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Jana WeltzinJana Weltzin


Jana Weltzin was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. Ms. Weltzin focuses her legal practice on land use and zoning law, medical marijuana law in Arizona and recreational marijuana business law and regulation compliance in Alaska. Ms. Weltzin provides representation for her cannabis clientele relating to business structure, permitting/licensing, land use applications and hearings, conditional use permits, investment connections and presentation, regulation compliance, real estate commercial leasing and purchases, operations, and general activism for the cannabis industry.

Ms. Weltzin played an invaluable role during the 2015 legislative session through her work with the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation, initiative sponsors, and future Alaskan cannabis businesses advocating for and analyzing proposed cannabis related legislation to ensure sustainable success for the industry.

Ms. Weltzin is a regular contributor to Marijuana Venture Magazine’s legal section and other various publications.

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Trenton Messick

– Associate Attorney

Born and raised a farm kid in rural West Virginia, Trenton obtained his BA and MS from Marshall University in Huntington, WV. Upon graduation, Trenton moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan. There, he worked for several years in the medical industry while playing professional soccer. Feeling unfulfilled, Trenton went back to school at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law and played soccer full-time. Trenton intends to focus his practice on all matters related to marijuana and indigenous rights.

While clerking for nearly three years between 2016 and 2019 at Cannabis Counsel, PLC, Trenton experienced Michigan’s transition from a medical marijuana state to a recreational state. As the firm specialized in only marijuana, Trenton worked on a litany of matters involving compliance, zoning, building regulations, licensure, family law, corporate law, tax matters, administrative law, criminal defense, lobbying, and criminal justice reform as those areas of law related to marijuana.

On a personal level, as a member of the Whitetop Laurel Native Communities of Kentucky and West Virginia, Trenton is deeply invested in indigenous rights, and not merely as they pertain to marijuana. He is committed to being an advocate of a wide spectrum of contemporary issues of the broader indigenous community. These include land rights, water rights, treaty rights, ICWA, VAWA, and others.

Brenda Mills

 – Paralegal

Contract Paralegal Consultation work for the JDW team is done  by Brenda’s Business Services. Owner Brenda Mills has just received her diploma, with Honors, in Legal Assistant/Paralegal studies. Brenda has a lifetime of customer service experience, having been born and raised in a family owned and operated Carnival business that still continues to thrive to this day. Brenda has raised two amazing sons who live and go to school in Anchorage.  She also has experience in food and transport permitting. Her experience in the Hospitality Industry was an amazing steppingstone into the workforce outside of her family’s business, she started as a night housekeeper and received 7 promotions in a year and a half, making her assistant to the General Manager. Brenda’s diverse experience in multi-tasking, managing, permitting events, vendors, and working with local government makes her an asset to the JDW team.

Aimée Rocush

Legal Assistant

Aimée Rocush was born and raised in Chicago, IL. Ms. Rocush joined JDW, LLC in June of 2019 and our new legal assistant.

Prior to making her move up to Alaska, she worked exclusively in the Downtown Luxury Real Estate market in Chicago for 6 years.  Aimée’s experience in real estate ranges from property manager to broker; having experienced both sides of the market.

She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management Cum Laude from Loyola University Chicago

JDW Counsel is an incredible company. Our biggest priority is our clients, and second, the relationship we have with other industry members.  Choosing to work with JDW Counsel promises professionalism, knowledge and expertise.

JDW, LLC serves as of counsel to Hoban & Feola, a Colorado cannabis business law firm.

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