Demitri Downing, an ex-prosecutor has been in the middle of the development of the medical marijuana industry since 2012. He has developed a deep understanding of the nuances of the emerging industry even guiding in the writing of Prop 205. In 2016 Demitri Downing became the founder of MITA, the Arizona Marijuana Industry Trade Association (formerly the DNA dispensary Network Association), Arizona’s first and largest industry trade association. He is also the Co-founder of the Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expo and founding member of NICC, National Indian Cannabis Coalition, an organization focused on guiding native communities into emerging Cannabis market opportunities.
Demitri has distinguished himself in the Cannabis industry with his understanding of the regulatory structure and the emerging marketplace in Arizona and nationally. Demitri, through his company PolicyQuake, has lobbied in Nevada & Arizona for pro-industry changes in the law as well as advised and helped develop numerous dispensaries and cultivations operations. A registered lobbyist and former Tribal Prosecutor Demitri brings to the industry a level of professionalism, compliance, and accountability. Demitri is currently working on many projects in different States to help advance the growing marijuana industry and business interests, he is also an advisor to the Arizona recreational initiative committee. Demitri Downing is graduate of University of Arizona College of Law and currently based in Phoenix Arizona.
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Director of Strategic Partnerships
Danielle Sedgwick has over 17 years of experience in marketing, brand strategy, events production, and sales for B2B and B2C corporations, she currently serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Marijuana Industry Trade Association of Arizona. Danielle is also the co-founder of the nonprofit organization Leaf for Life Foundation, which helps veteran families dealing with PTSD and mental health.
Sedgwick’s foray into the cannabis space evolved naturally. Certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine in nutrition and functional diagnostics, Sedgwick’s strong background in health and fitness motivated her to enter the cannabis space in early 2015. Sedgwick’s ability to build partnerships and strong business foundations prompted her ascendance into many executive-level positions in the industry.
For three years, Sedgwick was influential in establishing a successful multi-state cannabis conference series. She served as the chief sales executive and events producer of more than eight, large-scale events including The Southwest Cannabis Conference and Expos held in Texas, Arizona, and California; the Southeast Cannabis Conference and Expo in Florida; and the U.S. Cannabis Conferences in Florida and Arizona.
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The Arizona Community
Joining Arizona’s Cannabis Industry Trade Association (MITA) means being represented as a community alongside other stakeholders committed to building a strong and sustainable future for legitimate medical and recreational cannabis in Arizona.
In addition to enhanced political representation, MITA membership offers unparalleled networking opportunities; exclusive access to industry information; special training and education opportunities; and local business connections and brand recognition.