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Excelsior College Welcomes Cannabis Industrial Advisory Committee of Leading Industry Professionals


In September of 2020, Excelsior College launched the first course in the Graduate Certificate in Cannabis Control program. Excelsior College’s Graduate Certificate in Cannabis Control includes three 3-credit courses designed to educate you on the opportunities, challenges, and complexities of the cannabis industry and its accompanying regulations. 

As part of this program, Excelsior College recently welcomed leading industry professionals to their inaugural Cannabis Industrial Advisory Committee (CBC-IAC) within the School of Graduate Studies. Thirteen members met recently, representing various states from the East Coast to the West Coast, and from as far away as Hawaii.

The CBC-IAC members provide perspectives from business operators, regulators, and the industry along with market expertise related to the program curriculum. The Committee’s input is vital to creating thought leaders in the legal cannabis industry and its regulatory environment.

The members of 2020 Cannabis Industrial Advisory Committee (CBC-IAC) will serve a one-year term, with opportunity for renewals. Members include:

  • Tessa Adams (CA), Head of Marketing, MOXIE
  • Solonje Burnett (NY), Founder, Humble Bloom
  • Paul Coble (AZ), Founder & CEO, Thalo
  • Robert Hunt (CA), Founder & Managing Member, Linnaea Holdings
  • Tahir Johnson (MD) Membership Manager & DEI Manager, National

Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA)

  • Kris Krane (IL), President, 4Front Ventures
  • Marion McNabb (NC), President, Cannabis Center of Excellence
  • Amanda Ostrowitz (IL), Senior Vice President & Founder of CannaRegs
  • Ashley Picillo (CO), Founder, Point 7 Group
  • Amanda Reiman (CA), VP of Community Development, Flow Kana
  • Kathryn Reiter (CA), Compliance Manager, Natura Life + Science
  • Dylan Shropshire (HI), Founder & COO, Big Island Grown
  • Danniel Swatosh (NY) Founder, Humble Bloom

“We are extremely honored to be working with a prestigious group of well-respected leaders and experts who approach the sector from various perspectives,” stated Scott V. Dolan, dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Excelsior College. “The guidance and input from this committee is key to the goal of ensuring our program remains current and relevant to the needs of the market. Additionally, we are excited to work with this group to expand opportunities for our students to connect with industry beyond the classroom—through internships, course projects, networking events, webinars on topical issues in the regulatory space, and more.”

Some economic forecasts predict that legal cannabis will be a $73 billion industry by 2025, and recent analyses show employment opportunities expanding in concert with industry growth. Leveraging a fully online delivery model, the Excelsior College Cannabis Control Program will provide high-quality, academically rigorous courses to support adult learners from diverse academic, geographic, and cultural backgrounds.

In the program, students will learn to develop critical thinking skills and deepen their knowledge base to understand the impact of cannabis legalization in our communities, states, and nation as a whole, enabling students to keep pace in this fast-changing environment.

The unique interdisciplinary approach prepares students to converse with policymakers, industry leaders, proprietors, and other stakeholders across the many professions that the cannabis industry touches. A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to this graduate certificate program.

For more information about the program please visit the webpage: https://www.excelsior.edu/program/graduate-certificate-in-cannabis-control/