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PotGuide is a fact-driven, scientifically researched comprehensive online resource for the cannabis industry connecting consumers to dispensaries, delivery services, brands and exciting deals/offers on consumer products. A content driven site, PotGuide strives to show consumers the ropes of legal cannabis through various directories, educational guides and carefully curated information from industry experts. All of our content is created by subject matter experts and extensively reviewed in-house for accuracy.

PotGuide only lists licensed, legal cannabis businesses and connects consumers with relevant service providers through various directories including Dispensaries, Deliveries, Deals, Brands, Events and more. PotGuide was founded on the belief that cannabis consumers deserve access to the best cannabis information available in order to have safe, positive experiences with this remarkable plant. We are industry experts ourselves and have many years of experience behind us. From growing, trimming, budtending, and managing dispensaries to digital media, marketing, branding and content creation, the PotGuide team has years of first-hand expertise in every aspect of the cannabis market from seed to sale and beyond. We are from the industry, for the industry.

Headquartered in Denver, CO and founded in 2013, we have experienced the legalization wave right from the source. We’ve built PotGuide as a resource for keeping the cannabis revolution going, advocating for education, safe consumption, and the de-stigmatization of the plant. PotGuide is the leading website for marijuana enthusiasts to stay connected with cannabis culture and information.

Meet the Team

Our team is what makes the entire site possible! Learn more about our awesome employees below. If you need to get in touch, please visit our Contact Us page for more information.

Jason Butler

Director of Sales & Operations

With over 8 years of cannabis industry experience, Jason Butler is a subject matter expert in directing B2B sales and operations, supported by a career of communicating and anticipating needs. Jason’s colleagues and peers describe him as highly motivated, goal-oriented, organized and driven. He is also a highly ethical person who cares for others..

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Michael Walters

Director of Content & Marketing

With a deep understanding and appreciation for quality content and ethical editorial practices, Michael Walters has staked his career on his ability to create, implement, and manage robust large scale content marketing strategies in a highly efficient manner. Through rigorous work ethic, motivation and a keen understanding of digital marketing best practices, Michael has worked with several businesses to help them succeed in various goals and objectives.

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Josh Dubisz

Front End Developer

Josh Dubisz is a skilled developer with expertise in multiple software languages. Fueled by a passion to help others, Josh has contributed his talents as a developer to multiple humanitarian efforts, including the Namibia Health Informatics Project and building the web interface for the Pulaar Dictionary Project. Additionally, Josh spent two years working with the Peace Corps Senegal to provide valuable support to development initiatives.

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Matthew Mongelia

Content Manager

Matthew Mongelia is a cannabis industry expert and a writer of eclectic output and passions. His entry into the cannabis industry first started with a single freelance piece for San Francisco dispensary Bloomroom, and kicked off in full as a budtender for various Colorado dispensaries where he quickly amassed a wide range of cannabis industry experience firsthand. A natural student, he took the opportunity to learn as much about cannabis as possible, helping him to quickly become a lead medical budtender for Colorado Harvest Company in 2015. He then moved into the startup world of cannabis doing marketing for cannabis-focused payment processor Tokken, a finalist for SXSW’s 2016 Interactive Innovation Awards. From there he joined PotGuide, initially doing content creation, marketing and events, working his way up to now acting as PotGuide’s Content Manager.

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Casey Butler

Account Manager and Brand Sales

Casey Butler grew up in a small town in Michigan, and has watched the cannabis industry grow throughout his life. He moved to Colorado after graduating college, where he experienced his very first dispensary. He has personally seen many people in his life benefit from cannabis, both medical and recreational.

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Tanya Miller

Content Coordinator

Tanya Miller supports the PotGuide Content Department with her vast experience in the cannabis industry that kicked off in 2014. Her years of cultivation and post-cultivation has prepared her with knowledge about many growing, harvesting, and curing techniques. Being an artist has led her to combine the creative mindset with cannabis marketing. “Cannabis can really bring the best out of people and kindness seems to radiate everything it touches”. She hopes that over time her statement will ring true with the masses, as she works alongside PotGuide to break down the continued stigma around marijuana and uplift its best attributes. She has a deep appreciation for this incredible plant as it is her go-to inspiration to spark her motivation to paint.

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Julia Clarke

Content Coordinator

Julia grew up in New York and moved to Denver after graduating college — both for the mountains and the legal weed. She has four years of digital marketing experience working as a Project Manager and enjoys problem solving and creating engaging content. Her background in marketing, combined with her love of the cannabis plant, brought her to PotGuide as a Content Coordinator.

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Contributors

At PotGuide, we strive to provide accurate educational information for all things cannabis. Our content covers a wide range of topics and offers guidance for all levels of cannabis experience, from beginners all the way to connoisseurs. Publishing 100% original content takes a team of cannabis industry experts to be done right, and our team is one of the best in the business. Take a look below to see the people who work on our blog and written content.

Erin Hiatt

Writer

Erin Hiatt is a New York City-based writer and journalist who came to writing about cannabis and hemp after (and during!) a career as a performer. Of all the side hustles undertaken to support herself between gigs, writing is the hustle that stuck. Today, she is a cannabis industry veteran with more than eight years of experience under her belt.

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Paul Barach

Writer

As a freelance writer and author, Paul has covered a wide variety of topics from the history of gas attacks in WWI to travel memoirs about hiking a 750 mile Buddhist pilgrimage in Japan. He is also an accomplished storyteller and performer. He produced and hosted a monthly storytelling show in Seattle and his work has been featured on The Moth’s Grandslam, RISK!, Out There, and more. He has also been featured on several travel podcasts, including Backpacker Radio, Armchair Explorer, Zero to Travel, and Deviate with Rolf Potts.

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Trevor Ross

Writer

Trevor is a content marketing writer who previously taught composition and literature at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Santa Fe College. He now uses his years of experience as an editor and educator to teach people about cannabis. After graduate school, Trevor took a job in copywriting and public relations for a regional event service, managing social media marketing across five cities. Later, he managed a bar in Florida, assisting with digital marketing and events coordination. He also briefly covered Seattle sports for SidelineBuzz.

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Shirley Ju

Writer

Shirley Ju is a Journalist, On-Camera Host, Publicist based in Los Angeles, who's been writing and interviewing artists in the entertainment industry for over 11 years. Her first true love is music, but cannabis is a close second! She recently started her own show called Shirley's Temple, which has a focus on mental health. A firm believer in hard work, dedication, and passion, Shirley hopes to inspire people with everything she does. Her bylines include Variety, Complex, REVOLT, Flaunt Magazine, and she previously worked at Power 106 doing Digital Content/Artist Relations. She also has a puppy named Slim who she adores with all her heart!

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David Martin

Writer

David Martin is a Denver native, commercial cannabis grower and reviewer. He has worked in grows for multiple Colorado cannabis companies; most recently, Callie's Cannabis. He has his M.S. in Sports Marketing from the University of Memphis, and previously taught E.S.L. His favorite pastimes are animated comedies like Bob's Burgers and Rick and Morty. You can often find him concocting new edibles on the weekend.

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Adam Pallay

Writer

Adam Pallay is a writer in the cannabis space that focuses on education and product engagement. Drawing from his doctoral work in semiotics and extensive experience in the cannabis industry, Adam specializes in crafting narratives that reshape the public perception of cannabis and psychedelics. In addition to contributing at PotGuide, his words can be found at Leafly, Cresco Labs, and Doubleblind Magazine.

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Samantha Smith

Writer

Samantha Smith is a freelance writer, journalist, medical cannabis patient and marijuana advocate. Currently she holds the title of Corporate Merchandising and Marketing Communications Manager for The Green Door, a chain of dispensaries in Michigan.

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Andrew Ward

Writer

Andrew Ward is a Brooklyn-based cannabis writer and creative. His work has appeared on Benzinga, High Times, PROHBTD and several other publications and brand blogs. He has covered the cannabis space for over three years, and has written professionally since 2011. His first book, "Cannabis Jobs," was released in October 2019. Connect with Andrew on LinkedIn to stay up to date.

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Abby Hutmacher

Writer

Abby is a writer and founder of Cannabis Content, a marketplace designed to connect cannabis writers and creatives with businesses in the industry. She has been a professional cannabis writer since 2014 and regularly contributes to publications such as PotGuide and M&F Talent. She is also the Content Director at Fortuna Hemp, America’s leading feminized hemp seed bank. Follow Abby on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.

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Nicholas Demski

Writer

As a former global educator, Nicholas uses his B.S. in biology to leverage his understanding of cannabinoid science into meaningful content for readers. For several years, Nicholas has written for several blogs, including Green Flower, and provided copywriting services for CBD and cannabis companies worldwide. He's also a Staff Writer for Terpenes and Testing Magazine, CBD Health and Wellness Magazine, and Extraction Magazine. While Nicholas is a medical cannabis patient in Michigan, he has traveled from Spain to Colombia to Cambodia to see what cannabis is like around the world. He uses his background in science, world experience, and unique writing style to help people learn more about cannabis and cannabinoids at www.TheCannabiologist.com and on Instagram @Cannabiologist. You can also connect with Nicholas on his LinkedIn profile.

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Morgan Smith

Writer

A born and raised Hoosier and Indiana University alumna, Morgan Smith is a freelance writer and editor based in the Denver area. Morgan has worked with B2B, nonprofit and regional publications, but especially enjoys learning and educating others about the inner-workings of the cannabis industry. Her freelance writing supported her recent six-month solo backpacking trip to South America where she climbed volcanoes, played with llamas and jumped off a bridge.

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Josh Kasoff

Writer

Josh Kasoff is a freelance journalist, writer, poet and cannabis advocate living in Las Vegas. Originally from Texas, he moved out to Vegas to both have safe and legal access to cannabis and to work directly in the industry. He enjoys covering the law and politics behind cannabis, as well as the lifestyle and culture of cannabis, and its many uses.”

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Samuel J. Smith

Writer

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Samuel J. Smith is a modest Green Bay Packers fan who enjoys creative writing, cooking and inventing useful products. As an unaffected youth of the war on drugs and 1990s DARE program, Samuel seeks to spread his passion of cannabis to other like-minded individuals.

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Expert Reviewers

PotGuide partners with experts, including doctors, lawyers and other industry-related professionals to ensure all of our content is accurate.

Mohammad Ashori, M.D.

Medical Expert

Mohammad Ashori, M.D. is a board-certified physician practicing in Los Angeles, CA. He attended UCLA medical school and completed his family medicine residency at UCLA as well. His career started out at a large HMO at Kaiser Permanente which he left in 2016 to work on the then-burgeoning field of telehealth. Since then he has worked with numerous healthcare startups focusing on patient education, empowerment, and access. He is passionate about the science of clinical medicine but doesn't like to stray too far from one-on-one clinical care. As of 2021, he is practicing in various urgent care in the Los Angeles area.

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Joshua Hooten, M.D.

Medical Expert

Dr. Hooten is a research physician in new therapeutics with a special focus on psychiatric diseases. He received his MD from the University of Queensland in Australia (where he maintains close ties with the medical cannabis community) and a clinical certificate from Ochsner Clinical School in New Orleans.

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Stephanie Bagnall, J.D.

Legal Expert

Stephanie Bagnall, J.D. is a legal research and writing expert who supports nonprofits, law firms and other organizations in a wide variety of industries all over the country. She is also a passionate advocate for civil rights and people with disabilities.

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