Each issue we are committed to providing you industry insight, advice and trends from some of the most respected and knowledgeable individuals and journalists in cannabis today. We’re pleased to introduce you to our contributors.

BROOKE BILYJ

Bilyj owns and operates Bantamedia, a national award-winning content, SEO and PR firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. She is a frequent contributor to GIE Media horticulture publications.

Douglas Brown

Brown is a longtime journalist who runs Contact High Communications, a public relations firm in Boulder, Colo. Among other things, Brown works closely with BDS Analytics, using the company’s GreenEdge market research tool to tell data-rich stories about the blossoming commercial cannabis marketplace.

Maria Denzin

Denzin is the owner of MJ HR Strategic Solutions, an HR consulting firm based in Palm Springs, Calif. Denzin specializes in talent strategy and development for the cannabis industry. Her firm helps cannabis business owners create strategic HR plans to select, develop, reward and retain employees who deliver value and loyalty. She can be reached at mariabdenzin@gmail.com.

Debby Goldsberry

Goldsberry is executive director at Magnolia Wellness, an award-winning dispensary in Oakland, Calif., and the managing director of the Berkeley Community Care Center dispensary at Amoeba Music. She co-founded the Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) medical cannabis collective in 1999, directing its growth for more than 11 years. In 2017, Goldsberry published her first book, “Idiot’s Guide: Starting and Running a Marijuana Business.”

Colin Kelley

Kelley is a member of the LeafLine Labs board of governors. LeafLine Labs is a licensed producer/distributor of medical cannabis in Minnesota, where he previously served as the CFO and COO. Kelley is also the co-founder and vice president of Haze.Delivery, a compliance-based medical cannabis delivery platform. Additionally, he consults with executive teams in the cannabis and ancillary products markets.

JUSTIN LIPCHITZ

Lipchitz is the general manager for Oregon’s Finest. He started with the company just as recreational cannabis became legal in Oregon. Lipchitz began working in the cannabis industry after moving to Oregon from the East Coast, where he gathered years of knowledge in both the fine dining and retail industries.