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Steve DeAngelo, Executive Director of Harborside Health Center in Oakland, Calif., is a cannabis industry leader, movement strategist and lifelong activist. Steve writes and speaks widely on the subject of cannabis, and his creation of the world’s model medical cannabis dispensary has been covered in national and international news media.

Steve’s past accomplishments include organizing I-59, Washington D.C.’s medical cannabis initiative; Hemp Tour, which brought hemp to the heartland; and Ecolution, Inc., which produced hemp garments and accessories 1990-2000. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Maryland, Steve is a founding, charter member of Americans for Safe Access and the star of the Discovery Channel series “Weed Wars.” (Full bio.)

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Henry (Hank) Levy, CPA/ABV, is the owner of an accounting and consulting firm in Oakland, Calif. The firm specializes in income tax planning and tax compliance for individuals, corporations, partnerships, LLCs, trusts, estates and non-profit clients. The firm obtained its first medical cannabis client in 1998, and now has over 150 clients in this field.

Hank has held faculty positions at City College of San Francisco, Laney College and San Francisco State University, and he is regularly appointed by the Superior Courts of California as a forensic expert, business appraiser and referee in family law, civil litigation and tax matters. He has been continually involved in professional and community service, serving as past president of the East Bay Chapter of California Society of CPAs and as a current director on various non-profit boards.

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Henry Wykowski is a San Francisco-based trial attorney representing numerous cannabis dispensaries in tax and litigation matters, including Harborside Health Center. He is widely considered to be one of the country’s leading authorities on taxation of the medical marijuana industry.

Henry is a graduate of Tulane University School of Law and has been practicing for more than 35 years. He began his career in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of California. Henry was the tax attorney in the landmark case of Californians Helping to Alleviate Medical Problems (CHAMP) v. Commissioner, 128 T.C. No. 14 (2007). Henry currently serves on the board of the National Cannabis Industry Association, and he is actively engaged in the effort to exclude state-authorized dispensaries from Sec. 280E.

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NOTE: Mr. Braach will not be a presenter for the Phoenix seminar.

Rob Braach, CPA, is a native of Missoula, Mont., and his sense of community, responsibility, and work ethic stems directly from this personal connection to Montana. Rob received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota, graduating magna cum laude, and in 1986 he was licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in Montana.

Rob’s early career includes financial management positions at a manufacturing company in Missoula, Mont., and a multiple employer welfare association in Spokane, Wash. He founded Braach Accounting Service in 2006 in Missoula. Rob’s practice concentrates on individual, business, and corporate tax preparation and planning.

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