About Us – Green Rush Advisors Team
Founded by Seasoned Entrepreneur, successful startup CEO and Startup Advisor Skip Shuda in 2015, Green Rush Advisors has been an educational and advocacy hub providing up to date information on the emerging, legal cannabis industry – especially in Pennsylvania. Skip has started or been an early team member in dozens of tech industry companies. He founded Destiny Websolutions, which grew to 120 full-time team members with $17MM in annual revenue. Destiny built one of the first online banking systems in the world for Bank of America. He has taught entrepreneurship at the Wharton SBDC since 2006.
Donna Ross has been advocating for reasonable marijuana laws for years. She assists with topic development, public relations and key requirements.
Jason Mitchell has 7 years of experience across a full range of dispensary operations in Colorado, from sourcing genetics at the grow operation to working with patients on a one on one basis, in both medical and recreational dispensaries. He worked with Green Natural Solutions (2009-2011) and Green Medicine Wellness (2012-2016).
Joseph Morgan, MD
Dr. Joseph is our expert in Cannabis medicine and science. He had clinical Cannabis training in California and passed exams to become the only physician in Pennsylvania certified the American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine and Society of Cannabis Clinicians. He has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 25 years in drug research, product development/safety, and professional communications. His expertise has been utilized by dispensary and cultivation applicants in other states and presented at The Emerald Conference. He has a US patent pending for “Use of cannabinoids and terpenes for the treatment of organophosphate and carbamate toxicity.” He is a Guest Scientist in the Biology Department of Wm Patterson U where he collaborates with the cannabinoid research group headed by Prof. Emmanuel Onaivi. MD was from Drexel with training in medicine and Ob/gyn and clinical practice in PA.
Theresa White is an accomplished entrepreneur and Registered Nurse with over 15 years of success in the home infusion industry as CEO of InfusionNurses. She has developed extensive relationships with medical professionals and national pharmacies. Theresa has completed continuing education in “cannabis (marijuana) as a medicine”. She also also provides consulting to other healthcare professionals on CBD related and ancillary products for cannabis start ups. She has been researching the cannabis dispensary industry for two years and brings a wide range of practical advice, diverse network contacts and strategic insights to those seeking to build a business in this emerging field.
Our Perspective on Cannabis
Cannabis prohibition began in the 1930’s largely in response to racial prejudice and deep misinformation. When the US government declared a war on drugs in the 70s, marijuana was an easy target. Our prisons swelled with 8.2 marijuana arrests between 2001 and 2010 according to the ACLU. Yet we now know that marijuana has numerous documented health benefits, fewer adverse side effects and less addictive then alcohol or tobacco. Americans are waking up to benefits of legalization, with 51% agreeing that marijuana should be legalized. Many states are not waiting but have enacted laws to legalize. Colorado reports that, after one year of legalization, their crime rates are down, well over $40 million in tax revenue was raised and over 16,000 people were licensed to work in the industry (per Drug Policy Alliance report).
A new industry is growing beneath our feet. Now is the time to choose how we should co-create this new industry. Now is the time to set standards that will maximize well-being and economic prosperity. Now is the time to build jobs program that serve the people who most need the help. Now is the time to reinvent how we think about cannabis