How to get in the Hemp/Cannabis Business In Virginia.

October 15, 2022 | 2:00 pm | Room 1 | Business / Legal

Anthony Mijares, President, Old Manchester Hemp

Mr. Mijares currently Kloud Enterprise, AKA Old Manchester Hemp Co. and Old Manchester Cannabis Co. Anthony is a disabled U.S. Army Veteran who served 8 years as a Combat Medic during several combat tours in Kosovo, Iraq, Kuwait, Korea and several other countries. Recently elected to the Board of Directors for Virginia NORML. Along with teaming up with Decriminalize Nature of Virginia to push for decriminalizing psilocybin. Old Manchester Hemp Co. and Old Manchester Cannabis Co. employs women, minorities, veterans, and returning citizens seeking opportunities. Through Manchester, Mijares holds a growing, dealers, and processing license for hemp through the Virginia Department of Consumers and Agriculture. Old Manchester’s 7,000 square foot seed-to sale facility operates in the heart of Richmond, VA

Bevon Findley, Founder, Hemp Education

Bevon Findley has been a Cannabis Educator and Marketer since September 2016. He was a training officer in the US Navy creating tech manuals to educate new sailors while serving on the USS Wasp.

As a Digital Marketing expert in New York City since 2005, Bevon helped create an in-house educational platform to teach college graduates, interns, and new employees on Coding, Photography, Videography, SEO, Graphic Design, and more.

As a Digital Marketing expert in Florida, Bevon was part of a team that created an education platform to educate medical patients on behalf of doctors, nurses, and hospitals.

Now as a 6-year Cannabis veteran, Bevon has created a Hemp education platform called to help Hemp Brands educate their customers. also used its IP and resources to create Choices RVA, the first Black-Owned Hemp School in Richmond, Virginia.

Bevon and his team have soft-launched their Cannabis Social Community Mimea, available on iOS, Android, and
Lastly Bevon and his team is in the process of building the 1st Cannabis School in the Caribbean, Care Academy Grenada at

Evan Somogyi, Owner, Kultivate Wellness and Kulture

Caroline Gallagher, Partner, Magee, Goldstein, Lasky, & Sayers, P.C.

Caroline Gallagher is a Partner at Magee, Goldstein, Lasky, & Sayers, P.C. located in Roanoke, Virginia. Ms. Gallagher worked for almost a decade as general counsel for a financial advising firm and has an extensive background in compliance, finance, corporate formation, and business law. Since joining private practice, Ms. Gallagher works with businesses in the cannabis industry. Her practice focuses on corporate formation, regulatory compliance, and licensing for businesses in retail, manufacturing, and cultivation. Ms. Gallagher has been appointed to the Ethics Committee for the International Cannabis Bar Association and recently appointed Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association: Cannabis Law and Policy Section, member of the Virginia Cannabis Business Association, and the Legal Committee for Virginia NORML.

Josiah Ickes, CoFounder, Happy Trees Agricultural Supply

Josiah Ickes is the CoFounder of Happy Trees Agricultural Supply assisting those wanting to cultivate the best cannabis possible; as well as the newly founded Happy Trees Experiences; a community canna-tainment company. Josiah graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013 while operating Total Tech Protection. In 2016 Josiah founded WealthHog a cryptocurrency diversification fund. Josiah enjoys spending time with his wife, Anna, and kids.