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[Captains of cannabis]

Meet the power players within Las Vegas’ fast-growing cannabis industry

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From left: Kema Ogden, Andrew Jolley, Armen Yemenidjian, Aaron McCrary and Amanda Connor.
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Las Vegas Weekly Staff and Freelancers

Since Nevadans voted to legalize recreational cannabis in November 2016, the industry has been growing at a furious pace around the Las Vegas Valley. Long, celebratory lines on opening night—July 1—foreshadowed the steady business to come at dispensaries around town, with Henderson most recently coming onboard for recreational sales in October.

These are some of the men and women most responsible for marijuana’s overwhelmingly successful start in Southern Nevada. Click on their names to read their stories.

Armen Yemenidjian, CEO, Essence Cannabis Dispensaries & Desert Grown Farms

Amanda Connor, Attorney, Connor & Connor PLLC

Aaron McCrary, Master Grower, Zion Gardens

Tick Segerblom, State Senator

Kema Ogden, Director of Outreach, Top Notch THC

Andrew Jolley, Co-Owner & CEO, The Source & Nevada Organic Remedies

Brian Padgett, Owner, CW Nevada

Benny Tso, Chairman, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe

Bert Adams, Owner & CEO, Cannabiotix

Scott Sibley, Partner, MMJ America

Tim Conder, CEO, Blackbird Logistics

Joe Brezny & Scot Rutledge, Industry Advocates

Paul Schloss, President, Redwood Cultivation

Jerry Velarde, President, Evergreen Organix

Kevin Biernacki, Cultivation Manager & Master Grower, The Grove

Tripp Keber, CEO, Dixie Elixirs and Edibles

Jennifer Shepherd, Independent Consultant to Medicinal Clients

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