40 Under 40
For the past five years, the Marijuana Venture staff has compiled an annual list of some of the brightest young leaders and influencers in the cannabis industry. As in past years, we have narrowed the list from hundreds of worthy candidates to present 40 individuals from the vast and ever-changing business in the United States and Canada.
It is our honor to share their stories.
Title: Co-founder and president
Seven years ago, Sam Dorf had just finished law school and was about to embark on his career as an attorney in Chicago. But after defending several individuals facing cannabis charges, Dorf turned his attention toward helping communities impacted by cannabis prohibition, and inadvertently became a force for change in the cannabis industry.
Today he is the president of Verano, one of the largest multi-state operators in the country. Dorf has helped secure 19 licenses in eight states and raised more than $140 million for the cannabis company.
“For Verano, and the cannabis industry, the future looks bright,” Dorf says. “My charge is to continue to drive growth and innovation across our organization, to be a champion for cannabis, to create employment opportunities across all skill levels and to ensure that we’re always delivering premium quality cannabis products to our patients and customers.”