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GCT100 2023 Nominees: Governance




Legal, regulated cannabis requires rules. The Governance category of the GCT100 shines a spotlight on the people who are either moving the dial on cannabis policy or enforcing the regulations that policy creates. Of course, some of the names on this list will surely raise the hackles of members of the cannabis industry—what we want and what powerful regulators and policymakers want will never align perfectly, especially in a world still largely mired in prohibition.


Erik Altieri
Executive Director, NORML
Washington, D.C., United States

Anutin Charnvirakul
Deputy PM & Health Minister, Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand

Jessica Billingsley
Chair, U.S. Cannabis Council
Denver, CO, United States

Cory Booker
Senator (D-NJ)
Washington, D.C., United States

Carolina Corcho
Minister of Health & Social Protection
Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia

John Fetterman
Senator (D-PA)
Washington, D.C., United States

Vicente Fox
Former President of Mexico
San Cristóbal, Guanajuato, Mexico

Steven Hawkins
Former President, U.S. Cannabis Council
Washington, D.C., United States

Pablo Iglesias
Founder, Unidas Podemos
Madrid, Spain

Karl Lauterbach
Minister of Health, Germany
Berlin, Germany

Nancy Mace
U.S. Representative (R-SC)
Washington, D.C., United States

Bernie Sanders
Senator (I-VT)
Washington, D.C. , United States

Keith Stroup
Founder, NORML
Washington, D.C., United States


Christopher Alexander
Executive Director, NY Department of Cannabis Management
Albany, NY, United States

Joe Biden
President of the United States
Washington, D.C., United States

Marco Buschmann
Minister of Justice
Germany, Berlin, Germany

Dasheeda Dawson
Founding Director, Cannabis NYC
New York, NY, United States

Jean-Yves Duclos
Minister of Health, Canada, Ottawa, ON Canada

Nicole Elliott
Director, California Department of Cannabis Control
Sacramento, CA, United States

Erik Gundersen
Principal, ERG Strategies
Portland, ME, United States

Dianna Houenou
Chair, New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission
Trenton, NJ, United States

Jeremy Hunt
Chancellor of the Exchequer, United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom

Christopher Kimball
Director, Office of Medical Marijuana Use, Florida Department of Health
Tallahassee, FL, United States

Tyler Klimas
Executive Director, Nevada Cannabis Compliance Board
Carson City, NV, United States

Sam Matekane
Prime Minister, Lesotho
Maseru, Lesotho

Gustavo Petro
President of Colombia
Bogotá, Colombia

Gillian Schauer
Executive Director, CANNRA
Seattle, WA, United States

Parks Tau
MEC, Council for Economic Development, Gauteng Province
Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa

Chris Tholkes
Director, Office of Medical Cannabis, Minnesota Department of Health
St. Paul, MN, United States



Cannaconvo with Peter Su of Green Check Verified

Cannabis Last Week with Jon Purow interviews Peter Su of Green Check Verified. Peter Su is a Senior Vice President with Green Check Verified, the top cannabis banking compliance software/consultancy in the space. A 20+ year veteran of the banking industry, Peter serves on the Banking & Financial Services committee of the National Cannabis Industry Association. He chairs the Banking and Financial Services Committee for the NYCCIA & HVCIA. He is an official member of the Rolling Stone Cannabis Culture Council. And, he is on the board of the Asian Cannabis Roundtable, serving as treasurer.

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