Cannabis 2017 Board

Cannabis 2017 is pleased to introduce the conference chair and advisory board:
Conference Chair

Kenneth Morrow
Owner
Trichome Technologies™

Kenneth Morrow is an author and writer who has been covering cannabis-related subjects for more than 20 years. He is the owner of Trichome Technologies™, a cannabis research and development company. Morrow also is an award-winning grower and breeder. He has made contributions to many of today's extraction methodologies and holds multiple patents in the field. He currently specializes in product formulation and consults on all cannabis-related subjects.

Advisory Board

Leif Abel
Co-Founder & Compliance Officer
Greatland Ganja, LLC

Leif Abel is Co-Founder and Compliance Officer of Greatland Ganja, LLC, the second licensed marijuana establishment in Alaska. In this role Leif has focused on compliance, targeted branding, public education, community involvement and public regulatory input. He resides in Kasilof, Alaska, with his wife, two children and extended family. The Abels operate Greatland Ganja on Alaska’s beautiful Kenai Peninsula where they cultivate 40 strains of cannabis both sun-grown with organic methods and ingredients, and hydroponically indoors. A lifelong Alaskan, Abel was born on the Yukon River and has lived in many areas of the state. As Executive Director of the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation and founding board member for the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association, he has been an active cannabis advocate in Alaska. After the passage of Ballot Measure 2 in Alaska, he was appointed to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Marijuana Task Force by the Mayor, where he served out his term as chairman. Leif is a licensed medical grower and a second-generation cannabis cultivator.

David Bonvillain
Founder & CEO
Elite Enterprises

David Bonvillain owns and runs Elite Cannabis Enterprises and Elite Botanicals out of its center of operations in Loveland, Colo. The businesses include a 25-acre organic CBD farm leveraging a low/no-till permaculture methodology, a 6-acre greenhouse property and botanical-extraction laboratory that operates year-round, producing organic CBD for regional, national and international markets through Mary’s Medicinals, Mary’s Nutritionals, Mary’s Pets, IncrEdibles, and Cheeba Chews. He is a speaker, author, consultant and High Times’ Cannabis Cup winner.

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.

Matthew Huron
CEO
Good Chemistry

Matthew Huron is CEO of Good Chemistry, where he oversees expanded cultivation operations in two large Colorado facilities devoted to the production of more than 60 strains of marijuana, as well as two dispensaries in Denver and Aurora, Colo., and a staff of more than 100. Huron has optimized the production of extracts and concentrates through solvent-less processing, and developed and implemented best practices for Good Chemistry in medical and retail marijuana processes.

Huron began growing medical marijuana in 2000 for AIDS patients in California, founding and operating Elmar Lins Compassion Co-Op, a nonprofit medical marijuana co-op in San Francisco. Ten years later, Huron moved to Colorado to co-found Wellspring Collective, which caters to seniors with health challenges and provides alternative health services. In 2010, he launched Good Chemistry Colorado, planning the facility infrastructure design and construction, acquiring the necessary financing and directing the resulting work.

Huron is a founding board member of the Cannabis Business Alliance (CBA), and a founder and former board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA). He served on the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division’s (MED) Licensing Authority Advisory Committee.