Cannabis 2018 Board

Advisory Board

Leif Abel
Co-Founder
Greatland Ganja

Leif Abel, Co-Founder of Greatland Ganja is a second-generation cannabis cultivator. He resides in Kasilof, Alaska with his wife, two children, and extended family. The Abels cultivate cannabis, both in greenhouses with organic methods, and hydroponically indoors. A founding member of the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, he has focused on public education, community involvement and public input. During the regulatory process in Alaska, he was appointed to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Marijuana Task Force, where he served out his term as chairman. Leif's favorite pass times include being with his family, hiking, camping and working on his family farm.

Brooke Gehring
CEO & Co-Owner
FGS, Inc.

Brooke Gehring is the CEO and co-owner of Colorado-based FGS Inc., the parent company of Patients Choice of Colorado (serving medical patients) and LiveGreen Cannabis (serving recreational cannabis consumers). FGS Inc. is a 100-employee, multimillion dollar company, with four retail locations and cultivation space totaling 35,000 square feet. Gehring has served as Chairwoman of the Board of the Marijuana Industry Group, the largest Colorado trade association, is a founding member of Women Grow and the Council for Responsible Cannabis Regulation, along with being a Sustaining Member of the National Cannabis Industry Association. She serves on numerous State of Colorado working groups involved in cannabis rule-making since 2010.

Through her dedication and hard work, Gehring has developed strong relationships with Government Officials, State Legislatures, the Colorado Department of Revenue (the Colorado division responsible for the regulatory enforcement of Marijuana), Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Department of Agriculture, City Officials and Council Representatives in Denver, Lakewood, Edgewater, Aurora and Boulder, Colorado, as well as California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota and New York, and has established other profound alliances on a national and international scale. She continues to work collectively amongst the industry groups, professionals and advocates toward further legitimizing the evolving legalization of marijuana.

Todd Hill
Managing Principal

Todd Hill is a Founder and Managing Principal for the Buddhii Cooperative Corp, a B2B Cooperative providing consulting and ancillary services in the cannabis industry. His current focus is preparing for state testing, transport, and distribution licensing under California's medical cannabis act. Hill is actively involved in the industry has participated in regulatory and municipal ordinance development, and community policy in an effort to ensure safe and responsible access to cannabis in California. He is an active member of the Minority Cannabis Alliance, the Cannabis Consumer Coalition, and a well-known participant in the California BMCR, DCA, and CDFA Pre-Regulatory process.

David Holmes
Owner & CEO
Clade9

David Holmes has a Master’s Degree in Mathematics and was an award-winning adjunct mathematics professor. He was awarded a fellowship to conduct research at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Holmes was inspired to cultivate marijuana in 1999 after a visit to a high-tech indoor garden. He launched his first large-scale commercial facility in 2007. Shortly thereafter, Clade9 was formed to meet demand for cultivation experts. Applying his expertise in grow room design and management, as well as world-class nutrients, Holmes focused on medical marijuana strain breeding. He has developed over a dozen strains including the Ying Yang, a high-CDB strain with superior seizure-reducing capacities.

Jesce Horton
Founder
Panacea Valley Gardens

Jesce Horton is the owner of Panacea Valley Gardens, a medical cannabis cultivation center, and co-founder of Panacea, an award-winning dispensary in Portland, Ore. He is also co-founder and Chairman of the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA), the first non-profit organization founded to create equal access and economic empowerment for cannabis businesses, their patients and communities most affected by the war on drugs.

Currently, he is developing Saints Cannabis, a vertically-integrated cannabis campus that will house adult-use (recreational) retail, cannabis lounge, indoor and greenhouse cultivation, processing and R&D operations on one flagship property in Portland, Ore. He sits on numerous state and city appointed committees that oversee rules and regulations shaping the Oregon cannabis industry.

Rich Kwesell
Co-Founder & Co-Owner
Strawberry Fields

Richard Kwesell is the co-founder of Heartland Industries and Strawberry Fields along with his brother, Mike. After starting their company with three plants in a friend’s spare bedroom, the brothers are currently producing 14,000 lbs. of medical and recreational cannabis every year in Colorado.

Kwesell designed, built and currently operates a 90,000-square-foot greenhouse located in Pueblo County, Colo. He currently oversees all cultivation and production, development of internal controls, commercial grow room design, and integrated pest management (IPM) program design at Strawberry Fields. Prior to that, Kwesell worked in commercial agriculture on a greenhouse in northern Israel and became proficient in nutrient administration, IPM and high-volume plant management with quota-based production.

Crystal Oliver
Co-Founder & President
Washington’s Finest Cannabis

Crystal Oliver is co-owner/founder of Washington’s Finest Cannabis, an outdoor cannabis farm licensed by the WSLCB since August 2014. She also serves as Executive Assistant for Washington NORML and sits on the Cannabis Farmers Council Executive Board. She has been an advocate for small business and family farm friendly regulations in Washington State, and has represented cannabis farmer’s interest as a member of the Washington State Building Code Council’s Cannabis Issues Technical Advisory Group, Spokane Clean Air’s Marijuana Advisory Committee, and Spokane Conservation District’s Voluntary Stewardship Program. Oliver is regarded as an expert in navigating land use issues for cannabis farming and frequently serves as a resource for officials, regulators, policy-makers, and business owners.