The Washington Cannabis Summit is a visionary event; crafted with the goal of positioning WA State as a powerful thought leader in the industry. It is designed to challenge the current state of affairs with Cannabis legislation, research and education. It will push the envelope of the conversation past the current problems we face, into a realm where we openly discuss opportunities for the future of the industry. As leaders we not only have the opportunity, but the responsibility, to craft a better future. This starts with intelligent dialogue about where we are, where we’ve been, where we want to go and how we intend to get there.
With more and more states choosing to legalize, it’s important to have foresight, to look at long-term strategies in order to position Washington as a competitive and socially responsible contributor. We have the ability to make our system better. This can only be accomplished by coming together, being visionary and by working with each other to create sustainable and successful industries.
Our vision is that the speakers, along with the discussions one will experience at the Summit, will both inspire and better connect you with professionals, public servants, academics and citizens who share a commitment to improving the burgeoning cannabis industry.
The audience of the summit will include legislators, policy makers, government employees, business owners, and advocates. Anyone who sees themselves as a leader in this new industry.
Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board
Ollie A. Garrett, of Kirkland, was appointed to the Liquor and Cannabis Board effective August 15, 2016. She is president and CEO of PMT Solutions, a Bellevue-based collection company that provides comprehensive check collection and receivable management services for businesses. Garrett is serving her fifth term as president of Tabor 100, an association working to further economic power, educational excellence and social equity for African-Americans and the community at large. Garrett is an at-large appointee of the King County Civil Rights Commission, co-chair of the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises and an appointed board member of the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board, the Employment Security Advisory Board and the Washington Economic Development Finance Authority. She is also a member of the Rainier Vista Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board.
Center for New Revenue
Pat Oglesby is co-chair of the Regulatory and Tax Structure Working Group of the California Blue Ribbon Commission on marijuana legalization – a project of the Lieutenant Governor and the ACLU of Northern California, and is a co-author of the RAND Report, Considering Marijuana Legalization: Insights for Vermont and Other Jurisdictions. Pat is the founder of the Center for New Revenue, a tax policy nonprofit; and is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and before the United States Tax Court. He worked for the Joint Committee on Taxation of the United States Congress from 1982 to 1988, ending up as the International (or Foreign) Tax Counsel. From 1988 to 1990, thanks to Chair Lloyd Bentsen, he held the position of Chief Tax Counsel of the Committee on Finance of the United States Senate. Previously, he served as Editor-in-Chief of the North Carolina Law Review and as Law Clerk to the Honorable John Minor Wisdom of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in New Orleans. He practiced law with Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C., worked at UNC-Chapel Hill as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Business School and an Adjunct Professor at the Law School. Before law school, he taught in the Durham City and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools – mostly French.
Washington Wine Commission
Steve Warner was appointed as President & CEO of the Washington State Wine Commission in February 2012. Steve came to the Commission from Merck & Co., Inc., where he was the Managing Director based in Bucharest, Romania. Prior to that, he held General Manager and marketing positions in global and regional marketing in the Asia Pacific region and led teams while living in Seoul, South Korea; Bangkok, Thailand; and several domestic markets. In addition to a bachelor’s degree in biology, Steve holds a master’s of business administration in international business and finance from Rutgers University. Born and raised in eastern Washington State, Steve graduated from West Seattle High School before serving in the United States military’s Special Operations Command, first as a Sergeant in Pararescue and then as a Lieutenant Commander in U.S. Navy Special Operations.
Forever Flowering Greenhouses
Eric Brandstad is the leading greenhouse and growing efficiency expert in the cannabis industry. Eric has been invited to be a speaker at many cannabis events including the keynote at Imperious Expo and the featured greenhouse expert at The Cannabis World Congress and Exposition, Cannabis Collaborative Conference, Cultivation Classic, Cannabis Energy and Water Summit, The Emerald Cup, Santa Cruz Cup, The Golden Tarp Awards, The Cali Dep Fest, Humboldt High Grade Gala, CannaCon, and the NCIA Cultivation Management Symposium. Eric has been managing Forever Flowering Greenhouses since 2007. He’s originally from San Joaquin County where his family has been commercially farming since 1862. Since starting with FFG, he has toured and consulted with hundreds of greenhouse owners to help them understand how their plants react in a greenhouse environment. After moving to Grass Valley, CA in 2000, Eric started a small organic farm with his wife Bridget. Together they grow wheatgrass for the local co-op and recently added a Certified Organic Goji Berry and medicinal herb nursery. Eric’s goal is to help improve efficiency of light dep greenhouses and to help educate growers and investors on how plants react in the greenhouse environment.