Networking and Special Events

Angelita Green has over 20 years of experience in accounting and management. She has worked with Cannabis clients for over 7 years from seed to sale industries. New Leaf EA

Casey Watson has over 25 years of experience in accounting, including internal/external audit, individual/corporate taxes, corporate and forensic accounting, Federal practice and risk and compliance. 420 Feniks Accounting

Erica Sloan is a well-credentialed and detail-focused accounting professional with over 17 years of success as a trusted advisor. DopeCFO

Felicia Hunter has extensive experience in all controllership functions including transactional accounting, GAAP accounting, cost accounting, entire month end-close, and reporting and analysis.  Euphoric Accounting

Laurie McHugh had a vision to bring high quality safe cannabis to the New Jersey recreational market and employ a diverse staff. She believes employees should have a living wage, benefits, and be supported in volunteering their time to community organizations. Laurie’s vision is a reality. Laurie is the co-founder and CEO of Union Chill Cannabis Company, It is Laurie’s goal is to be the Gold Star standard of dispensaries in New Jersey with a curated inventory of quality products and strains. Read more…

It is Alexis Berends’ goal to create a cannabis industry that honors the First Nations Peoples of the world and a shared commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, as well as one that offers sincere equity to the communities most impacted by the War on Drugs. Hailing from a line of activists, musicians, and artists, she deeply believes in inclusivity and change, and that the fledgling NJ cannabis industry can be utilized as a catalyst to shape our collective future. Alexis’ vision and goals synced with Laurie’s vision and goals. As the Chief Visionary Officer of Union Chill Cannabis Company is one of the women creating the Gold Star standard for dispensaries. Read more….

Suzan Nickelson made history when she was awarded a New Jersey medicinal dispensary license in the NJ RFP 2019 round. Then she made news when Holistic Solutions opened on February 10th, 2023, in Waterford Township N.J.

Holistic Solutions is a 4,000 square foot dispensary with 11 POS stations for seamless purchasing, a private consultation room for discussions with onsite medical professionals, and a drive-thru window. Holistic Solutions provides compassionate care and education to patients enrolled in New Jersey’s Medicinal Cannabis Program. 

Suzan Nickelson has curated an assortment of THC and CBD products, including flower, pre-rolls, edibles, tinctures, vaporizers, concentrates, ingestibles, topicals, accessories, its own strain called “Girlie” after Suzan’s mother, Elaine Campbell-Cohen.

“When you walk in, you’ll see art, culture—you’ll see some great cannabis and you’ll feel welcome,” Suzan said. “Cannabis teaches that out of many people we are one. We believe cannabis is a universal incubator. It’s a connector and we’re looking to connect.”

Suzan started developing Holistic Solutions five years ago while working full time and raising three children as a single mother. She had been working in the cannabis market for over twenty years. And is the CEO of Ital Daughters LLC, a cannabis and hemp consulting company that helps minorities, women, and veterans understand the compliance and regulatory aspects of the industry.

“I used my own seed money and started my company on my iPhone 6,” Nickelson told MarketWatch. “We felt that plant-based medicine was an option that many people should have, so we pursued that.”

Suzan, attributes Marissa Edmonds, chairwoman of New Jersey-based optical components maker Edmund Optics Inc. with helping to open doors for her in the business community. 

Holistic Solutions also received backing from The Collective. The Collective was launched in April 2022, by Patrick Jonsson, a former Northeast Regional President for Curaleaf.

Suzan Nickelson has done more than opening a dispensary; she is dispelling the myths and stigma around cannabis and paving the way for women entrepreneurs. She is honoring her rich Jamaican heritage and the generations of women herbalists in her family. Suzan Nickelson has just begun her journey into the history of women of color trailblazers in the cannabis industry.

Sheva Pekar, the Founder and CEO of PsyCann Advisors, a Colorado cannabis and psychedelic consulting company. Sheva is an advocate for research and education and is at the forefront of the decriminalization and legalization of magic mushrooms in Colorado.

She has been an advocate for cannabis industry clients since 2014, providing strategic industry vision and a long-term supportive approach to business development. As the cannabis industry’s success continues to pave the way for other psychedelic forms of healing and access, Sheva continues to  provide entrepreneurs with experience-based guidance, mentorship, and business strategy.

“We are passionate about developing custom and personalized service packages using our expertise and experience to seamlessly align your business’s cannabis and psychedelic vision with current regulations and industry standards.”

Kevin Matthews  joins Sheva Pekar for conversations about Psilocybin, Kevin Matthews is the CVO and Founder of Helix Consulting Group, Designated Representative for the Natural Medicine Health Act, Coalition Director of Natural Medicine Colorado, President of Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Policy Review Panel and the Founder of Vote Nature.

Kevin Matthews is the Representative for the Natural Medicine Health Act, Coalition Director of Natural Medicine Colorado, President of Denver Psilocybin Mushroom Policy Review Panel and the Founder of Vote Nature.