Board

Matthew

Rizzio

President

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Matthew Rizzio is CEO of A&M Scientific. A cryo ethanol processing company located in Huntsville, AL. A&M Scientific focuses on providing the farmers and end users the quality and consistency they deserve. A&M Scientific is currently one of the largest processors in the state, as well as establishing organic standards for the hemp industry. Matthew is dedicated to making sure everyone's voice is heard throughout the Alabama Cannabis industry.

James

Carter

Vice President

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Christian

Calhoun

Treasurer

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Christian is honored to serve on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Cannabis Industry Association providing economic development advisory to its members as well as state lawmakers. Having worked with lawmakers in other pro-cannabis states Christian’s insight into the regulatory side of the industry is key for the success of the association, cannabis business stakeholders and most importantly medical patients in Alabama. 

Jenny

Golden

Secretary

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Jenny Golden is a Certified Natural Health Practitioner who graduated from Trinity School of Natural Health.  She has worked extensively as a behavior specialist for children with special needs and as a Naturopath with a variety of populations.  Jenny is an Endocannabinologist in training and has been educating on the Endocannabinoid System for over 2 years.  She has a passion for helping communities elevate natural health practices through education and practical uses of everyday foods, supplements and lifestyle choices.

Chey

Garrigan

Executive Director

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Chey Lindsey Garrigan, is the founding Chief Executive Director of the Alabama Cannabis Industry Association, the only trade association representing legal cannabis businesses in Alabama and the only one advancing the industry on a national level. Chey’s background in large scale land development projects and city planning will allow her to lead the Association’s day to day operations. She will ensure that all ALCIA members are educated on the current laws and advocated from the industry by influencing State and Federal lawmakers and agencies.

Legal

Michael

Fritz

General Counsel

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Mr. Fritz works in the areas of bankruptcy, debtor and creditor rights, insolvency, and commercial litigation. He has represented various individuals and businesses in complex bankruptcy proceedings. Most notably, he represented the FDIC in the Colonial Bank Chapter 11 bankruptcy. For eight years he was the Bankruptcy Attorney for the Bankruptcy Administrator of the Middle District of Alabama. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and has been a frequent speaker on various bankruptcy topics at both legal and civic seminars.

Mr. Fritz’s experience with complex business transactions, financing, contracts, and business litigation will be a valuable asset to the Association and its members.

Mr. Fritz has become active in local and state politics. In 2019 he began running for Mayor of the City of Montgomery then upon the untimely death of Rep. Dimitri Polizos he became a candidate for the open House District seat.  He made a very significant showing for a newcomer. He received 45% of the votes in the Republican primary against a seasoned veteran politician.

Mr. Fritz was in private practice prior to joining the Bankruptcy Administrator’s office. In private practice he has represented clients in insurance defense, employment and commercial litigation in State and Federal Courts throughout Alabama.

Mr. Fritz is also a Lt.Col in the Army Reserve JAG Corps. He recently spent a year on active duty as Defense Counsel for the Army’s Trial Defense Service – Europe. Additionally he volunteers with his church, the Capital City Kiwanis Club and the Montgomery Ultimate Club.

EDUCATION

 

  • Auburn University – Montgomery (B.S., 1994)

  • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University (J.D., 1997)

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