Wanda L. James

Wanda L. James

CEO, Simply Pure Dispensary Ms. James is the CEO of Simply Pure Dispensary and the managing partner at the Cannabis Global Initiative (CGI), a marketing and consulting firm that specializes in public relations, regulation and political outreach. surrounding the decriminalization and legalization of cannabis. Ms. James is a leading advocate in the cannabis industry. She and her husband were the first African Americans licensed to own a medical marijuana dispensary in Colorado, and the cutting edge cannabis edible company, Simply Pure, which is now a recreational and medical dispensary. Wanda’s political, professional and financial work on cannabis reform has led to her being named the 2010 Marijuana Advocate of the Year by Westword Magazine and has featured her in numerous national and international shows including: Smile Jamaica, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, CBS Sunday Morning Holiday Special, “Eat, Drink and be Merry” and on CNBC’s Marijuana USA. Ms. James past clients have included Jared Polis for Congress in Colorado’s CD2 and Lt. Colonel Jay Fawcett for Congress in Colorado’s CD5.  In 2008, Ms. James was appointed to President Obama’s National Finance Committee and became one of the largest bundlers of donations for President Barack Obama in Colorado. Prior to starting her own venture, Wanda was the Corporate Director of Marketing at Southern California Presbyterian Homes and the Southwest Regional Sales Director for two Fortune 100 companies, Unum Insurance and Avery Dennison. Wanda graduated from the University of Colorado in 1986. Upon graduation, she was commissioned an officer in the United States Navy.  Her position in Naval Integrated Underwater Surveillance (IUSS) transferred her to Virginia Beach, Bermuda and New...
Katharine A. Neill

Katharine A. Neill

Alfred C. Glassell, III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy, Baker Institute Katharine A. Neill, Ph.D., is the Alfred C. Glassell, III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy at the Baker Institute. Her current research focuses on state sentencing policies for drug offenders and the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana. Neill’s other research interests include criminal justice policy, the private prison industry and the use of public-private partnerships to deliver public services. She has published in several peer-reviewed journals in various policy areas, including crime, energy and environmental policy. Neill received a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from George Mason University. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Old Dominion University before going on to complete her Ph.D. in public administration and urban policy. She received the Old Dominion University Outstanding Ph.D. Student Award in 2014 and the Simon Scholarship for Academic Performance in 2011 and 2012. Research And Publications 10/13/2014 – Race and Imprisonment: Uneven Justice 10/30/2014 – D.A. Candidates Plan to Reform Marijuana Policy 11/07/2014 – The Cannabis Industry 12/19/2014 – Viewpoints: The future of treatment in drug policy 02/04/2015 – Marijuana Reform: Fears and Facts 04/14/2015 – Drug Policy fellows testify before Texas House...
Krystal Kitahara

Krystal Kitahara

Owner, Yummi Karma Krystal Kitahara is a young entrepreneur who truly believes in the natural healing properties of cannabis. After graduating with a business degree, she started several small businesses, interned for a marketing agency and dabbled in the corporate media world as an account executive. Realizing there was an opportunity to make an impact in the cannabis industry, Krystal left her 9 to 5, and sought to create a company that brought a fresh approach to canna-business. And that’s how Yummi Karma was born. Focusing on products that are unique to the market and building a brand that is appealing to women has been the key to Yummi Karma’s success. She also is passionate about playing a role in the political debate surrounding legalization of cannabis and supports organizations that empower women, like Women...
Amber Iris Langston

Amber Iris Langston

Deputy Director, Show-Me Cannabis Amber Iris Langston has been an advocate of drug policy reform for over a decade, attaining her first campaign-related success when she was a student directing the 2004 municipal petition effort to decriminalize minor possession and create protections for medical marijuana patients in Columbia, Missouri. In 2006, Ms. Langston joined the Board of Directors and later, staff of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, serving as national outreach director and international liaison. In 2010, Amber spent time working as the media liaison for California’s legalization effort Proposition 19, followed by a brief position as field coordinator for Americans for Safe Access, advocating on behalf of medical cannabis patients around the world. In 2011, Amber heeded the call to return to her native state of Missouri to work on placing a full marijuana legalization measure on the statewide ballot. Ms. Langston currently lives in Kansas City, MO, and serves as the Deputy Director of Show-Me Cannabis, the organization working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. Ms. Langston is an experienced public speaker, and regularly appears in local television, radio and newspaper...
Sara Gullickson

Sara Gullickson

Executive Director, DispensaryPermits.com and Vice President, Sales and Marketing, MariMed Advisors Sara Gullickson is the Executive Director of DispensaryPermits.com, the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MariMedAdvisors.com and a national leader in the medical marijuana consulting industry. As an influential woman in the cannabis reform movement, Sara has a vision for the medical marijuana industry of wellness and accessibility. It is with this vision, that she has passionately guided clients through every step of the medical marijuana process. From application processes to logistics and cultivation practices, Sara has successfully advised numerous groups in seven states’ medical cannabis processes over the last four years. Combined with nearly a decade of experience executing online and traditional marketing campaigns, Gullickson has used her comprehensive knowledge to assist and consult on successful applications across the United States and currently is working with applicants in Illinois, Nevada, New Hampshire, Delaware, Florida and New York. Sara has mastered the intricate balance between community involvement, knowledge of local markets, awareness of ever-changing legislation, and most importantly, wellness that has proven to be the key to success throughout the U.S. Previously, Gullickson led multiple clients’ marketing initiatives. Gullickson specialized in health, beauty, medical, dental, fitness, and spa marketing as the founder of SpaFitAZ.com, a start-up website offering salon, spa and fitness deals as well as marketing services. Prior to that, she was a project manager for an interactive agency where she executed online, demographic-specific advertising and marketing campaigns targeting high school students. She earned a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in marketing from Keller University. Sustaining member of NCIA. Professional Journey – Sara Gullickson,...