Mark co-founded one of the very first dispensaries east of the Mississippi; Om of Medicine, a medical cannabis provisioning center in Ann Arbor, MI in 2010. He founded the Ann Arbor Medical Cannabis Guild (A2MCG) which he served as president for its first two years. He currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association (MICIA) as well as the government liaison for the Michigan chapter of Americans for Safe Access (ASA). In his hometown of Chicago, he was the founding President of the Illinois Cannabis Industry Association (ILCIA). Nationally, Mark sits on the Board of Directors for the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA). Most recently, Mark has taken on the role of Executive Vice President of Operations for Mission Dispensaries, operating 11 facilities in 7 states throughout the U.S.
Mark was instrumental in crafting local licensing and zoning ordinances in Ann Arbor & is currently working w/various state legislators to further clarify existing Michigan laws to ensure patient access. He was an early member of the ArcView Group, a private cannabis investment & market research firm. Mark has the honor of organizing and emceeing Hash Bash, the nation's longest running cannabis reform rally. He was invited to speak at the Chicago Cannabis Conference at Navy Pier and the National Cannabis Industry Association’s (NCIA) first Midwest Symposium on the topic of responsible dispensary operations. Mark has made it his mission to reverse the numerous injustices that the prohibition on cannabis has led to. His interest in the cannabis sector stems from not only his love for the plant but also from his passion for the promise of a natural, holistic alternative.
In his spare time Mark enjoys travel as a medium to learn and understand diverse human perspectives. When in the Midwest, he sits on the Professional Board and is a volunteer hospital magician at Open Heart Magic, a non-profit organization dedicated to using the therapeutic power of magic and laughter to energize and strengthen critically ill children in area hospitals.