Charlie Rutherford

Charlie Rutherford

Business Development Director, Boveda Charlie’s story is what informs all Boveda’s work in cannabis. 3 years ago, he was struck by a careless driver on his motorcycle and although he walks with the grace of a ballerina, he lost his left foot. To alleviate his phantom limb pain enough to sleep, he wasn’t willing to continue taking more and more opiates. In skeptical desperation, he tried cannabis and since then, became a believer and a MN patient. It’s that passion for the industry and belief if cannabis that fuels Boveda’s work in cannabis. We continue developing new products to make cannabis curing, storage and merchandising safer and easier, while increasing the quality of cannabis and eliminating money lost to evaporation. As the only 2-way humidity control in the world, we feel it’s on us to research how different levels of humidity effect the efficacy of flower. The world is moving towards packaging all flower with Boveda as Native Roots, Marley Naturals and a number of other large upcoming announcements make clear. Moisture control is a critical component of safety and quality and Boveda as the expert and Charlie as the face is a great option for a talk on a subject everyone would agree is important – extending the shelf life of cannabis while in perfect...
Cassandra Farrington

Cassandra Farrington

CEO & Co-Founder, Marijuana Business Daily Cassandra heads up the industry-leading daily news website Marijuana Business Daily and its family of content resources for the B2B cannabis marketplace, including two national conferences. Previously a Vice President at Citi, she earned her MBA from the University of Texas McCombs School of...
Laila Makled

Laila Makled

DC Chair Leader, Women Grow For the past 3 years, Laila Makled has worked at Stones’ Phones, a progressive political consulting firm in DC where she heads up their criminal justice, environmental, drug policy and LGBTQ reform work. Inspired by Stones’ Phones work in 2014 on Initiative 71 in DC, in May of 2015 Laila started a DC chapter of Women Grow– a women’s business cannabis networking organization dedicating to empowering an intersectional group of women to start businesses and take on management positions in the cannabis movement by hosting monthly events with renowned speakers and networking activities. In 2016, Laila was a part of the first ever National Cannabis Festival as the Advocacy and Federal Relations Outreach Chair, where she rallied 18 drug policy, DC Statehood and harm reduction organizations, 2 US Congress people, and local DC councilmembers to participate in the 5,000-person festival. Laila also does contract work in event planning with c3 Presents, where she has participated and organized panels and exhibitors for Michelle Obama for the United State of Women Summit and the White House for the first annual SXSL. Laila grew up in the Great Lakes state of Michigan and is a first generation policy buff in her family. She graduated with honors from Michigan State University at James Madison College with a degree in Social Relations and Policy in June 2014. Laila’s convictions lie in creating a sustainable, socially equitable...
Sarah Grew

Sarah Grew

Women Grow Gold Country Leader, Cannabis Cultivator Sarah Grew is chairwoman of Women Grow: Gold Country. She also serves as Director of the local grower’s association, board member of California Growers Association and is partner in operating an organic cannabis farm in the Sierra foothills.  She is passionate about sustainability, cooperative practices and community...
Lauren Rudick

Lauren Rudick

Partner, Hiller PC Lauren Rudick is a Member of the boutique business law firm, Hiller, PC, in Manhattan, New York.  A “recovering litigator,” Lauren practiced litigation exclusively for ten years, during which time she successfully represented clients in a wide variety of business, intellectual property, and Internet/media disputes, while contributing to the Firm=s land use and zoning practice.  With a trained and sensitive eye for keeping clients out of litigation and a penchant for deal-making, Lauren has refocused her career on start-up law, regulatory compliance, and commercial and secured transactions. Lauren has also developed a niche in salvaging deals that have turned south, mitigating against legal exposure, and identifying and remedying abuse or misuse of corporate power and form.  In 2015, Lauren was named a Rising Star among Top New York Metro Attorneys, as featured by Superlawyers®. Lauren is also the co-founder of Hiller, PC=s cannabis law practice.  What started as a passion project in patient rights during a brief residency in California, Lauren has become one of the nation’s preeminent attorneys providing legal services to cannabis industry players in the AGreen Rush.”  Lauren has extensive knowledge and familiarity with cannabis law, including trends and upturns in the industry. With her diverse background in corporate law, litigation, and land-use and zoning, she provides clients with the most up-to-date information necessary to operate and invest in successful cannabis and ancillary businesses. Lauren is also a regular contributor to Marijuana Venture Magazine and provides pro bono legal and advocacy services to the Drug Policy Alliance.  Lauren enjoys an extensive network of cannabis professionals nationwide, enabling her to provide full legal and...