Cannabis Community Integration

1:10-2:15pm, 1st Floor

Regulated cannabis is brand new, there's been some bumps.

In this session, speakers will discuss what civic and industry leaders and communities are doing to work together for the benefit of all.

Candi cdebaca, Project V.O.I.C.E.

Candi CdeBaca, a Denver native, has more than 10 years experience working with and for youth. Candi is a fierce advocate for educational equity with personal knowledge of education inequities as a first-generation high school graduate. Candi was one of the first appointments to the Denver Mayor’s Commission on Youth and was the first and youngest dual-degree graduate from the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. She was a Daniel’s Fund Scholar and a New Leaders Intern and New Leaders Fellow with the Center For Progressive Leadership in DC.


Kelly Perez, Kind Colorado

Kelly Perez is the CEO/founder of the kindColorado foundation (kindCO), created to build bridges between cannabis businesses and communities to develop mutually beneficial strategies (hyper-local and community-driven) to impact the community, thus reducing barriers between industry and community. She was Human Services Policy Adviser to Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and lead statewide initiatives including the Colorado Plan to Reduce Prescription Drug misuse/abuse. She lead a collaborative effort in the Governor's office along with with multiple state agencies to create the nation’s first state Marijuana Policy (and office) using a public health framework as a guide. 

Janessa Farias, Students for Sensible Drug Policy

As a third year student at Naropa University majoring in Peace Studies, Jan has spent many long hours researching the relationship between the War On Drugs, drug policy and its effect on communities of color. In 2015, she helped found and facilitate Naropa’s chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, which aims to empower students to participate in achieving a safer and more just society. As a first-generation college student from a small border town, Jan is passionate about diversity and community-based action and advocates for a more inclusive and compassionate cannabis industry. She is interested in the nexus between racial justice and business and is looking forward to living a life full of civic engagement and learning from the heart.

Ean Seeb, GREEN TEAM, Denver Relief ConsultinG 

As a founding partner of Denver Relief Consulting and seasoned cannabis dispensary operator, Ean has significant experience navigating complex legislation and regulatory demands unique to legal cannabis operations. He was a two-time Chair of the National Cannabis Industry Association and continues to hold leadership positions with charitable organizations focused on a range of social causes, from civil rights to sustainable volunteer farming. Ean has been actively involved with non-profit groups for over two decades. His years of humanitarian experience lead Ean to conceptualize and develop a cannabis-centric service organization called the Denver Relief GREEN TEAM in 2009.