35 Women Making an Impact in Cannabis Science and Medicine

March 11, 2019

In honor of National Women’s Month, I wanted to feature some of the amazing women that will be speaking at the first Cannabis Science Conference East show. 2019 is already shaping up to be the year of the woman and the Cannabis Science Conference team could not be more excited to continue to do our part in making sure women’s voices are being heard in cannabis, science, and medicine. This has been a major priority for us since our inception in 2016. We have an amazing group of female presenters set to speak at our 2019 Cannabis Science Conference East coming up this April 9th and 10th at the Baltimore Convention Center. Get to know these innovative leaders before the show!

35 Women Making an Impact in Cannabis Science and Medicine that Will Be Presenting at the 2019 Cannabis Science Conference East 
(list done alphabetically)

  • Moriah Barnhart, CannaMoms
    As a lifelong advocate of human rights, cannabis was a natural cause to undertake in 2013 when Moriah Barnhart’s daughter was diagnosed with brain cancer at the age of two. Barnhart dedicated herself to saving her daughter’s life, and to helping other parents save their own children’s lives by cofounding CannaMoms in 2014. She subsequently developed Dahlia's Botanicals, a product line which includes the country’s first United States Department of Agriculture (U.S. DA)-certified organic high cannabidiol (CBD) hemp oil.
  • Laura Breit, Professional Mechanical Engineer and Managing Principal, Root Engineers
    Laura Breit is a professional mechanical engineer with experience in the cannabis industry. She received her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Breit serves as managing principal of Root Engineers parent company, ColeBreit Engineering, which she founded in 2013.
  • Lori Dodson, MS, MT (ASCP), Deputy Director, Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission
    Lori Dodson currently serves as the Deputy Director for the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. During her time with the commission, Dodson has been actively involved in developing policy and regulation for the medical cannabis industry, as well as developing testing criteria for the laboratories registered to analyze medical cannabis. Prior to coming on board at the commission, Dodson was a program coordinator for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene-Office of Health Care Quality where she was responsible for regulating and inspecting forensic and clinical laboratories in Maryland. Ms. Dodson has a Master’s of Science in Biomedical Research from the University of Maryland-Baltimore and a Bachelor’s of Science in Medical Technology from Wichita State University. Dodson is married with two very active children and a dog, and loves competing in endurance sports.
  • Abby Epstein, Executive Director, Weed the People
    Abby made her film directing debut at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival with the documentary, Until the Violence Stops, featuring Jane Fonda, Eve Ensler, Salma Hayek, and Rosie Perez. The film played at the Miami, Florida; Santa Barbara, California; Maui, Hawaii, and Locarno, Switzerland Film Festivals and won the Audience Award at the Amnesty International Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada. Until the Violence Stops premiered on Lifetime Television and received an Emmy and a Gracie Allen Award. Prior to her film work, Epstein directed theater, helming National Tours and international premieres of RENT and “The Vagina Monologues.”