Representative Joe Moody
Texas House of Representatives
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Brennan Avants served 20 years in the United States Army, retiring as a Chief Warrant Officer 2 in 2017 as a Blackhawk Helicopter pilot. He served three combat tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and was inducted in the Honorable Order of Saint Barbara as well as the Sergeant Audie Murphy Club, the latter a distinction less than 1% of all Non-commissioned Officers ever receive. Brennan lives in Boerne with his wife and daughter.
Provides leadership and administration for a large comprehensive program of research, teaching and extension in Soil and Crop Sciences. Leading move into hemp research by many Texas A&M AgriLife Scientists, focusing on everything from plant breeding, variety adaptation, gene editing for enhancing specific traits, advanced testing techniques for cannabinoids and phenolics, disease resistance, product development and agronomic practices.
David Bass served in the U.S. Army for 25 years. He is a veteran of Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. David served in Iraq with the 1st Cavalry Division in 2004-2005. When he returned to Fort Hood, David was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In 2012, David started using medical cannabis instead of pills. David was the Director of Veteran Outreach for Texas NORML from 2013 to 2021 and he founded Texas Veterans for Medical Marijuana in 2015.
John Baucum is the Political Director of Republican Against Marijuana Prohibition. RAMP was established as a political caucus within the GOP that recognizes prohibition of marijuana to be a failed policy that undermines our liberties. He has been involved in political activism since 2012 and previously served as Chairman of the Texas Young Republican Federation.
John has strong connections with elected officials at all levels of government and across party lines.
Terrence Baugh serves as Patient Advocate for goodblend Texas and oversees general success for patients while connecting with advocacy groups throughout the state. As an educator and native Austinite with over 18 years focused on working with the special needs population, Terrence is dedicated to serving Texans living with numerous qualifying conditions get relief using goodblend products.
As Deputy Director of CTD Chase is called on for research, policy analysis and recommendations to the Texas Legislature and state agencies on issues surrounding Texans with disabilities. Chase also serves as the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the Texas Patients First Foundation a non-profit coalition of business, patient, physician and advocacy groups working towards the expansion of the Texas Compassionate Use Program
Matthew Brimberry, MD, is an experienced medical marijuana physician who has been delivering palliative care to patients throughout the Texas area for over 10 years. He is also the largest medical marijuana prescriber in the State of Texas through the Texas Compassionate Use Program (TCUP). Dr Brimberry serves as the medical director for the Texas Cannabis Clinic, a telemedicine clinic serving patients over the entire state of Texas.
Lisa Bueno served in the US Air Force from 2006 - 2012, including 2 tours in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. She was diagnosed with PTSD in 2016, and turned to medical cannabis in 2018. Lisa is the Director of Veteran Outreach for Texas Cannabis Collective, founder of Veterans Educating Texas (VET) Coalition, and works on the production team at Goodblend TX, where she helps produce medical cannabis products for patients across Texas.
Jill Carreiro helps to lead the team at New Hampshire based Orange Photonics in providing LightLab 3 Portable Cannabis Analyzer. Coming from the pharmaceutical manufacturing space, Jill brings a deep understanding of regulatory compliance, GMP, and the intersection of quality testing, product consistency, and consumer safety. Jill is passionate about the groundbreaking technology that Orange Photonics calls "democratized HPLC".
Shannon Edmonds is the Director of Governmental Relations for the Texas District & County Attorneys Association (TDCAA), where he serves as a liaison between prosecutors and the Texas Legislature. Mr. Edmonds graduated from UT-Austin and the UT School of Law. He worked as a prosecutor in Travis County and then served as an assistant general counsel to Governor George W. Bush and as a policy advisor to Lt. Governor Bill Ratliff before joining TDCAA in 2002.
Gregory Fowler is father of four and a rancher from Madison County. He is an active member of the Tourette Association of America and Tourette Texas. He has advocated medical cannabis for Tourette Syndrome at the state and national level.
For the last nine years, Tony has been focused on developing cannabis security strategies for businesses and has worked with over 500 cannabis clients in 35 States including Texas. Tony has spoken at over 100 cannabis conferences and is considered the O.G. of cannabis security. He is regarded as a leader in high-risk security program designing and has opened more than 1,000 high-risk businesses in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Mayer Grashin is the General Counsel at PharmaCann Inc. where he leads the cannabis company’s team of legal professionals. Grashin began his career as a litigator, and spent several years at a leading automotive tech company. He is an enthusiastic supporter of the normalization and destigmatization of cannabis, and is proud to play his small part in that movement. Grashin earned his JD from Georgetown University Law Center
Liz is the co-founder & CEO of Grow House Media, a full-service international media agency serving Cannabis and Hemp. She's the host of the ProCannabis Media's "Calling All Growers", & the Feminized Podcast, a show that invites the most powerful women in the industry for Real Talk about culture and the future of cannabis.
Liz spends her free time working to educate and enlighten Lone Star lawmakers & Texans about all the benefits of cannabis
Dan Herer, son of legendary hemp and cannabis activist and advocate Jack Herer, was born into the cannabis movement. Starting in 1980, Dan worked alongside his father to end cannabis prohibition. For more than 40 years the Herer family has supported initiatives to end prohibition, including the landmark proposition (215) in California in 1996. This was the catalyst that inspired many other states to follow.
Amanda Grace Hughes, L.E. is a 5th generation Texan, an experienced Licensed Esthetician, Cosmetic Chemistry Instructor and Formula Consultant, a spa owner in Dallas, Texas, an enamored Herbalist and a passionate cannabis educator, patient and advocate. Her passion is truly plants and the medicine and energy they lend to us.
Jax Finkel James is Executive Director for Foundation for an Informed Texas (FIT), a 501c3 nonprofit. FIT produced a successful medical cannabis ad campaign that was played on MSNBC and Fox News which reached over 1.8 million Texans. Jax has been involved in cannabis law reform since 2005, eventually becoming the Executive Director for Texas NORML. She serves as the State Policy Manager for NORML.
Dr. Russell W. Jessup leads the Perennial Grass & Industrial Hemp Breeding programs within the Department of Soil & Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University. Research efforts target diverse hemp and grass feedstocks, as well as emerging bio-based material commodities (biofuels, biosilica, bioplastics, biocomposites, etc.) in parallel with hybrids optimized for C-sequestration and resource-use-efficiency.
Dr. Karla Johanning, is the CEO and Founder of KJ Scientific Independent Testing Labs a Hemp & CBD testing lab and Contract Research Organization (CRO) Dr. Johanning is an expert scientist in ecotoxicology. Her lab participated with Fortune 500 companies in an OECD Ring Trial to standardize an innovative method to test chemicals for chemical risk assessment and regulatory compliance.
Kyle A. Jones, Founder and CEO of Future Compounds, a minor cannabinoid manufacturing, distribution, and research and development firm. Leader in isolating and scaling the production of rare cannabinoids with high therapeutic properties, currently developing the next generation of cannabinoid products for consumers.
Ray is the founder of two companies actively building utilizing hemp.
Focus: to make building with hemp possible.
HBN is a network of professionals and resources.
Focus: to empower investors to make a profit, benefit people, and steward the planet.
The achieve this Triple P seeks opportunities that connect investment with hemp, such as the real estate investment of building houses with hemp.
Mr. Klettke has spent decades studying the cannabis plant. From his work with the Swiss government in 1997-1998 producing hemp at field scale to providing material to TAMU in 2020/2021. Jeremy recognized the value of CBD early and in 2014 established Davis Farms as a producer of quality 1:1 to 20:1 CBD to THC ratio cannabis plants. In 2015, Jeremy turned his focus to the Type III hemp world, becoming a leader in the field of novel hemp genetics.
Debra Kimless, M.D. is a triple-boarded physician. She has been in the medical cannabis field since 2013 where her diverse involvement spans many areas. Her consulting includes being head of clinical research for an academic medical center as well as serving as a scientific advisor for a cannabis investment company. She is a passionate educator who promotes knowledge using tangible data with the goal to de-stigmatize medical cannabis.
Mr. Krause has over 40 years experience in analytical chemistry. He has worked in a wide variety of industries. He has been a principal in 4 laboratories and is Principal Scientist for Krause Analytical.
Mr. Krause routinely provides expert witness testimony in environmental, manufacturing and food safety. He is actively involved in hemp and cannabis regulations, analytical methods and minor or novel cannabinoid production and pharmacology.
Dmitry Kurouski earned his MS in Biochemistry from Belarusian State University, Belarus and PhD (Distinguished Dissertation) in Analytical Chemistry from SUNY Albany, NY. After a Postdoc in the laboratory of Prof. Richard P. Van Duyne at Northwestern University, Dr Kurouski joined Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. In 2017, Dr Kurouski joined Biochemistry and Biophysics Department of Texas A&M University as Assistant Professor.
Leah Lakstins creates immersive experiences connecting cannabis brands with consumers. She is an UNLV Certified Cannabis Professional and the secretary of the ASTM subcommittee for cannabis training standards. When not strategizing on consumer engagement, you may find her DJ-ing in Austin.
In 2014 Piper became an active part in advocating for medical cannabis access. She has varied experiences with making and trialing cannabis for her son's severe epilepsy, including one of the first participants in TCUP. Her passion for providing Texans with access to safe effective cannabis medications has pushed her to being a Master's in Cannabis Therapeutics candidate from UMaryland in May 2022. She is happy to share her experiences with you!
Chris joined MPP in 2013 and is now the Director of Government Relations. He is a former criminal defense attorney and medical marijuana patient. Chris ran a medical cannabis business in Montana called Montana Cannabis, which was later raided by the DEA, and he's been in advocacy ever since. He helped pass medical and then legalization in Illinois, and now much of his time is spent in Washington D.C. where he works on federal reform.
Krista began advocating for families in 2015 as the Director of Family Rights Advocacy. Since then has personally helped hundreds of families in their difficult, sometimes terrifying journeys through the CPS investigation process.
Max is a passionate cannabis educator through his company Trichome Institute. Trichome produces advanced cannabis course certifications, products, and more. Max is involved with research projects discovering new trichome types, cannabis species, entheogens, and cannabis aroma mapping. His forte is psychedelic cacti, exotic animals, and navigating the matrix. @max.montrose @trichome.institute & trichomeinstitute.com
Joe Moody represents Texas’s District 78, a mixed urban and rural district covering much of northern El Paso County. Joe served as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House—the number two job in the chamber—in the 86th and 87th Legislatures under two different Speakers. He’s currently vice chair of the powerful Calendars Committee. He’s also co-chair and founder of the bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Caucus.
Frank Palomino is a CPA who helps cannabis businesses with taxes and operations. He's known for creating efficiencies that save people time and money, as well as simplifying complex systems into actionable plans. He leverages his extensive knowledge of accounting and business in the cannabis industry to provide clients with clarity in their financial situation through Profit First– a proven system of cash management designed for entrepreneurs.
Lisa Pittman has been a pioneering figure in the Texas cannabis industry since 2015. Lisa is appointed to the Texas Department of Agriculture Industrial Hemp Advisory Council. She is also a Non-resident Fellow for Rice University's Baker Institute Drug Policy Program. She earned the 2020 Texas Lawyer Trailblazer and 2020 National Law Journal Trailblazer awards for Cannabis Law.
I began my career with TDA in 1987 while attending Texas Tech University, where I was an Ag Science Major. I first worked as a Seed Analyst in the TDA Lubbock Seed Lab for two years; next, I worked as a Pesticide Inspector for 7 seven years in Lubbock. In 1995, I was offered an opportunity to move to Austin to work in mid-management in the TDA Pesticide Division.
I have been in the cannabis and hemp industry with Emerald Scientific since 2018. My position has given me an opportunity to become intimately involved in the inner workings of test labs and manufacturers, as well as the respective regulatory agencies.
I am also the Chair of the Society of Cannabis Technologists, a non-profit scientific group dedicated to the advancement of cannabis science education and peer networking.
Lisa has been a fierce advocate working two legislative sessions testifying at the Capitol, working closely with lawmakers to push high standards of reform. Lisa has a background in professional advocacy by organizing events, press releases, drafted resolutions for local municipalities and assisted in hosting nationwide conferences. Lisa currently serves as Sponsorship and Operations Coordinator for Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy.
Andrea is an attorney at the Houston office of Frost Brown Todd, a national full-service law firm with 550+ lawyers. Licensed in both TX & OK, she serves cannabis businesses across the supply chain in compliance, contracts, licensing, marketing/labeling, policy-making, real estate, & financing. Andrea also advises on issues unique to the industry, such as delta-8 and other novel cannabinoids.
Dr. Michael Thomson is Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and holder of the H. M. Beachell Rice Chair at Texas A&M University. Dr. Thomson’s expertise is in crop genetics, with a focus on gene editing, molecular breeding, and international agriculture. He currently leads the Crop Genome Editing Lab, and his activities include optimizing CRISPR-based gene editing for novel trait development in industrial hemp.
My name is Martha Velez. My husband and I founded Oak Cliff Cultivators in 2019 and were proud to be part of the first wave of Texas Hemp Farmers. I lead Sales and Education initiatives for our company. I bring 16 years of educational experience including campus and district leadership. I use my personal journey of being canna-sceptic to canna-convinced as a driving force for advocacy and education to our booming and ever changing industry.
Dr. Aruna Weerasooriya received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka and a doctoral degree in Plant Systematics from the University of Hong Kong. He received his postdoctoral training on medicinal plant systematics. He
leads one of the dynamic Industrial Hemp (Cannabis sativa) research programs in the state of Texas at the Prairie View A&M University.
Jordan Wellington is a partner at VS Strategies based in Denver. He also serves of counsel at Vicente Sederberg LLP. Jordan has played a key role in drafting cannabis legislation and regulations in Colorado and other states. He regularly advises government officials, businesses, and organizations from around the U.S. and across the globe on the responsible regulation of cannabis.
State Representative James White is a native Texan born in Houston, TX. He attended Houston ISD public schools before graduating with honors from Prairie View A&M University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. In addition, he completed his doctorate in political science at the University of Houston. Rep. White was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010.
Nishi Whiteley, is the COO of CReDO Science, a cannabis science company focused on innovation, formulation and clinical consulting. A founding board member of the Foundation for an Informed Texas, she has been a legalization advocate since 2013. Nishi is the author of the book Chronic Relief: A Guide to Cannabis for the Terminally & Chronically Ill, the companion website www.MyChronicRelief.com and several cannabis science articles.
Dr. Jokūbas Žiburkus is an internationally renowned cannabis expert, tenured University of Houston neuroscience professor, an accomplished scientist, innovator, speaker, executive and founding entrepreneur. He is a co-founder & CEO of Adendox LLC since 2014, a private company focused on cannabis education, national and international consulting, and cannabis product development and branding (http://www.adendox.com/).