Head of News - Co-Founder
Sean has worked in the legal publishing industry for 25 years
In the late 80’s and early 90’s he worked for Law Book Company & Point of Law In Sydney. On moving to London he worked for Legalease UK ( the creator of the Legal 500 series, the law awards concept & Legal Business magazine) as their international print media sales director.
On returning to Australia in 1998 Sean created Australia’s first independent online legal news website for legal information professionals , Excata.com. This platform was subsequently sold to Lexis Nexis and Sean was hired to manage the Lexis Nexis’ then new online team for legal media and awards. On leaving the company in late 2001 he subsequently launched the publication Law Librarians News and the website Practicesource.com
Mark Taylor is a London-based regulatory compliance journalist. His areas of speciality include white collar crime; anti-money laundering, and technology.
He covers Europe and compliance issues for Cannabis Law Report.
Jordan S. Zoot, CPA is the Managing Director -CEO of Oakland based aBIZinaBOX Inc. CPA’s with offices in NYC & Chicago . Previously an Arthur Andersen Tax Partner Jordan has over 18 years’ experience working with the legal cannabis industry in California and thirty-eight years in public accounting.
Mr. Zoot is licensed as a CPA in CA, FL, IL, NY, and TX. He has a national reputation of technical and transactional taxation of pass-thru entities [Partnerships, LLC’s and S Corporations], private equity and alternative asset funds primarily in distressed mortgages and assets, professional services, real estate, and venture-funded tech start-ups,
Mr. Zoot has extensive experience in taxpayer and practitioner representation with the Examination, Appeals and Collection functions with IRS, including Special Procedures – Bankruptcy, Insolvency, Offer in Compromise, and Circular 230 Practitioner Representation with the Office of Professional Responsibility [“OPR”],
Mr. Zoot is engaged at numerous points of contact in a lead role with AICPA senior executives in the process of developing policy, advocacy and education for CPA’s serving the legal cannabis industry. He has been involved with OPR in connection with the cannabis industry including Title 31 [FinCEN] matters.
Jordan has been extensively engaged with the California cannabis regulatory agencies, Bureau of Cannabis Control “BCC” [Retail, Retail-Delivery, Distribution – Packaging], California Dept. of Public Health “CDPH” Manufactured Cannabis Safety Board [“MCSB”] [Manufacturing, Processing, Extraction], California Dept. of Food and Agriculture “CDFA” CalCannabis [Cultivation] and the California Dept. of Tax and Fee Administration [“CDTFA”] in connection with urgently needed regulatory guidance for Cannabis Cultivation, Excise and Sales Taxes.
Jordan has expertise with Regulatory Compliance in – US – HIPAA, FINRA, SEC Rule 17(a)(3)/(4), eDiscovery, FINCEN – EU- EBA, ESMA, EIOPA UK – BoE, PRA, FCA.
Jordan’s understanding of the regulated cannabis industry is second to none and his insightful and no holds barred articles provide a clarity ( especially so with regard to CA) that you’ll see nowhere else.
Rod Kight attorney represents businesses in the cannabis industry in the US and internationally. He consults, assists with strategic planning, advises on compliance issues, and offers a full array of business services to the cannabis sector, including hemp, CBD and other cannabinoids, medical marijuana, and adult use marijuana.
Rod also drafts legislation for governments and promotes cannabis in lawful international markets.
Rob Hendrix, owner Cannabis Consulting Nationwide, LLC
Rob made the improbable leap from the retail automobile business to cannabis after his wife persuaded him the throw his name in the hat to be considered for a Washington state license. On May 5 2014 they were selected as a lottery winner. By August the following year they had opened their retail store, initially called, “Ellensburg Apothecary”. Growing pains included limited stock, high wholesale prices and the WA Dept of Health demanding a name change. The business was re-born as “Cannabis Central of Ellensburg”. In 2015 prices lowered, quality improved and variety of product entered the market, the store moved to a new location and the business began to take off. As well as running the store Rob now provides a consultancy service with the experience of someone who has grown with the industry in Washington State and writes.
The fact is this industry has many unique challenges in addition to the common difficulties of starting a new business. I’ve been through Washington State’s incredibly invasive vetting process. I have been very hands-on throughout this entire process. I’ve seen it all, heard it all, dealt with it all, and successfully managed and navigated it all. This industry, I feel safe telling you, is quite unlike any other industry in the world. Fraught with emotion, loaded with misconceptions, misunderstood by many, despised by some and adored by others. This work is the very definition of controversial, but with proper preparation, it can be gratifying. What you’re thinking about doing is going to be difficult on many levels, make no mistake about that. Bottom line? The Rob Hendrix of 2014 would have given his right arm to have the opportunity to sit and visit with the Rob of 2018. Those were frightening times filled with doubts about an unknown industry and future. Let me help you, so you don’t have to go through it alone.
William McDevitt is a partner at national US law firm Wilson Elser and writes for CLR regularly on regulatory issues concerning Philadelphia , New Jersey and the East coast in general. Bill is a regular presenter of lectures on avoidance of professional liability in conjunction with his work with the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Professional Liability Committee.
He also actively participates on the PBA’s Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and Animal Law Committee. Bill helps to enhance the legal knowledge of the public and law students by participating as a “presiding judge” in Philadelphia’s high school Mock Trial competitions and client counseling competitions, both through his alma mater, the Temple University School of Law.
Silvia San Nicolas
Silvia San Nicolas, Esq., President & CEO New Game Compliance
Silvia is the founder of New Game Compliance a cannabis regulatory and compliance company based in Southern California.
She has been advising and working hands on with highly regulated businesses to help them achieve long term strategic goals by identifying regulatory opportunities for the creation, implementation and deployment of existing and new compliance and data centric technologies, market strategies, compliance service solutions and risk mitigation strategies designed to meet regulatory burdens imposed by local state & federal law.
Silvia is licensed to practice law in Washington, CA & OR and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and Seattle School of Law and holds the designation of Senior Claims Law Associate from AEI and a CA Licensed Real Estate Broker.
As well as her razor sharp ability to read between the lines and tell you what’s really happening in the CA regulated cannabis market we know for a fact that Silvia loves nothing more than admiring the beauty of seashells. We couldn’t ask more from a regular contributor to Cannabis Law Report
Jeffrey is the founder of Tailored Benefits, Inc., formerly, a Principal at CBZ Insurance Services with over a decade of experience as a practicing attorney in Northern California and a stint as an Attorney in Taipei, Taiwan.
Tailored Benefits, Inc. is an employee benefit and consulting firm based in Northern California.
Glenn is Marketing, Branding and Communications consultant with extensive experience in high-touch luxury consumer marketing including the travel/hospitality, wine/spirits, fashion/beauty/grooming and Cannabis categories. Glenn works in branding/brand development, business building & narrative storytelling leading to brand awareness and engagement.
Glenn is the Co-founder and Chief Content Officer & Moderator for the Creative Mind Salon series hosted at Soho House NY C w/ industry innovators, creatives & decision makers from fashion, film, photography, music and digital industries Glenn writes, ” I endeavor to create this kind of dialogue for shared learning amongst leaders in the Cannabis Community”