Industry Thought Leaders

Industry Thought Leaders is a recurring series of interviews designed to inform investors and business leaders about the fluid business, regulatory, and capital formation environment affecting public and private companies, entrepreneurs, and brands in the legal marijuana industry.

Jeffrey Samuels, GM of AlphaRoot

Jeffrey Samuels is General Manager at AlphaRoot, a full-service insurance brokerage and technology platform providing custom risk solutions to the Cannabis industry. Jeffrey has played a pivotal role in the startup community over the past 10+ years contributing to startups raising over $100M in Venture Capital funding, a $60M SaaS acquisition, is an active LP […]

Jeff Foster, Founder of JANE

For nearly two decades, Jeff Foster has worked with some of the world’s largest retailers and financial institutions to define, design and implement e-commerce and retail payment processing and risk management solutions. Jeff began his career by co-founding Paymentplus, Inc., a payment gateway software company targeting large card-not-present retailers, which later sold to Retail Decisions, […]

Robert Hunt, Founding Partner of Tuatara Capital

Mr.  Hunt has more than 15 years of experience in the cannabis industry as an attorney, a consultant, and a serial entrepreneur.  Rob is currently a Partner, and the Lead Industry Executive of Tuatara Capital.  In this role Mr. Hunt is responsible for leading Tuatara’s deal generation efforts, operational due diligence, and execution of new […]

Abe Cohn of THC Legal Group

Abe Cohn is the COO of THC Legal Group, a Cannabis practice area of Howard M. Cohn & Associates. Abe’s personal interest in cannabis stems from a fiercely libertarian conception of the role of government in matters of privacy and personal autonomy. He has given talks on entrepreneurship at public universities and has spoken about […]

Daniel Yazbeck of MyDx Inc.

In this interview, CFN’s Mike Elliott speaks with MyDx Inc. CEO Daniel Yazbek about the company’s affordable portable analyzer that provides real-time chemical analyses and fits in the palm of the hand. MyDx Inc. (OTCQB: MYDX) is a science and technology company based in San Diego, California, whose mission is to help people Trust & Verify™ […]

Scott Jordan, Director of Business Development for Dynamic Alternative Finance

Scott Jordan is Director of Business Development for Dynamic Alternative Finance. He has arranged over $12.5 million in loans and equipment leases for the cannabis industry and other businesses this past year.

Cheryl Shuman

Cheryl’s success using medical cannabis led her to found the Beverly Hills Cannabis Club ( Today, Cheryl is the most visible and recognizable entrepreneurs in the marijuana reform movement, recently receiving the 2013 Activist of the Year Award at Seattle Hempfest.

Scott Greiper, CEO of Viridian Capital and Research

Viridian Capital and Research (“VCR”) was founded by a group of experienced Wall Street analysts and bankers who bring capital markets expertise, institutional research coverage and strategic direction to the emerging Cannabis sector.

Matt Karnes, Founder of GreenWave Advisors

GreenWave Advisors goal is help investors understand the complexities in the burgeoning legalized marijuana industry by providing bottom up fundamental analysis throughout the cannabis ecosystem. They focus on delivering detailed, comprehensive, and transparent data to investors in the legalized cannabis sector.

Jordan Gerber of CFO Worldwide

In this CFN interview by Dan Wise we interview Jordan Gerber of CFO Worldwide. Jordan talks about his company’s role in helping investors from early stage development to exit strategies. The interview also discusses the greatly increased level of technology and knowledge in the cannabis industry over the last 2 years. CFO Worldwide is a […]

Frank Marino, MJIC, The Marijunana Investment Company

In this CFN interview with Frank Marino of MJIC the Marijuana Investment Company, we discuss the deal between the Marijuana Index and the Marijuana Investor Summit resulting in the creation of the single wholly owned subsidiary that is MJIC Media.

Alan Hawkins, Director of the ARCPC

Alan Hawkins is the Director for the Association of Responsible Cannabis Public Companies (ARCPC). In this exclusive interview by Dan Wise we discuss the need for validity and legitimacy in the cannabis sector. The ARCPC’s purpose is the development of cannabis industry self-regulation for publicly-traded companies.

Morgan Paxhia, Founding Partner of Poseidon Asset Management

In this CFN interview with Morgan Paxhia, Founding Partner of Poseidon Asset Management, we discuss the the company’s role in creating a hedge fund focused on the cannabis sector and studying the industry on a broader level.

Michael Hesser, President of Praxi Group

In this CFN interview with Michael Hesser, President of the Praxi Group we discuss Verivus, a new division of the Praxi Group focusing on custom market research, data, branding, and product development for the evolving cannabis industry.

Kurt Wolf, Managing Partner, enVision Business Consulting

This CFN interview with Kurt Wolf, managing partner at enVision Business Consulting tackles the issue of delivering customized business solutions to commercial, government and non-profit organizations.

Marc Ross – Founding Partner, Sichenzia, Ross, Friedman, Ference LLP

In this episode, we will be speaking to Mr. Marc J. Ross, a founding partner of Sichenzia, Ross, Friedman, Ference LLP, a securities boutique firm. Mr. Ross represents clients in commercial/securities matters and also specializes in advising marijuana and marijuana-related companies. In addition to his practice, Mr. Ross is currently teaching the first law school […]

Kris Krane – Co-Founder of 4Front Advisors

In this CFN interview, we will be speaking to Mr. Kris Krane, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of 4Front Advisors as well as President of 4Front Ventures. During this interview Kris Krane delves into navigating license procurement in the cannabis sector in heavily regulated states.

Michael Williams – Managing Attorney at

In this episode, we will be speaking to Mr. Michael T. Williams, Esq. Mr. Williams is the Managing Attorney at, website of the Williams Securities Law Firm. After five years with the SEC as an Enforcement Attorney, he has been helping companies go public either through Direct, Reverse Merger with a Public Shell or […]

Derek Peterson, CEO of Terra Tech Corp.

Terra Tech Corp. (TRTC) through its wholly-owned subsidiary GrowOp Technology, specializes in controlled environment agricultural technologies.

Mr. Aaron Herzberg, Esq., Marijuana Strategist & Investment Banker

In this episode of CFN’s Thought Leaders Series we talk to Mr. Aaron Herzber, Esq., Marijuana Strategist & Investment Banker.

Leslie Bocskor of Electrum Partners

In this recent video with Leslie Bocskor, Founder of Electrum Partners, Dan Wise explores what’s been happening at Electrum Partners over the last year. The interview focuses on the wealth of experience Electrum Partners provides in business services, strategic advice, and license procurement in the cannabis industry.

Alan Brochstein of 420 Investor

In this episode of CFN’s Thought Leaders Series we talk to Mr. Alan Brochstein, CFA & Founder of 420 Investor. Alan was the first mover providing analysis for marijuana based companies. In this interview Alan discusses his new role in 420 Funders.

John Lee of Americans for Policy Reform

In this segment of the CFN’s Thought Leaders Series we talk to Mr. John Lee, Director of American’s for Policy Reform and a Proponent of the Marijuana Control, Legalization & Revenue Act of 2014 (MCLR). To find out more about MCLR please visit or or you can contact John directly by emailing him […]

James Keyes of BudBasics

In this episode of the CFN’s Thought Leaders Series we will be speaking to Mr. James Keyes who is the principle of a new company called Weed Consolidation Corp. (WCC) and a creator of BudBasics.

Steve Berg of ArcView Group

In this episode of the Cannabis Financial Network’s Thought Leaders Series we talk to Mr. Steve Berg with the ArcView Group and Editor of the 2nd edition of the State of Legal Marijuana Markets.

Mason Tvert of the Marijuana Policy Project

In this episode of CFN’s Thought Leaders Series we speak with Mr. Mason Tvert, Communications Director of the Marijuana Policy Project. Mr. Tvert discusses the objectives of the Marijuana Policy Project and some of the issues currently impacting the MMJ industry.

Troy Dayton of ArcView Group

In this interview, ArcView Group’s Troy Dayton sits down to discuss the investment climate and opportunities arising in the cannabis industry.

Betty Aldworth of the National Cannabis Association

In this interview, the National Cannabis Industry Association‘s Betty Aldworth sits down to discuss the cannabis industry’s dynamic regulatory environment.

Robert McVay of Canna Law Group

In this interview, Canna Law Group’s Robert McVay sits down to discuss the cannabis industry’s dynamic regulatory environment and upcoming changes.

Chris Walsh of MMJ Business Daily

In this interview, MMJ Business Daily’s Chief Editor Chris Walsh discusses the legalization of marijuana and recent developments on state and federal levels.

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