The second annual CANNATECH INNOVATION AWARDS highlight the pioneering companies addressing today’s challenges and predicting tomorrow’s needs. This prestigious competition will feature esteemed brands, dynamic startups, and ambitious newcomers — all vying for recognition as one of the cannabis industry’s most innovative companies. As the only award of its type, the CANNATECH AWARDS are a highly coveted accolade positioning your organization as a national leader within the cannabis sector.

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2024 Judge's Panel


Andrew Ward

Managing Editor,
Cannabis & Tech Today

Andrew Ward

Andrew Ward is a Brooklyn-based journalist, author, and content marketer. He has recently joined IPW as the managing editor for Cannabis & Tech Today. His work has appeared in High Times, Rolling Stone, Business Insider, and many more. He is the author of Cannabis Jobs and The Art of Marijuana Etiquette.


Lance C. Lambert

CMO, Grove Bags

Lance Lambert

Lance has spent years cultivating brands and telling stories, formerly in the mainstream digital media and marketing space prior to making the jump to the legal cannabis industry. Lambert joined the Denver Post team in late 2013, just as they were launching their cannabis industry-specific news site, The Cannabist. It was a natural fit for him to focus on media operations for the niche site. He has since stayed firmly in the cannabis industry lane and went on to head up media at WeedMaps, taking their content global before shifting to work in the ancillary side of the industry, focusing on international growth and diversification of several cannabis-centric companies.

Lance more recently brought his varied knowledge and passion-first attitude to Grove Bags, where he's been tasked with growing the company’s footprint with an eye toward moving into emerging markets around the globe. As a cancer survivor, and having grown up in Northern California, he has seen firsthand the benefits of cannabis, and how it can be an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Having spent the past several years speaking at expos and conventions on nearly every continent, he enjoys connecting with other advocates who are interested in the different facets this blossoming industry has to offer.


Mary Jane Oatman

Founder THC Magazine /
Founder Indigenous Cannabis Coalition

Mary Jane Oatman

Mary Jane is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe and descendant of the Delaware Tribe. With more than a decade of advocacy experience in cannabis, MJ is currently the executive director of the Indigenous Cannabis Industry Association (ICIA), founder and executive director of the Indigenous CANNabis Coalition (ICANNC) and founder and editor-in-chief of THC Magazine. She's dedicated her career to reclaiming Indigenous cultures and restoring traditional economies in hemp and cannabis, having worked for her tribe and other communities to advocate to state and federal agencies to protect tribal sovereignty.

Mary Jane is on the founding board for the JUSTUS Foundation, is a past president of the Idaho ACLU, and on the board of directors for the Association of Cannabis Health Equity and Medicine (ACHEM). She has also served on the Minority Cannabis Business Association board. In 2009, Oatman was the youngest member appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, while also serving as the first Director of Indian Education for the state of Idaho.



Rob Pero

Founder Indigenous
Cannabis Industry Association

Rob Pero

Rob Pero is an inspiring leader, visionary creative director, and advocate dedicated to creating economic opportunities in the hemp and cannabis industries for Indigenous communities. With an innovative entrepreneurial spirit, Rob is the founder of Canndigenous, the first independent Indigenous-owned hemp company in Wisconsin, and Ripley Green apothecary, as well as the founder of a leading national cannabis advocacy organization, the Indigenous Cannabis Industry Association.

Rob is a founder of the Indigenous Business Group, a nonprofit supporting Indigenous-led businesses and economic development in Indian country. He is also the founder, CEO, and creative director of media group Perodigm, where he produces and directs award-winning films, guides the building and execution of strategic marketing campaigns, and offers Indigenous-focused diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting for organizations nationwide. 

Rob is a member of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians and is committed to honoring his Indigenous heritage and Ojibwe roots. Rob values family, support for community, respect for the natural world, and a commitment to doing everything, as the Ojibwe say, “in a good way”.


Mary Jane Gibson

High Times author,
cannabis author

Mary Jane Oatman

Mary Jane Gibson is a prominent female voice in cannabis media. The former culture editor at High Times, Mary Jane has been tracking the legalization of medical marijuana, adult-use cannabis and CBD with integral public figures, brands and personalities since 2007. She wrote for High Times for over a decade, and now writes for a number of outlets including Rolling Stone and Vox covering cannabis culture, entertainment, news, and cutting-edge trends. She co-hosted the top-rated Weed + Grub podcast for six years. Mary Jane is also an award-winning actor and playwright, and a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. She's dedicated to covering the people and communities that have given rise to the legal cannabis industry; her work also spans psychedelics, arts and culture, feminism, and comedy.


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