The Marijuana Policy Group (MPG) is an internationally recognized corporate strategy and policy consulting firm renowned for its role in shaping regulated cannabis markets in Colorado, Canada, and California. Our purpose is to enable clients to make informed decisions through strategic advisement, research, and analysis. We have an extensive network that creates unique opportunities for our clients.

Since our inception in 2014, we have been at the forefront of the industry, supplying factual, data-driven assessments regarding market conditions, policy effects, and the economic evolution of the emerging cannabis industry. Our experienced consultants and university researchers have gone on to deliver strategic engagements, market demand assessments, and company set up in medical and recreational cannabis in 26 states and three countries. We have served as lead cannabis economists for the State of Colorado, as well as completed complex consulting engagements for businesses and governments in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas.

Founder

Adam Orens is the founder of MPG. Adam has 13 years of experience in economic and public policy consulting, including market analysis, public finance, and regional economic analysis. Adam has completed numerous studies that analyze the relationships between markets, demographics, and government policy. Adam has advised numerous early-stage cannabis businesses in their formation, and strategic and business planning. Adam has also helped governments implement successful cannabis regulatory systems in Colorado, Canada, Florida, and California.

In addition to Adam’s regulated cannabis qualifications, he and MPG  have completed complex consulting engagements for businesses and governments in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and the Americas.

Adam’s demographic and economic research related to the emerging marijuana market has been recognized by the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, and the Huffington Post. His recent studies in Colorado, Alaska, Illinois, Maryland, and other states have examined many facets of medical and recreational marijuana markets, including providing estimates of annual marijuana consumption by residents, tourists, and patients; production management methods; and market supply modalities. Adam was a lead author of the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) 2014 Market Size and Demand report and continues to provide consulting services to the MED.

Director

Sal is a Director at the Marijuana Policy Group responsible for the growth and strategy of the firm. In this role, he has helped numerous early-stage companies, established enterprises, institutional capital firms, and Native American Tribes create and execute effective cannabis and hemp strategies ranging from business planning to operational execution. While at MPG, Sal has also delivered economic and public policy consulting projects, including market analysis, public finance, and regional economic analysis across North America, Latin America, and Europe. Currently, he is tasked with assisting the state of Colorado’s Agriculture Commissioner in developing its hemp management program (the CHAMP).

He joined MPG from Oliver Wyman where he worked as a C-Level strategy consultant for technology and energy companies. He has extensive experience working with Cannabis, Regulatory, Technology, and Startup organizations all over the world.

Sal is a regular conference speaker and has covered a variety of topics related to cannabis ranging from current and emerging strategic priorities in cannabis and hemp, the advantage of Native American Tribes in cannabis, several policy-related topics, and market overviews.

Sal holds a B.B.A Business Administration from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and an M.B.A in Finance from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is active with numerous animal welfare, education, and children’s organizations. Sal sits on the advisory board of St. Edward’s University and was an Officer in the Texas Army National Guard.

Senior Associate

Mr. Fortin is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Pantheon-Sorbonne University, where his dissertation focuses on the evolution of the hemp market as well as the integration of cannabis within the European health system. Davide has developed a methodology for drug market sizing for UNODC and lectures at the University of Padua on the economics of medical cannabis within a post-graduate program for health operators. Mr. Fortin holds a Master degree in Economics (Copenhagen Business School) and a Bachelor of Business Administration (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice).