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January 2, 2019

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.

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 mariabdenzin@gmail.com.

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.”

Patrick Haggerty

Haggerty is chair of the Frantz Ward Litigation Practice Group. In 2015, he created the firm’s Cannabis Law and Policy Group. Since that time, he has led the Group’s efforts to provide counseling and representation to clients on matters involving an array of issues regarding the cannabis and burgeoning hemp industries.

Crystal Hammon

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, Hammon mines the fullest meaning of the word “vintage” at her blog, Dressed Her Days Vintage.

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.

Thomas Haren

Haren, an associate at Frantz Ward, has become one of the go-to attorneys for Ohio’s medical marijuana industry, working with medical marijuana cultivator, processor, and dispensary applicants and license holders. He assists clients with license acquisition, zoning and municipal law, and regulatory compliance.

Jillian Kramer

Kramer is a Cleveland, Ohio-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.


Gene Markin

Markin is a partner with law firm Stark & Stark. He counsels cannabis industry growers, cultivators, processors, distributors, dispensaries, infused-product manufacturers, suppliers, investors and shareholders on legal matters including intellectual property protection, liability exposure, tax, banking, licensure, regulatory compliance and insurance. Markin is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association Cannabis Law Committee, the National Cannabis Bar Association and other related organizations. Reach him at gmarkin@stark-stark.com.

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.

Mark Stockman

A partner at Frantz Ward, Stockman’s practice is devoted to counseling clients through all phases of the real estate development and construction process: from site acquisition through completing effective resolution of disputes throughout the process. Stockman’s clients include a wide range of industries including cannabis, manufacturing, higher education, health care and retail.