As a regulatory consultant to the cannabis industry and state regulatory bodies (PA,OH, FL, WA, WVA, CA, NJ, NY, DC, ) I provide advice regarding new regulations, especially in the areas of testing, quality control, labeling, and dispensing.
In New Jersey, I have spent the last few years, advising DOH and now CRC about the major revisions to their testing program. Up until recently, NJ relied on the state environmental lab (PHEL) to provide testing services to the ATCs. The services were limited to testing as an audit function and not as a QC function. I also was instrumental in selecting Maryland’s testing regulations for the interim 12 months until NJ can finalize their own permanent regulations. Additionally, from learned experiences in Maryland, we convinced CRC to require full ISO 17025 accreditation as a condition of licensure (MD allows a 12 month provisional period to receive accreditation while open for business).
I regularly lecture and speak at workshops, conferences, and cannabis classes in the US and internationally. I helped develop a full two year associates degree in cannabis science and business for a MD community college. I am a guest lecturer and a student mentor for the U. of MD pharmacy school’s masters program for cannabis science and therapeutics. I have lectured on the subject of testing at Rowan U., Northern Michigan U, and Medgar Evers College, (MEC) a CUNY in Brooklyn NY. Next year, I will join MEC as an adjunct professor teaching an elective course on testing. I also sit on the board of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) for their Patient Focused Certification (PFC) where we are charged with reviewing the audits conducted under this program. I also belong to the Food and Drug Law Institute (FDLI) and am the current chair of their cannabis subcommittee.
In the industry, I have prepared the chemistry, manufacturing, and labeling sections for cultivation, processing, and retail licenses in several states and DC. I have also advised license holders on a variety of issues regarding both scientific and regulatory matters.
Jack Palis is an environmental and risk management professional dedicated to leaving a healthier planet and equitable society for future generations by making smart choices today. He brings a depth of experience, wisdom, and vision gained in working at top-tier companies to today’s new entrepreneurs in leading edge businesses such as cannabis. His career has revolved around being a student and advocate of developing and applying practical technical and process solutions emerging business and societal challenges. In 2017, Jack moved on from his corporate career at several major international companies to help new ventures and make a social impact. He spent the last 14 years of his corporate career as a client advisor/broker for Marsh USA, the world’s largest insurance brokerage and risk management firm, serving clients ranging from startups to multi-billion-dollar corporations. Prior to that, Jack worked for ENVIRON Corporation and Environmental Resources Management, two well-respected international consulting firms, where he specialized in merger and acquisition due diligence, feasibility analysis of contaminated industrial property redevelopment, and risk analysis to support insurance underwriting, litigation, dispute negotiations and regulatory compliance. His passion is using the knowledge, skills and talents acquired over nearly four decades working for and with multi-national corporations to serve new entrepreneurs cutting edge, emerging, and trending industries. He combined his technical expertise with risk management focus to this business looking to rapidly grow and scale and to navigate the world of insurance where insurers are not fully equipped to underwrite the risks in these new and evolving markets.
Karen Adamsbaum, CIC
Karen is a partner of the John Morgan McLachlan Agency, Inc. which offers commercial lines, personal lines, excess & surplus / specialty insurance, claims management, strategic partnerships and member solutions.
Karen joined the John Morgan McLachlan Agency in 2010. She has over 17 years of management and hands-on experience in all phases of Risk Management, Operations, Finance, Marketing and Technology.
When working with a client her goal is to provide the best Risk Management solution that will meet their needs. In 2012 she received the professional CIC designation as Certified Insurance Counselor, and is currently studying to obtain her AAI (Accredited Advisor of Insurance), and AAIM ( Accredited Advisor of Insurance Management). Her views on educating others about insurance whether they are her clients or not, is important. The platforms in which she educates others is LinkedIn, YouTube and has a podcast called “Risk Intelligence” which can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Google and AnchorFM.
Karen is currently a member of the District XIII Ethics Committee, serves as a Board of Director for the Metropolitan Builders and Contractors Association, as well as very active in several community focus groups. Her other interests include playing golf, guitar, traveling and long distance road biking. She has been married for 27 years to her husband David.