CONCURRENT SESSION: INDUSTRY SESSION III

Josephine Cannella-Krehl

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Moderator

Josephine Cannella-Krehl, LCSW, Founder, MMJ Knowledge, LLC

Bio

Josephine Cannella-Krehl is a compassionate, highly knowledgeable clinical social worker and medical cannabis advocate who has been active both legislatively and in Florida's clinical landscape.


She is the founder of MMJ Knowledge, LLC. Josephine educates allied healthcare professionals and the general public on how Florida’s program operates, she helps connect potential patients with approved cannabis provider’s, and continue's to advocate for the Dignity, Honor and informed decision making of patients. 

Scheril Murray Powell, EsQ.

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Presentation Title

Cannabis:  Finding the Gold in the Green Rush

Scheril Murray Powell, Esq., Green Sustainable Strong, LLC

Abstract

This presentation is an expansion on this years topic.  I will talk about my work on the ASTM International Standards Committee and developing standards for Jamaica and other countries.   We will give insight as to hows to produce a quality product, the hazards of cutting corners and realities of product safety.

Powell Bio

Scheril Murray Powell, Esq. is an Agricultural and Cannabis Attorney at Doumar, Allsworth, Laystrom, Voigt, Adair, and Dishowitz.  She is the Executive Director of the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists of Florida and former Director of Federal Affairs for the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.  Scheril is on the Hemp Pilot Program Advisory Board for the University of Florida. She is also President of consulting firm Green Sustainable Strong, LLC.  In 2018, she was a recipient of the Crohns Foundation Blood, Sweat, and Tears Award and the Cannabis Business Award's Industry MVP Award.  She is In House Counsel for Sunflora/ Your CBD Store.  She is General Counsel for Minorities for Medical Marijuana and General Counsel for Patience with Patients.  She is a graduate of Florida International University College of Law. As a Cannapreneur, Scheril is the President of Canna Headhunters, a staffing agency in the Cannabis Industry that connects Cannabis talent to opportunities.  She has been selected to present at a number of Cannabis Conferences including the South East Cannabis Conference, the U.S. Cannabis Conference, Canex Jamaica Conference, South East Cannabis Conference,  Cannaday, The University of the West Indies Caribbean Neuroscience Conference,  Detroit’s Canna Con, Florida Medical Marijuana Conference, and Canna-Ed Conference hosted by the Florida Cannabis Coalition. She has been asked to speak at Jamaica’s Pharmacological Board Mandatory Meetings and Jamaica Bureau of Standards meetings based on her international reputation as a Cannabis Expert.  Scheril was the regular Cannabis Law expert on Cannabis Law Radio every Saturday morning on Cannabis Life Radio and is launching a Cannabis Talk Show called “Terps in the City” in Summer of 2019. She presented at the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists Joint Conference in August 2016 on the topic of: “Exposing the Truth: Getting Access to Audio and Video Evidence in Police Involved Shootings”. Scheril is the Treasurer of the FIU College of Law Alumni Board. While at FIU Law, she was the Charter President of the Palm Beach ABA Student Organization and a member and coach of the Board of Advocates Negotiation Team. In 2013, Scheril won the FIU Law Intramurals Negotiation Competition, also she and her partner won the ABA Southern Region Negotiation Competition. In 2014, she and her partner came in 2nd place in the Nelson Mandela International Negotiation Competition and she was awarded the distinction of Best Overall Negotiator for her efforts. Scheril served on the Black Law Student Association’s National Board for two years and is passionate about eradicating sex trafficking and other social justice issues such as police brutality. She has interned at the State Attorney’s office in the 15th Judicial Circuit of Palm Beach County and for two judges of the 17th Judicial Circuit of Broward County. In the summer of 2014, she served as an Anti-Defamation League Summer Associate. She believes that practicing the law and advocacy for the disadvantaged go hand in hand. She is an activist and has dedicated her time and resources to promoting awareness, access to educational resources, and support for survivors of domestic violence and trafficking. She has a Facebook page called “Police Chronicles” which documents national police interactions with the community. She mentors Pre-Law and Law School students of diverse backgrounds and has been a speaker at the Black and Hispanic Prelaw Conference, the Diversity Prelaw Conference, and the HBCU Prelaw Summit and Expo. Law is a second career for Scheril. She spent over a decade in the wireless industry working for T-Mobile, USA; T-Mobile, UK; RIM BlackBerry; and MetroPCS as a Customer Retention Strategist and Marketing Interface Manager rolling out training, technical change, cultural change, and process improvement projects Nationwide. Scheril received her undergraduate Business Management degree from Florida Atlantic University with a minor in Marketing where she pledged Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and served as the Student Government Senate Speaker for seven campuses. Scheril credits her hard working and strict Jamaican parents James and Judith Hall for her work ethic, tenacity, persistence, and commitment to excellence. She was taught at a young age that we all have a responsibility to each other and must be the example that tears down stereotypes while opening the door for others to follow in your footsteps. She stays motivated by remembering that her son Judah is watching how she lives her values and “walks the talk” in her daily activities. Scheril believes that every test is for a testimony that will glorify God. If He can do all that he has done for me…imagine his plans for you.

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Ladi March-Goldwire, Green Sustainable Strong, LLC

Bio

Ladi is a State licensed General Contractor and Building Code Administrator certified through the International Code Council.  She has over 15 years of experience in the construction industry.  Her primary focus has been in the creation and expansion of small to medium size construction firms.  A project manager at heart, Ladi recognized the plethora of opportunitiy associated with cannabis.  Recognizing both the economic and ecological advantages to utilizing hemp she ultimately evolved into a hemp enthusiast. 

Vijay S. Choksi, Esq.

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Presentation Title

Patients, Caregivers and Physicians: Ensuring Legal Compliance

Vijay S. Choksi, Esq., Compliance Manager, GrowHealthy

Abstract

Presentation will overview Florida’s burgeoning medical marijuana landscape with specific detail as it relates to compliance issues associated with Qualified Physicians, Caregivers, and Patients. 

Bio

VIJAY S. CHOKSI, ESQ. serves as GrowHealthy’s Compliance Manager where he oversees compliance personnel and operations throughout Florida and advises on compliance related matters across the iAnthus platform. Prior to joining GrowHealthy, Mr. Choksi was the lead attorney for Kelley Kronenberg's Regulated Substances Practice Group and has advised companies seeking to enter the East Coast cannabis, CBD, and hemp markets. He has advised companies on medical marijuana business licensing requirements and Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers on regulatory audit compliance issues and counseled physicians on regulatory and healthcare implications associated with incorporating medical marijuana into either their existing or newly formed healthcare practice. Mr. Choksi also worked with middle market cannabis-based and auxiliary companies seeking to secure funding, strategic horizontal/vertical B2B partnerships and sourcing of financial and strategic buyers. Mr. Choksi serves on the Board of Palm Beach India Association and is a member of the National Cannabis Bar Association and American Health Lawyers Association and serves as President of Cannabis Lawyers Accounting and Business – Broward and Palm Beach Chapters. He received his dual B.A. and B.S. degrees in Legal Studies from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida and earned his J.D. degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Law, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Brian Scarborough

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Presentation Title

Risk Management for the Florida Cannabis Marketplace

Brian Scarborough, Executive Vice President, HUB International 

Abstract

This presentation will include a discussion across all lines of coverage as well as an update on the general insurance marketplace available to those in the cannabis industry in Florida.

Bio

Brian Scarborough is an Area Executive Vice President with HUB International and began his insurance career in 1996. Brian specializes in commercial property and casualty coverage for mid-sized firms and is part of HUB’s Cannabis Practice. Brian served as Chairman of the Florida Association of Insurance Agents in 2016-2017 and was recognized in 2014 by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers Association in 2014 as their Outstanding Young Agent. 

Paula Savchenko, Esq.

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Cannabis Law Overview: Marijuana Business Licensing, Tax and Hemp

Paula Savchenko, Esq., Associate Attorney, Moffa, Sutton, & Donnini, P.A.

Abstract

This talk will cover Florida marijuana business licensing and the current state of the industry, federal and state tax considerations, as well as the current legal state of the hemp industry after the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill.

Bio

Paula Savchenko is an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Moffa, Sutton, & Donnini, P.A, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ms. Savchenko practices primarily in the areas of Taxation and Administrative Law, as she counsels and represents businesses and individuals in their dealings with government agencies. More specifically, most of her work involves state and local tax and regulatory matters. She also speaks and writes regularly on the business aspects of taxation, marijuana and hemp. In addition to serving on the board of Cannabis Law Accounting and Business, she also serves on the board of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Tax Council as well as the Florida Bar, Administrative Law Section, South Florida Chapter.