State Representative Eddie Lucio, III has served seven terms representing Texas House District 38, covering the southwestern portion of Cameron County in the Texas Legislature. He serves as Chair of the Insurance Committee, and is a member of the Public Health Committee in the Texas House of Representatives.
For multiple sessions, Rep. Lucio has championed legislation to expand the Texas Compassionate Use Program. Read more here.
In 2016, DA Ogg was elected by a margin of more than 100,000 votes on a platform of criminal justice reform.
She believes in equal justice, insuring a just process for the victim, the accused, and the community in every case and has focused her prosecutors on public safety by prioritizing prosecution of crimes against people and property. Read more here.
Marvin Washington is a retired NFL player who played a total of eleven years with three teams: the New York Jets, Denver Broncos and San Francisco 49ers.
A voice for former NFL players in the NFL’s concussion lawsuit, Washington addresses the truth about the outcome as well as the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). He has also lobbied the NFL Players Association to push for changes in the sport’s drug policies. Read more here.
Mr. Pickens is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Astrotech Corporation (NASDAQ: ASTC) and also currently serves as the founder, and Chairman of 1st Detect Corporation and founder, CEO and Chairman of Agriculture Technology Corporation.
AgTech is utilizing their access to superior technology and industry knowledge to develop cannabis testing equipment, eliminate cross-contamination, and reduce the need for pesticides and other chemicals. Read more about Mr. Pickens here.
Clinical Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Adinoff recently retired as Distinguished Professor of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and as a psychiatrist for 30 years with the Veterans Affairs. Read more.
Dr. Askew is Board Certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology, and Functional and Regenerative Medicine. She has practiced medicine for over 19 years, and is currently in private practice in San Antonio. Dr. Askew is a veteran of the USAF, and has served as teaching faculty in academic medicine programs, participated in medical missions, and is a contributing editor to both local and national publications. Read more here.
Courtney Barnes is an associate attorney at Vicente Sederberg LLP’s Denver, Colorado office, where she focuses on hemp law, policy, and regulatory compliance. In a constantly-evolving legal landscape, clients look to Courtney to help them navigate the complex regulations governing the production, manufacture, and distribution of hemp and hemp products in the United States. Read more here.
Sal is a Partner at the Marijuana Policy Group responsible for the growth and strategy of the firm. In this role he has helped numerous Native American tribes, early stage companies and established enterprises create and execute effective cannabis strategies ranging from business planning to operational execution. Currently he is tasked with with helping the state of Colorado develop and write its hemp management program. Read more here.
David Bass served 25 years in the US Army. He is a veteran of Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom II. David served with the 1st Cavalry Division in Baghdad in 2004-2005. After retiring from the Army, David participated in the Troops to Teachers program and taught English at Ellison High School in Killeen for ten years.
David is the Director of Veteran Outreach for Texas NORML and the founder of Texas Veterans for Medical Marijuana.
John Baucum is the Political Director for Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition (www.rampgop.org). RAMP works to reform marijuana laws by working within the GOP to educate and connect with lawmakers, party leadership, and grassroots activists.
John also serves as the Chairman Emeritus of the Texas Young Republican Federation. Read more here.
As Deputy Executive Director of the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD). Chase is called on for research, policy analysis and recommendations to the Texas Legislature, state agencies and private sector companies on issues surrounding Texans with disabilities. CTD works collaboratively with current organizational allies and industries while creating new alliances that make significant positive impacts on policy issues facing people with disabilities and their families. Read more here.
Jennifer Blossom joined Xabis, the processing partner for Compassionate Cultivation, in 2019 where she specializes in cannabis extractions, processing and analytical testing. With a background as a Chemist and Quality Manager in an accredited environmental laboratory, her efforts are now focused on setting the standard for cannabis processing and testing in Texas.
She is most proud to have extracted, processed and tested the first cannabis dispensed in Texas. Read more here.
Tom is a central Texas advocate for legal access to medical cannabis. He graduated with a BS in Government from Abilene Christian University. In 1980, he served as a Legislative Asst. for Rep. Gary Thompson 66th and 67th Texas Legislature and as a Legal Intern for the U.S. House Agriculture Committee in 1984. Tom went on to get his law degree from St. Mary's University in 1985.
Tom became an advocate for reform when his family discovered that cannabis was an effective treatment for his son.
Christina Burke joined Compassionate Cultivation in 2018 as our Director of Patient Advocacy and Foundation Relations.
Before joining the Compassionate team, Christina served as the Corporate Development officer at the SAFE Alliance in Austin and spend 17 years in Investor Relations and Communications roles in the oil and gas and consumer products industries. Read more here.
Richard Y. Cheng's practice focuses on corporate transactions, regulatory, compliance matters and administrative appeals.
Richard has an extensive healthcare law practice, with particular concentration representing skilled nursing and assisted living facilities, home health agencies, community hospitals, labs, pharmacies, urgent care centers, medical spas, wellness providers, regulated products providers (e.g. hemp based businesses) and rehabilitation providers. Read more here.
A native of Dallas, Texas, Daniel Clancy began his career in The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office in 1992. During a 5 year term with the D.A.s office, Mr. Clancy tried hundreds of criminal cases ranging from D.W.I. to Capital Murder.
Daniel Clancy, in 1999, was elected Judge of County Criminal Court #1 of Dallas County, and in 2005, Daniel Clancy was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to preside over one of Dallas County’s newest felony benches: Criminal District Court #6. Read more.
Michael Correia is director of government relations for the National Cannabis Industry Association, working to raise awareness and build support for the cannabis industry’s issues on Capitol Hill.
Prior to joining NCIA, Michael spent many years working on Capitol Hill. Previously, he was director of federal affairs for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and senior project manager for the Committee for Responsible Federal Budget Read more here.
Erin Council is a research biologist for CBD Houston LLC. She began working
with CBD Houston after graduating from the University of Montevallo with a B.A. in biology and chemistry. Erin developed a passion for research after several undergraduate research projects.
Because some prescription medications produce adverse effects and even dependency, Erin aspires to educate individuals on safe medicine alternatives such as CBD. Read more here.
Amanda Crawford is a cannabis consultant and recently transitioned from leading product curation at MyJane to head of marketing for Sovereignty.co.
Amanda began working in cannabis after working as a consultant for several years in marketing and holistic coaching. Read more here.
Thad Crouch is a consistent life ethicist whose pro-life, social justice, & peace activism transcends partisan politics. He has served in various volunteer, committee, board, and paid leadership roles in Catholic, ecumenical, and secular organizations at local and national levels. Read more here.
Aaron Day has been a lobbyist for several years in the Texas and Federal capitols representing over that time a political subdivision and a trade association. He is a co-founder for Texas Cannabis PAC which exists to promote the bi-partisan consensus position on marijuana reform, as well as, allowing Texans to vote for full adult legalization.
Aaron spent his early career in political activism and is a graduate of University of Texas School of Law.
Judge John Delaney is a Texas Senior District Judge, mediator and arbitrator. U. S. Navy veteran. Graduate of Princeton University and University of Texas School of Law. Currently on long-term assignment to handle child abuse and neglect cases.
Judge Delaney is a speaker for Law Enforcement Action Partnership and an adult Sunday School teacher First Methodist Church of Bryan.
Shannon Edmonds is the Director of Governmental Relations for the Texas District and County Attorneys Association (TDCAA), the largest statewide association of prosecutors in the nation.
Mr. Edmonds serves as a liaison between prosecutors and the Texas Legislature on criminal justice, juvenile justice, and government representation issues. Read more here.
An advocate of individual liberty and personal responsibility, Heather Fazio has worked toward limited government, including marijuana law reform, since 2009.
Heather utilizes her passion for grassroots activism and coalition building to positively affect public policy. In 2014, Heather began working for the Marijuana Policy Project and built an advocacy-focused coalition, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. Read more here.
Jax Finkel is Executive Director for Foundation for an Informed Texas. After a decade of involvement in marijuana law reform, she founded this 501c3 nonprofit which focuses on rural education.
In her tenor, Jax has given hundreds of interviews and participated in many panel discussions and speaking engagements. Read more here.
Gregory Fowler is father of four and a rancher from Madison County. As an advocate for his daughter who lives with a severe case of Tourette Syndrome, he is an active member of the Tourette Association of America and Tourette Texas.
He has been advocating medical cannabis for Tourette Syndrome at the state and national level.
Jae Graham is an entrepreneur from Austin, Texas. She and her partner Francisca started the MaryJae retail shop in the heart of downtown Austin in 2017.
MaryJae specializes in CBD and ancillary cannabis products. They focus on creating a judgement-free environment for our customers, ensuring that they feel safe and open to using CBD for various ailments. They pride ourselves on trying each and every product to ensure the highest product with the greatest efficacy.
Amy Hawthorne Harper FNP-C MNS BSN RN graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is a Registered Nurse, US Army veteran, and medical cannabis advocate.
Daniel Hall is a USA TODAY and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author, speaker, consultant, coach, lawyer (JD from Texas Tech University), nurse (BSN from University of Texas at El Paso) and host of the top rated Real Fast Results podcast.
He is author of "Erasing Your Criminal Background Legally: The Ultimate Guide To Second Chances"
Jay Hall served as a police officer in the Houston Police Department for 24 years before transitioning to a juvenile probation officer in Indiana where he focused on prevention. He subsequently became an adult parole officer where his primary focus was on rehabilitation. Read more here.
In 2016, after losing a friend to an overdose of some of the same medications Robert was on, he decided it was time to make some changes. He began supplementing the prescriptions medications with cannabis. It made a profound impact in his ability to function, and overall quality of life. Ask and he will tell you first hand, medical cannabis saved his life. Read more here.
Kyle Hoelscher was born and raised in Corpus Christi. He graduated with honors from A&M Corpus in 2006 and received his law degree from St. Mary's University in 2010.
He runs a criminal defense firm and advocates for smart on crimes issues in the state of Texas. Read more here.
Elizabeth Hogan is Vice President of Brands for GCH Inc., which develops and licenses cannabis lifestyle brands for regulated cannabis markets.
Established in 2014 with artist and advocate Willie Nelson, GCH Inc. owns and operates the flagship brands Willie’s Reserve and Willie’s Remedy. Read more here.
Dan Hunter serves as Assistant Commissioner for Water and Rural Affairs. He is the top advisor on the critical issues of water and the important role it plays in agriculture and the Texas economy.
He also oversees programs involving rural affairs, including rural health care and marketing. Read more here.
Tom was diagnosed with Level (III) Multiple Myeloma – (Bone Marrow Cancer) in 2015. The doctor in charge told him in one sentence – “…it is NOT curable, but it is treatable and we are going to begin immediately to treat your cancer with chemotherapy and radiation.”
Three years into his journey, he was offered cannabis to help him with the chemo effects – nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, trouble sleeping and anxiety. Tom calls cannabis a "God send."
Rachel Kennerly is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 14 years of experience in public accounting & income tax preparation for individuals, partnerships and corporations. Her focus is on helping business owners navigate the often complex worlds of accounting and taxes. She has specialized knowledge in section 280E and federal income tax resolution.
Rachel is also the host of the Cannabis Heals Me podcast.
Chelsey Lewis founded PrimaHemp, an online marketplace for hemp derived CBD products, after learning first hand how difficult it is for consumers to navigate this ever-changing and increasingly complex industry. She extensively researched CBD’s history, effects, pitfalls, and benefits.
Through PrimaHemp, she brings a wide variety of high quality CBD products together in one place, giving consumers the ability to compare products with ease. Read more here.
Rachel Malone is the Texas Director for Gun Owners of America, spearheading GOA’s work within the Texas Legislature.
Rachel is passionate about promoting the right to keep and bear arms in legislation, training, and public perception. In 2012 she founded Texas Firearms Freedom, the first organization to champion constitutional carry in Texas, and has seen tremendous progress through her efforts. Read more here.
Cliff Maloney is the President of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL). YAL’s mission is to identify, educate, train, and mobilize youth activists to #MakeLibertyWin. Cliff’s television appearances include PBS, Fox Business, and Reason TV. Cliff has been published in TIME, The Hill, The Washington Post, The Washington Examiner, and Investor’s Business Daily.
He is laser focused on building a bench to reclaim America by deploying college students to elect 250 liberty legislators by 2023.
US Army Staff Sergeant (Ret.) and mother of four suffering from severe migraines and service related PTSD.
Cannabis provided relief in Washington, but in Texas, April is left with having to once again take multiple medications, none of which helped as much as cannabis did. Read more here.
Erin Mason served in the US Navy as an aircraft mechanic where her passion led to studying sustainable agriculture at Cal Poly University upon discharge of the military.
After obtaining their farm in EAST Texas where her husband worked at in high school, they are currently transitioning a conventional ornamental flower farm into a future hemp farm for Texas.
Rudy Montes is the CEO of Phoenix Incorporated, which is a veteran owned and operated farm consulting service company based out of the Austin, Texas area. Rudy has devoted his time serving his country for over 20 years for the U. S. Army as an Infantryman, and 8 years overseas for the State Department as a contractor while in austere environments. During his service to his country, he has managed several companies with over 357 personnel. Read more here.
Adrian Moore, Ph.D., is vice president of policy at Reason Foundation, a non-profit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.
Moore leads Reason's policy implementation efforts and conducts his own research on topics such as privatization, government and regulatory reform, air quality, transportation and urban growth, prisons and utilities. Read more here.
Nico Murillo is the Board Chair of Texans for Safe Access, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to patient outreach and medical cannabis education. TSA is a part of Americans for Safe Access which is based out of Washington D.C. and has over 100,000 active members. Read more here.
Kelly Myers is a retired insurance executive with a love for travel, education and cannabis. She is a dedicated and passionate advocate for medical access who is fortunate to live in Austin, Texas where she has the ability to be at the Capitol often. Kelly knows the benefits of medicinal cannabis first-hand, self-medicating through Chemotherapy in 2011. Read more here.
Matthew Nordgren is an ambitious executive, dedicated philanthropist, and accomplished athlete who brings a unique passion to creating strategic alliances.
He has breadth and depth of experience in finance, corporate development, and capital sourcing, as well as in building highly motivated teams of skilled professionals. Read more here.
Seth Nyer has over 15 years of experience in strategic development of operations and marketing. He's used his engineering education for building scalable marketing strategies in startups, mid-size companies and Billion dollar private brands.
With Bee Delightful, as they learn more about Cannabis, Honey Bees and their historical relevance to the biological evolution of Human Beings, they are committed to developing products that are good for us and the planet. Read more here.
Mary Olivar, co-founder of Greenbelt Capital, has been using her knowledge to support the cannabis industry as an advisor, consultant, and advocate since 2014.
With over twenty-five years of experience in the natural foods industry, Mary has a unique insight in sourcing and evaluating multi-faceted legal cannabis opportunities. Read more here.
Throughout Lisa’s nearly 20 year career, she has litigated and tried disputes relating to labor & employment, breach of contract, commercial banking, fraud, fiduciary duty, construction defect and injury, deceptive trade practices, premises liability, professional liability, and products liability.
Lisa is also a prolific publisher of peer reviewed publications and frequent public speaker. Read more here.
Shane’s practice is focused on appeals and regulatory litigation for clients in a diverse array of industries, including energy, shipping, aviation, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare.
Recent matters have involved challenges to federal agency action under the Administrative Procedure Act, preemption issues under the Airline Deregulation Act, and EPA rule-making challenges under the Clean Air Act. Read more here.
Joshua served with the 101st Airborne Division and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. While on both deployments, he was awarded: Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, 4 Army Commendation Medals and a Purple Heart amongst others. Josh honorably discharged in 2011, but now suffers from PTSD and seizures.
He has offered his testimony to the Texas Legislature, expressing how cannabis can help Texans achieve a better quality of life as it has helped him. Read more here.
Jason Rink is the award-winning producer and director of the documentary Nullification: The Rightful Remedy, and the author of the biography of former Congressman Ron Paul, "Ron Paul: Father of the Tea Party."
A former pastor, Jason is also on the Board of Directors of the Libertarian Christian Institute.
Lillian served as a senior advisor to entities promoting the passage of the 2018 US Farm Bill, specifically the promotion of Hemp. Salerno has advised and championed policies associated with hemp and hemp production and has worked alongside the VA, NIH, and state research institutions on the benefits of hemp products. Lillian has a passion for entrepreneurs and what it takes to achieve success in Washington DC and at state and local levels. Read more here.
Dr. Sue Sisley MD serves as Principal Investigator for Scottsdale Research Institute conducting various FDA-approved randomized controlled trials examining safety/efficacy of whole-plant smoked and vaporized marijuana in combat veterans with PTSD, as well as smoked flower for treating chronic pain and as a substitution for opioid dependence. Read more here.
Born and raised in Midland, Texas, Ford has spent the past five years operating and investing in the California cannabis and hemp industry. Having been an early investor in both the largest vertical dispensary chain and delivery platform in the state, Ford provides a unique perspective on the evolution of this newly legalized market. Read more here.
Franklin G. Snyder is Professor of Law at Texas A&M University School of Law, where he has taught Contracts and Business Associations since 2000. He also has taught as a visiting professor at the law schools at Notre Dame, Temple University, and the University of Idaho. Prior to entering teaching, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins and clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Read more here.
Born and raised in Texas, Anita Sommers (or more popularly known as the CBD Genie) has taken on the mission to educate the masses on the biochemistry of the Endocannabinoid System in a fun memorable comprehensive way as a Cannabis Science Communicator.
Anita is an Air Force veteran and has spent 12 years as a medical professional: currently diagnosing infectious diseases in the Microbiology department in a clinical lab. She is an avid advocate for medical cannabis. Read more here.
Chelsie Spencer is an attorney with Ritter Spencer PLLC. She is licensed in both Texas and Florida and has represented clients in federal and state proceedings throughout the nation. Her practice focuses on hemp, medical marijuana, and intellectual property. In addition to compliance and transactional work in cannabis and hemp, Chelsie manages trademark portfolios for large hemp-derivative manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Read more here.
Brendan Steinhauser is a partner at Steinhauser Strategies, a public relations, government affairs, and political consulting company based in Austin. With more than 15 years of experience running political and advocacy campaigns, Brendan has worked in more than 40 states.
He was Senator John Cornyn's campaign manager in 2014, and has served as a political strategist for Texas Congressmen Dan Crenshaw and Michael McCaul. Read more here.
Dr. Peter Stout is the president/ CEO Houston Forensic Science Center. He initially joined the agency in 2015 as its chief operating officer and vice president. He has more than 15 years of experience in forensic science and forensic toxicology.
Prior to joining HFSC, Dr. Stout worked as a senior research forensic scientist and director of operations in the Center for Forensic Sciences at RTI International. Read more here.
Justin Strekal is the Political Director for NORML, where he serves as an advocate to end the federal prohibition of marijuana and to reform our nation's laws to no longer treat its consumers as second-class citizens. Read more here.
Tori Strong is a native of Houston, TX. He attended Baylor University, studying biochemistry as his major. After graduating and working as a research technician for Oxigene, Inc., went on to complete his PhD from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
He now serves as the director of Intellectual Property and Technology at Vyripharm Biopharmaceuticals, a premier biotech organization. Read more here.
Trey Tijerina is President of Texas Cannabis Business Alliance and is a multiple cannabis business owner, entrepreneur who has successfully exited previous businesses. 4+ years of experience in the legal cannabis industry while working booths at cannabis expos, accumulating resources and partnering with other cannabis businesses. Read more here.
Rick Trojan brings over two decades of entrepreneurial expertise & a vast global network to cannabis. Motivated by extensive history, positive impact and the plant itself, Trojan understands the need to accurately portray the benefits of a once flourishing plant stigmatized through a century of propaganda. He is involved in nearly 6000 acres across the country, serves as Vice President of Hemp Industries Association, a board member of Vote Hemp and Colorado HIA. Read more here.
Jason Vaughn is the Policy Director for Texas Young Republicans. For his “day job” he is a professional balloon artist, storyteller, and balloon decorator.
He is passionate about criminal justice reform and small government solutions.
Passionate servant of God and sacred plants. Background in internet marketing and shamanism. Helped create and promote multiple internet brands such as See’s Candies and Tinyprints.com, which went on to sell to Shutterfly for $333 mm. Has seen first had terminal illness, addiction and mental illness cured with the use of sacred plant medicine and is an advocate for plant based living, medicine and sustainability.
Nishi Whiteley, is the Director for Americas Business Development at the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute and the author of the book Chronic Relief: A Guide to Cannabis for the Terminally & Chronically Ill.
She has 25 years of business development experience with leadership roles on projects in corporate America and government. Read more here.
Summer Wilkinson, CPA is the founder and owner of Leaf Book CFO Services. Summer and her team provide tax, accounting and advisory services to cannabis business owners.
Dr. Margot Gage Witvliet is a social epidemiologist and assistant professor at Lamar University. She is a veteran advocate and is the director of Young Americans Overseas, an organization working to build Texas’s first Women Veteran and Women First Responder Park. Dr. Witvliet was a visiting researcher at UCLA and Harvard University. She has written over 17 peer-reviewed journal publications and has over 100 citations. Read more here.
Matt is an attorney at Yetter Coleman LLP, a Houston litigation boutique. He represents clients in a variety of complex and high stakes commercial litigation matters, with a focus on intellectual property litigation.
He served as clerk to the Honorable Rodney Gilstrap U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in 2016 to 2017, and prior to his clerkship, he practiced at Paul, Weiss in New York City. Read more here.