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Speaker Panels

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Jude Thilman


Cannabis is Medicine:  Changing the Narrative

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Jude Thilman is a medicinal cannabis educator and entrepreneur, bringing over 15 years experience in the cannabis industry as an advocate/activist.  She co-founded Dragonfly Wellness Center in 2011 and is herself a cannabis patient.  She is Director of Education for True Farma, offering public education and counseling across California and the country.


Maureen Smyth


Treating depression and anxiety with CBD

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Maureen Smyth, RN BSN, teaches the basics of the endocannabinoid system, cannabinoid receptors, cannabinoids, cannabis pharmacology and the research associated with the medical use of cannabis. She is certified by the Medical Cannabis Institute Global, in the Medical Cannabis Curriculum for Nurses and the Core Knowledge of the Endocannabinoid System. She is a member of the American Cannabis Nurses Association (ACNA) and an ACNA Ad Hoc Committee member.


Lauren Mendelsohn

Compassion and Equity Programs

Making sure people who need cannabis most and can't afford it have access, and making sure people who were harmed most by cannabis prohibition can participate in and benefit from this industry.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Lauren Mendelsohn is a Senior Associate Attorney at the Law Offices of Omar Figueroa, a boutique Northern California-based law firm serving the cannabis industry. She focuses primarily on permitting and licensing for cannabis businesses, regulatory compliance, intellectual property, policy advocacy, and post-conviction relief. A longtime drug policy reform activist, Lauren previously served on the Board of Directors of Students for Sensible Drug Policy and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Sonoma County Growers Alliance.


Sean Connell

Cannabis Program Manager

Special Hello



Emerald Exchange is a community of small-batch, family farmers from Northern California who honor the tradition and heritage of working with the elements to produce the cleanest and most fully expressive cannabis in a socially, economically and environmentally regenerative way.