AC Braddock

AC Braddock

CEO, Eden Labs AC Braddock is a career entrepreneur. Her ability to recognize market trends and establish a profitable enterprise within a short time frame has been a hallmark of her success. Ms. Braddock met Fritz Chess, Founder of Eden Labs, in the late ‘90s. Sharing a keen interest in plants as medicine, she was impressed with his botanical extraction knowledge and his ability to engineer highly sophisticated extraction systems that were easy to operate and affordable. At this point, he had already developed the Coldfinger design and Eden’s first generation CO2 system, becoming the first person in the US to extract Kava Kava and Cannabis with CO2. In 2007 Ms. Braddock left her position as Sales and Marketing Director for a multi-million dollar Built Green construction project to become Head of Sales and Marketing at Eden Labs. In 2010 Ms. Braddock became CEO of Eden Labs and has successfully transformed the company into a highly respected multi-million dollar extraction technology powerhouse. A member of two of Washington’s Cannabis Business Women’s groups; WOW (Women of Weed) and the MJBA’s Women’s Alliance, Ms. Braddock is dedicated to creating a new way of corporate structure in this emerging industry. She is also a board member of the Council of Responsible Cannabis Regulation and NCIA. She resides in Seattle...
Aundre Speciale

Aundre Speciale

Aundre Speciale began her cannabis advocacy in 1990 when her neighbor, Jack Herer, asked her to join him on the Hemp Bus, touring California promoting hemp for fuel, food, fiber, fun, and medicine. Thus began her lifelong love and dedication to cannabis reform. Aundre has been involved in countless cannabis campaigns and projects, including being a founding member of Americans for Safe Access, and serving on the board of the Marijuana Policy Project. In 2004 Aundre’s desire to introduce a dispensary model focused on compassion, patient services, and community responsibility led her to open the first of several dispensaries across the state of California. She currently shares her vast operational experience by sitting on the boards of a number of licensed dispensaries throughout California, works with community service providers and city government to create enlightened cannabis policy, and funds cannabis research and reform projects. Most importantly, Aundre is the mother of two amazing...
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...
Steve Fox, Esq.

Steve Fox, Esq.

Steve Fox, Esq., director of VS Strategies and of counsel at Vicente Sederberg LLC, is one of the leading figures in the movement to create a legal, regulated marijuana market in the United States. Since 2002, he has been deeply involved in marijuana-related lobbying, ballot initiatives, and communications work. He is a co-founder of the National Cannabis Industry Association, which represents more than 900 state-legal businesses, and serves as a strategic advisor to the organization. While at the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) from 2002-2005 and 2009-2013, Steve lobbied Congress and guided numerous ballot initiative campaigns, including the Amendment 64 campaign in Colorado, which made marijuana legal for all adults. He also guided a lobbying team through the Amendment 64 implementation process. In 2005, Steve conceptualized and co-founded Safer Alternative for Enjoyable Recreation (SAFER) in Colorado for the express purpose of educating the public about the fact that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol. The goal, eventually realized, was to change the mindset of voters in order to make marijuana legal through a ballot initiative. He is the co-author of Marijuana is Safer: So why are we driving people to drink? (Chelsea Green, 2009, 2013), which is based on the strategy that proved successful in...