Marijuana Business Daily Staff

LEADERSHIP

COFOUNDER, CHAIR OF THE BOARD

Cassandra co-founded Marijuana Business Daily in 2011 and its portfolio of content resources for the B2B cannabis marketplace, including the internationally recognized family of MJBizCon conferences. She presided over the company’s rapid growth as CEO and transitioned to board chair in 2020. Previously a vice president at Citi, she earned her MBA from the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business.

CEO AND PRESIDENT

Chris served as the founding editor of Marijuana Business Daily during the company’s launch in 2011, becoming the first journalist in the United States to focus exclusively on covering the business of cannabis. He now oversees the company’s day-to-day operations and strategic initiatives. Chris has been quoted as one of America’s foremost cannabis industry analysts by dozens of media outlets, including Harvard Business Review, NPR, CNBC and the New York Times. He earned an MBA in international business from Regis University.

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, EVENTS AND SALES

Jess leads the team producing MJBizCon, the multiple-award winning trade show that tens of thousands of cannabis professionals attend each fall in Las Vegas. She is a proud member of the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO) and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) having earned her Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) designation. She holds a BA degree from the University of Tennessee – Knoxville.

EDITORIAL

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VP, PUBLISHING, MJBIZDAILY

Pamela has been a B2B communications leader for over 20 years, working in sectors as diverse as clinical medicine and advanced manufacturing. Rooted as a journalist, she led content and strategy for events and media teams at UBM as well as overseeing the company’s internal communications and internal and external re-brand. Folio Magazine named her a “Corporate Visionary” and one of the “Top Women in Media.” She joined MJBizDaily in Fall 2019, overseeing the editorial team and media revenue.

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EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

Roger is an award-winning journalist with decades of business news experience, covering everything from Wall Street regulation to the oil markets and craft brewing. He’s worked for Reuters, The Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. He’s also worked as a freelancer for MSNBC.com, Inc. and other publications.

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EDITORIAL DIRECTOR – NEW BUSINESS INITIATIVES & DATA

Jenel’s journalism experience began two decades ago at her hometown newspaper in Wahpeton, North Dakota. For the past decade, she wrote and edited for a B2B publication and focused on analyzing management, strategy and trends for business owners and executives, ranging from best practices around M&A to how businesses can adapt to demographic shifts in the workforce. Her work earned several editorial excellence awards from the Specialized Information Publishers Association.

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SENIOR EDITOR

Kevin has worked as an editor for several decades at numerous newspapers and websites across the country, including the Rocky Mountain News, the Boulder Daily Camera, the San Jose Mercury News, the Knoxville News-Sentinel and Fox Sports.

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MAGAZINE EDITOR

Kate is the editor of Marijuana Business Magazine, which provides tips and actionable advice to marijuana business executives. She joins the MJ Biz team with nearly 20 years of full-time journalism experience, including a decade managing a wine industry trade magazine in California. Kate graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in print journalism, and her journalism career has included the newsrooms of daily papers across the United States.

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HEMP EDITOR

Kristen is a Denver-based reporter for Marijuana Business Daily specializing in the hemp and CBD industries. Previously, she worked at the Associated Press for nearly 20 years. She started covering the marijuana legalization movement in 2009 – when medical stores started popping up around Denver – and wrote about the state’s first legal hemp harvest. Kristen also covered agriculture and politics in Maryland and her home state of Georgia.

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SENIOR REPORTER, CALIFORNIA

A Sacramento-based journalist, John had focused on Colorado politics for most of his career, which included covering the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. In 2012, he covered the Amendment 64 campaign to legalize recreational marijuana for The Colorado Springs Gazette. As then-video editor for The Gazette, he was on hand for the first-ever legal recreational marijuana sale in Denver on Jan. 1, 2014. He’s been writing about the cannabis industry since joining Marijuana Business Daily over the summer of 2014.

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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY REPORTER

Omar has been a professional journalist since 1998, covering everything from international business and Wall Street to politics and religion. His stories have appeared in Newsweek International, the New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today and other major outlets. Omar graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1998, and prior to that he was a Bosnian diplomat. He is based in Boston.

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CULTIVATION AND EXTRACTION REPORTER/ASSISTANT EDITOR

Bart covers cannabis cultivation and extraction. He has worked as a reporter for Marijuana Business Daily and Marijuana Business Magazine since 2016. Prior to that he was the editor in chief of the Scottsbluff Star-Herald as well as national editor of the Korea JoongAng Daily. A graduate of the University of Nebraska, his work has also appeared in the Washington Post and Catapult, among others. He lives in Lakewood, Colorado.

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LEGAL AND REGULATORY REPORTER

Jeff is an award-winning business journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers in Colorado, Maine, New Mexico and Alabama. He also has worked as a journalist overseas in Asia and West Africa. His stories have appeared in National Geographic online and The New York Times, among other publications.

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Reporter

Based in Ontario, Solomon covers the retail cannabis sector for Marijuana Business Daily. He previously covered Canadian cannabis legalization for the Winnipeg Free Press, where he launched a Canadian cannabis news vertical called The Leaf News. Before that, Solomon covered business news for Canada’s national public broadcaster CBC News as an online reporter and a TV news producer. Solomon holds a master of journalism degree from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario.

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INTERNATIONAL EDITOR

Matt is based in the Greater Toronto Area and covers international cannabis markets for Marijuana Business Daily. Previously, he worked as a business editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers and magazines in three countries, covering everything from the oil and gas industry in northern British Columbia to North Korean defectors in Seoul.

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HEMP REPORTER

Laura has specialized in agricultural journalism for the past 20 years. Most recently she served as the editor of a B2B publication and multimedia properties focused on productivity, efficiency and profitability in commercial greenhouse cultivation. She has reported on multiple aspects of specialty crops including floriculture, fruit, vegetables, citrus and cannabis. She also has served extensively on various horticulture industry association boards. Laura is a Michigan State University graduate and is based in Cleveland, Ohio.

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DATA JOURNALIST
Andrew is a visual and data journalist based in Mesa, Arizona. He previously worked as a news artist at the Arizona Republic where he developed informational graphics for the newspaper’s front-page team. During that time, he was an adjunct professor at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In 2012, Andrew co-founded the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting.