Cannabis Expert Calling Network (ECN) Knowledge-sharing Platform Makes Industry Thought Leaders and Veterans Accessible to Entrepreneurs

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Washington, DC, 7/1/2016 3:07:51 AM

The Cannabis Expert Calling Network (ECN) or "Cannabis ECN" launched on June 20th, 2016 featuring a who’s-who of prominent thought leaders and industry veterans from the National Cannabis Association’s (NCIA) membership.

The ECN is a knowledge-sharing platform connecting cannabis industry experts with information-seekers and entrepreneurs online or via paid telephone consultations.

Experts personalize their profiles to showcase their expertise on a range of cannabis topics. Some of the pioneering experts participating in the initial launch of the ECN include:

Khadijah Adams, Senior Managing Partner, MIPR Holdings, LLC. Background: “Investor in Cannabis Related Companies, Entrepreneur, Investor Relations Specialist and Motivational Speaker”

Todd Arkley, CPA, Arkley Accounting Group. Background: “Todd's practice focuses on assisting businesses within the cannabis industry manage their unique tax, accounting, and financial challenges.”

Cody Bass, Founder & Executive Director, Tahoe Wellness Co-Op. Background: “NCIA Board Member and Cannabis Advocate”

Roy Bingham, CEO, BDS Analytics. Background: “Harvard MBA, data analytics expert, former McKinsey Consultant, serial entrepreneur & CEO of leading Cannabis Mkt. research and analytics co.”

Larisa Bolivar, Executive Director, Cannabis Consumers Coalition. Background: “15-year cannabis industry veteran working to help businesses develop growth strategies and consumer-focused business practices.”

Kara Bradford, Chief Talent Officer, Viridian Staffing. Background: “Executive Talent Acquisition/HR Professional with 15+ years of experience & Co-Founder of 1st Professional Recruiting Firm in Cannabis Industry.”

Alan Brochstein, Founder, 420 Investor. Background: “Leading expert in publicly-traded cannabis stocks in the U.S. and Canada with deep connections to the overall cannabis industry”

Avis Bulbulyan, CEO, SIVA Enterprises. Background: “SIVA Enterprises and its subsidiaries are an alliance of marijuana entities offering full service solutions to the cannabis industry.”

Kimberly Cargile, CEO, A Therapeutic Alternative & T.H.C.A. Inc., California Cannabis Industry Association & Americans for Safe Access. Background: “Graduated Humboldt State University, Over a decade of industry experience in cultivation, dispensary management and advocacy”

Sara Conrad, Marketing, Storyteller, Business Strategist, Sara C's It Social Media. Background: “Social Media Strategy, Market & Data Analyst for Cannabis businesses. Activist. Fingers on pulse of the world.”

Jay Czarkowski, Founding Partner, Canna Advisors. Background: “Four years after opening one of Colorado's first dispensaries and commercial grow facilities, we founded Canna Advisors:

Diane Czarkowski, Founding Partner, Canna Advisors. Background: “Diane has dispensary and cultivation operations experience and consults nationally for operations in new markets.”

John Davis, President & CEO, Northwest Patient Resource Center. Background: “20+ years of applied cannabis policy and permitting experience. Cannabis start-ups, acquisition, structure, banking, investment and more.”

Troy Dayton, CEO, The Arcview Group. Background: “Leading expert on investment in the cannabis industry.”

Julie Dooley, President, Julie's Natural Edibles. Background: “Edible Manufacturer Specializing In: formulation, production, inventory control both company& state, kitchen best practices, allergen control.”

Mathew Ellis, Owner, ExtractionTek Solutions LLC. Background: “Cannabis Entrepreneur, Extraction Engineer, Cannabis Ancillary Businesses Owner”

Pamela Epstein, CEO & Founder, Green Wise Consulting, LLC. Background: “With a background in environmental, compliance & nonprofit work I assist clients at all stages of development; focused in Ca and AZ.”

Shea Gunther, Producer, Host, Marijuana Today Media. Background: “Shea is a podcaster, media entrepreneur, writer, and host of Marijuana Today Daily, an industry news podcast. He founded SSDP in 1997.”

Travis Howard, Executive, Shift Cannabis Co. & Green Dream Cannabis. Background: “Travis splits his time between corporate management practices and the legal areas of the ever-evolving marijuana industry.”

Aaron Justis, President, Buds & Roses. Background: “Entrepreneur, NCIA Board Member, Policy Reform Advocate, 26 Cannabis Cups.”

Tripp Keber, CEO, Dixie Brands, Inc. Background: “Entrepreneur, NCIA Board Member, and **

Daniel Kosmal, Extraction and Infused Product Consultant, Extract Advisers, docGreen's, Vapura. Background: “Supercritical CO2 extraction.Vapor carts, topicals, capsules, concentrates, product development, manufacturing and lab design.”

Jaime Lewis, CEO & Founder, Mountain Medicine. Background: “Infused product and dispensary operations expert with over 10 years of medical and recreational license experience in multiple states.”

Cynthia Ludwig, Principal Scientist, SAgE Consulting. Background: “25 years as research chemist / director in pharmaceutical development, agriculture and analytical chemistry. Expertise in GMP, GLP & ISO.”

Jessica McElfresh, Attorney-at-law, McElfresh Law, Inc. Background: “Jessica McElfresh of McElfresh Law, Inc. is an attorney in San Diego, California, specializing in cannabis law and policy.”

Geniger Murray, CEO/Founder, Carbon Blue Consulting. Background: “Murray is an industry leader advocating for legalization and regulation to ensure product safety.”

Lance Ott, Founder & CEO, Guardian Data Systems. Background: “NCIA Board Member, CPP Certified (ETA), Banking, ERP, Point of Sale, Payment Processing, Cash Management, Consulting & Management”

Mark Passerini, Co-Founder, Om of Medicine. Background: “Committed to creating a responsible, compassionate, ethical, and united cannabis industry focused on the science and research of the plant.”

Shelly Peterson, Vice President of Light Product Solutions, urban-gro. Background: “A passion for ecofriendly solutions, creating a sustainable environment for commercial cultivators, securing available utility rebates.”

Alyssa Riccio, Principal, Aspen Technology Group, NCIA, Women Grow, TCIA. Background: “Dedicated to providing the cannabis industry with cutting edge technology solutions to streamline business processes.”

Carole Richter, Human Resources Consultant, CRichter ~ HR Consulting, LLC. Background: “Human Resources/Talent Management Expert; Compliance to Strategic Planning; Hiring, Maximizing, Terminating Employees-Your Greatest Asset!”

Mark Slaugh, Policy and Compliance Expert - iComply CEO, Cannabis Business Alliance. Background: “iComply is one of the oldest and most trusted brands in compliance since 2011. Specialists in operations, METRC, auditing, SOPs, & training”

Tim Smale, President & Executive Director, Remedy Compassion Center. Background: “Opened 1st dispensary East of Rockies in 2010, Chair of AHPA Cananbis Committee, President of ME Assoc of Dispensary Operators.”

Charles Smith, Attorney/Licensing & Compliance Consultant, The Law Offices of Charles Sanford Smith, P.C. Background: “I am a New York attorney and Boston based cannabis industry consultant focused on helping businesses comply with the regulated marketplace.”

James Thorburn, Managing Attorney, Thorburn Walker, LLC. Background: “Jim is recognized nationally as a change maker in cannabis tax law. He is regarded as a leading cannabis trial attorney.”

Chad Tribble, CEO, Mountain High Suckers. Background: “Started my infused edible company out of my home kitchen in 2009. My company has steadily grown since inside and outside of Colorado.”

Todd Winter, Founder & Managing Partner, Winter LLP. Background: “I have extensive (8+ years) experience representing the largest cannabis companies in the world, in all aspects of their businesses.”

JB Woods, President & Owner, Greenpoint Insurance Advisors, LLC. Background: “Providers of commercial insurance and management of various types of risk likely encountered in the cannabis industry.”

Luigi Zamarra, CPA, Luigi CPA. Background: “Expert in Income Tax Law for Cannabis Businesses. Formerly CFO of Harborside Health Center; formerly Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers.”

At the core of the Cannabis ECN platform are cutting-edge knowledge-sharing tools including Brainsy’s patented ECN transactional calling platform. Experts also have access to the ECN InCall® badge which enables experts to monetize their social media presence on other platforms such as Twitter or LinkedIn. Registration for consumers on the ECN is free at:

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