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
Jordan Zoot

Jordan Zoot

Contributor

Jordan Zoot is the Managing Director & CEO of Oakland based aBIZinaBOX Inc. CPA’s with offices in NYC & Chicago . Previously an Andersons’  partner Jordan has over 15 years experience in regulated cannabis .  
Jordan also works in Alt. Investments, Private Equity, Real Estate, Professional Services, IRS Controversy, OPR Practitioner Represenatio and Distressed Assets/Debt.  He is a member of state CPA Societies in California, Florida, Illinois, New York and Texas as well as ICAEW, CIOT, CAANZ, and The Tax Institute in the UK and Australia. 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

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.

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.

William McDevitt

William McDevitt

Contributor

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

Contributor

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 Rosen

Jeffrey Rosen

Contributor

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 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”