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Marketing Strategy: Charting a Course in an Ever-Changing Environment and Measuring ROI for Cannabis Businesses

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Erin Roche
Candy & Flowers, CEO and Co-Founder

Erin is CEO and Co-Founder of Candy & Flowers, an award-winning, strategic communications, and marketing agency. Erin leads the company’s efforts to educate and influence audiences about cannabis products and services and champions the growth, normalization, and future of the cannabis and psychedelics industries. 

Candy & Flowers is a leading marketing, PR, and advocacy resource for MSOs, brands, ancillary businesses, and municipalities across the country. The agency has experience across categories in cannabis and associated non-flower-touching industries and works with leading companies such as Arma Therapeutics, Enlighten, Holistic Industries, K-Zen, Wellfounded, and others. Candy & Flowers received a Cannabis Clio in 2020 for the introduction of 1906’s line of LOVE edibles and tablets, and again in 2021 for the launch of the Garcia Hand-Picked brand. 

Erin held executive communications positions within corporations including IBM, at the world’s largest agencies such as Edelman and Weber Shandwick, and supported some of the most recognized brands including AT&T, GM, J&J, Microsoft, PayPal, and Samsung, among others. She also has experience helping startups build their brand and reputation in emerging industries. Erin’s expertise includes brand and product marketing and PR, crisis communications and issues management, executive visibility and thought leadership, grassroots marketing, experiential, advocacy, social and digital strategy, and content. Erin was named 40 Under 40 by PRWeek in 2015.

Evan Nison
NisonCo, President

Evan Nison is a member of the NORML Board of Directors and sits on the Board of Directors of Students for Sensible Drug Policy. He is the founder of the PR firm NisonCo, which connects leaders in the legal cannabis, medical marijuana, and hemp industries with influential journalists across the U.S. and the world. As part of his mission to build socially driven businesses, he co-founded Whoopi & Maya, a women’s-focused cannabis brand with actress Whoopi Goldberg and fellow NORML board member Rick Cusick. He then went on to co-found Emerald Farm Tours, a Northern California-based cannabis tour company to give the public a transparent hands-on view of the cannabis industry from seed to sale, and Bloody Good Vape & Smoke, a smoke shop in New Jersey he founded with a victim of cannabis prohibition who was held in jail for a year awaiting trial.

Evan has been mentioned in news sources such as the NY Times, CNN, Politico, USA Today, NBC New York, Bloomberg TV, Forbes, and has been profiled in The Cannabist, Civilized, Ithaca Times, Home News Tribune, The Marijuana Times, and the Sun-Times. He also received the 2011 NORML Student Activism Award and High Times Freedom Fighter Award for his advocacy. He also received pen certificates for the New York 911 Good Samaritan Law, New York medical marijuana law, and New York legalization law for his involvement in the passage of those bills. 

Jonathan Spadafora
Veritas Cannabis, President

Former hospitality executive, tapped to craft and execute a unique marketing strategy for the world's best consumer cannabis brand. 

Dave Carroll
DOPE Marketing, Founder & CEO

Dave Carroll is the founder and CEO of DOPE Marketing. DOPE Marketing is a full-service direct mail packaging and print shop that helps cannabis businesses automate direct mail and print with a focus on “no minimum order and short turn over time” on all print and packaging products 

Dave has been in the print, data, and direct mail space for over 12 years. Over the years, Dave has worked with businesses as large as Ashley furniture, Nike, TiVo, and The Golden a state Warriors , all the way to local businesses in the Twin Cities area where DOPE Marketing is located.

When DOPE was established three years ago, it was very clear that there was a huge demand for print and direct mail in the cannabis space. It can be so difficult for cannabis companies to advertise using digital marketing or other forms of advertising. Navigating local and state laws can be difficult for growing cannabis businesses. DOPE focuses on helping cannabis companies follow guidelines and best practices for direct mail and print advertising in their specific states and locations. 

DOPE Marketing has recently identified a problem with shipping turnover times for short run packaging, labeling and stickers for growing cannabis companies. The solution we have developed is a branded storefront where cannabis companies can login and order packaging, printing and any other products they need with no minimum order and short turnover times. 

No more working with a designer and waiting eight weeks to get your packaging materials or having to order tens or hundreds of thousands of items. DOPE Marketing Makes ordering anything you need print related for your cannabis business easy, quick, simple and automated. 

Cannabis businesses have 100 problems during the day, DOPE Marketing can fix 4 of them perfectly. Feel free to reach out to our team for all of your direct mail, packaging and printing needs!