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Shasta Nelson

Shasta Nelson

Author and cannabis connoisseur Shasta Nelson was born and raised in the foothills of Northern California. She’s been involved in the cannabis industry at many levels from managing a delivery service, to studying and reporting on cannabis culture & news at DOPE Magazine. Her favorite strains are Candyland, Roses, and OG Kush and her favorite Terps are Pinene and Linalool.
“Mary Jane she’s my one true love/my very best friend
Never had a better girl/never gon’ leave her again"

Monte Drake

Monte Drake

I was born and raised in Portland, OR. In the early 2000's I became an OMMP patient/grower. Under the guidance of my mentor Shaggy, I soon became knowledgeable in the cultivation of medical cannabis as well as extractions such as dry sift and bubble hash. In 2014 I graduated from Portland State University with a B.S. in Mathematics. After a short stint in the education field I decided to refocus my attention on the cannabis industry. In 2015 some friends and myself created a non profit OMMP collective named Locally Baked. My responsibilities at Locally Baked were president/lead grower. Later in 2015 we teamed up with a local Co2 producer to win a DOPE CUP for best Co2 cartridge from OG Kush that we had grown. I currently work with several farms in harvesting as well as do minor consulting in the production/harvesting of cannabis.

Jaymie Giordano

Jaymie Giordano

Born and raised in a small town in upstate New York, Jaymie and her now-fiancé Matthew relocated to Denver in search of opportunity. Although she is a non-user, Jaymie has worked in the cannabis industry for the last three years.

David Stearns

David Stearns

I have always had an analytical mindset and was curious about the world. In the last five years I have been doing literature research on the legality/morality of Cannabis legalization since 10th grade but as of the past four years I have shifted my focus to the science of the Endocannabinoid System and anything Cannabis related. In the spring, I will have completed my undergraduate Biology degree at Ramapo College of New Jersey. I had planned a comprehensive research study with funding approved by my advisers to test the effectiveness of Cannabidiol as an anti-cancer agent. However, due to legal issues the plan was scrapped. I do plan on completing this research in the future any way possible. My passion is science and knowledge, and it is my duty to help people.

Casey Walsh

Casey Walsh

I was born in San Mateo, California but grew up in Portland, Oregon. I have always had a passion for cannabis and its capabilities to heal and help reduce anxiety. I moved to LA when I was in my mid 20s and worked in television production but my passion was still in cannabis. I soon returned to Portland hoping to get back in touch with my roots and cannabis connections, it was then that I started Miyagi Extracts in Portland Oregon. It was a 3 man underground cannabis oil manufacture who worked out of our garage in Hillsboro OR. Eventually I moved on to work for another anonymous concentrate company in SE Portland. I have processed using Hydro Carbon Closed Loop Extraction, Short Path Molecular Distillation and Whipped Film Separation of Terpenes and Cannabinoids. My experience also extends to Flash On/Flash Off Chromatography. I now work as an account executive for Terpenes and Testing.

Cara Wietstock

Cara Wietstock

Cara began working in the retail cannabis industry of San Francisco, CA in 2011 and continued in that sector for years. In 2015 she dedicated herself to writing full-time. Her passion for the written word and deep respect for the healing properties of the plant have brought her to Terpenes and Testing magazine. She now helps keep us on the cutting edge of scientific cannabis discovery as the Editor-in-Chief of the print publication.

Alex Micalef

Alex Micalef

Alexander Micalef is the founder of Brain Fog Ltd., a Canadian wholesale distribution company tailored to providing customized accessories to Licensed Producers and Cannabis businesses around the world. Born in Montreal, but raised in California and Europe; Alexander brings an eclectic and unique point of view to the Cannabis industry.

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