, where she oversees the development and implementation of the agency’s marijuana licensing and compliance policies and processes.

Prior to the OLCC, Danica was a litigation attorney in Portland for 11 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and a law degree from Willamette University College of Law. She lives in Milwaukie, Oregon with her husband and three daughters.

Rachel Kurtz

Rachel Kurtz is Business Development Manager for the National Cannabis Industry Association, making sure NCIA is well represented in WA, OR, AK, HI, and NorCal.  Rachel started as a cannabis activist in the mid 90’s with the Washington Hemp Education Network as an undergrad at Evergreen. She went on to work for a member of Congress, then headed to law school at the University of Washington.  Following graduation in 2003, she was a drug policy advisor to bar associations around the country, owned a medical marijuana authorization clinic, and worked with various patient and industry organizations before settling into law practice to represent cannabis businesses in the licensing process.  She has worked with the speaker committee for Seattle Hempfest for 14 years and serves on the board of directors for the Center for the Study of Cannabis and Social Policy, Portland NORML, and the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance.  Rachel is a lifelong Army brat and nomad, but considers the Pacific NW her home.

Eric Wendt

Chief Science Officer, Green Leaf Lab. Eric has been working in chemistry labs his entire professional career. He began in the pharmaceutical industry working with many of the top Fortune 500 pharma companies on product development, formulation work, and stability studies. After living and working in the Midwest, the lure of all the outdoor activities Portland had to offer prompted a move to the Pacific Northwest. He took a position in the quality control laboratory of a growing vitamin, mineral and nutritional supplement company. There, he facilitated the growth of the laboratory and worked on analytical method development to reduce turnaround time, expand the testing capabilities of the lab, and assist with new FDA oversight and regulations of the nutritional supplement industry. When he’s not working, Eric enjoys spending time outdoors and is an avid rock climber, backcountry skier, and mountain biker.

Leland R. Berger

Portland activist and attorney Leland R. Berger formed Oregon CannaBusiness Compliance Counsel, LLC in 2013, following 30 years in private practice. From 1996-2013, his practice focused on representing medical cannabis patients and their providers.

A co-drafter of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act and of Ballot Measure 91, Mr. Berger also helped draft dispensary initiatives and lobbied the Oregon Legislature on behalf of patients and their providers from 1999 – 2013. Since passage of the legalization initiative, his legislative advocacy is on behalf of all cannabis consumers and he works statewide to end cannabigotry. Mr. Berger’s activism also includes defending protestors locally and public speaking at events and conferences nationally.

Chelsea Hopkins

With her experience and extensive knowledge, Chelsea Hopkins directs thousands of Oregonians to the highest quality cannabis specific to their needs, while empowering each person through education. Her team at The Greener Side—a Eugene based dispensary she co-founded in 2012—is known for its “patients comes first” attitude and community commitment.

Chelsea leads The Greener Side to continue to validate the benefits the cannabis industry generates through memberships with the Chamber of Commerce, National Cannabis Industry Association, and through participation in organizations throughout the state.

Brent Kenyon

Brent Kenyon is a twenty plus year cannabis industry veteran who operates Southern Oregon Alternative Medicine, a statewide chain of medical marijuana clinics. He is also the owner of Grateful Meds dispensaries, and Kenyon Consulting.

Brent currently sits on the OLCC rules advisory committee and was also on the finance committee for measure 91. He is working with state and local officials to ensure a smooth transition into legal recreational cannabis while also preserving the integrity of the medical program and the patients it serves.

Anthony Johnson

Anthony Johnson is the Director of New Approach Oregon, the political action committee responsible for the successful 2014 ballot measure that legalized and regulated marijuana in Oregon. Anthony was the Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91 and during the course of the 2014 campaign, helped formulate campaign strategy, fundraised and served as the campaign's primary spokesperson. Anthony also helped start the Oregon Cannabis Industry Association to work towards effective cannabis industry regulations and was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee.

Justin Botillier

Justin Botillier is an Enrolled Agent and Owner of Rogue Tax Professionals. He lives in Medford with his wife and two young daughters. Justin has been in private practice as an accountant for over ten years specializing in business & nonprofit accounting. Justin recognized early that Southern Oregon is a rising star of the Cannabis industry, and where most accountants withdrew from it Justin was quick to embrace the opportunity.

As an Enrolled Agent Justin is authorized by the Internal Revenue Service to prepare all tax returns, as well as represent clients before the taxing authorities. He is an experienced bookkeeper and payroll professional, as well as an adept user of QuickBooks accounting software. He has a Psychology degree from Southern Oregon University and an Accounting degree from Oregon State University.

Alex Rogers

Visionary entrepreneur and political activist, Alex Rogers, is the founder and CEO of three thriving ancillary cannabis businesses. Cutting his teeth as an activist in the early nineties under the tutelage of Jack Herer, Alex has a deep proprietary knowledge of the industry. He has played a key role in professionalizing and mainstreaming the cannabis industry, building one of Oregon’s most popular medical marijuana clinics in a matter of a few years, and the first ever to advertise medical marijuana on network TV in America. He also founded and runs the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference (OMBC), the state’s biggest and longest running cannabis business conference. Living in five different countries throughout his life, and able to communicate in all respective languages, Alex considers himself an international citizen. Thus, surveying the changing cannabis laws in the US and Europe, Alex sees the need for discussion of solutions on an international scale, hence, the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC), the first and only cannabis business conference in the world to have event dates set in multiple countries.  A Magna Cum Laude graduate in Political Science, he has used his knowledge of law and politics to push cannabis policy forward all over the world.

 

Anne van Leynseele

With a JD and an International MBA, Anne is the consummate corporate cannabis lawyer. Anne views legal issues through a commercial lens and becomes a trusted legal and business advisor to business clients. Before founding 7 Point Law, Ms. van Leynseele was an attorney advisor in Washington DC in another highly regulated industry, Health Care law focusing on adjudication review. Prior to that, Anne managed commercial transactions, the business development of production and technology start-up entities, advised businesses on process efficiency, defined corporate communications strategies for many Fortune 100 companies, and owned her own Los Angeles based film production company.

Anne is passionate about helping cannabis businesses and organizations maximize productivity by assisting them in understanding and complying with the fast-paced changes happening in Federal and State laws, regulations, and policy. She spent four years as a federal attorney advisor of health care policy in Washington DC; upon her return to Washington State she jumped into passing a State law regarding patient record confidentiality. On a daily basis, Anne applies her business acumen and regulatory knowledge to encouraging best business practices in this burgeoning cannabis industry.

Karen Sprague

President/ Owner, Karen Sprague essentials

Core Competencies:

 • Former CEO/Owner of a multi million dollar cannabis extraction company

 • Current business Karen Sprague Essentials a cannabis consulting firm

 • Product development and marketing

 • High-CBD cultivation and extraction of medical-grade cannabis oil

 • Organic farming for Hemp, CBD, and THC specific strains

 • Extraction equipment operation, design and modification for cannabis products

 • Developing patient-specific therapies

 • Advocate for keeping craft farming alive in Oregon

 • Presented at International Cannabis Business conference in 2015 on Cannabis

 • Spoke directly to the Oregon Senate on behave of cannabis companies

 • Lobbied in Washington DC for fair taxation and banking in the cannabis industry 2015

 • Sat on the OLCC rules advisory committee for testing in Oregon 2016

 • Advisory Oregon Health Authority on extracts in Oregon 2015

 • Featured in Dope Magazine January 2016- Quality Company and Cultivation

 • Featured in Oregon Leaf- 2014, 2015

Sandra Diesel

Sandra Diesel has been a highly recognized professional insurance agent and business consultant for 23+ years with a strong background in marketing and sales, and is the Founder of Oregon’s first Cannabis Insurance Agency, 420 Insurance Associates, as well as CEO of CBD National.  Sandra is also a highly respected activist in the Cannabis community and is the Founder and Director of a Non-Profit Cannabis Trade Association named Right To Grow, USA.  She takes an active role in working with legislation and local government to help facilitate the drafting of lawful legislation and regulations for the industry. Her passion for the industry has deemed her a highly respected role model in the Cannabis community.

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