Departments - Contributors

Within the pages of this issue, you will find insights, tips, words of wisdom and even personal tales from some of the brightest minds in the industry and some of the best journalists around. We’re pleased to introduce you to our contributors.

August 3, 2016

Nic Easley is the founder and CEO of Comprehensive Cannabis Consulting (3C). Easley, a U.S. Air Force veteran, and 3C have helped more than 60 clients start up, design, build and optimize their commercial cannabis operations. Easley’s scientific background, combined with over 15 years of agricultural field and biological experience, offers the industry new possibilities of productivity, profitability and professionalism.

Adam Koh is the chief cultivation officer for Comprehensive Cannabis Consulting (3C). Previously, he served as cultivation manager of a Denver-area medical cannabis facility that was awarded the High Times Cannabis Cup for Best Medical Hybrid in Denver in 2014. Koh has experience cultivating more than 100 different strains, including high-CBD varieties, and in his previous position oversaw the care of roughly 3,000 plants.

Susy Wilson is co-owner and operator of W.O.W. Weed, a Tier 2 producer/processor in the central Columbia Gorge. W.O.W. Weed was one of the first 10 licensed i502 businesses in the Washington recreational market. Wilson operates the company with her business partner, Hayden Woodard, and the help of her daughters Sophy and Rachael, along with four full-time employees. W.O.W. Weed grows both indoors and outdoors in soil, with over 160 strains in cultivation.

Scott Lowry is a licensed medical grower and caregiver residing in Michigan, and has focused on organic cannabis cultivation for 8 years. He also is founder and COO of a large-scale Canadian cannabis production company in Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada, called Global Organiks Engineering, which is in the application process to become a Licensed Producer under Canada’s Medical Marijuana Program.

David Bonvillain owns and runs Elite Cannabis Enterprises and Elite Botanicals out of their center of operations in Loveland, Colo. The businesses include a 25-acre organic CBD farm leveraging a low/no-till permaculture methodology, a 6-acre greenhouse property and botanical-extraction laboratory that operates year-round, producing organic CBD for national and international markets through Mary’s Medicinals, Mary’s Nutritionals and Mary’s Pets. He is a speaker, author, consultant and High Times’ Cannabis Cup winner.

Kerrie and Kurt Badertscher are co-owners of Otoké Horticulture, LLC and authors of “Cannabis for Capitalists.” They have worked with large-scale cannabis producers for more than 5 years. Kerrie has been involved with plants her entire lifetime and earned certification as a Professional Horticulturist by the 100-year-old American Society for Horticulture Sciences. Kurt brings his 34 years of corporate experience and operations management skills to bear on the business challenges of cannabis cultivation.

Margaret Battistelli Gardner is an experienced editor and writer, and is a frequent contributor to Cannabis Business Times. She can be reached at

Mario Ceretto is the founder of New Era CPAs, LLP, and has been helping clients in the cannabis industry with litigation support, compliance, 280E strategy, and tax preparation for over six years. He has spoken at numerous cannabis and accounting events. Ceretto holds CPA certificates from the states of Oregon and California.

Kenneth Morrow has been writing cannabis-related articles and books for more than 20 years. He owns Trichome Technologies, a cannabis R&D company. Morrow also is an award-winning grower and breeder. Has made contributions to many of today's extraction methodologies and holds multiple patents. He consults on all cannabis-related subjects. Find him on Facebook at: Trichome Technologies or Instagram: TrichomeTechnologies.

Steven Nelson covers legal affairs and drug policy for U.S. News & World Report. He lives in Washington, D.C., where a green thumb would be useful.

Bethany Gomez is the director of research for Brightfield Group, a cannabis research and analytics company. She has extensive experience in quantitative and strategic research, specializing in the market research of the consumer goods industry. Prior to joining Brightfield Group, Gomez worked with a leading fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) market research firm, managing the company's syndicated research of industries such as packaged foods, alcoholic drinks and tobacco in Mexico.

William Honaker is an analyst with Brightfield Group. He holds a Master's degree from UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy and a Bachelor's degree from San Diego State University. Since 2015, he has been analyzing the distribution and market shares of branded cannabis products across the United States. He has also researched the statistical relationship between recreational cannabis dispensaries and criminal activity in Washington and Colorado.

Michael Sexton is the founder/CEO of Mile High Genetics, a Colorado-based, veteran-owned and -operated company that specializes in veganic, pesticide-free cannabis breeding and genetics. Sexton, a former Combat Marine, has more than 10 years’ experience growing cannabis and is especially skilled at growing at high elevations.

Jonathan Katz is a freelance writer based in the Cleveland, Ohio, area.