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.

Teri Buhl

Teri Buhl

Contributor

Teri Buhl – Regulated Cannabis & Hemp Industry Investigative Journalism<

Teri is a SEC dedicated investigative journalist who writes at her own blog, Smashmouth Investigative Journalism – ( https://www.teribuhl.com/ )

Teri is a professional financial investigative journalist who has written for the Greenwich Time, Hearst CT Newspapers, Forbes Magazine, Fortune.com, The Atlantic.com, New York Magazine, New York Post, Trader Monthly, Housingwire, ML-Implode, The Business Insider, Long Island Business News, Dealbreaker, New York Observer, Bitcoin Magazine, DealFlow Media, SIRF.org, Cannabis Law Report and more. Over the last decade I have been a contributing reporter for Market Nexus Media who published a financial trade publication covering microcap stocks called Growth Capital Investor. I earned my breaking/investigative news chops reporting during the financial crisis in 2008 for the Sunday edition of the New York Post. I was one of the first to report on the missteps at IndyMac that lead to government investigations and lawsuits against the banks founders. Caught hedge funds like Carrington Capital abusing investors without disclosing conflicts of interest with senior RMBS bond holders; they were sued by Wilbur Ross for Civil RICO. I exposed Bear Stearns misleading their own investors and monoline insurers on the quality of the loans in their mortgage-backed securities, which led to a fraud lawsuit against JP Morgan/Bear Stearns and the $13 billion settlement with the DOJ in 2013. Since 2010 multiple Wall Street firms, that my reporting warned about first, have been (JP Morgan, SpongeTech, Security Savings Bank, SAC Capital, Palm Beach Capital Management, New Stream Capital, NIR Group/Cory Ribotsky, Bear Stearns RMBS Traders, Mike Perry IndyMac CEO, Steven Muehler and the Nanocap MarketPlace, Barry Honig and The Frost Group) investigated or charged for financial violations by the FBI/SEC/State AG or shut down by bank regulators.

The Huffington Post named Teri the number three most dangerous financial journalist for being willing to challenge the establishment and inform readers best.

Teri writes regularly for Cannabis Law Report and has broken stories on the likes of High Times & Folium amongst others

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.