Sam is a founding member of New Economy Consulting LLC (NEC ) a firm based in Portland Oregon focused on advising entrepreneurs and investors on the legal cannabis markets in Oregon. His previous experience includes consulting for statewide political campaigns, small business development and media relations, as well as direct involvement as a lobbyist for drug policy reform at the local, state, and federal levels. In 2013 Sam co-authored House Bill 3460, the Oregon law that legalized medical marijuana dispensaries. In 2015 Sam was instrumental in legalizing the sale of seeds and helped successfully lobby Senate Bill 460, allowing for existing medical dispensaries to sell to adults 21+. He has been a resident of Oregon for 20 years and holds a baccalaureate degree from the University of Oregon in Philosophy and Political Science.