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.

Debby 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 over 11 years. Goldsberry has developed and implemented standard operating procedures for procurement, product safety, patient relations, and business management and operations, which have been replicated by dispensaries around the nation. In 2017, Goldsberry published her first book, “Idiot’s Guide: Starting and Running a Marijuana Business.”

Maria 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 develop strategic HR plans to select, develop, reward and retain employees who deliver value and loyalty, while focusing on increasing value through strategic, organizational, human capital and management actions.

Dean Guske, CPA

has more than 30 years of experience in taxation, accounting and business consulting. Guske’s firm, Guske & Company Inc., specializes in real estate and cannabis. Having earned a master’s degree in taxation from Golden Gate University, he strives to develop successful tax strategies for cannabis industry entrepreneurs. Guske, a licensed CPA in Washington, is part of the Washington Society of CPAs, where he serves on the taxation committee.

Michael Sampson

is a partner in Reed Smith LLP’s Insurance Recovery Group. He practices in Pittsburgh and counsels policyholders facing difficult and complex insurance coverage issues. Sampson’s expertise is in commercial general liability policies, professional liability policies, fidelity bonds and pollution liability policies. Sampson obtained his J.D. from the University of Chicago.

Zachary Roman

was a 2017 Reed Smith LLP summer associate in Pittsburgh. He is in the process of obtaining his J.D. from Georgetown University. In 2014, Roman graduated from Carnegie Melon University with a B.S. in business administration.

Claudio Miranda

co-founded Guild Enterprises, a brand management company overseeing a vertically integrated family of cannabis brands serving the California market, in January 2015. The family of brands includes Guild Extracts, Guild Cannabis and Guild Genetics. It also operates The Guild, a seed-to-sale medical dispensary in San Jose, Calif.

Dave Paleschuck

has spent almost 30 years as a consumer brand and lifestyle marketer in senior brand management and marketing positions at American Express, MasterCard and PepsiCo. Today, Paleschuck heads up New Leaf Licensing LLC—a cannabis-focused consulting agency supporting many of the country’s leading cannabis, retail and media brands, as well as those considering entering the sector.

Jillian Kramer

is a New York City-based freelance journalist whose work has appeared in the online or print versions of Glamour, Food & Wine, SELF, The Wall Street Journal, and more. Her work covers everything from career and money to women’s issues, cannabis and beyond.