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Recently, cannabis industry insiders were able to meet some of the top journalists covering the cannabis sector at the Meet the Cannabis Press webinar. The virtual event was full of advice perfect for anyone interested in marketing their cannabis businesses straight from the experts – those who cover the industry. For those who missed the event, you can catch it here

This virtual event was a great sneak peek of the Meet the Cannabis Press panel taking place at the Cannabis Marketing Summit, which happens Wednesday to Friday, June 21-23, at the Hilton Denver City Center in Denver. (Tickets are still available here!)

The Meet the Cannabis Press webinar was moderated by Kim Prince, founder and CEO at Proven Media, and Sadie Thompson, Proven Media’s Senior Publicist. The journalists who participated include: 

  • Brian Beckley, Managing Editor Marijuana, Venture Magazine
  • Rachelle Gordon, Senior Editor, GreenState
  • Kate Lavin, Magazine Editor, MJBizDaily
  • Jenel Stelton-Holtmeier, Managing Editor, Green Market Report
  • Kathee Brewer, Editorial Director, mg Magazine and INC Media 

For those who missed the sneak peek, you can catch it here. For extra insight, read on to learn more about these must-know journalists who cover the always newsworthy cannabis sector. 

Brian Beckley, Managing Editor, Marijuana Venture Magazine

Brian Beckley is an experienced journalist and editor with an award-winning history in the newspaper and magazine industries. He has been the managing editor at Marijuana Venture Magazine since December 2016. In addition to Marijuana Venture, Beckley has written for Reviewed, USA Today, Green Entrepreneur, Auburn Reporter, Enumclaw Courier-Herald, Renton Reporter, Covington-Maple Valley Reporter, and more. Marijuana Venture is a leading monthly B2B trade publication for the legal cannabis industry. Every month, the magazine ships more than 20,000 copies nation-wide. 

Rachelle Gordon, Senior Editor, GreenState

Rachelle Gordon is a cannabis journalist and senior editor of, a consumer-facing digital magazine from Hearst covering the new culture of cannabis. A graduate of Hamline University, Gordon has been covering the cannabis space since 2015, and has been featured in High Times, CannabisNow, Cannabis & Tech Today, and many other niche publications. She currently splits her time between Minneapolis and Oakland and shares that her favorite cannabis cultivars include Silver Haze and Tangie. 

Kate Lavin, Managing Editor, MJBizDaily

Kate Lavin is the editor of MJBizMagazine, which provides tips and actionable advice to cannabis business executives. She brings more than 20 years of journalism experience to the MJBiz team, including a decade managing a wine industry trade magazine in California. Kate graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in print journalism, and her career has included the newsrooms of daily newspapers across the United States. 

Jenel Stelton-Holtmeier, Managing Editor, Green Market Report

Jenel Stelton-Holtmeier is an experienced editor and writer. A curiosity-driven storyteller, editor and explorer, and is currently the managing editor of the Green Market Report, which focuses on the financial news of the rapidly growing cannabis industry. In addition, she has written for Crain’s Chicago Business, Marijuana Business Daily, Hemp Industry Daily, Modern Distribution Management, and more. 

Kathee Brewer, Editorial Director of mg Magazine and INC Media

An award-winning journalist and author who has covered a variety of topics, Kathee Brewer is a well-known writer and editor who covers the growing cannabis and hemp industries. She is the editorial director at mg Magazine, a leading cannabis business publication described as “weed’s hybrid of Forbes and Inc.” She also is the editorial director for CANN Media Group LLC., which publishes the trade journals mg Magazine, CBD Today, and a variety of supplements focused on specific verticals within the cannabis industry. 

Catch the replay of the Meet the Press sneak peek to see these top journalists’ tips on how to interact with the media that cover the cannabis space. Tickets are still available here for the upcoming Cannabis Marketing Summit as well.

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Published On: June 8th, 2023 / Categories: Blog /