OMBC | Speakers

Henry Rollins

Keynote Speaker

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Henry Rollins

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, provacateur, humorist, even motivational speaker...his is an enthusiastic and engaging chatter.`` Rollins has toured the world as a spoken word artist, as frontman for both Rollins Band and Black Flag. He is a solitary traveler with insatiable curiousity, 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.

Senator Floyd Prozanski

Democrat, Oregon

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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.

Steve Marks

Executive Director, OLCC

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Steve Marks

Steve Marks is the Executive Director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the state agency in charge of recreational cannabis licensing.

Drake Sutton-Shearer

PRØHBTD Media

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Drake Sutton-Shearer

Drake is the CEO and Founder of PRØHBTD MEDIA who own and operate the leading original content studio and largest multi-platform video network in the cannabis industry reaching 100+Million monthly viewers. Through the company's services division, they provide more than 60 cannabis brand partners with a suite of premium video, branding and digital marketing solutions to help build their businesses and connect with customers. The company's content offerings are anchored by their flagship destination at www.prohbtd.com. PRØHBTD MEDIA is also recognized as the exclusive Cannabis partner of Advertising Week, the NYC based global trade leader in advertising, media and marketing.

As a serial entrepreneur, Drake previously founded a Grammy winning talent management firm with multi-platinum artists and producers and a lifestyle branding consultancy servicing premier entertainment companies including Warner Bros, SONY and Universal. Additionally, he 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 has been featured on CNN, Advertising Week, Wall Street Journal, Variety, Huffpost, Billboard, Digiday and on the cover of leading Cannabis business publication MG Magazine. He is also a regular speaker at Cannabis events including CWCBE, ICBC, OMBC and New West Summit.

Amanda Borup

Policy Analyst, OLCC

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Amanda Borup

Amanda Borup 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.

Danica Hibpshman

Director of Statewide Licensing & Compliance, OLCC

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Danica Hibpshman

In her role as Director of Statewide Licensing and Compliance Danica has overseen the implementation of the Commission's marijuana licensing process, and is responsible for the Recreational Marijuana Program's compliance and enforcement process.

Danica also is responsible for licensing and enforcement processes and policies on the alcohol side of the agency. Danica joined the OLCC's Administrative Policies and Process division in 2015.

Prior to joining the OLCC Danica was an attorney in the insurance industry and private practice. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Alaska, Anchorage; and a J.D. from Willamette University School of Law.

Michael Johnson

Siskiyou Sungrown

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Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson is the COO of Siskiyou Sungrown, a vertically integrated cannabis and hemp producer/processor. Michael has extensive cannabis industry experience across the entire supply chain. Previously, Michael was the co-founder and COO of Highly Distributed (wholesale) as well as the GM of Talent Health Club (retail). Michael lives in Williams with his wife, Crystal, and their two young children.

Brie Malarkey

Breeze Botanicals

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Brie Malarkey

A self-taught herbalist, mother, and entrepreneur, Brie Malarkey is the founder and CEO of Sun Breeze, Inc. The Southern Oregon seed-to-sale company includes a medicinal herb farm in Shady Cove, Oregon; a medicinal herb processing company, Sun God Medicinals; and the Breeze Botanicals dispensaries in Gold Hill and Ashland, Oregon. All her companies focus on plant medicine that is, cultivated and wildcrafted in Southern Oregon, including cannabis - the plant she feels is the most medicinal herb in the world. By blending herbs and retailing them in symptom relief categories like sleep aides, pain relief, muscle ease, and digestive aides she works to demystify cannabis and the other medicinal herbs that work synergistically with it. Her Breeze Botanicals dispensary in Gold Hill was the first dispensary in Southern Oregon to gain approval from local officials to open - providing a much needed safe-access point for medical marijuana patients. She also works to support the regions farmers, food producers, wildcrafters, and artists, through her commitment to local agriculture and the regions economic growth.

Cedar Grey

Siskiyou Sungrown

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Cedar Grey

Cedar Grey is CEO of Siskiyou Sungrown, an OLCC Cannabis and ODA Hemp Production and Processing company. A sixth generation Oregonian, Cedar is very active in county and state cannabis politics. Cedar serves on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee, the Oregon Hemp Rules Advisory Committee, and the Josephine County Cannabis Advisory Panel.

Justin Botillier

Rogue Tax Professionals

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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.

Kristie Cromwell

Loney Law Group

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Kristie Cromwell

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

Russ Belville

4:20 Radio

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Russ Belville

Russ Belville is the Executive Producer & Host of The Marijuana Agenda, the world's best live daily podcast for cannabis news, interviews, and analysis. ``Radical Russ``, as he is known on-air, has produced well over 1,200 shows and written over 1,000 published articles on cannabis affairs.

Anthony Johnson

New Approach Oregon

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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.

Alex Rogers

Ashland Alternative Health

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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.

Ngaio Bealum

Emcee

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Ngaio Bealum

Ngaio Bealum is one of the premiere cannabis comics in the United States and you'll see why he has performed at just about every Hempfest on the West Coast and too many cannabis-related events to even keep track of. He has appeared on Comedy Central, BET, MTV and many other networks and shows across your television dial. Very recently, he was a featured guest on the hilarious podcast of Doug Benson (Super High Me, Half-Baked), Getting Doug With High. In addition to his cannabis comedy, he is the former editor of West Coast Cannabis Magazine and has been a tireless activist for legalization. While Ngaio's comedy is hilarious whether you are a full-fledged member of the cannabis community or not, it certainly doesn't hurt.

Brent Kenyon

Kenyon & Associates

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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.

Lee Berger

Oregon Cannabusiness Compliance Counsel, LLC

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Lee Berger

Following over three decades in private practice, the last two decades focusing on representing medical cannabis patients and their providers statewide, Portland attorney and activist Leland R. Berger created Oregon Cannabusiness Compliance Counsel, LLC in 2013.
Mr. Berger co-drafted the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act and lobbied on its amendments and assisted in drafting several dispensary initiatives and legalization initiatives, including Ballot Measure 91. As Oregon continues to navigate through the process of regulating the production and distribution of both medical and adult use cannabis and cannabis products, Oregon Cannabusiness Compliance Counsel, LLC gathers the best available information to be able to provide the best legal advice. Mr. Berger's practice also continues to take on criminal cases, appeals and assist in drafting legislation and initiatives. He is admitted to practice in all courts of the state of Oregon, in the US District Court for the District of Oregon, in the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and before the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Berger's activism includes not only defending protestors but also citizen lobbying and public speaking at events nationally.

Andrew Robison

Talent Health Club

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Andrew Robison

Andrew is thankful and honored to find himself living a dream life in Oregon's cannabis country with his daughter and wife J.R. Fox, author of the children's cannabis education book, The Gloops and the Special Plant.

For the past two years he has been the General Manager of Talent Health Club, one of Oregon's oldest medical dispensaries and among the first OLCC licensed recreational dispensaries in the state.

On Mondays from 2-4 pm, as ``Roo Grostein``, he produces and hosts Southern Oregon's only cannabis themed radio show, Local Smoke on KSKQ 89.5 FM Ashland and 94.1 FM Medford. The show covers current cannabis news and culture as well as providing a platform to interview the best and brightest in the up and coming cannabis movement and industry.

Andrew recently became a board member of the Rogue Valley's alternative news publication, The Rogue Valley Messenger, as it transitions into its new identity as a 503c3 nonprofit.

He has extensive experience in the service and wine industries, particularly in boutique wine production and sales. A graduate of Humboldt State, Andrew found himself a part of California's medical marijuana industry and fell in love with the geographical State of Jefferson.

With both agriculture and sales in his blood, he has joined family character traits with two of his passions: community and cannabis, in hopes of seeing our communities truly benefit as prohibition ends.

Daniel McNeff

CEO, Legally Mine, LLC

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Daniel McNeff

Mr. McNeff is the CEO of Legally Mine. In addition to running his own businesses for the last 20 years, he has served as the Senior Vice President of one of the Nation's largest financial services company for 15 years. He is a published author with one book and many magazine and newspaper articles. He has been married for 36 years, is the father of 8 children and grandfather to 14 so far.
Mr. McNeff has conducted hundreds of seminars and is responsible for helping thousands of people protect their assets and reduce their tax liability.

Anthony Taylor

Compassionate Oregon

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Anthony Taylor

Compassionate Oregon is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization dedicated to protecting the rights of medical marijuana patients and their families and educating health care professionals on the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act.

Jamin Giersbach

Highly Distributed

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Jamin Giersbach

Jamin Giersbach is a cannabis advocate and business owner in Oregon. Jamin and his family
have lived in the Applegate Valley, Oregon for over a decade. He studied archaeology and
computer cartography at Pima college and the University of Arizona and proceeded to work in
the fast paced tech industry in the early 90's. Being passionate about cannabis and ready to
leave the tech industry after so many years, making the move to Oregon was a great decision.
Jamin and his wife Melissa are the owners of Rogue Farmers, one of Oregon's largest grow
stores in the state. In 2014, Jamin and Melissa saw an opportunity to open a dispensary as
Oregon became legal. Talent Health Club was established as the second state licensed
cannabis dispensary opened in Southern Oregon. The dispensary has won many awards and is
routinely covered in the media. In 2015 Jamin and and a couple business partners founded
Highly Distributed a multi-location OLCC licensed cannabis wholesale company. In 2016 Jamin
purchased the company from the partners and is now the sole owner of one of the biggest and
most well known cannabis distribution companies throughout the state. In addition Jamin served
on OLCC rules advisory committee for wholesale. Jamin has an extensive background in
technology, business, ethnobotanical plants and the cannabis industry as a whole. Jamin is very
well connected in the emerging cannabis industry throughout the entire state of Oregon.

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