Erik Hultstrom, Donnie Anderson, Adam Spiker, and Virgil Grant
Erik Hultstrom – President of Cultivator Alliance Trade Association
Erik Hultstrom has advocated medical marijuana issues and worked in the industry since 2005. Starting as a dispenser in what is now the oldest dispensary in Southern California, he focused on issues regarding safe access, and patient advocacy. Through personal experience and networking, Erik helped form the first organization in California advocating for indoor cultivation, the “Cultivators Alliance,” an organization comprised of independent cultivators representing over 100 small businesses working to ensure a vibrant industry in their region.
Seeing the issue of unregulated small businesses that support a legal framework, Erik has set his next goal of helping to provide a structure that will bring sensible regulations to this industry. Utilizing an extensive network of some of the most successful medical cannabis activists in the state, Erik hopes to turn this fledgling industry into one of the big economic drivers of this region.
Donnie Anderson – Chairman of California Minority Alliance
As Chairman of the California Minority Alliance, Donnie Anderson brings a wealth of executive experience by leading market sectors within urban music, film/television and new media entertainment mediums for over 25 years.Donnie’s executive career highlights include promoting musical artists such as Scarface to double-platinum status, management of chart-topping rap recording artist Snoop Dogg, and managing multi-platinum producers Battlecat, Michaelangelo, etc. (who produced tracks for Snoop, Madonna, Brian McKnight, and more). Donnie’s music executive profile includes VP of A&R for MCA/Universal Records and Music A&R Consultant for record label chiefs Clive Davis and Bryan Turner of Priority Records.
Mr. Anderson’s TV/Film/Media background encompasses music supervision, executive and creative consultant credits for films “Baby Boy,” “Save the Last Dance,” and “Road Dogs,” as well as entertainment media artist/sponsor placement marketing. Donnie is also notable as a cast member/consultant for the gaming industry hit, “Grand Theft Auto V,” and as Executive Producer of the upcoming film “The Growhouse,” a hilarious send-up on the explosion of the personal cannabis growing trade.
With over 10 years’ involvement of advocacy and activism in the cannabis reform movement, Donnie in 2015 was appointed by Ms. Alice Huffman to chair the NAACP California/Hawaii’s Cannabis Task Force. Additionally, Donnie is a founding board member of the California Growers Association and Chairman of the California Minority Alliance (CMA) comprised of long-term industry pioneers Virgil Grant, Jamal Weathers, Mike Marangu and Drue Young. Through his work with CMA and fellow coalition organizations, Mr. Anderson is keen on advancing equal opportunity representation of marijuana reform policy initiatives and commercial enterprise endeavors for all socio-economic groups.
Virgil Grant – Founder, Owner of California Cannabis
Virgil Grant has more than 18 years of leadership experience in the medical cannabis industry. Offering a rare blend of creative and operational strengths, Virgil has achieved amazing work in drafting ordinances for Los Angeles which have allowed the City to control and regulate medical cannabis operation and cultivation.
Experienced in many facets of the cannabis industry, he specializes in establishing locations from construction, licensing and permits, to grand opening, not only in the state of California, but other states throughout the United States. Virgil’s exceptional track record in the cannabis industry is based on his extensive activism work helping medical cannabis patients prior to opening up his first location, and less than two years later owning and operating six dispensaries. Having come from a family that owned multiple retail businesses and working in them as a child helped to develop his entrepreneurial skills to a high level.
Virgil Grant is a steering committee member of Greater Los Angeles Caregivers Alliance (GLACA), a non-profit organization, and a member of America for Safe Access (ASA). He sits on the board of Patient Advocacy Network (PAN) and is a member of the NAACP. He has represented the cannabis industry at Congressional meetings and meetings with State Senators and City Council Members in various cities, thus helping guide the direction of medical cannabis in the State of California. His extensive knowledge of the industry has been sought out by other owner operators, newcomers to the industry, individuals, and corporations as well.
Virgil’s contributions to the medical cannabis community include working with other cities to help draft regulations and ordinances, and assisting with monetary contributions to the cities and local communities he operates in. His involvement at all levels has allowed him to continually increase awareness and education opportunities, and in turn has enhanced the education of many others in the medical cannabis industry (dispensary store fronts and collective cultivation grows) as well as other areas of the cannabis industry.
Virgil is now offering consulting services for government agents, investors, and principals, and is finishing a book on medical cannabis operations. He lives in Carson with his daughters and his better half Pshyr.