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OUR TEAM

MARY BAILEY

Managing Director

Mary is the CEO and founder of Alpha Agency, a Hawaii based production company specializing in creating events that inspire positive social change through music, education, and community engagement. Mary’s passion for cannabis advocacy and community education inspired her to become the Executive Producer and founder of Maui Cannabis Conference. As a firm believer in the power of cannabis to heal, she is dedicated to changing the stigma surrounding cannabis and to help inspire a more socially conscious cannabis industry.

 

ANDREW DEANGELO

Founder

Andrew DeAngelo has been an activist in the cannabis reform movement for over 30 years. Andrew helped collect signatures, raise funds, and organize support for Proposition 215 and Proposition 64, which legalized cannabis in California. As a co-founder of Harborside, Andrew helped build the gold standard for cannabis retail and operations.

 

STEVE DEANGELO

Founder

Steve DeAngelo is an inspired and undisputed national leader, with four decades of activism and advocacy in the cannabis reform movement. His creation of a model medical cannabis dispensary and lifelong cannabis activism, coupled with his extensive knowledge in this arena, has made him one of the strongest voices in the cannabis and hemp industries. Steve’s career has focused on the intersection of advocacy and entrepreneurship, creating profitable ventures that simultaneously advance social goals. His other ventures include Ecolution, SteepHill Laboratory, Cannasure, and The ArcView Group.

 

SARAH GERSTEN

Executive Director & General Counsel

Throughout her career Sarah has worked at the intersection of cannabis legalization and criminal justice reform. After working as an attorney at a congressional agency where she focused on legislative policy, Sarah co-founded a cannabis centric law firm where she led the firm's pro bono initiative, taking on expungement and record sealing cases. Sarah went on to co-found and serve as CEO for a legal tech startup that offers affordable legal solutions for small cannabis business owners, as well as free expungement services.

 

Sarah is a member of the National Cannabis Bar Association and the NORML Legal Committee. She received her JD from Harvard Law School.

 

DEAN RAISE

Founder

Dean Raise is an artist manager at C3 Management, founder of the creative agency, HEIGHTEN, and a Grammy-nominated executive producer. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa and currently based between Austin, Texas and California, Dean has spent his 14-year career managing several bands including longtime client Rebelution, executing worldwide marketing and branding campaigns, and producing innovative and immersive live events.

 

CORVAIN COOPER

Advisor

Corvain grew up in South Central Los Angeles. He loved fashion, and after high school he went to work at a clothing store. His passion led to him opening a small clothing business in his old Los Angeles neighborhood. In 2013, Corvain was arrested for his role in a marijuana distribution operation. Despite his minor role in the operation, due to his refusal to testify against others and a federal “three strikes law” for two other possession offenses, Corvain is now serving life in prison.


Corvain is a devoted father and son, but unfortunately has been unable to see his family since he was transferred from California to a federal prison in Louisiana. Although the prior charges that led to his life sentence have now been reduced to misdemeanors under California law, the Supreme Court has refused to reconsider Corvain’s sentence. As of now, his only hope is that President Trump will grant him clemency and commute his life sentence. You can sign Corvain’s petition asking President Trump to commute his sentence here.

 

DAN DALTON

Advisor

Dan Dalton has shaped and guided the careers of culture-shifting artists, ranging from underground hip hop act Jurassic 5 to reggae superstar Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, for more than 20 years. He has represented his clients at some of entertainment’s most respected organizations—most recently creating Dalton Entertainment Group, a partnership with Roc Nation that extends into all areas of their businesses including touring, marketing, and branding.

 

He and Damian Marley co-founded the “Welcome to Jamrock Reggae Cruise”, transforming the reggae festival business and creating what has been described as “the genre’s premiere global event” by Billboard magazine. 

 

In 2014, Dalton’s brother, Kelly Dalton, founded the cannabis company Ocean Grown Extracts. Since then, Dalton and his siblings have made the decision to double down in the legal cannabis business and with partners, purchased Claremont Custody Center, a former prison.  The Dalton’s transformed it into a state licensed facility where they cultivate, manufacture, and legally distribute cannabis. This venture embraced a forward thinking local government and created job growth in a well deserving community.

 

NABIL ELDERKIN

Advisor

Nabil Elderkin is a professional photographer, music video and film director of mixed American and Iranian origin. Born in Chicago and raised in Australia, his initial experience with photography was through photo shoots of the surfing scene in Australia. In the early 1990s, Elderkin returned to the United States where he studied photography and shot music bands, concerts, and Chicago-based DJs.

Nabil’s work has appeared in many platforms including advertising, magazine editorials and covers, artist branding, music videos, books, album covers and photojournalism. His clients include, among others, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Frank Ocean, Nas, Bon Iver, The Black Eyed Peas, K'naan, James Blake, Seal, John Legend, record labels Capitol Records, Universal Music, Sony, Warner Bros., Billboard, Rolling Stone, Vogue, MTV, Rizzoli, fashion personalities like designer Jeremy Scott and model Heidi Klum, the charity Oxfam and manufacturers Coca-Cola, Foot Locker, Nike, Adidas, Vans. His debut long feature is the award-winning documentary film Bouncing Cats about a breakdance workshop for teaching b-boy culture to Ugandan disenfranchised youth.
 

 

DENNIS HUNTER

Advisor

A lifetime advocate and pillar of California’s cannabis industry, Dennis Hunter has been trailblazing California’s cannabis market for more than two decades. His experience in cannabis dates back to his teenage years in Mendocino County where he taught himself how to grow cannabis plants in the woods. As he got older his cultivation operations grew into one of the largest in California. Unfortunately, in the 90’s cannabis laws had not caught up with his vision and he ended up serving more than 6 years in federal prison for cannabis cultivation.  

 

After prison, Dennis found ways to support the industry by starting a hydroponics and gardening wholesale company, selling products essential to the successful cultivation of cannabis. In 2014, when the time was right and cannabis laws appeared to offer a pathway for cannabis companies to legally operate in California, Dennis co-founded CannaCraft, Inc., one of the largest cannabis manufacturing companies in the world today. 

 

As the CEO of CannaCraft, Dennis has worked closely with state and federal legislators to draft sensible regulations for California’s cannabis industry. He has worked tirelessly to remove the stigma surrounding cannabis through education, outreach, and volunteer initiatives supporting community projects throughout California. 

 

Dennis’ experience with the cannabis industry and the justice system has given him the information and the experience to effect change and he is committed to fighting for the rights of those whose lives have been uprooted and negatively affected by archaic cannabis policies.

EVELYN LACHAPELLE

Advisor

Evelyn grew up in Oakland, CA  after graduating from high school in 2003 she moved to Los Angeles for college.  She completed the courses required to receive a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship from Loyola Marymount University. In 2009 she gave birth to a daughter and in 2012 decided to move back to Oakland to be closer to friends and family. In 2013 she was convicted on three charges related to her minor role in a marijuana distribution operation. She was sentenced to 87 months in prison. She had no prior record and in fact had no indicators that she was a repeat offender.

On February 1, 2019 she was released from federal custody and began her 4 year probation sentence. She immediately found employment in a prominent hotel as a sales and catering coordinator. She had held this position prior to being taken into custody and was very grateful to return to the work she enjoyed.  After a co-worker searched her name and found her convictions she was fired. Since then , Evelyn has  become the owner and operator of Fresh Out Car Wash, her own mobile car detailing business. She is dedicated to offering jobs to people who have recently been incarcerated. She understands what it's like to serve your time and still come home to an environment that would deny you employment because of your past.  

She has experienced the War on Drugs personally, her family has now experienced it, and her daughter was left without her mother because of it. The Second Chance Act has failed her and she has made it her goal to create a real second chance for men and women being released from prison.

 
 

ROBERT LAURIE

Advisor

Robert W.E. Laurie is an international lawyer, writer, and speaker. Robert is the founder of Ad Lucem Law in Vancouver where his legal practice focuses on regulatory issues surrounding cannabis and psychedelic plant medicines. Robert serves as a Board Advisor to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) Canada and is one of the Founding Partners with Dr. Dennis McKenna of the McKenna Academy of Natural Philosophy and is a Director on the board of Jay DeMerit and Ashleigh McIvor’s Rise and Shine Foundation.

 

Robert is also the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Liberty Leaf Holdings Ltd., is a Special Advisor to the Leadership Team of HollyWeed North Cannabis Inc., and is a Director with the B.C. Independent Cannabis Alliance. He holds an M.A. (Hons) Juris from the University of Oxford (St. Edmund Hall) and B.A. (Hons) in Political Science and International Relations from the University of British Columbia.

 

DAMIAN MARLEY

Advisor

The youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley garnered his own place in music history when he became the first ever Reggae artist to win a GRAMMY outside of the “Reggae” category, taking home an award for “Best Urban/Alternative” performance for his title single, “Welcome To Jamrock”. The acclaimed 2005 breakthrough disc Welcome To Jamrock, also won a GRAMMY for “Best Reggae” Album. Marley has been shaking up stages all over the world for the past few years, first in collaboration with Nas on their Distant Relatives project, and then when he went on to partner with Skrillex for their groundbreaking track “Make It Bun Dem,” which Rolling Stone called “a monster mash up of dubstep and dancehall.” Marley’s latest album Stony Hill won the 2018 GRAMMY Award for “Best Reggae Album.”

 

Additionally, Damian appeared on Saturday Night Live alongside Jay Z to perform their stand out track “Bam,” and he is also featured on Ty Dolla $ign’s acclaimed track “So Am I” with Skrillex. Damian released the remix and music video for his single “Medication” featuring Stephen Marley, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign, in addition to releasing other visuals from his Stony Hill album including Living It Up, Speak Life and Autumn Leaves.  Most recently, he is featured on Karol G’s single, Love With A Quality. He continues to tour internationally around the world and has also been busy producing other artists such as Kabaka Pyramid and Third World.  

 

STEPHEN MARLEY

Advisor

Stephen "Ragga" Marley is the second eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Rita Marley. He was raised in Kingston, Jamaica and started singing professionally at seven years old with his elder siblings Ziggy, Sharon, and Cedella as The Melody Makers. The singer, songwriter, musician, and producer has earned a total of eight Grammys for Best Reggae Album. He won this accolade as a solo artist for Mind Control, Mind Control Acoustic, and Revelation Part I: The Root of Life, as producer for Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley’s Half Way Tree and Welcome To Jamrock, and as a member of Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers for Conscious Party, One Bright Day and Fallen Is Babylon. Following Revelation Part I: The Root of Life (2012), the multi-talented artist's latest studio album Revelation Part II: The Fruit of Life (2016) is the second installment of his two part series, which was released on the Marley family’s Ghetto Youths International label imprint. Whereas The Root of Life is more a traditional roots reggae album, The Fruit of Life utilized a diversified sonic palette to express the far-reaching impact Jamaican music has had on various genres, especially hip hop. The album features Rick Ross, Pit Bull, Dead Prez, Rakim, DJ Khaled, Busta Rhymes, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Black Thought (of The Roots), Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Capleton, Damian Jr. Gong Marley, Ky-Mani Marley, and Jo Mersa.

 

In 2018, Stephen released a 5-track EP, One Take: Acoustic Jams, consisting of his and his father's tracks deconstructed in raw form. He took this stripped-down set on the road for two consecutive U.S. tours in fall 2018 and spring 2019. In more recent years, Stephen has expanded on his philanthropic efforts. He continues mission work as the co-founder of Ghetto Youths Foundation. He also created Kaya Fest, an annual music festival which began in 2017 to raise awareness on the benefits of cannabis guided by the mantra “Education Before Recreation.”

 

ERIC RACHMANY

Advisor

As lead singer, songwriter, guitar player, and co-founder of Grammy-nominated and chart topping band, Rebelution, Eric and the band have created a brand based on their lifestyle and passions. Performing to hundreds of thousands of fans each year, the band has built a massive audience and created products such as IPA beer, signature cannabis vaporizer pens, merchandise, and accessories that relate to their authentic lifestyle and music. Eric consistently works to make philanthropic efforts, and particularly cannabis justice efforts a part of his message and Rebelution’s ethos.

TAHIRA REHMATULLAH

Advisor

Tahira Rehmatullah is Partner of Hypur Ventures, Big Tent Ventures and Ceylon Solutions, and member of the board of directors for Akerna Corp. From brand building to hedge funds, Tahira has previously held positions at Marley Natural, Privateer Holdings, City First Enterprises, Perry Capital, and Ernst & Young. She is an investor and advisor to numerous cannabis businesses and entrepreneurs, including the advisory board of The Initiative and Last Prisoner Project, and is dedicated to developing female and minority leadership in the industry.

 

Tahira earned her MBA from the Yale School of Management and B.S. in Finance from The Ohio State University. She resides in New York City.

 
 

TORIE WALLACE

Advisor

Torie is a mom, educator, chef, holistic nutritionist, cultivator, lobbyist, and cannabis advocate for the socially and economically disadvantaged. Born in Washington D.C., Torie is a second generation cannabis industry participant whose personal goals are to help anyone that has been mentally, socially, or economically affected by the War on Drugs and to reverse the negative stigma of the cannabis plant. She has cooked for local, national, and international celebrities, athletes and entertainers. Co-founder of We BAKED (We Bring Awareness & Knowledge Educating Demographics) and Co-creator of National Expungement Week.