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.
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.
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.
Jolene Hansen is a freelance writer based in Wisconsin’s Driftless Area. A former horticulture professional, she is a frequent contributor to the Horticulture Group publications owned by Cannabis Business Times’ parent company, GIE Media.
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.
Marc J. Adesso is a corporate finance and securities attorney at the AmLaw 100 law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. Previously, he worked on Wall Street, where he counseled public companies, including many that went public by alternative means. His practice focuses on securities, corporate finance, hedge fund management and business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions for primarily exchange-listed companies.
Eugene Flynn is a Managing Member of Canna Herb Farms LLC, a Tier-2 producer/processor in Stevens County, Eastern Washington. He also sits on the Cannabis Farmers Council Executive Board. He is a retired international lawyer. His experience includes over 20 years as a resident legal advisor in Asia, as well as stints with major law firms in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
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.
Crystal Hammon manages Leading Reads, an Indianapolis company that helps companies create original online content and build relationships with their customers and friends. An aficionado of vintage fashion, Crystal mines the fullest meaning of the word “vintage” at her blog, Dressed Her Days Vintage.
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.
Jonathan Katz is a freelance writer based in the Cleveland, Ohio, area.
Bruce Ayers founded Southern Humboldt Farm Collective in Humboldt County, Calif., in 2014. The Palo Alto native is a four-time High Times Cannabis Cup winner, and winner of the 2014 Amsterdam Cannabis Cup - Import Hash (Super Lemon OG by DNA Genetics), the U.S. Cup - Sativa Concentrate (Blood Orange Tangie by Crockett Family Farms), the 2016 NorCal Cup - Sativa Concentrate (Blood Orange Tangie by Crockett Family Farms), and the 2016 San Bernadino Cup 2nd Place - Hybrid Concentrate (with Zkittlez by Terp Hogz).
Ben Pollara is the campaign manager for United for Care, the campaign to approve medical marijuana in Florida. He has been involved in Democratic politics in Florida since 2002 and serves as a member of Hillary Clinton’s National Finance Committee. Pollara is a partner at LSN Partners in Miami, Fla.