Drayah Sallis

Drayah Sallis

Founder of Our Cannabis Culture Drayah Sallis is the founder of Our Cannabis Culture and has successfully launched the first Women Grow chapter in Texas. Her desire for clear cannabis conversations within her community has led her to address the overwhelming need for regional education, promoting disenfranchised inclusion in the cannabis space and the right of patients to safe access. Over the years, Ms. Sallis’ social awareness has led her to work with nonprofit agencies to assist in the adaptation process of ex-offenders within society through reentry programs.  Her many efforts include advocating for the decriminalization of marijuana and addressing the socio-economic disadvantages of communities of color; with attention placed on the family core, life-skill transitioning and environmental solutions.  Our Cannabis Culture aligns the common-thread of social activism, faith-based education and the creation of business model outreach programs in the global legalization of marijuana. As Founder and Executive Director of UrbanCann Exchange and Cannabis Culinary Concepts, Drayah applies over 15 years experience in real estate development, investor relations and event production, to bridge the gap between cannabis, commerce and community. Through her dedication and long standing relationship with governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and professional associations, she has extended her skills, expertise and talented team in consulting with entrepreneurs on cannabis business development, licensing assistance, standard operating procedures and in real estate with retail and culinary...
Fenesha Hubbard

Fenesha Hubbard

 Chairwoman of Women Grow Chicago Chapter Fenesha Hubbard is a professional development facilitator with nearly 15 years experience in the industries of K-12 education and personal growth.  She has led hundreds of workshops and impacted thousands of teachers and students nationwide, helping people navigate difficult topics with ease.  Fenesha’s experiences as a math educator and life coach have resulted in an extensive skill set of teaching, coaching, training and consulting.  Fenesha’s combined experiences allow her to gather a variety of strategies and techniques to support your growth and development.  Driven by her desire to inspire and empower women, Fenesha has immersed herself in the cannabis industry as the chairwoman of Women Grow Chicago.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago.  You can learn more about Fenesha and her work at...
Moriah Barnhart

Moriah Barnhart

Founder and CEO, CannaMoms Like you, pediatric advocate Moriah Barnhart is committed to changing state and federal cannabis laws. Moriah’s daughter, Dahlia, was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer at the age of two. Moriah had already been advocating for many years against the drugging of children and for increased parental rights in the care of American children. While fighting for Dahlia’s life, Moriah quickly found herself personally immersed in the fight against bad laws as well. Within days of starting an experimental chemotherapy protocol, Dahlia began suffering severe side effects such as mouth sores, constant nausea and vomiting, atrophy of both legs, nerve damage, and severe chronic pain. Moriah discovered that a refusal of conventional medicine would result in losing custody of her daughter to the state (where treatments would be given without her consent). Her daughter was dying not only from the disease, but from its “treatment.” After 6 painful months on chemo, Dahlia began cannabis oil in an illegal state (Tennessee). The results were immediate and drastic. She began sleeping through the night. She was no longer in constant pain. Her nausea subsided, her appetite returned, and she was no longer at risk for a feeding tube. After just a month, she had returned to a happy and playful little girl. After witnessing this transformation, her oncologist, who was initially uninterested in discussing cannabis in Dahlia’s care, left St. Jude to head up cannabis research in Georgia. Moriah would have to choose between taking Dahlia to a legal state as a medical refugee or being a criminal in her home state. They temporarily relocated to Colorado where...
Amanda Reiman

Amanda Reiman

Manager of Marijuana Law and Policy, Drug Policy Alliance Amanda Reiman is Manager of Marijuana Law and Policy at the Drug Policy Alliance, where she works to develop DPA’s marijuana reform work as it relates to litigation, legislative and initiative drafting, campaign strategy, policy advocacy, media relations, fundraising, and public education in the local, state, federal, and international jurisdictions in which DPA is active. Reiman joined DPA in 2012 after working with Berkeley Patients Group, a renowned medical marijuana dispensary, as director of research and patient services. Reiman has conducted numerous studies on medical marijuana dispensaries, patients and the use of marijuana as a treatment for addiction. Reiman regularly presents her research at the conferences of the American Public Health Association, American Psychiatric Association, International Cannabinoid Research Society and the Harm Reduction Coalition. Reiman served as the first chairwoman of the Medical Cannabis Commission for the City of Berkeley, currently serves on the Cannabis Regulatory Commission for the city of Oakland, and has consulted with various cities, states, and nations on the development of medical marijuana policy. Reiman is currently a lecturer in the School of Social Welfare at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches Drug and Alcohol Policy, Substance Abuse Treatment, and Sexuality and Social Work. Originally from Chicago, Reiman earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Illinois-Chicago and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work. Reiman moved to Oakland in 2002 to attend the University of California, Berkeley, where she earned her PhD in Social Welfare in 2006. Reiman’s dissertation, “Cannabis Care,” was the first study...
Shea Gunther

Shea Gunther

Producer, Marijuana Today Shea is an entrepreneur, writer, designer, and software developer who founded the first chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1997. Today he is the producer of the popular podcast Marijuana Today and runs 4Front Publishing, a company focusing on providing credible business news for the legal cannabis industry. Prior to coming on board with 4Front Publishing, Shea worked as an environmental blogger, covering topics like renewable energy, climate change, and politics for the Mother Nature Network. Shea has a deep background in entrepreneurialism, starting his first company, a dot-com-era startup best described as “YouTube too early”, after raising $10 million in venture capital out of his apartment in 1999. He followed that up by co-founding Renewable Choice Energy, now one of the leading companies in clean energy. Shea has been involved with or consulted on many other startups since and lives in Portland, Maine with his wife and children. When he’s not working to legalize marijuana, Shea plays and coaches a lot of ultimate frisbee and likes to climbs around on...