This Week On The Karma Koala Podcast (49) The Honorable Robert J. Torres, Jr. Supreme Court Justice Guam, Marlo Nicole, Arundati Dandapani & George Smitherman of the Cannabis Council of Canada

Marlo Richardson

Marlo is a dynamic leader, business professional and  has made her mark in many industries.

She is a regular disrupter, often carrying the title “First African American Woman” to do something.

Marlo has been a Keynote Speaker, business advisor, and is often invited to speak with local business groups and universities regarding her personal story and experiences in the business world.

Marlo has owned business franchises, restaurants, a home health care agency, a real estate investment company, insurance agency, retail clothing, travel agency, security company, production company, distribution company, manufacturing company, marketing company and has created several successful brands.

Marlo was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2015 to the Contractors’ State License Board, and reappointed in 2016. In 2018 she was unanimously selected to be the Board Chair.

As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of various companies, Marlo has helped develop workshops and programs that have transformed the lives of men and women, and altered their course of business opportunities.


Arundati Dandapani

Arundati Dandapani  joined the Canadian Research Insights Council (CRIC) as its Chief Editor and Intelligence Officer (CIO). She also is at the CRIC-supported Certified Analytics and Insights Professionals of Canada (CAIP Canada) as their Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Arundati brings over 15 years’ experience in research, publishing, and association management.

After starting her career in publishing, Arundati completed the Marketing Research & Business Intelligence Certificate program at Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology (a CRIC member). She then worked as a research consultant for a variety of clients, later shifting her focus to helping research agencies develop compelling content and grow visibility. Most recently she worked for another industry association where her responsibilities included communications, membership, professional development, leadership and certification programs. Arundati is also the founder of, a website dedicated to featuring the voices of Canada’s newest residents to help them showcase their expertise, connect with brands/industry and elevate their careers.

“We are fortunate to welcome Arundati to CRIC’s and CAIP Canada’s leadership team. She brings a strong combination of skills, experience, and passion to help us further increase the value that we offer members through both associations,” said John Tabone, Chief Administrator of CRIC and Director of CAIP Canada.

As the Chief Editor and Intelligence Officer (CIO) of CRIC, Arundati’s responsibilities include communications, events, sponsorships, growing CRIC’s membership, and other initiatives that enhance CRIC’s value to members.  As the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of CAIP Canada, her responsibilities include supporting membership renewal, growing CAIP Canada’s membership, and increasing the CAIP Canada value proposition.

Arundati holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English from Wittenberg University (USA), a Masters of Letters (MLitt) from the University of Stirling (Scotland), and the Marketing Research and Business Intelligence Certificate from Algonquin College.  Arundati is also a Certified Analytics and Insights Professional (CAIP) and a member of multiple industry associations.


Robert J. Torres, Jr., Associate Justice

The Honorable Robert J. Torres, Jr., born and raised on the Pacific Island of Guam, was sworn in as Justice of the Supreme Court of Guam in 2004.

He served as Chief Justice of Guam from January 15, 2008 to January 18, 2011 and served his second term from January 21, 2014 to January 17, 2017.  Justice Torres played a central role in expanding court services on Guam with the opening of the Northern Court Satellite, enabling wireless technology and videoconferencing in the courtrooms, and implementing e-filing and increased online services. 

Justice Torres presently serves on the American Judges Association’s Executive Committee and Board of Governors as the President-Elect and chairs various Judiciary of Guam subcommittees. He has lectured in more than twenty countries on a variety of subjects including the International Framework for Court Excellence, case flow management, cultural responsiveness, court community communication, alternative dispute resolution, technology, and judicial ethics and discipline, and has authored landmark opinions in subjects such as attorney discipline and ethics, adverse possession, quantum meruit, holdover tenancy, easements, the gifting and sales of excess lands returned by the federal government to original landowners, the distribution of estate property, employment law, search and seizure, and “Takings” jurisprudence. 

Justice Torres received his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame (Magna Cum Laude; Beta Gamma Sigma; Beta Alpha Psi) and J.D. from Harvard Law School. Justice Torres was also awarded two Doctor of Laws (LL.D.), Honoris Causa, from the University of Cebu and Centro Escolar University in the Philippines.

He is married to the Honorable Senator Mary Camacho Torres, and they have 3 children and 9 grandchildren.



George Smitherman

Cannabis Community’s “Not Done Yet Report Card” Gives Legalization a “D” Grade

On the third anniversary of cannabis legalization, the cannabis community calls on governments to adopt the reforms needed to fulfill the health, social and economic promise of legalization

Ottawa, ON, October 18, 2021 – In support of the historic third anniversary of the legalization of adult-use cannabis, the Cannabis Council of Canada (C3), the national organization of Canada’s licensed producers and processors, Cannabis AmnestyMedical Cannabis Canada* (MCC), and NORML Canada are releasing the “Not Done Yet Report Card”.

The “Not Done Yet Report Card” is an evaluation of cannabis legalization’s successes and challenges based on government objectives, industry outcomes, and cannabis community expectations. Topics covered include keeping cannabis out of the hands of youth, eliminating the illicit market, social justice and equity, access to medical cannabis, and industry viability. The choice of topics featured in the Report Card sends a signal to governments that the work of legalization is “Not Done Yet.”

George Smitherman, President and CEO of Cannabis Council of Canada, commented, “In celebration of the third anniversary of Canada’s historic leadership, we are calling upon governments to come together with renewed energy and adopt the reforms needed to fulfill the health, social and economic promise of cannabis legalization.”

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Cannabis Amnesty: Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, Director of Research (

Canadian cannabis legalization will not be successful until it includes true cannabis justice. Those harmed by the cannabis prohibition deserve a clean slate and the opportunity to participate fully our new industry. While Cannabis Amnesty celebrates the anniversary of legalization, we recognize that we have a long way to go achieve cannabis justice.

Medical Cannabis Canada*, Max Monahan-Ellison (

This anniversary of recreational legalization is also a moment to reflect on decades of medical cannabis legalization and how we can do better for patients and improve safe and equitable access to their treatment.

The report card is available online at:


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