Thursday Keynote

In by clicksimply

Exhibit Hall D
Thursday, February 16
9:00AM – 10:30AM

Session Information

Session Chair
Megan Marchetti, Co-owner, Oregon’s Finest

The State of the Industry: Victories, Challenges, and Vigilance
Aaron Smith, Co-founder and Executive Director National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)

Cannabis & Technology: Accelerating the Industry’s Success
Cy Scott, Co-founder and CEO of Headset, Inc. | Co-Founder of Leafly

Moving Forward: Reflections on the First Year of Regulation
Steve Marks, OLCC Executive Director

Update from DC with Congressman Blumenauer (Video Remarks)
Earl Blumenauer, Congressman

Presenters

Cy Scott

Co-founder and CEO of Headset, Inc. | Co-Founder of Leafly

Cy Scott is co-founder and CEO of Headset, Inc., bringing data driven insights to the cannabis industry. Headset helps companies in cannabis succeed by promoting better decision making via market intelligence offerings and operational insights in a sleek, intuitive and easy-to-use package. Prior to founding Headset, Cy cofounded Leafly. Since Leafly’s inception in 2010, Cy helped to grow the site into the world’s leading cannabis information resource, a model of a successful ancillary brand in this new emerging industry. Along with his work at Headset, Cy founded a monthly Cannabis Tech Meetup hosting cannabis entrepreneurs and technology developers, which has now expanded into multiple regions throughout the US. Cy’s favorite strain is Super Lemon Haze.

About Headset
Headset provides data driven insights and reports for the cannabis industry through retail analytics, developed by the same founding team that created Leafly -- the leading consumer app for cannabis. The Headset business intelligence platform provides retailers the tools necessary to optimize operations while the Headset market intelligence platform services provide companies actionable insights built on real-time, aggregate scan data enabling them to better identify trends, spot opportunities and make informed decisions.

Cy Scott

Co-founder and CEO of Headset, Inc. | Co-Founder of Leafly

Cy Scott is co-founder and CEO of Headset, Inc., bringing data driven insights to the cannabis industry. Headset helps companies in cannabis succeed by promoting better decision making via market intelligence offerings and operational insights in a sleek, intuitive and easy-to-use package. Prior to founding Headset, Cy cofounded Leafly. Since Leafly’s inception in 2010, Cy helped to grow the site into the world’s leading cannabis information resource, a model of a successful ancillary brand in this new emerging industry. Along with his work at Headset, Cy founded a monthly Cannabis Tech Meetup hosting cannabis entrepreneurs and technology developers, which has now expanded into multiple regions throughout the US. Cy’s favorite strain is Super Lemon Haze.

About Headset
Headset provides data driven insights and reports for the cannabis industry through retail analytics, developed by the same founding team that created Leafly -- the leading consumer app for cannabis. The Headset business intelligence platform provides retailers the tools necessary to optimize operations while the Headset market intelligence platform services provide companies actionable insights built on real-time, aggregate scan data enabling them to better identify trends, spot opportunities and make informed decisions.

Megan Marchetti

Co-owner, Oregon’s Finest

Megan Marchetti practices magic as the HR Director for Oregon’s Finest by connecting people, their talents, and building teams to promote positive communities inside the workplace and out. A lifetime advocate for cannabis re-legalization and a professionally trained HR specialist, Megan combined these skills and moved to Oregon in 2008 and to participate in the cannabis movement. Megan focused her undergraduate studies at Boise State University on the Sociology of Drugs and her graduate studies were interlaced with sociological theory and human resources. Megan received her PHR in human resources in 2010.

Megan Marchetti

Co-owner, Oregon’s Finest

Megan Marchetti practices magic as the HR Director for Oregon’s Finest by connecting people, their talents, and building teams to promote positive communities inside the workplace and out. A lifetime advocate for cannabis re-legalization and a professionally trained HR specialist, Megan combined these skills and moved to Oregon in 2008 and to participate in the cannabis movement. Megan focused her undergraduate studies at Boise State University on the Sociology of Drugs and her graduate studies were interlaced with sociological theory and human resources. Megan received her PHR in human resources in 2010.

Aaron Smith

Co-founder and Executive Director, National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)

Aaron Smith is co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Prior to launching NCIA, Aaron distinguished himself as a public advocate for marijuana policy reform — first under the auspices of a California-based medical cannabis advocacy group, Safe Access Now, and more recently as the California state policy director for the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project. Aaron has successfully built coalitions with elected officials on both sides of the aisle.

Aaron Smith

Co-founder and Executive Director, National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)

Aaron Smith is co-founder and executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association. Prior to launching NCIA, Aaron distinguished himself as a public advocate for marijuana policy reform — first under the auspices of a California-based medical cannabis advocacy group, Safe Access Now, and more recently as the California state policy director for the Washington, D.C.-based Marijuana Policy Project. Aaron has successfully built coalitions with elected officials on both sides of the aisle.

Earl Blumenauer

Congressman

Earl Blumenauer was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and has been a life-long resident of Oregon's 3rd Congressional District.

Through his years as a local official in the Oregon Legislature, Multnomah County Commission, and Portland’s City Council, Earl developed a national reputation for his advocacy for public transportation, land use planning, environmental protection, and school funding.

As a state legislator, Blumenauer supported the Oregon Decriminalization Bill of 1973, which abolished criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Elected to the US Congress in 1996, he has been a strong advocate for changes to federal drug laws and has championed several legislative efforts to protect medical marijuana patients, allow the federal government to tax and regulate marijuana, and normalize taxes and banking for marijuana businesses in states where it is legal.

Blumenauer received the National Organization for the Rationalization of Marijuana Laws Award for Outstanding Public Leadership in 2010 and the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Legislative Leadership Award in 2013. He currently serves on the Ways and Means Committee.

Earl Blumenauer

Congressman

Earl Blumenauer was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and has been a life-long resident of Oregon's 3rd Congressional District.

Through his years as a local official in the Oregon Legislature, Multnomah County Commission, and Portland’s City Council, Earl developed a national reputation for his advocacy for public transportation, land use planning, environmental protection, and school funding.

As a state legislator, Blumenauer supported the Oregon Decriminalization Bill of 1973, which abolished criminal penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Elected to the US Congress in 1996, he has been a strong advocate for changes to federal drug laws and has championed several legislative efforts to protect medical marijuana patients, allow the federal government to tax and regulate marijuana, and normalize taxes and banking for marijuana businesses in states where it is legal.

Blumenauer received the National Organization for the Rationalization of Marijuana Laws Award for Outstanding Public Leadership in 2010 and the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Legislative Leadership Award in 2013. He currently serves on the Ways and Means Committee.

Steve Marks

Executive Director, OLCC

Steven Marks is a veteran of public service, with 30 years of service to the State of Oregon. Prior to joining the Oregon Liquor Control Commission as Executive Director, he served as a policy advisor in the Office of the Senate President, a Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor, and as Chief of Staff to the Governor during his service to the state. From 2004 to 2010 Marks was president of his own public policy and public affairs consulting business, The Marks Network. In 2013, he returned to state government service as a policy advisor within the Chief Operations Officer’s Office, Oregon Department of Administrative Services.

Marks is a graduate of Sutherlin High School and earned his undergraduate degree and Masters Degree in Public Policy, Planning and Management from the University of Oregon.

Steve Marks

Executive Director, OLCC

Steven Marks is a veteran of public service, with 30 years of service to the State of Oregon. Prior to joining the Oregon Liquor Control Commission as Executive Director, he served as a policy advisor in the Office of the Senate President, a Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor, and as Chief of Staff to the Governor during his service to the state. From 2004 to 2010 Marks was president of his own public policy and public affairs consulting business, The Marks Network. In 2013, he returned to state government service as a policy advisor within the Chief Operations Officer’s Office, Oregon Department of Administrative Services.

Marks is a graduate of Sutherlin High School and earned his undergraduate degree and Masters Degree in Public Policy, Planning and Management from the University of Oregon.