Mark Passerini is a graduate of the University of Michigan and co-founder of the Ann Arbor Medical Cannabis Guild which he served as president for its first two years. He currently serves on the board of directors for the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), serves as the Vice Chairman for the Michigan Cannabis Industry Association (MICIA) board of directors, as the government liaison for the Michigan chapter of Americans for Safe Access (ASA), board member of the Green Wolverine, and member of the Ann Arbor Wellness Coalition. Mark is also an early member of the ArcView group, a private cannabis investment and market research firm.
Mark co-founded Om as a place to change hearts and minds about cannabis, to create an environment that is warm, inviting, and focused on the latest research illustrating the medical efficacy of the plant. He has presented on the topic of responsible dispensary operations in a variety of venues including the NCIA’s first Midwest Cannabusiness Symposium.
Mark has had the honor of organizing and emceeing Hash Bash, since 2012, the nation’s longest running cannabis reform rally. This event has grown to over 10,000 attendees and boasts a robust line up of professional athletes, medical doctors, local & national politicians, advocates, entertainers, and patients all calling for sensible cannabis policy.
Mark has 20+ years of sales and executive management experience in a variety of industries including renewable and energy efficient technologies. 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 volunteers 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 at U of M’s Mott Children’s Hospital.