Meet Our Expert Panelists


Brian Staffa

BSC Group

After fostering the growth and success of several non-cannabis related companies, Brian played a pivotal role in getting New Jersey’s highest grossing medical cannabis facility operational. He has toured and assessed over 100 different cannabis facilities, and consulted for both cannabis license applicants and operations in 24 of the 29 legal states, Canada, and abroad. Brian is a partner and Chief Operator of BSC Group, a distinguished cannabis consulting and operational management firm based in New Jersey.


Joshua S. Bauchner, Esq.

Ansell Grimm & Aaron, PC

Joshua is a partner with Ansell Grimm & Aaron, PC, and Co-Chair of the Litigation Department, as well as a member of the Cannabis Law, Community Association Law and Bankruptcy practice groups. Helping cannabis clients understand their rights and the opportunities in a complex and evolving industry, Josh assists with Corporate Formation, Commercial Leasing, Federal Enforcement Actions, Contract Negotiation, Financing, Licensing, Regulatory Compliance, and more.


Ellie O. Siegel, Esq.

Longview Strategic

Ellie is an attorney and founder of Longview Strategic LLC. She has advised entities pursuing permits and developing operations in regulated cannabis markets throughout the country, and and has consulted to companies engaging with cannabis businesses from the healthcare, pharmaceutical, technology and fitness industries. She is an advisor to Greenhouse Ventures LLC and is Co-Producing a documentary film on innovation and inventiveness in the cannabis industry in collaboration with Emmy award winning, History Making Productions.


Scott Rudder

New Jersey CannaBusiness Association

Now President of the New Jersey CannaBusiness Association, Scott is a former state legislator, mayor, veteran and current government affairs executive. In addition to his government and political leadership roles, Scott led Business Development efforts for Lockheed Martin Corporation with a focus on energy systems and radar programs.


Gary B. Rosen

Marcum LLP

Gary is a partner in Marcum’s New York Advisory Services division where he serves as the NYC Practice Leader, the New York metropolitan leader for the Cannabis Practice group, and a member of its Forensics Practice group. He is intimately familiar with accounting best practices and tax laws such as 280E and its implications for how cannabis businesses should ideally be structured and operated.


James Minninger

Viridis Security Group

Jim is a Corporate Security Specialist at Viridis Security Group, a prominent firm designed to serve the specific needs of the cannabis industry. His formidable resume of law enforcement and security experience includes serving as former police sergeant and SWAT operator. He is certified in basic and advanced SWAT Operations, Hostage Rescue, basic and advanced WMD Tactical Operations and Hostage Negotiations.


Saphira Galoob

The Liaison Group

Rachael “Saphira” Galoob is the founder of The Liaison Group, a DC-based federal lobbying firm dedicated to shaping the federal legislative and policy landscape for the Cannabis Industry. Saphira focuses her efforts and expertise to protect and preserve state-authorized Cannabis programs and ensure that Cannabis businesses are able to operate on a level playing field. She is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Florida.


Marc Perel


Marc Perel, CPA, is President, Chief Operating Officer, and co-founder of ARCTRUST Properties Inc., and was Executive Vice President and Director of ARCTRUST. Mr. Perel has more than 30 years experience in all fields of real estate, and is actively working with developers and prospective tenants to provide realty space to those entering the New Jersey cannabis industry across all licensing segments; cultivation, manufacturing, wholesale and retail.