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JASON BRANDEIS is an associate professor of justice and legal studies at the University of Alaska Anchorage and is of counsel at the law firm Birch Horton Bittner & Cherot, where he advises businesses and government entities on marijuana regulation. He has litigated cases involving the legality of marijuana in Alaska, and has written several articles on this topic. His marijuana law and policy research has been cited in national and local publications and presented at international academic conferences. Professor Brandeis has been recognized as "a leading scholar on the subject of marijuana laws in Alaska" by the Alaska Law Review. Prior to joining the UAA faculty, Professor Brandeis worked as the staff attorney for the ACLU of Alaska. There he represented clients in constitutional litigation at all levels of the state and federal court systems, including the U.S. Supreme Court, where he was co-counsel in Morse v. Frederick, a prominent student free speech case better known as the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus Case." He also worked as an associate attorney for the State of Alaska Public Offices Commission where he advised on campaign finance and disclosure matters. Professor Brandeis is a member of the Alaska Bar Association and serves on the bar's Law Related Education Committee. He is a graduate of Ohio University and Vermont Law School.
ADAM CRABTREE is the founder and CEO of Nationwide Compliance Specialists, Inc. (NCS), headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Crabtree began his career in banking, managing sales, operations, and compliance for a Tier 1 bank. It was here that he recognized the inherent flaws and systemic disconnect between banks, state government, and the cannabis industry. Using his background and acumen in banking, he developed the NCS Platform, a patent-pending predictive analytical algorithm-based system capable of aggregating and analyzing tens of millions of data points that are then transformed into clear, concise, detailed reports. This solution has given him the opportunity to work collaboratively with state officials as well as financial institutions in Colorado and California. Mr. Crabtree has been a guest speaker or conducted trainings to the California Assembly, Alaska Bar Association, State Board of Equalization, Native Nation Conferences, and numerous elected officials spanning from Hawaii to Massachusetts. He is a three-time graduate of the University of Colorado (B.A. degree, M.B.A. degree, M.S. degree in finance), and currently serves as a member of the Track and Trace Advisory Board for the state of Colorado.
JIM DYER is chief operating officer at JKD Brands, LLC, which specializes in containers, packaging, labeling & accessories for the cannabis industry. JKD Brands, LLC is also the exclusive distributor for Kush Bottles products in Alaska. Mr. Dyer has been involved in Alaska’s cannabis legalization process, attending and participating in many state and local governmental meetings over the past three plus years. He has lived and worked in various U.S., Asia/Pacific, and Caribbean locations, including Dallas, Texas; Anchorage, Alaska; Taipei, Taiwan; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Kingston, Jamaica. Mr. Dyer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering (BSEE) from Southern Methodist University, and is an active member of the Anchorage Cannabis Business Association (ACBA), as well as the Alaska Marijuana Industry Association (AMIA).
KARL A. KAUFMAN is an attorney at Shaftel Delman Kaufman, LLC in Anchorage. Mr. Kaufman is admitted to practice law in Alaska and Oregon, and his practice focuses on federal taxation, state and local taxation, tax-exempt organizations, business tax planning, and Alaska native law. Raised in Alaska, he left the state to attend college and law school. Mr. Kaufman received his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Arizona State University; and his J.D. degree from the University of Oregon (Order of the Coif), where he was an editor on the Oregon Law Review. After law school, Mr. Kaufman clerked for Judge Walter Edmonds on the Oregon Court of Appeals. He then obtained his LL.M. degree in taxation from New York University. At NYU, Mr. Kaufman was a graduate editor of the Tax Law Review and awarded the Wilf Tax Scholarship.
JANA WELTZIN is an attorney with JDW, LLC, which serves as counsel to Hoban & Feola, a Colorado cannabis business law firm. Ms. Weltzin focuses her legal practice on land use and zoning law, medical marijuana law in Arizona, and recreational marijuana business law and regulation compliance in Alaska. Ms. Weltzin provides representation for her cannabis clientele relating to business structure, permitting/licensing, land use applications and hearings, conditional use permits, investment connections and presentation, regulation compliance, real estate commercial leasing and purchases, operations, and general activism for the cannabis industry. Ms. Weltzin played an invaluable role during the 2015 legislative session through her work with the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation, initiative sponsors, and future Alaskan cannabis businesses advocating for and analyzing proposed cannabis related legislation to ensure sustainable success for the industry. Ms. Weltzin is a regular contributor to Marijuana Venture Magazine’s legal section and other various publications. She received her B.A. degree from University of Reno, Nevada and her J.D. degree from Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law, Arizona State University.