Meet Our Summer Interns

Caroline
July 17, 2019

Canna Advisors Legal Interns

We hired some incredibly bright and talented legal interns for the summer. They have been hard at work writing memos, assisting with Missouri application sections, researching and learning cannabis law, and providing comic relief for the past couple of months. Our team is very impressed and grateful for their dedication and productivity. Get to know them and get a glimpse of the youngest generation that is #buildingtheindustry.

Chloe B.

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Law School:
University of Colorado

What made you want to intern for a cannabis company?
Going to law school in Colorado exposed me to the unique opportunities offered in our state, and with more and more states legalizing all of the time, I was interested in learning more about the different approaches to regulating the industry. I also enjoy the intersection of business and law, and Canna Advisors was the perfect fit for my interests.

What’s the best thing about working at Canna Advisors?
The company culture! I value working here because we laugh a lot and have fun, while also accomplishing a lot together as a team.

Where are you from?
Dallas, TX

What cities have you lived in?
Dallas, TX – Houston, TX – Boulder, CO

What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time, I do yoga, cook the dankest food, and spend time outside exploring the trails with my dog.

Tell us something you do every day, without fail:
Laugh. Express gratitude. Self-reflect.

Tell us a little about your family.
I live with my boyfriend Eric and my dog Raja, who I’ve had since she was a pup. She’s high-energy and always gives me a good excuse to go spend time outside. As a Husky, she loves frolicking in the snow here in Colorado. I’ve also started to enjoy playing in the snow, and Eric has helped me gain a great deal of confidence and skill on skis. We got in 35+ days this past season, and hoping to do even better next year.

Interesting/little-known/unique fact(s) about you?
I’m in a viral photo that’s been featured on Buzzfeed years ago.

What do you order at a bar or coffee shop?
Matcha or chai latte w/ almond milk

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Teleportation because I dislike flying and driving, and I would have so much extra time!

If you were a MLB player, what would your walkout song be?
Cash Shit (feat. DaBaby) -Megan Thee Stallion

Favorites
Favorite quote(s):“Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body & soul.” -John Muir
Favorite smell(s):Palo Santo
Favorite sound(s):Rain and thunderstorms
Favorite food(s): Watermelon + lime, mango

Vince DiMichele

Vince

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Law School:
University of Colorado

What made you want to intern for a cannabis company?
I have always had a personal interest in cannabis, even making my own hash oil before ever seeing it available for sale – but mainly, I love the changing landscape of the industry. It is such an exciting challenge to understand and overcome new obstacles, and I’ve found the cannabis industry to offer just that!

What’s the best thing about working at Canna Advisors?
Hands down, the people. It has been such a pleasure getting to know and learning from the Canna Advisors team, and I’ve been lucky enough to learn something new every day! Everybody here is very much an individual, but we all work together to create something larger than ourselves. I love it.

Where are you from?
Houston, TX

What cities have you lived in?
Houston, TX – Columbus, OH – London, UK – Lakeville, CT – New Orleans, LA – Cadiz, Spain – Austin, TX – Boulder, CO

What do you do in your spare time?
I love to play music! I play the ukulele (acoustic and electric), piano, and bass, and have recently dabbled in songwriting (peep my mixtape yo).
I love to see live music. Let’s boogie!
I love to read (fiction and non) and write, and have recently begun writing a sci-fi novel with my friend.
I love to collect vinyl records and can usually be found browsing the Recent Arrivals section at Bart’s Record Store on Folsom.
I love to play soccer and my intramural team won our league last season!
I love to snowboard (winter) and hike (summer) all of Colorado’s beautiful terrain.
I love to yoga. Namaste.

Tell us something you do every day, without fail:
Stttrrreeeeettccchh

Tell us a little about your family.
My immediate family is a 5-person circus. My father, mother, two sisters, and I are all very similar yet wildly different people. My younger sister (Bug) just moved to NYC to start a new job in Social Impact Venture consulting, and my youngest sister (Olivia) is a sophomore studying Sustainable Architecture at UC Berkeley. At my parent’s house in Houston, we have 2 cats (Radar and Turbo) and 1 dog (Dixie) that have all become surprisingly vain in the last few years…I suspect the animals are snubbing me for having been away from home for 11 years…

What are you watching right now?
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson on Netflix
(in Johnny Carson voice: “it’s a little irreverent, a little wild”)

Interesting/little-known/unique fact(s) about you?
I like to keep those to myself thank you very much.

What do you order at a bar or coffee shop?
Depends on the bar. Random bar, random choice. But if I’m drinking in uptown New Orleans, I’m having a Lunchbox, Beamalope, and Death in the Afternoon with my buddies Aaron and Slater.
Coffee: cafe cortado

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Inception

If you were a MLB player, what would your walkout song be?
Too many good options to choose one. I’d rotate between: Let Me Clear My Throat by DJ Kool, Work by Gangstarr, Sing a Simple Song by Sly & The Family Stone, and Live on Stage by Dilated Peoples.

Favorites
Favorite quote(s): “Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” – Rumi

“We live an island surrounded by a sea of ignorance. As our island of knowledge grows, so does the shore of our ignorance.” – John Archibald Wheeler

“The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it” – Marcus Aurelius

“Experience teaches only the teachable” – Aldous Huxley

“You’re only as young as the last time you changed your mind” – Timothy Leary

“Everything is sacred but nothing matters” – Eckhart Tolle

“Freedom from the desire for an answer is essential to the understanding of a problem” – J. Krishnamurti

“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture” – attributed to many

Favorite smell(s): Thomas Pynchon, Haruki Murakami, Tom Wolfe, Kurt Vonnegut, John Fante, Richard Farina, Aldous Huxley, and, not really an author, but, Gary Larson.
Favorite smell(s): Smoked meat and slate
Favorite sound(s): Phish
Favorite place(s): Southern Spain, Northern Thailand, and New Orleans
Favorite food(s): Fresh sushi is hard to beat but recently I’ve been all about the fresh pasta (Il Pastaio in Boulder has some great cuts).
Favorite way to consume cannabis: This is like choosing a favorite child. Can’t do it. (But if I had to, spliffs with friends!)

Kayla E.

Kayla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Law School:
University of Colorado

What made you want to intern for a cannabis company?
Cannabis law lies at the intersection of many compelling fields of law. I was excited to take on such a dynamic role in a quickly developing industry.

What’s the best thing about working at Canna Advisors?
My coworkers and the company culture- Canna Advisors instantly welcomed me into the family!

Where are you from?
Southern California

What cities have you lived in?
Orange County, CA – New York, NY – Boulder, CO

What do you do in your spare time?
Try new restaurants with my friends, bake, listen to podcasts, stream sitcoms, and shop.

Tell us something you do every day, without fail:
Brush my teeth.

Tell us a little about your family.
I have a Siamese cat named Princess Sprinkles!

What are you watching right now?
I currently am rewatching Silicon Valley.

What do you order at a bar or coffee shop?
Iced matcha latte with almond milk.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Shapeshifting like Tonks in Harry Potter.

If you were a MLB player, what would your walkout song be?
“Power” by Kanye

Favorites
Favorite quote(s): “Serenity Now!”- Frank Costanza
Favorite author(s): Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, Orson Scott Card, and J.K. Rowling
Favorite smell(s): Sunscreen, bergamot, champaca, and amber.
Favorite place(s): Manhattan
Favorite food(s): Spicy Rigatoni Vodka, carne asada tacos, and Joe’s Pizza.

Grant Hespeler

Grant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Law School:
University of Colorado

What made you want to intern for a cannabis company?
I majored in Plant & Soil Sciences as an undergrad and have always been interested in the science behind cannabis and its potential as a medical treatment. As a law student, the cannabis industry’s dynamic regulatory landscape and novel legal challenges offer exciting and completely unique opportunities to learn and be a part of real progress.

What’s the best thing about working at Canna Advisors?
The team and company culture. I felt welcomed and valued from my first day and have made connections with my co-workers that go beyond the office.

Where are you from?
Massachusetts

What cities have you lived in?
Amherst, MA – Lowell, MA – Boston, MA – Boulder, CO

What do you do in your spare time?
I love to play music, especially jamming with friends. I also enjoy playing basketball, poker, and video games.

Tell us something you do every day, without fail:
Lose my keys, wallet, or some other important thing.

Tell us a little about your family.
I’m a middle child, between two amazing sisters.

What are you watching right now?
“I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson.” Hilarious.

Interesting/little-known/unique fact(s) about you?
I love jazz and I used to be the jazz director at my college’s radio station.

What do you order at a bar or coffee shop?
New England-style IPA. Represent!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
The power to teleport like Nightcrawler from X-Men (minus the blue skin and tail).

If you were a MLB player, what would your walkout song be?
“Praise the Lord” by A$AP Rocky

Favorites
Favorite quote(s): “Tiger gotta hunt, bird gotta fly, man gotta sit and wonder why. Tiger gotta sleep, bird gotta land, man gotta tell himself he understand.” -Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle
Favorite author(s): David Foster Wallace, George R.R. Martin, Kurt Vonnegut, Herman Hesse
Favorite smell(s): Steam from dry cleaners, petrichor (the smell after it rains after a long dry spell)
Favorite sound(s): Crack of a wood baseball bat
Favorite place(s): A little meadow next to a pond in the woods behind my mom’s house in MA.
Favorite food(s): North Shore-style roast beef sandwiches (a Boston-area specialty)

Aya Mubaarak

Aya

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Law School:
St. John’s University School of Law – Queens, NY

What made you want to intern for a cannabis company?
Just a few months before applying I started doing research on CBD and its ability to mitigate symptoms for a skin condition that I have. Learning about the potential healing aspects of cannabis for myself and others made me want to explore more. In addition to that, I was really attracted to the opportunity for growth within the industry and for somebody that is at the start of their career, I thought why not enter a market that I can learn from its inception.

What’s the best thing about working at Canna Advisors?
It’s gonna sound cliche, but the people! I have never worked with such an intelligent, passionate, and well-rounded group. It matters to me that we play hard and work hard, and it’s a balance that most companies would only dream of achieving.

Where are you from?
Greensboro, NC. 336 baby!

What cities have you lived in?
Indianapolis, IN – Syracuse, NY – Greensboro, NC – Washington, DC – New York, NY – Boulder, CO

What do you do in your spare time?
I really enjoy painting and writing (poetry)! Other favorite past times are watching movies, swimming, and thrift shopping.

Tell us something you do every day, without fail:
Listen to music!

Tell us a little about your family.
I’m the eldest of two kids, my little brother is about a year and half younger than me. We are day and night when it comes to personality. No coincidence that our initials are AM and PM. My mother is an artist and business owner and my father works in tech. Fun fact: They met their first week of college. We always have been cat people and growing up, we had a few of them. They all still reside in North Carolina.

What are you watching right now?
Toggling between Big Little Lies and Chernobyl. Chernobyl gets a bit too depressing and I have to turn on a comedy to lighten the mood.

Interesting/little-known/unique fact(s) about you?
I speak Spanish fluently, I’ve also taken two other languages in school. I used to do theatre!

What do you order at a bar or coffee shop?
Whiskey ginger! At a coffee shop, I always get a frappuccino or some form of iced coffee.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
The ability to get rid of student debt with the snap of my fingers! Like Thanos!

If you were a MLB player, what would your walkout song be?
How I Do – Res

Favorites
Favorite quote(s): “You will never have a greater or lesser dominion than that over yourself…the height of a man’s success is gauged by his self-mastery; the depth of his failure by his self-abandonment.” – Leonardo da Vinci
Favorite author(s): Toni Morrison!
Favorite smell(s): New shoe box, garlic and onions sauteed in a pan, and ocean water.
Favorite sound(s): Any of my favorite songs, water rushing, babies laughing.
Favorite place(s): The ocean.
Favorite food(s): Anything Italian or Asian (Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese are my top 3).

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