Sean Hocking

Sean Hocking

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

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Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor

European Correspondent

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.

Mark has worked at the Guardian & The Oxford Mail was head of reporting at Law 360’s UK office, the US’s largest US legal industry newswire service . He is also the creator of  Blockchain Briefing the world’s first news and information portal dedicated to distributed ledger tech. He currently works on Radar Regulatory Intelligence a quarterly magazine for financial services compliance and risk professionals
Heather Allman

Heather Allman

Contributor

Heather has worked in the education, writing, and textbook reviewing industries for 22 years. For over a decade, Heather worked for the State of Florida as a multidisciplinary Faculty Instructor at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida in the English, Communication Arts, and Honors Departments. During this time, she presented at the 1998 American Literature Association Annual Conference and she regularly contributed to and reviewed textbooks for such publishers as Cengage, McGraw-Hill, Longman, Pearson, Prentice-Hall, Contemporary Learning and Thomson-Wadsworth. 

When no existing professors volunteered for the monumental task, Heather pioneered the burgeoning online course program for the University of West Florida after training on 2 separate course platforms. She began by creating content and curriculum for Professional Writing courses which enrolled 100 students per semester in conjunction with the English Department, and she eventually executed a hybrid 50 student course in Interpersonal Communication jointly with the Communication Arts Department which required an in-person, live public speaking conponent in addition to their required online coursework: a new online course framework completely designed by Heather for the University.

After early retirement from UWF due to her diagnosis of aggressive Multiple Sclerosis in 2010, Heather became an independent Medical Cannabis researcher, educator, personal consultant, and vocal advocate. She also worked with Florida For Care as a Northwest Florida Outreach Coordinator, gathering petition signatures for the 2016 Florida Constitutional Ammendment 2 that overwhelmingly legalized medical marijuana throughout the state for patients like Heather.

Since 2014, she has worked tirelessly to advocate, educate, and raise awareness about medical cannabis and its therapeutic medicinal use over standard pharmaceuticals. Heather currently works as a medical cannabis researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and community outreach liaison. She actively participates with the efforts of the U.S. Pain Foundation, the Florida Cannabis Advocacy Network, Americans for Safe Access, Drug Policy Alliance, and the Law Enforcement Action Partnership. 

In 2018, Heather subsequently founded Florida’s first independent non-profit medical marijuana educational website Allman Education: <MedicalCannabis101.org> in order to educate, spread awareness, and illuminate Florida’s complex legal medical marijuana rules, news, and regulations in her unique radically honest, audience adaptive, well-rounded manner. She is a passion-driven, inquisitive listener and adept interviewer with the goal of starting a medical cannabis podcast in the near future.

She works as a volunteer with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s “Walk MS” annual campaign to fundraise and always participates in the walk in April. Heather also acts as a Junior Pain Ambassador with the U.S. Pain Foundation, a national chronic pain advocacy organization, with their “End Pain. Not Lives.” campaign. 

She operates on the principle of radical compassion in her daily life and practices what she deems “Medical Marijuana C.A.R.E.” in that she strives to Communicate, Advocate, Relate, and Educate both the community and the general public in all that she endeavors.
Rod Kight

Rod Kight

Contributor

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.

Jordan Zoot

Jordan Zoot

Contributor

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.

Glenn Johnson

Glenn Johnson

Contributor

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”

Rob Hendrix

Rob Hendrix

Contributor

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.