Our Board & Leadership

MoCannTrade Board + Committees

Executive Board (E) | Advisory Board (A)

The Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association is comprised of business professionals from a variety of industries, backgrounds and expertise working together to provide a meaningful impact on Missouri’s medical marijuana trade and program implementation.  Our board’s experience in other cannabis-legal states, licensing / application / operations as well as navigating Missouri’s business landscape, highlights our role as trusted partner to guide state government, regulators and the MMJ industry.

Industry Education + Compliance Committee

This committee impacts all non-healthcare related businesses from an education, compliance and regulatory perspective.  The biggest focus will revolve around compliance preparation and guiding the development of industry rules and regulations to ensure a safe, successful and fair program implementation.

John Curtis (E)

Co-Chair | Director of Cultivation – Beleaf Co.
  • Associated with the Colorado cannabis industry from its inception
  • Expanded Colorado-based company from one cultivation site in 2009 to four dispensaries and over 30,000 sq. ft. of cultivation in 2015
  • Worked with CA cannabis growers to bring greenhouse and full-sun operations into compliance with Prop 215. Then into state and local compliance for legal recreation market
  • Assisted principals of prominent San Francisco dispensary in successfully launching and establishing their business in a highly regulated, competitive market

Upon returning to his home state of Missouri, Mr. Curtis helped establish the Beleaf Company. His extensive knowledge and experience working within the cannabis industry will be extremely valuable in guiding the efforts of Missouri medical cannabis stakeholders, regulators and MoCannTrade members.

Dr. David Sciortino (E)

Co-Chair | Partner – Noah’s Arc Foundation of MO
  • Graduated from Logan Chiropractic College – 1994
  • 20+ years ownership/management of (2) medical office locations, helping patients recover from pain
  • Re-established primary office as medical corporation to provide medical and chiropractic service in same location – 2016
  • Partnered with Dr. Jason Strotheide and Noah’s Arc Foundation of Mo in licensed medical cannabis CBD facility in MO – 2016
  • Oversight and setup of automated medical cannabis greenhouse for Noah’s Arc Foundation of Mo.
  • Training and oversight of medical cannabis clone, grow, cultivation and oil extraction facility

Dr. Sciortino is dedicated to help establish systems for organized implementation of medical cannabis in Missouri. With experience with the current, highly regulated CBD laws in Missouri, Dr. Sciortino provides educated input on operations, safety and legalities as well as seed to sell tracking. Dr. Scortino’s many years of treating patients suffering with pain and witness of opiate abuse drives his commitment to see medical cannabis as a suitable replacement and to support the specific goals of MoCannTrade’s Healthcare and Education Committee.

Bernard Heimos (E)

Owner – Heimos Nurseries
  • Graduated with Horticulture Degree | Ohio State University
  • Currently President/CEO | N.G. Heimos Greenhouses Inc.
  • Chief Cultivation Officer | Flying Eagle Advisors LLC & Mayfield Holdings LLC
  • Served as V.P. of Color Spot Inc., the largest nursery in the U.S.
  • Established Grower Supply LLC, designing and building cutting edge cannabis grow facilities in CA, IL, NV, CO, NM–2014
  • Chairman of the Board | Grower Supply LLC

Having a successful career in the Horticulture industry, both as a businessman and supporter of medical cannabis, Bernie’s experience and contributions directly impact both MoCannTrade and the Industry Education and Compliance committee.

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Jerod Thomas (E)

V.P. – Brewster Alexander Security
  • Co-founder | Brewster Alexander (Digital Video Recording/Surveillance/Security)
  • Currently Vice President | Brewster Alexander: Clients include the White House, Library of Congress, National Geo-spatial Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Army
  • Degree in Computer Management Information Systems
  • Developed camera installations for law enforcement vehicles, neighborhood watch groups, transmission of video over distances for recording purposes and complete design of camera placements to maximize coverage for mass transit installations

Living by the credo “no job too large or too small”, Mr. Thomas specializes in guaranteeing each project/user is continuously supported from beginning to end. He brings the same level of dedication and commitment in leading MoCannTrade and its members with security expertise specifically related to highly sensitive, regulated, governmental and/or medical cannabis industries.

Darryl Chatman (E)

Senior VP of Governance & Compliance – United Soybean Board
  • Distinguished Service Award | Missouri Department of Agriculture
  • Distinguished Graduate Award | University of Missouri School of Law
  • University of Missouri System Board of Curators–2017 to present
  • St. Louis Science Center Board of Trustees–2016
  • St. Louis Agribusiness Club Board of Directors–2016
  • George Washington Carver Fellowship–2004 to 2006

Darryl, a business litigation attorney, helps clients successfully navigate a myriad of governmental policies and regulations affecting their businesses. His extensive experience in both the public and private sectors allows him to anticipate roadblocks and shape legal strategies that enhance clients’ overall business goals.

Agriculture has been a focus throughout Mr. Chatman’s career, from graduate-school biotech researcher to his most recent responsibilities as general counsel for the Missouri Department of Agriculture and now the United Soybean Board. His accomplishments have garnered him numerous awards in agriculture and in the legal field.

Lt. Scott Gleason (Retired) (E)

Security Director – TAG Investigations
  • 30+ years of law enforcement experience
  • Joined Maplewood, MO Police Dept. 1984
  • Served as Asst. Chief, Commander of Internal Affairs Bureau and Director of Administration
  • Undercover narcotics investigator
  • Federally deputized Task Force Officer | DEA–2007
  • Investigative Commander | Maplewood, MO Police Dept. until 2014
  • Graduate | FBI National Academy
  • Graduate | DEA Drug Unit Commander’s Academy
  • DEA Outstanding Investigator’s Award–2014
  • Dual Baccalaureate degrees-Criminal Justice and Business
  • Retired from active duty 2015
  • Founded TAG Investigations and Security Service–2015

As a respected member of Missouri’s law enforcement, drug enforcement and investigative communities, Lt. Gleason’s career enforcement experience will play a pivotal role for MoCannTrade and specifically our Industry Education and Compliance committee.

Dr. Stephanie Cernicek (A)

Senior Chemist – Beleaf Co.
  • B.S. in Chemistry–2011
  • M.S. in Chemistry–2013
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry | University of Missouri- St. Louis–2017
  • Skilled in utilizing and interpreting results from HPLC, ICP-MS, GC-MS and other cannabinoid content testing
  • Member of ASTM international D37 committee on cannabis, working to establish global standards for cannabis industry

On a daily basis, Dr. Cernicek interacts with patients and physicians to design the most effective medical cannabis plans and products-based on the patient’s specific diagnosis and circumstances. Stephanie’s years of experience as a chemist make her an important member of the MoCannTrade team and an asset to those involved in the Missouri cannabis industry.

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Dr. Jason Strotheide (A)

Owner – Noah’s Arc Foundation of Missouri
  • 23 years as a Practicing Chiropractic Physician
  • Founder and CEO | FDA-Registered nutraceutical company
  • Nationally recognized continuing medical education instructor
  • Retired from practice to dedicate his efforts in support of CBD use in Missouri-2016Relying on his passion for helping those suffering; his experience; knowledge of the human body; background in the processes required to manufacture high-grade natural products, and understanding of the challenging, unique FDA regulations—Dr. Strotheide is able to steer Noah’s Arc Foundation of Missouri in a manner that ensures:
  • The highest degrees of compliance
  • Quality assurance
  • Quality control, and
  • A scientific approach in producing the highest grade CBD oil in Missouri
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Josh Mitchem (E)

CEO | C0-Founder Mitchem Companies
  • President, Platinum B Services, 2003-2008
  • CEO, e-Finance Support, 2008-2013
  • CEO/Owner, Revival Management Services, 2013-Present
  • CEO/Co-founder, Mitchem Companies 2003-Present
  • CEO/Owner, MoGrow, LLC 2017- present
  • Board member, Online Lenders Alliance
  • Board member, Synergy Services

Josh has more than 15 years of senior-level national business experience in highly regulated and competitive industries along with 5+ years of cannabis investment / ownership experience. His entrepreneurial expertise in creating and growing companies from the ground up combined with his policy regulation knowledge provides an asset to MoCannTrade’s Industry Education and Compliance committee and the future of Missouri Medical Cannabis.

Healthcare Education + Training Committee

From healthcare systems, providers and patients, this committee researches & defines best practices with stakeholders to ensure a safe, responsible and successful program implementation

Dr. Mimi Vo MD (E)

Internist – Vo Medical Clinic 
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Obesity Medicine
  • Doctor of Medicine Degree | UMKC School of Medicine–2003
  • Bachelor of Liberal Art Degree | UMKC School of Medicine–2003
  • Owner | Vo Medical Clinic, Internal Medicine Outpatient Physician–2009 to Present
  • Internal Medicine Hospitalist | St. Anthony’s Medical Center 2016 to present
  • Clinical Cannabinoid Medicine Education Certification | The Medical Cannabis Institute–2018
  • Medical Marijuana Dispensary Training Certification–HempStaff, Little Rock, AR–2018
  • Cannabis Business Management | Cannabis Career Institute, Chicago, IL

Her integrative and evidence based approach to practicing medicine along with her knowledge of medical cannabis serves as a strong foundation for the industry. Dr. Vo considers the health, wellness and safety of her patients and community a top priority and her efforts as part of the Missouri Medical Cannabis Trade Association’s Healthcare Education & Training committee continue to support this.

Dr. Kyle Ostrom MD (E)

Internist – Mercy Health
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Certified through 2018
  • ACLS/BLS Certifications, NCQA Certified
  • Yale Procedure Certification
  • M.D. & B.S. | Saint Louis University -2005
  • Internal Medicine Physician | Mercy Clinic Four Rivers – 2012 — Present
  • Medical Director | Evercare Hospice and Palliative Care – 2010 — 2014
  • Active member Missouri State Medical Association, Tri-County Medical Society, and American College of Physicians
  • Recognized by the Missouri State Medical Association and general assembly as Physician of the Day–March 18th 2018

Dr. Ostrom has served as internal medicine physician, Medical Director for Hospice and Palliative Care Department Chair of the Hospital Division and Oncology Committee Community Liaison. Its these roles, his ongoing care efforts in his community and Dr. Ostrom’s Evidence Based Medicine approach that positions his as a trusted leader for MoCannTrade’s Healthcare Education and Training committee.

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Dr. Patricia Hurford MD, MS (E)

Board-Certified Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Pain Management Specialist – SOAR Medical (Spine, Orthopedics & Rehabilitation) 
  • B.S. Degrees in Chemistry, Biology and Political Science | UMKC
  • M.D. Degree | University of Missouri School of Medicine, Kansas City
  • M.S. Degree | Sports Medicine, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
  • Residency  Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
  • Board Certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Subspecialties certification in Pain Management and Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • Physiatric Association of Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation
  • American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
  • American Academy of Pain Medicine

“As a lifelong sports enthusiast suffering many of the aches and sprains that accompany competitive sports, I know stubborn pain impacts functionality, mobility and emotional outlook as well as the ability to deal with everyday environmental stress. Powerful opioid pain medications promise quick relief but often lead to abuse and serious life consequences. Taking the time to listen and thoroughly explain what viable treatment options exist, helps my patients to feel validated, understood and know that I can take care of them.”

Dr. David Yablonsky DO (E)

Board Certified Internist – Associated Physicians Group | Victory Men’s Health  
  • Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine | Des Moines University–1998
  • Pre-Medicine Program in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics | University of Minnesota–1993
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Admin., Major in Accounting Graduated cum laude–1987
  • Southern Illinois Healthcare Association Board of Directors–2013 to 2016
  • Grinnell Regional Medical Center Chief of Medicine | Section Chief of Internal Medicine | Director Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation | Director Diabetes Education | Chairman Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee
  • Medical Director | Associated Physicians Group
  • Medical Director | Victory Men’s Health
  • Member | American College of Physicians Diplomat | American Board of Internal Medicine: Re-Certified 2013
  • Writer | Ask the Doctor Newspaper Column, Co-Host | Ask the Doctor Radio Show, Speaker and Presenter for the pharmaceutical industry and local civic organizations.

As a physician already working in a medical cannabis legal state, Dr. Yablonsky’s experience with patients, medical systems and regulators will have a direct and immediate impact on MoCannTrade’s Healthcare Education and Training committee for a safe, responsible program implementation in Missouri.

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Dena Ladd (E)

Executive Director – Missouri Cures
  • 20+ years of experience in public policy and community affairs
  • B.A. Degree | Drury University
  • Graduate Degree in Public Administration/Public Policy | Southern Illinois University
  • Principal | Ladd Consulting specializing in governmental relations
  • Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative campaign–2006
  • Executive Director of Missouri Cures–2010
  • National Board Member | Alliance for Regenerative Medicine

Ms. Ladd’s current position involves cultivating and maintaining relationships with key policy makers, business leaders and opinion leaders in the medical research field on the state and national level. In 2016 she directed a campaign rallying consultants, patient advocacy groups, volunteers and business leaders in an effort to defeat a ballot initiative—containing language that could potentially harm medical research in Missouri. Her background and experience directly supports the mission of MoCannTrade as well as her role on the Healthcare Education and Training committee. 

Ronnie White (E)

Attorney – Greensfelder Law
  • B.A. Degree Political Science | Rhodes College–2010
  • Juris Doctor Degree | Florida Coastal School of Law, cum laude–2014
  • Admissions Missouri U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri Veterans Affairs Appeals Board
  • Deposes expert witnesses and negotiates settlements involving alleged violations of the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act, fraud and negligence
  • Litigation Associate | Missouri Public Service Commission

Mr. White handles complex commercial litigation matters for businesses of all sizes. With experience in all phases of litigation, his skills in oral advocacy and writing are an asset to his work in discovery, trial preparation and settlement negotiation. His commitment to effective case management and deep understanding of each client’s business helps him effectively serve MoCannTrade and a variety of industries.

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Brett Williams R.Ph. (E)

  • 38+ years of experience as a pharmacist and healthcare advisor
  • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy | St. Louis College of Pharmacy
  • American Red Cross | Team Lead Disaster Action Team 2013 – Present
  • KSDK Channel 5 | Pharmacy Consultant 1989 – 2011
  • BCBSMO Blue Cross of Mo | Director of Pharmacy 1990 – 2003
  • Cardinal Health Mid America Regional Advisory Board 1998 – 2000
  • National Speakers Bureau | Board of Directors 1994 – 2004
  • Member: American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, National Community of Pharmacists Association, American Pharmaceutical Association

Mr. Williams is an accomplished business owner and community pillar through his decades of pharmacy leadership and customer service.   Brett helped build his small, family-owned pharmacy into St Louis’ largest independent pharmacy until selling three of four stores to a national chain in 2011. Brett is a respected medical industry professional focused on improving the lives of his customers and those who rely on him for healthcare leadership and expertise.  Brett has led hospital missions in Haiti as well as local/regional disaster relief efforts with the Red Cross.  It is this passion and dedication to his community that makes Brett the perfect addition to MoCannTrade and the Healthcare Education and Training committee. 

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Zack Carpenter (A)

L.A. Based Attorney & Investor
  • California cannabis regulatory attorney and businessman
  • Former General Counsel / Head of Operations | Besito, a vaporizer and edible cannabis company
  • Founding Member | Bailey Capital, a cannabis-focused venture capital firm with interests in industry leaders like Pax, Eaze, Bloom Farms, High Times Magazine and Dosist.

Mr. Carpenter has developed expertise in the cannabis industry with particular attention to the legal and regulatory environment of the California medical and adult use markets. Before entering the cannabis industry in 2015, Zachary worked as a senior staff attorney at Orleans Public Defenders in New Orleans, LA.  Zachary attended Harvard University and Stanford Law School, where he was a member of the Stanford Law Review.

Business + Trade Planning Committee

This savvy group of experienced professionals engages stakeholders, industry and non-industry entities to inform, educate and guide the trade from a business planning perspective.

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John Pennington (E)

VP Broker / Investor – Savoy Properties
  • Joined Savoy Properties in new business development–2009
  • Background in office/retail brokerage with emphasis on investment sales and owner representation
  • B.A. in History and Psychology | University of Colorado
  • Member | SLAR (St. Louis Association of Realtors)
  • Member | NAR (National Association of Realtors)

His passion for numbers, investing, and service transcends to his interest in real estate, as Mr. Pennington spends a major portion of his time with Investors and Owners addressing their real estate needs. Whether it’s representing banks on their corporate real estate and loan portfolio—or working with local investors in the acquisition, disposition and leasing of investment properties.  John’s business experience and acumen makes him the perfect chair for the Business and Trade Planning committee where he will lead the charge for MoCannTrade stakeholders, members and the impending industry.

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Jack Mitchell (E)

President – Mitchell Hospitality
  • Bachelor of Science, magnum cum laude, Agricultural Economics | University of Missouri
  • Doctorate in Jurisprudence, with honors | University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Law
  • Masters of Law Degree in taxation | University of San Diego School of Law
  • President/CEO and Shareholder | Thunderbird Resorts–1997 to 2012
  • President | Fiesta Systems, a premiere hospitality software company –2012 to 2015
  • Chairman | Sculpture Asia Companies located in Asia and Dubai –2016 to 2017
  • Formed Mitchell Hospitality Ltd.–2017

Jack’s many years of regional, national and international business dealings along with his long career of legal guidance and leadership in the gaming, regulatory and hospitality industries makes him an excellent addition to MoCannTrade as well as the Business and Trade Planning committee.

Derek Mays (E)

V.P. / Deputy General Counsel 
  • Experienced transactional and intellectual property lawyer with 15+ years of in-house/law firm practice
  • Manages compliance programs, I.P. portfolio, labor and employment matters
  • B.S. Degree in electrical engineering | Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Juris Doctor Degree | University of Iowa School of Law

Mr. Mays possesses the unique ability to craft sound legal expertise with a focus on the human side of business. He will use his deep transactional and compliance law background to guide MoCannTrade, cannabis industry stakeholders and members with specific impact to our Business and Trade Planning committee.

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Kevin Reardon (A)

Owner – Advertising Savants

Over three decades, Kevin has led the development of successful, integrated brand development campaigns for a wide range of clients, in industries including tourism, consumer package goods, education, health, financial services, non-profit, entertainment and household goods—in both Business to Business and Business to Consumer categories. Kevin’s philosophy is “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” and its this approach that positions Kevin and his team as powerful partners for shaping the voice and message for MoCannTrade as well as his impact specifically on the Business and Trade Planning committee.

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Eric Wolf (E)

Investor/Partner – Gateway Extraction
  • B.S. Communication Management/Marketing Missouri State University
  • 20+ years’ experience in the Pharmaceutical, Nutraceutical, and Life Science industry.
  • Member of “Professionals in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech Industry”
  • Member of the “Pharmaceutical Marketing Group”

Mr. Wolf is a supplier of high quality active pharmaceutical ingredients and biochemicals including biological buffers, amino acids and other high purity chemical reagents through his company Xenos Inc. Sourcing unique ingredients from full cGMP ISO certified manufacturing plants in China, South America and Europe is his specialty. He has been involved in numerous FDA cGMP audits including initial FDA NDA/ANDA and 483 submissions. He is familiar with the global markets as well as the logistics, customs, and international laws of these industries. His goal is to give genuine hope and help to the people and children legal medical cannabis will benefit, make a difference in their lives and help to regulate the industry.

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Chip Sheppard (E)

Attorney – Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell & Brown, P.C.
  • Shareholder in the Transactional and Litigation/Dispute Resolution Groups of CEC&B, P.C.
  • Practice in the areas of real estate, licensing, business, employment, acquisitions, banking, contracts, municipal planning and zoning and IP transactions
  • Board of Directors, New Approach Missouri 
  • Member of the National Cannabis Bar Association
  • Past board member & President of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, current board member of the Springfield Metropolitan Bar Foundation, Chairman – Non-Partisan Court Plan Committee, member –American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar and Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association
  • Bachelor’s Degree Missouri State University 1980, Law School Graduate – Southern Methodist University 1983

Mr. Sheppard was instrumental in the birth of the Mo. MMJ industry revising Constitutional Amendment 2 from 2015-2017, explaining its provisions to local groups and potential clients, and raising money for the effort. He has been a business lawyer for the last 35 years; is the Chair of his firm’s Marijuana and Hemp Law Group (7 of the 18 members of the firm); and recently named Lawyer of the Year by Missouri Lawyers Weekly along with Mike Hill, a MoCannTrade advisory board member, for their MMJ initiative work. His involvement in legal associations, community organizations and cannabis industry groups provides insight, expertise and leadership to both MoCannTrade and the Government Affairs committee.

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Patrick Van Meter (A)

Investor / Partner – Camo Medical
  • President | Van Meter Farms, a 900 acre crop farm in Higginsville, MO
  • Healthcare professional with over twelve years of experience in medical sales, new business development, and medical cannabis startups
  • Participated in forming four license winning medical cannabis companies over four years
  • National Product Director for a leading medical technology provider

Patrick’s extensive business experience and network have been invaluable in the creation of professional, process-based companies focused on regulatory compliance and strong ethical standards built for success in this new and highly competitive industry. Patrick’s experience is a perfect fit to help educate, advocate and guide the trade while serving the role of advisory board member for MoCannTrade specifically on the Business + Trade Planning committee.

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Corey Christanell (E)

CEO – 3Gems Nutrition

Corey spent 20+ years in senior level positions within the alcohol industry. His experience in highly regulated businesses provides insight into the importance of establishing the right policies to support a healthy medical cannabis industry. He currently is the CEO of 3Gems Nutrition, a plant nutrient company focusing on cannabis nutrient supplies.

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Larry Ellison, CPA (E)

CFO – Agrios Global USA | Timberland Bay Properties
  • BS Accounting, Missouri State 1967
  • Masters in Accounting, University of Missouri Columbia 1968

Larry Ellison received his Master’s in Accounting from Mizzou and has been an active CPA since 1970. He was formerly a partner at BKD CPAs, Executive V.P. of NYSE listed Empire Gas Corporation, has owned several manufacturing and service businesses and is currently a partner in EllisonLiggett; providing litigation services and expert testimony in forensic accounting. Larry also serves as Director and CFO of USA operations of Agrios Global Holdings Ltd. an international publicly traded (TSX) company concentrating in building and servicing state-of-the-art cannabis cultivation, processing and retail facilities around the world. Agrios is also involved with a hemp joint-venture in China. Larry resides in Springfield, MO and has been married for 50 years to Merrilyn with 2 children and 5 grand kids.

MoCannTrade Association Staff

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Andrew Mullins - President | Executive Director

MoCannTrade Executive Director
  • VP and Executive Board Member | AAF-St. Louis Ad Club–2010 to 2017
  • 20+ years of marketing experience working with RJ Reynolds, Anheuser-Busch, Coca-Cola, 5hr Energy, Elsevier, Blu e-cigarettes as well as other notable healthcare and consumer brands

After hearing Senator Eric Schmitt’s impassioned speech for CBD on the Missouri Capital floor, It has been Mr. Mullins’ passion to see medical cannabis become a reality in the state.

“I recognize the rising tide of cannabis nationally and the positive impact it has on people’s health. I’m excited to be leading our association and look forward to working with the industry to implement a safe, responsible program that more than anything, helps people.”

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Eric Walter - General Counsel

Partner – Armstrong Teasdale LLP
General Counsel – MoCannTrade 
  • Litigator and transactional attorney with over 20 years of experience representing a range of clients, from small start-up businesses to Fortune 500 companies
  • Significant experience representing industry clients in connection with license applications, compliance issues, corporate structure, and equity positions
  • Prior experience representing state licensing boards as a Missouri Assistant Attorney General
  • Broad experience representing clients in complex litigation, including class actions, contract disputes, securities litigation, and federal preemption matters
  • Bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Missouri – Columbia

Mr. Walter has spent years studying the industry’s remarkable expansion through state legislation and ballot initiatives, notwithstanding cannabis’s Schedule 1 designation under federal law.  His vast industry knowledge, experience in state licensing, and representation of private sector clients have uniquely prepared him to support MoCannTrade’s mission of ensuring that Missouri’s medical marijuana industry is safe, compliant, fair, and effective for patients, license applicants, and businesses serving the industry.

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Steve St. Arnold - Treasurer

MoCannTrade Treasurer

Serves as CFO of Blue Dart Ventures LLC, within the Mitchem Companies. Mr. St. Arnold has been the CFO since 2011 and in addition serves as Chief Compliance Officer for the same entities.  Prior to joining the Mitchem companies, Steve was the Vice President of North American Finance for Danisco, a worldwide food ingredient company from March 2000 to July 2011.  Prior to 2000, Steve held positions in the industrial lubricants industry for Fuchs Lubricants.  Steve has a BBA from UMKC and an MBA from Avila University.

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Jack Cardetti - PR / Communications

Tightline Strategies | MoCannTrade Communications

Jack Cardetti has served for a decade as a spokesman and communications adviser for public officials and political campaigns. He has worked on some of the most successful campaigns in Missouri in recent years including the highly successful campaign for New Approach Missouri | Amendment 2 which had the highest vote tally of any item on the Nov 6th 2018 ballot.  Jack was instrumental in getting the electorate to understand and support Amendment 2 and will continue to work with MoCannTrade, New Approach and Missouri stakeholders to ensure steady communications and updates related to the successful program implementation of medical cannabis in Missouri.

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