Alec Anello is a cannabis and psychedelic consultant at Whiteleaf Consulting and the Strategic Director at Decriminalize Nature Florida, an organization aimed at decriminalizing entheogenic plants.
He has been involved in the cannabis and psychedelic industries for 16 years, beginning in cannabis cultivation and extraction, and later acting as an independent broker and product knowledge coordinator. Additionally, Alec opened the first Columbia Care dispensary in Miami and was head of education and product knowledge there for two years.
In 2019, he founded Whiteleaf Consulting, an agency that specializes in advising venture capital and investment firms on tech stack and software in the cannabis and psychedelic spaces.
Alec has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics from Purchase College and is currently obtaining a Master’s in Finance from the Herbert Business School at the University of Miami. His undergraduate thesis explored the economic ramifications of ending drug prohibition in the US.
Over the past ten years, he has been involved in myriad harm reduction and drug policy reform initiatives in the New York City area through his work with DanceSafe, Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies, Drug Policy Alliance, and Students for a Sensible Drug Policy.