meet our teachers
Mary J Poppins
FOunder & CEO, Sativa Science Club
An avid learner and social entrepreneur, Mary is forever seeking new ways to unite community around the cause of holistic health. Throughout her journey she has received formal training and certifications in DONA labor doula care, early childhood development, Montessori education, and clinical herbalism. In the university setting, Mary earned her H.R. Certification, CAPM Project Management Certification, A.S in Community Health Education, and B.S in Sustainable Business Management before moving on to a Masters Certificate in Nonprofit Development.
Mary utilizes this unique skill set to establish charitable organizations, community development initiatives, and education platforms for forward thinking organizations nationwide. She also lectures about creative marketing and branding at several Oregon Universities. In cannabis, Mary sees the unique opportunity to reach a profoundly sincere and embryonic industry with a message of collaboration, communication, and socially conscious business practices. In 2016, after spending a few years on large scale farms across the Emerald Triangle, She began to develop Sativa Science Club as a powerful leadership tool and success model for industries everywhere.
Director of Education, Sativa Science Club
Emma Chasen has a mission to educate people on the science behind Cannabis so that they may take charge of their own healing. After graduating from Brown University in 2014 with a degree in Medicinal Plant Research, Emma went on to coordinate Clinical Oncology trials with the Brown University Oncology Research Group. When her supervisor refused a Cannabis trial in favor of another expensive pharmaceutical drug, Emma quit and headed across the country to Portland, OR. She found her way to Farma, the popular Portland dispensary that takes a more scientific approach to Cannabis; rejecting the Indica/Sativa binary and instead focusing on chemotypes to determine effect. There she has been able to study the plant and help patients reframe their relationship with Cannabis as medicine. She is now the Director of Education at Sativa Science Club and seeks to spread the educational program through teaching, writing and consulting.
Emma Chasen was recently named Portland’s Best Budtender of 2016 and featured in Newsweek, MG Magazine, Stoner Magazine, High Times Magazine, The Oregon Leaf and Teen Vogue for her work with Cannabis and patients. Her mission is to educate people on the science behind Cannabis so that they may take charge of their own healing as well as to address the need for training and education of budtenders, medical professionals, and the general public.
Founder, Arctos School Of Herbal and botanical studies
Missy Rohs is a community herbalist and dandelion lover. She grows and wildcrafts her own herbs with a focus on sustainable herbal remedies: those that grow easily in populated habitats, and those that can be harvested in the wild with minimal impact.
Missy’s path to herbal teaching began with grassroots labor activism and cross-border solidarity. From there, she joined the Black Cross Health Collective, which provided integrative first aid and aftercare for activists, and used that as a springboard to dive head-first into the world of herbal learning. Encouraged by her herbal mentors, Krista Olson and Colette Gardiner, she packed her bags to study with Michael Moore at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. Upon her return to Portland, she began selling her tinctures at a farmers’ market and leading plant medicine workshops around town.
As the Arctos School has thrived, Missy has remained active in other parts of the herbal community, teaching at conferences, volunteering with Natural Doctors International in Nicaragua, and leading hikes for Bark. In between herbal endeavors, she can be found concocting delicious meals with her sweetie, snuggling with her cats, or fighting for social and environmental justice.
Founder, CAN! Research
Todd Dalotto is a horticultural scientist, public policy consultant, and court-qualified expert witness specializing in cannabis. He has a horticultural research degree with emphasis on sustainable agriculture and plant breeding from Oregon State University, is former Chair of the Oregon Health Authority’s Advisory Committee on Medical Marijuana (ACMM), as well as the ACMM’s Horticulture, Research & Safety Committee, has served on various legislative and rules advisory committees for the State of Oregon, and helped draft the regulations for Oregon’s Medical Marijuana Dispensary Program.
Todd founded the United States’ first hemp food business Hungry Bear Hemp Foods, authored the world’s first hemp cookbook The Hemp Cookbook: From Seed to Shining Seed (Inner Traditions), and founded Oregon’s first cannabis medical clinic, education & support center, Compassion Center. His research objectives over the past seventeen years include breeding of in-bred lines, morphology, sustainable practices, hoophouse production, and mutualisms. Currently, he serves on Americans for Safe Access’ Patient-Focused Certification Review Board, the Cannabis Certification Council’s Technical Advisory Committee, and is president of CAN! Research, Education & Consulting in Albany, Oregon, where he breeds and conducts horticultural research, teaches, and consults businesses on the horticultural science and public policy of cannabis. Todd is a valuable resource as a teacher, consultant, scientist, and court-qualified expert witness, specializing in Cannabis.
Adam J. Smith, J.D
FOunder & Director, Craft Cannabis Alliance
In a career spanning more than two decades, Adam has been sole or collaborative founder of a series of successful non-profits and public policy campaigns, has served on the boards of directors for statewide and national civic engagement organizations, led teams of nurses in collective bargaining negotiations across Oregon, lobbied members of Congress and state legislatures, advised non-profit and for- profit clients on a range of issues, and was a founding partner in a company bringing Pacific Northwest craft beer and artisan wine to Hawaii.
In 1996, Adam launched the nation’s first online newsmagazine and syndicated radio news show focused entirely on domestic and international drug policy reform. In 1998, he conceptualized and launched the Higher Education Act Reform Campaign, which won back the right to federal financial aid for students with drug convictions. As part of the HEA campaign, he shepherded the founding of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, the world’s largest student-led drug policy reform organization, now active in more than forty states and 25 countries, and recognized as an NGO at the United Nations. In 2002, Adam joined the founding board of directors of the Oregon Bus Project, and in 2004, helped launch the League of Young Voters, a national civic engagement organization working with young people of color. In 2006, Adam launched the Vote By Mail Project, which successfully expanded access to mail-in voting in multiple states, most notably moving Colorado to full vote by mail elections.
Adam received his B.A. in Urban Studies from the City University of New York, and his J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his brilliant and hilarious wife Karynn Fish and their young son.
Adam’s writing on drug policy and civic engagement has appeared in more than 40 print and online publications, including REASON Magazine, The Guardian UK, Mother Jones Online, Alternet, and The Razorwire. He has also produced chapters for the books Busted; Stone Cowboys, Narco Lords, and America’s War on Drugs, (Mike Gray, Ed.), Drug Trafficking (Auriana Ojeda, Ed.) and How To Get Stupid White Men Out of Office (Billy Wimsatt and Adrienne Maree Brown, Eds.).
Business & Marketing
Jess Columbo is the Founder and Principle Strategist at Portland-based digital marketing shop, Tiller.
Jess brings more than a decade of experience developing award-winning digital and social programs for clients in regulated industries. Her team's expertise lies at the intersection of creative brand storytelling, business strategy, and digital analytics.
Jess holds a Masters in Digital Journalism and teaches content strategy, web writing, and PR at Portland State University. In her spare time, she manages a Pro Bono Partnership Program, connecting non-profits in need with talented creative and digital professionals.
Co-owner, The Weed Blog
Leah is a canna-journalist and advocate who lives in Portland, Oregon. She was very involved in cannabis legalization there, helping found New Approach Oregon and starting a group called Moms for YES on Measure 91 during the legalization campaign in 2014. She is one of the owners of TheWeedBlog.com, where she serves as the Editorial Lead and manages Outreach for the company. Leah also does freelance outreach and marketing consulting for cannabis companies and organizations. In 2015, she helped launch Portland's Women Grow chapter and then lead it for over a year. At the core, though, Leah is a cannabis legalization activist and hopes to see the prohibition of cannabis end on a federal level, and to see the cannabis conversation normalized across America.
VP, Content Strategy, Wiki-Leaf
Kate Manson’s 10-year journey in the cannabis industry has certainly been an interesting one. Before joining Wikileaf in July 2016, she did a little bit of everything, including growing medical cannabis, working as a sports agent, and even doing marketing and events for Nordstrom. Kate knows the intricacies of effective cannabis marketing and utilizes her in-depth expertise to provide top quality content to the Wikileaf audience.
Compliance & Law
Chief Science Officer, Green Leaf Lab
Eric has been working in chemistry labs his entire professional career. He got his start in the pharmaceutical industry working with many of the top Fortune 500 pharma companies on product development, formulation work, and stability studies. After moving to Portland, he took a position in the quality control laboratory of a growing vitamin, mineral, and nutritional supplement company located in Vancouver Washington. There he facilitated the growth of the laboratory and worked on analytical method development to reduce turnaround time, expand the testing capabilities of the lab, and assist with new FDA oversight and regulations of the nutritional supplement industry.
In November of 2015, he joined Green Leaf Lab and has worked to bring its operations in line with the standards required in a regulated industry. Eric also had the opportunity to participate in the RAC committee meetings and was a member of a subcommittee helping to craft the new testing requirements for the industry. When he’s not working, Eric enjoys spending time outdoors and is an avid rock climber, backcountry skier, and mountain biker.
PERRY N. SALZHAUER, J.D. LL.M.
CORPORATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL ATTORNEY, Green LIght Law
Perry is a corporate and environmental attorney who brings over a decade of experience providing strategic and compliance guidance and legal advice to public and private entities. Perry received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, TN, and an LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School here in Portland, OR. He began his legal career in 2002 with the Corporate Securities and Transactions group at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington D.C. and first moved to Oregon in 2005. He has since served as both outside and in-house counsel to a variety of companies, investors, and government agencies throughout the United States, and has already helped launch several marijuana industry companies and projects.
As an attorney, advisor, and manager, Perry specializes in streamlining operational, compliance, and management processes to create efficiencies which increase productivity and revenue. In addition to his experience and expertise in all aspects of marijuana-related matters, Perry’s years of experience providing guidance to clients with respect to business processes, SEC, and environmental compliance, makes him uniquely qualified in the emerging cannabis space where navigating compliance with new regulatory requirements, many of which remain to be implemented, looms large as a barrier to entry and ultimate success.
Perry is also an expert in business and environmental sustainability matters, having written extensively on land-use and conservation issues as they relate to project design, siting, and development. He is admitted to practice law in Oregon and New York, and is an active member of the Sustainable Future Section of the Oregon State Bar.
LITIGATION AND REAL ESTATE ATTORNEY, Green LIght Law
Brad Blommer is a litigation and real estate attorney with over 17 years experience. He began his legal career as judicial law clerk to a trial court judge and practiced in Washington D.C. and Maryland for seven years, which included numerous bench and jury trials and appellate arguments in the D.C. Court of Appeals and in the Circuit Court of Appeals (DC Circuit) before now Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John G. Roberts, Jr. Brad fell in love with Portland on a trip with friends and moved to Oregon in 2005.
With significant experience in all areas of trial practice, real estate transactions and disputes, foreclosure law, and creditor’s rights, along with a detailed understanding of the current marijuana laws, Brad provides legal advice and counseling from a diverse perspective. Additionally, having founded and run a real estate investment company in Oregon, Brad has significant real world business experience to better serve his clients.