From the seed of an idea to the blossoming of your business

Helping businesses succeed in
regulated markets.

Canna Group Inc. is a full service cannabis consulting company – providing a comprehensive suite of business development, strategic, and industry-specific consulting services to companies currently operating or seeking to operate within the cannabis industry.

Our honesty, integrity and passion for our work are what set us apart from others in the space. And it doesn’t hurt that we have a strong track record for crafting both merit-based and lottery-based medical marijuana business license applications across multiple states.

Unlike some of our competitors who have seemingly popped up overnight, we have more than 40 years of combined experience in the legal cannabis industry – a distinction owed as much to our unwavering belief in the benefits of cannabis as to the good fortune of growing up in a state that had the foresight to legalize medical marijuana way back in 1996.

“If you are about to launch a rocket and that launch trajectory is off by even inches, the rocket is going to be off by miles out in orbit….Mission is what starts that trajectory. Strategy and navigation enables you to stay focused on maintaining that trajectory over time.”

– Jeff Weiner, CEO,

Now we aren’t comparing the cannabis business to rocket science. But it is pretty complex stuff; made even more complicated by the dizzying array of ever-changing regulations that differ state by state, county by county. The road to victory in the cannabis industry is littered with failed companies who, willfully or not, neglected to follow state and local guidelines. Enlisting the aid of qualified cannabis consultants can mean the difference between a struggling business and a thriving one.

Our mission starts at the pre-license phase where we assist entrepreneurs pursuing cultivation, retail, and infused-product manufacturing licenses with their state application submission process.

Our operational management and consulting services help determine the strategy that will enable our state-licensed clients to not just succeed, but to dominate.

Our unparalleled network of advisors, all seasoned professionals from diverse industries, allows our clients to navigate the turbulent waters of the cannabis industry by providing access to the best practices and brightest minds in the industry.

In a nutshell, we understand the challenges and complexities of the regulated commercial cannabis market and have the expertise to help your business thrive.

The Executive Team

Aaron Silverman

Aaron Silverman

CEO - Canna Group Inc;
General Partner – Sugar Leaf Capital Fund LLC

Aaron is a highly creative marketer and serial entrepreneur with a unique history of corporate and entrepreneurial endeavors. He excels in defining, developing and executing strategies to generate new business, expanding revenue channels, and facilitating competitive market leverage. He has very strong skills in marketing and advertising campaigns, brand development and re-branding. Aaron has a real talent for identifying and capitalizing on opportunities as well as reaching and influencing key decision makers. He also has vast cannabis business development, marketing, instruction and training experience and is a highly-sought trainer and educator in the cannabis industry. He has been a grower, managed dispensaries, owned delivery services and has served as a member on the AHPA Cannabis Committee since 2010. Above all else, Aaron has a real passion for business and a creative switch that never turns off. He finds inspiration everywhere he goes and in everyone he meets. He prides himself on tackling the biggest challenges our clients face and he truly believes that there is a creative solution or strategy to solve any problem.

Grant Rollin

Grant Rollin

Chairman and CFO – Canna Group Inc;
General Partner – Sugar Leaf Capital Fund LLC

Grant brings decades of experience in all aspects of finance; managing from startup through expansion and ultimate sale. He spent the first 18 years of his career with Deloitte, a Big-4 accounting firm. Grant was admitted to the partnership in his early 30’s as Partner-in-Charge of the San Francisco Bay Area’s Emerging Business Department where he was tasked with finding and serving promising start-up businesses. Grant eventually left Deloitte to become CFO of a publicly-traded company (VeloBind, Inc.) and helped guide the company through a sale to its largest competitor. Since leaving VeloBind, Grant has been a serial entrepreneur and a C level executive at a variety of companies (e.g., an online residential real estate company, a biotech company, an international consulting firm, an online 401(k) record keeping company, and an online marketing company helping U.S. schools raise badly needed funds). He was also founding employee, EVP, and CFO for the San Jose Sharks. In 2002, Grant was Founder and Chairman of Equity Administration Solutions, Inc. (“Certent”), now the largest independent online stock administration company. Certent has been recognized for three years on Deloitte’s Fastest Growing 500 Technology Company list. Grant was also the Founding Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Council’s International Trade Committee in Washington, DC. He has testified before Subcommittees of Congress on trade and small business issues, taught in graduate level programs for over a decade, and been an expert witness in several high profile lawsuits.

Advisory team

Henry (Hank) Levy, CPA/ABV,CFE/CFF

Hank has nearly 30 years of in-­depth experience in public accounting. He is widely regarded for his broad expertise by professionals and clients alike. He has held multiple leadership roles for the California Society of Certified Public Accountants over the past two decades, and is a member of many professional associations, including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Contra Costa Bar Family Law Section. Currently, he is a member of the Alameda County Assessment Appeals Board and is on the Board of Directors for Senior Medi-­Benefits in Berkeley. He holds an Accreditation in Business Valuation, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. He has been involved in the legal cannabis industry since 1998. He runs a CPA firm, The Henry Levy Group, which is based in Oakland, with locations throughout northern California, which has perhaps the largest number of cannabis clients in the country. Hank is a national speaker and has been an expert witness on the subject of Internal Revenue Code Section 280E.

Chris Berman

Chris is a 16 year digital media veteran, entrepreneur and investor. He was one of the first employees at Myspace before leaving in 2004 to start his own company. Dedicated Media is a multi‐channel online digital advertising platform driving brand engagement and customer acquisition for major agencies and Fortune 500 clients. Chris served as co-­founder and Chief Operating Officer at Dedicated for 11 years before selling the business to television giant Media General (NYSE: MEG) in 2014. Chris is an expert in marketing, brand building, media negotiation, and digital business operations. He is also a major investor in Canna Group and several other cannabis-­related businesses.

Greg McElroy

Greg’s track record in sales and marketing for the professional sports industry is virtually unparalleled. From 1991 to 1995, Greg served as VP of Marketing for the Los Angeles Kings where he grew advertising revenues more than 300%. In 1998, McElroy became SVP for Sales and Marketing for the Center Operating Group in Dallas and promptly sold the largest arena naming rights of the 20th century to American Airlines for $195 million. He also sold the largest non-­
naming deal at the time to Ford for $39 million and the largest pouring rights deal at the time to Dr. Pepper for $37 million. From 2002 to 2003 McElroy was EVP for Sales and Marketing with the Texas Rangers where his accomplishments included selling the naming rights to the Ballpark in Arlington to Ameriquest for $75 million and increasing sponsorship revenues to an all-­time high. In 2004, Greg joined the Los Angeles Dodgers as Chief Sales Officer and his efforts quickly raised the Dodgers’ overall revenue ranking in Major League Baseball from 16th to 3rd. Most recently, Greg served as the SVP for Sales and Marketing for the Dallas Cowboys where he led the negotiation of one of the largest naming rights deals in sports history with AT&T and increased sponsorship revenue every year. Throughout his eight years with the Cowboys, they were the No. 1 ranked NFL team in both revenue and profit.