educators

AMANDA CONNOR, ESQ.

inventory control & common deficiencies

Amanda Connor’s boutique law practice, Connor & Connor PLLC, focuses on cannabis law, business formation,  litigation, personal injury, and business law, as well as providing valuable legal advice regarding medical marijuana laws.

Amanda is licensed to practice in Nevada and New Mexico.

RIANA DURRETT, ESQ.

Marketing and Advertising Regulations, dispensary Agent Training, Visitor Access and Obtaining an Agent Card & Packaging and Labeling

Riana Durrett serves as the Nevada Dispensary Association’s Executive Director, coordinating the NDA’s legislative and policy agendas and performing community outreach.

Riana responsible for researching and responding to various issues that affect  marijuana dispensaries in Nevada.

DANIELLE TARMU, ESQ.

Product 101 & 102

James Patterson is the Program Director for Nevada Dispensary Association’s Training Department. In 2016, James took the regulatory knowledge he gained from the gaming industry and brought his talents to the cannabis sector. After working in a cultivation facility followed by a dispensary, James realized that there was a great need for training at all levels of the industry and began working with NDA Executive Director, Riana Durrett, on bridging the gap and developing NDA’s education program. Thanks to many of the programs James has built and taught, members of Nevada’s cannabis industry industry now have a dependable resource for all of their training needs.

DANIELLE TARMU, ESQ.

product/premises liability & How to avoid a lawsuit

Danielle Tarmu has been practicing law at Southern Nevada’s top firms since 2009. She has made a name working in general liability defense as well as representing plaintiffs in cases involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, product liability, medical malpractice, insurance bad faith, and unfair claims practices. Danielle is a talented litigation strategist and is known for her exceptional legal writing skill.

Department of Taxation

New Regulations & Compliance

In an effort to provide the most up-to-date compliance information to our students, the Nevada Dispensary Association works closely with the Marijuana Enforcement Division for the Nevada Department of Taxation. The Department, when available, provides agents to our training program to help explain new regulations as they are released and provide examples of good practice and how to execute new compliance initiatives.

Jessica Velazquez, CPA

Financial Compliance

Jessica Velazquez is a founding partner of K&H Consulting, a licensed Las Vegas based financial services firm committed to providing sound and practical accounting, tax, and advisory services to the cannabis industry. She is the firm’s main authority in tax matters for corporations, partnerships, individuals and representing clients before the IRS.

KRYSTAL SAAB, ESQ.

compliance

Krystal Saab, Esq. is General Counsel for The+Source and Nevada Organic Remedies. In this role, she oversees legal operations for all related Nevada entities. Most recently, Krystal worked in-house in the casino industry directing AML Compliance. She has served as the BSA Officer and Director of AML Compliance at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas as well as working at The Sands Corp. and The Venetian | The Palazzo as an attorney focused on AML Compliance. She started her legal career as a litigator in Southern California and then Las Vegas, Nevada.

JO Piña, CSP

OSHA

Jo Piña is a certified safety professional and an expert in OSHA standards that include Powered Industrial Trucks, Hazard Communication, Lockout/Tagout, and Bloodborne Pathogens. In addition to her Bachelor of Science and City Planning Masters, Jo holds a Certificate in Occupational Safety and Health from the University of California, Irvine. She is OSHA 30 hour certified and is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals.

DR. ANDREA SMALL-HOWARD ​

GB SCIENCES

Dr. Andrea Small-Howard is the Chief Science Officer and member of the Board of Directors at GB Sciences, Inc. Dr. Small-Howard has more than 15 years of experience studying cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system, immunology and cancer treatments; as well as executive experience in the biopharmaceutical industry where she supervised research and development, manufacturing and quality control divisions.

Meredith Patterson, RN, BSN, CRRN

GB SCIENCES

Meredith Patterson is a registered nurse with more than 25 years of nursing experience. She has authored numerous presentations and continuing education classes for nursing professionals and is a frequent presenter for community and professional audiences including the University of Texas Health Science Center, Scott and White Hospital, Texas State University and the Texas Culture Change Coalition annual conference. She writes a blog, “Diary of a Budding Cannabis Nurse” for the GB Sciences website.