SEP 23, 2020 4:20 PM CDT

State-Focused Round Table Discussions & Mixer

Speakers
  • Executive Director, Cannabis Business Association of Illinois
  • Spokesperson, MoCannTrade
    Biography

      Jack Cardetti currently serves as the industry spokesman for the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association, MoCannTrade, where he can regularly be found in state and national news publications serving as the voice for patients and the industry. In this role Cardetti also helps to educate the public on Missouri’s medical marijuana program and works with stakeholders and regulators to ensure Missouri’s implementation is among the best in the country.

      In 2018 election cycle, Cardetti led the historic effort to bring medical marijuana to Missouri. He served as General Consultant for New Approach Missouri running the Amendment 2 campaign. The medical marijuana initiative was the leading vote getter on the entire Missouri ballot with 66%, while defeating two other competing medical marijuana initiatives. Cardetti helped draft the constitutional amendment, formed the coalition to pass the measure, and served as the campaign’s spokesman and lead strategist.

      Cardetti has previously served as a policy advisor and spokesman for two Missouri Governors and the Missouri Attorney General. He now runs Tightline Public Affairs where he’s one of the state’s most prominent political consultants helping businesses, coalitions and campaigns develop and deliver their message, including the state’s largest medical marijuana trade association.

      Jack formerly served as Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s Director of Communications, helping the Governor successfully advance a message of job creation and fiscal stewardship that resonated with the citizens of Missouri. Jack and his team at served as General Consultants for Nixon’s double-digit reelection victory.

      In 2012 he also helped two-term state representative Jason Kander become the youngest statewide elected official in America. He also led the effort to prevent changes to the Missouri Court Plan by defeating Amendment 3 24-76%, one of the largest defeats on a Constitutional Amendment in Missouri history.

      Raised in St. James, Missouri, Jack Cardetti previously worked as the Director of Communications for the Missouri Democratic Party. As the party’s primary spokesman, Jack could ordinarily be found in newspaper articles, on the radio and in television interviews opining on topics ranging from politics to policy.

      In the 2008 election cycle Jack helped elect Jay Nixon to the Governor’s Office by the widest margin of any open governor’s race in Missouri since 1964.

      In 2006 Jack helped Claire McCaskill knock off incumbent Sen. Jim Talent, which gave Democrats control of the U.S. Senate. Missouri Democrats also picked up seats in both the Missouri House and Senate for the first time in nearly 20 years and helped pass stem cell and minimum wage ballot initiatives.

      Prior to joining the Missouri Democratic Party in August 2004, Jack served as Press Secretary for Missouri Gov. Bob Holden. In the Governor’s Office, Cardetti also oversaw economic development and agriculture policy.

      Jack, a graduate of the University of Missouri, lives in Columbia, Missouri with his wife Ann and their three children, Ben, Emma and Leo.

    • Director of Marketing, OK4U
      Biography

        As the Secretary of Affairs for OK4U Leah Hull passionately leads and executes strategic analysis and systemic resolutions for the medical marijuana community at OK4U. Hull’s purpose is simple, to navigate through industry changes by effectively using legislation to drive political action while maintaining continuity across OK4U to create a state and national standard for the medical marijuana community.

      • Michigan Cannabis Industry Association
        Biography

          Robin Schneider serves as the executive director of the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association. The MICIA is Michigan's largest cannabis trade association, currently representing more than 200 licensed businesses and the companies that service them. The association acts as a united voice for medical and adult-use cannabis businesses and advocates a responsible and successful industry by promoting sensible laws and regulations and industry best practices among members.



          Prior to her role at MICIA, Robin spent more than 10 years advocating on cannabis reform issues. She is the former executive director of the National Patient Rights Association where she helped medical marijuana patients advocate for state laws that ensure safe access to medicine. This includes the passage of the Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act and laws allowing for marijuana-infused products to be sold by MMFLA licensees.



          In 2018, Robin served as the finance director for the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol, the organization that led the Proposal 1 campaign to legalize adult-use cannabis for Michigan adults 21 years and older. She was responsible for raising more than $3 million in support for ending prohibition and creating a licensed and regulated industry.


        Abstract

        Discuss State-specific market issues with your peers. Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Oklahoma will each have a break-out discussion.


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