HdL’s Cannabis Management services are led by Cannabis Compliance Director David McPherson, who is one of the state’s most recognized experts in cannabis horticulture, processing and dispensary operations. He uses his experience dealing with the industry to assist local and state agencies in developing cannabis policies for regulation, compliance, auditing and economic development. Another key member of the team is Matt Eaton, Cannabis Compliance Manager, who’s previous experience as a Supervisory Criminal Investigator with the Colorado Department of Revenue in the Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) provided him the opportunity to conduct over 10,000 criminal investigations and compliance audits. In addition, Matt worked closely with law enforcement agencies in the State of Colorado in dealing with cannabis issues and developed training curriculum for various agencies.
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Cannabis Management Team
David McPherson Cannabis Compliance Director
While working for the City of Oakland, David became the first Tax Administrator in the Country to successfully tax, audit and regulate medical cannabis businesses. David is one of the state’s most recognized experts in cannabis horticulture, processing and dispensary operations. He uses his experience to assist local and state agencies in developing cannabis policies for regulation, compliance, auditing and economic development. David worked closely with the League of California Cities and lobbyists on the development of AB 243, SB 243 and AB 266 which established the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA).
David is currently working on implementation and regulatory requirements for Prop 64 with local agencies to prepare them to mitigate issues surrounding the ballot measure. He continues to provide technical support to the League of California Cities, the Police Chiefs Association, Rural County Representatives of California, and the California State Association of Counties. In addition, David works collaboratively with the Department of Consumers Affairs, Department of Food & Agriculture, Department of Health Services and the State Board of Equalization on implementing best practices for regulating the Cannabis Industry.
David received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from California State University, Fullerton and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach. While at Long Beach, he was named “Future Urban Administrator of the Year”.
Matt Eaton Cannabis Compliance Manager
Mr. Eaton plays a critical role in implementing HdL’s Cannabis Management Program—his sole focus at HdL. Prior to joining the firm, he was a progressive law enforcement professional with 29 years’ experience conducting criminal and regulatory investigations, and background investigations. While working as a Supervisory Investigator at the Colorado Department of Revenue in its Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED), Mr. Eaton managed Criminal Investigators and civilian staff in the Denver Metro and Longmont Field Offices.
During his tenure at the MED he conducted approximately 10,000 criminal investigations and cannabis compliance audits which included regulatory and financial investigations. In addition, he was responsible for planning, developing and implementing reports and field inspection protocols for MED. Furthermore, he played an instrumental role in recommending changes to current regulations and identifying essential language for new legislation in the State of Colorado. He is well known for his ability to maintain cooperative working relationships with cannabis industry leaders and external stakeholders in resolving regulatory and compliance issues.
Mr. Eaton received his Bachelors of Science Degree from Biola University and currently maintains a Colorado Post Certificate. He has also served as an Adjunct Instructor teaching law enforcement principals related to criminology, correctional processes, procedural law, interviews, interrogations and criminal evidence at AIMS Community College in Greeley, Colorado.
Tim Cromartie Cannabis Compliance Senior Advisor
As a Senior Advisor, Tim Cromartie assists local and state governments with developing cannabis regulatory and tax policies and facilitates public policy engagement for elected officials, public safety groups and community stakeholders. Prior to joining HdL, Tim served as the legislative representative covering public safety issues for the League of California Cities with an emphasis on shaping legislation governing state and local regulation of marijuana. He has been actively involved in educating cities on changes in the law resulting from the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, as well as Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act.
When these two Acts were merged into a single regulatory structure in 2017, Tim successfully advocated for local government’s regulatory and enforcement authority, environmental safeguards, protections against over-concentration of businesses, regulation of testing labs, fire safety standards and a definition of volatile solvents in state law governing cannabis manufacturing operations. Since then he has been engaged in educating local governments on the Medical and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MAUCRSA), as well as advocating for a reduction in the cumulative state tax rate for cannabis, improvements in the state’s track-and-trace program, and the restoration of a statewide cultivation cap.
Prior to his work with the League of California Cities, Tim held a variety of positions in the Legislature and state government, including legislative representative for CalPERS Governmental Affairs, legislative director and public safety consultant to former state Senator Gloria Romero, and field representative for Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Tim holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a J.D. degree from Hastings College.
Matt Hinderliter Director of Audit Services
During his 25-year tenure with HdL, Mr. Hinderliter has directly participated in thousands of taxpayer audits. Mr. Hinderliter is the author of an extensive audit training manual including information regarding complex point of sale issues and proposed changes in legislation and regulations. He created the state’s first multi-dimensional audit process, which includes extensive data mining and web-based analysis combined with field investigations.
He is responsible for quality control, and for ensuring HdL’s audit techniques and programs remain at the industry’s leading edge through continuous innovation and improvement. Mr. Hinderliter earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton.
Adam Crabtree HdL Strategic Partner, Founder and CEO of Nationwide Compliance Specialists
Mr. Crabtree is the Founder and CEO of Nationwide Compliance Specialists, Inc. (NCS) headquartered in Denver, Colorado. He began his career in banking, sales management, operations and compliance for a Tier 1 Bank. It was here that he recognized the inherent flaws and systematic disconnect between banks, state government and the cannabis industry. Using his background and acumen in banking, he developed the NCS platform, a patent-pending predictive analytical algorithm-based system capable of aggregating and analyzing tens of millions of data points that are then transformed into clear, concise and detailed reports.
This solution has given him the opportunity to work collaboratively with state officials as well as financial institutions in Colorado and California. He’s been a guest speaker and conducted training to the California Assembly, Alaska Bar Association, California State Board of Equalization, Native Nation Conference and numerous elected officials spanning from Hawaii to Massachusetts. Mr. Crabtree is a proud three-time graduate of the University of Colorado (BA, MBA and MSF) and currently serves as a member of the Track and Trace Advisory Board for the State of Colorado.
Johan Klehs Lobbyist
The firm engages Johan Klehs as its lobbyist to represent client interests in matters before the BOE and the state legislature. In statewide office, Mr. Klehs served as Chair and a Member of the California State Board of Equalization and a Member of the Franchise Tax Board. He also served 14 years as a Member of the California State Assembly and four years as a Member of the San Leandro City Council. In the Assembly, Mr. Klehs chaired the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee longer than any individual in California’s history.
Mark Lovelace Cannabis Policy Advisor
Mark Lovelace has 16 years of broad experience in public policy, community engagement and advocacy from both inside and outside of government. He is recognized as a leader in advancing the statewide discussion of medical and recreational cannabis as a policy issue in California. Mark served on the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors from 2009 through 2016, where he was instrumental in developing a comprehensive approach to regulating cannabis, including a voter-approved tax on commercial cultivation and an innovative track and trace pilot program.
Mark established and co-chaired the Medical Marijuana Working Group for the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and helped draft CSAC’s legislative platform for cannabis issues. Mark pioneered the first-ever six-county regional summit on cannabis issues in 2015, which resulted in the North Coast Counties Marijuana Policy Statement. His work and input were pivotal in guiding the development of SB 643 and AB 243, two components of the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA).
Mark has worked extensively with public agencies and statewide associations on cannabis issues, including CSAC, Rural County Representatives of California (RCRC), the Association of California Water Agencies, the North Coast Resource Partnership, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the State Water Board, the North Coast Regional Water Board, the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, State legislators, the Department of Justice, Members of Congress and others. He has organized and led numerous presentations, workshops and panel discussions on cannabis issues and has been a sought-after speaker on the topic for government agencies, community organizations and cannabis industry groups.
Mark received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial and Product Design from California State University, San Jose. Prior to his time on the Board, he worked for many years as a respected advocate on land use, planning, development and environmental issues.
Stephanie Martin Cannabis Outreach Coordinator
With over 28 years of diversified law enforcement experience, Stephanie has used her training and expertise to develop community-based partnerships, create and implement outreach programs and apply her communication for media relations. As a Volunteer Program Manager, she was responsible for the recruitment, selection, and training of volunteers who provided support services to all divisions of the Manhattan Beach Police Department. Her assignment as the Department’s Community Affairs Officer was unique, as she was the only officer to have supervisory responsibilities, manage a budget and interview/select applicants for paid and volunteer positions. Stephanie also served as the coordinator of the DARE program for the City of Redondo Beach. Stephanie earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Chapman University in Orange California.
Kami Miller Senior Auditor
Kami Miller is the Senior Auditor for the Cannabis Compliance team. In this role, Kami ensures cannabis compliance and identify the risk assessment in the supply chain process of each permitted business. Previously, Kami was the Marijuana Compliance Manager for the Department of Public Behavior and Health for the State of Nevada. During this time, she played a key role in Nevada’s implementation of its Medical Marijuana Program, with responsibility for statewide monitoring of medical marijuana facilities that included cultivation, production, testing labs and retail stores. She also conducted and provided data research to the local marijuana newspaper. Kamilah received her Bachelor of Business Administration in E-Commerce and Supply Chain Management from Tennessee State University where she developed an interest for becoming a subject matter expert in the marijuana compliance industry.
Elizabeth Eumurian Senior Auditor
Elizabeth Eumurian is a Senior Auditor in HdL’s Audit Department. Elizabeth previously worked for a large financial institution analyzing data for reporting anomalies and performing financial audits. She has also worked as a senior auditor in the entertainment industry. In this role, Elizabeth executed testing procedures for targeted audit programs, analyzed findings and prepared audit and compliance reports. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from California State University, Fullerton.