Departments - Contributors

August 10, 2018

Each issue we are committed to providing you industry insight, advice and trends from some of the most respected and knowledgeable individuals and journalists in cannabis today. We’re pleased to introduce you to our contributors.

Jesse Barney

Barney is a brand design freelancer in the cannabis industry. He is a visual communications expert with a passion for seeing cannabis brands expand into mainstream markets.

Maria Denzin

Denzin is the owner of MJ HR Strategic Solutions, an HR consulting firm based in Palm Springs, Calif. Denzin specializes in talent strategy and development for the cannabis industry. Her firm helps cannabis business owners create strategic HR plans to select, develop, reward and retain employees who deliver value and loyalty. She can be reached at

Evan Eisenberg

Eisenberg is Curaleaf’s Palm Harbor dispensary manager, playing a vital role in building and operating Florida’s first medical marijuana dispensary drive-thru. Eisenberg seeks to create a warm and inviting atmosphere at Curaleaf Palm Harbor, where patients can comfortably purchase premium medical cannabis products. In addition to managing Curaleaf’s Palm Harbor dispensary, Eisenberg is a drug policy reformer, advocate for cannabis research and an MBA candidate at the University of South Florida’s Muma College of Business.

Debby Goldsberry

Goldsberry is executive director at Magnolia Wellness, an award-winning dispensary in Oakland, Calif., and the managing director of the Berkeley Community Care Center dispensary at Amoeba Music. She co-founded the Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) medical cannabis collective in 1999, directing its growth for more than 11 years. In 2017, Goldsberry published her first book, “Idiot’s Guide: Starting and Running a Marijuana Business.”

Jolene Hansen

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 Dispensary’s parent company, GIE Media.

Jillian Kramer

Kramer is a New York City-based freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the online or print versions of Glamour, Food & Wine, SELF, The Wall Street Journal, and more. Her work covers everything from career and money to women’s issues, cannabis and beyond.

Kyra Reed

Reed launched Markyr Cannabis, a digital marketing and social media strategy agency, and Women in Cannabis, a support group for women entrepreneurs, with four chapters in Northern California, in 2016. Reed has also launched Kadin Academy, an online business academy that educates women entrepreneurs in cannabis.

Jordan Wellington, Esq.

Wellington is an associate at Vicente Sederberg, a cannabis-focused law firm in Denver, Colo. He regularly advises elected officials and regulators from across the globe on the responsible regulation of cannabis and has authored white papers such as “Cannabis Packaging and Labeling Regulatory Recommendations for States and Nations” and “Cannabis Testing Policy: Recommendations for More Thoughtful and Consistent Regulations.” He also co-founded and serves as Chief Operating Officer for Simplifya, a software company that provides compliance solutions to cannabis businesses and consultants. Previously, Wellington worked for Colorado’s Marijuana Enforcement Division to organize the division’s stakeholder engagement process and draft many of the regulations governing retail and medical marijuana in Colorado, as well as helped shepherd the legislation implementing Amendment 64 through the Colorado General Assembly.