Michelle Fields Esq. - Moderator Strategic Advisor at The Mary Jane Consulting Group
Ms. Fields is a practicing Attorney in New York State with litigation experience (Criminal, Business Immigration, and Contract Law) and now a Cannabis Attorney/Legal Writer /Advisor in Regulatory/Compliance S.E.E.D-Sustainability and Educational Development, and Global Cannabis Business Development/Licensing.
She serves as Special Advisor/Consultant to The Mary Jane Consulting Group and Board Member of the New York Cannabis Industry Association for NYC/Hudson Valley-Co-Chair of the Social Equity and Sustainability Committees. She is the Legal Cannabis Writer for the Queens Caribbean Newspaper, Whereitzat Magazine, and the co-author of several published Cannabis white papers by the New York Cannabis Industry Association. The Queens Meet Up Group creator, Cannabis Conversations, and Culture (The Business of Cannabis). A proud Trial Attorney and Change Agent, she is committed to Social Justice Reform, Global Social Equity, Inclusion, and Equality. Her commitment to global activism and empowerment has led her to establish the first school library in Trelawney, Jamaica, where she facilitated the donation of thousands of school supplies. She has volunteered and donated to Kliptown Community Center in Soweto and the Ethembeni Children’s Home (0-3 years old affected by HIV/AIDS) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Sharron Cannon Ph.D. Candidate and Patient Advocate Sharron Cannon Ph.D. Candidate and Patient Advocate
Sharron Cannon’s journey into cannabis started in Hollywood in the 80’s during the disco era, while in college. She was part of the party people, who partied from South Central, “The Shaw District,” up to Hollywood’s Sunset Strip and somewhere in-between was “Jewel’s Catch One,’ the first Black disco in the United States and a long-standing Gay Club that broke down cultural barriers honoring the music, fashion, celebrities, and activism.
Together we worked to pass California’s Compassionate Care Act of 1996. It was a love letter to free the flower to be used as a medication to our loved ones who died and/or suffered with wasting syndrome long before the science of the cannabis plant or the naming of the disease we now know as HIV AIDS. Sharron formerly worked for Curaleaf as an “Outreach Coordinator” when she launched, developed, implemented and advanced cannabis education initiatives to increase cannabis and Curaleaf’s visibility in the regent. See more of Sharron’s story in a New York Times article published on June 19, 2020, “How a Cannabis Expert Spends Her Sundays.” https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/19/nyregion/coronavirus-weed-nyc.html John Pellitteri Partner, Healthcare, Accounting Services, and Cannabis Practice Leader at Grassi Advisors & Accountants John Pellitteri Partner, Healthcare, Accounting Services, and Cannabis Practice Leader at Grassi Advisors & Accountants https://www.grassicpas.com
John V. Pellitteri is a Partner at Grassi and leads the firm's Healthcare and Cannabis Service Practices. Possessing over 25 years of experience in accounting, auditing, tax planning and
business consulting, John is now applying his talent to the burgeoning cannabis industry. John possesses comprehensive accounting and taxation knowledge, which combined with his healthcare consulting experience, allows him to provide an all-inclusive assessment of practices and medical facilities. He uses these proven strategies to enhance clients' businesses in a multitude of industries, including medical cannabis, not-for-profit, architectural, real estate, veterinary, and professional service firms. John has the expertise needed to help companies navigate through the many challenges those in the cannabis industry face. With much to be developed, he has already worked with clients, including medical cannabis dispensaries, cannabis technology companies, cannabis landowners, as well as, private equity firms and family offices in this space. John is an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) where he currently serves on the Executive Board of the Nassau Chapter and served on the Federal Taxation Committee and the New York State & Local Taxation Committee. John received his Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Hofstra University. Sheri L. Tarr, JD Founder/Chief Advisor of '68 Partners LLC
A multi-disciplinary professional, SHERI TARR, is the Founder and Chief Advisor of '68 Partners LLC, a cannabis-focused consulting firm dedicated to helping CBD, hemp, and cannabis brands, license applicants and license-holders build sustainable businesses that have a transformative impact on consumers, patients, and the global economy. A former big pharma sales and marketing executive responsible for launching FDA regulated products worldwide, Sheri has over three decades of real world experience operating in highly regulated environments. After working for Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies, Sheri flipped the script and became an attorney who spent a distinguished career in the courtroom holding drug makers accountable for deceptive marketing, defective manufacturing, and myriad regulatory violations. She has witnessed firsthand the good, the bad, and the totally avoidable.
More inspired by helping companies avoid regulatory pitfalls and build successful businesses, Sheri founded '68 Partners LLC which specializes in holistic business advisory, regulatory strategy, best compliance practices, license application preparations, and strategic partnering. '68 Partners serves clients across the cannabis spectrum, from CBD, hemp, and THC brands to legacy operators, retailers, processers, cultivators, and other industry stakeholders. Sheri’s practical know-how and unique brand of guidance have also been sought by law firms, financial advisory firms, legislators, regulators, and investors. A University of Michigan alum and Chicago Kent College of Law graduate, Sheri is a respected industry thought leader, speaker, and podcast host. A long-time voting rights advocate and published photographer, Sheri also serves as a Board Advisor to cannabis companies, Director and Regulatory Committee Co-Chair of the New York City Cannabis Industry Association, and Director of the Cannabis Advisory Group.