Allison Margolin

Founding Partner, Margolin & Lawrence

A founding partner of Margolin & Lawrence, Allison Margolin is recognized nationwide as one of the leading attorneys in cannabis licensing and law. She was one of the first lawyers to specialize in cannabis and has built a practice over the last 15 years that is unrivaled in the space.

A graduate of Harvard Law School and Columbia University, Allison combines top credentials and an extensive depth of experience in cannabis business law, with a life-long passion for cannabis policy reform. Allison is frequently awarded for her work in cannabis business law. She has been named a SuperLawyer Rising Star 7 times, including most recently in 2017, and is widely recognized as a thought leader in the cannabis industry. She is routinely called upon for her expertise in publications like The LA Times, LA Weekly, and The New Yorker.

Over the last six years, Allison has built an unrivaled team of Harvard Law-educated cannabis attorneys at Margolin & Lawrence. The firm has become an institution in the growing cannabis industry, and is widely recognized as a leader in cannabis business law. Allison began her practice defending some of the highest profile criminal cases in California. As policy has changed, Allison has consistently adapted to provide her clients with a nuanced, forward-looking understanding of the rapidly changing legal landscape. In her current focus on cannabis business regulation and compliance, Allison has guided her clients — licensed dispensaries, growers, and manufacturers — through the complex and ever-changing laws and regulations governing medical and adult-use cannabis. With an extensive knowledge of state policy, Allison gives special, targeted attention to each and every one of the 58 counties and 482 cities in the state. She is an expert in a range of practice areas, including regulatory law, zoning, permitting, compliance, branding, trademark, civil litigation, and criminal defense.

Allison is a member of NORML, and is involved in various other industry-related organizations, including Americans for Safe Access, Advocates for Healing America, and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. Allison is actively involved in the legislative and regulatory efforts toward adult-use regulation in California, and regularly speaks and teaches on these topics.

Matthew Greene

New York, NY, USA
CEO & Founder, Edible Science, LLC

Matt Greene has spent his entire career in the marketing, advertising and AdTech industry. His fascination with technology began in 1987 while working with his client Steve Jobs in developing the launch strategies for NeXT Computers. Starting in 1998, Matt pioneered online advertising and supporting technologies for the digital ad agency he founded, Blue Ribbon Digital, where his team drove innovation across all aspects of digital media - from Search to Mobile and Video, his agency measurably generated over $2BB in revenues for their Fortune 100 clients. In this capacity, Matt has spoken at leading conferences such as AdTech, iMedia Summits and the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA. Starting in 2015, Matt re-focused his energies on the burgeoning cannabis industry knowing that the need for innovation in technologies to support the industry would be mandatory. With his his new company, Edible Sciences, he and his team on concentrating their energies in solving the #1 problem facing the edibles sector: Dosing Accuracy. He will be speaking at Binghampton University's TIER Talks in SEPT '17 on technology innovations occurring in the cannabis ancillary space.
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Brett Finkelstein

Boca Raton, FL
Managing Director, Phyto Partners LP

Brett is an experienced executive, venture capital and private equity investor and advisor. He has partnered with, worked with and developed key relationships with numerous premier private equity, investment banks, and venture capital companies. As one of the founders of Phyto Partners LP, Brett’s fundamental ambition for the company’s stakeholders is to creatively apply his unique resources of extensive operating skills, certainty to close, access to capital, extensive network of resources and relentless pursuit of excellence to facilitate a more super-charged evolution for enterprises we fund, launch, and maintain activist roles in. For the powerhouse companies we invest in, advise, and or buy we will be providing more investment value and a comfort level for our financial capital partners, as well as our portfolio companies that join us. Phyto Partners LP was profiled in Forbes as one of the leaders in the cannabis industry. Phyto has invested in half of what CB insights profiled as the trailblazers of 2017. 
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