Confirmed Plenary Speakers Include:


John Carnevale, Ph.D.

John Carnevale is the President of Carnevale Associates, LLC, a public policy firm that conducts strategic planning, performance measurement and management, research and data analysis and program and policy evaluation for a range of clients in the public and private sectors.

Jonathan Caulkins, Ph.D.

Jonathan Caulkins is the H. Guyford Stever University Professor of Operations Research and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  

Andrew Freedman, J.D.

Andrew Freedman is Co-Founder and Partner of Freedman & Koski, a consulting firm founded by experts with hands-on government experience effectively implementing voter-mandated legalized recreational and medical marijuana while protecting public health, maintaining public safety and keeping marijuana out of the hands of children.

Rick Garza

Rick Garza has been with the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) since 1997 and currently serves as Deputy Director. During Garza’s career with WSLCB, he has also held the positions of Legislative and Tribal Liaison and Policy Director.

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Hilary N. Karasz, Ph.D.

Hilary N. Karasz is a Communications Program Manager and Public Information Officer for Public Health – Seattle & King County, where she provides information aimed at improving the health and well-being of the two million residents of King County, Wash.

Beau Kilmer, Ph.D.

Beau Kilmer is a Senior Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation, where he codirects the RAND Drug Policy Research Center and also serves as a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Lewis Koski, MBA

Lewis Koski is a co-founder of Freedman & Koski, Inc., a government consulting company focused on implementing marijuana policy using good approaches to government.

Susan Weiss, Ph.D.

Susan Weiss is the Director, Division of Extramural Research at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), which oversees extramural programs, research training activities, operations planning and trans-NIH initiatives, such as the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study.