One day after Tallahassee Reports published an investigative report on Nikki Fried’s connections to a cannabis related businesses created by her fiancé, Jake Bergmann, Bergmann filed paperwork to remove a principal of Iconoclast, Inc. that Fried appointed to a medical marijuana advisory board she created.
According to state records, Jake Bergmann removed Zachary Kobrin as a Director of Iconoclast Inc. effective March 4, 2021, one day after Tallahassee revealed the relationship in an investigative report.
The media covering state-wide elected officials has ignored the report, which details Fried’s connections to Bergmann’s cannabis business partners. These business partners include a prominent cannabis attorney, Fried’s father and a Florida legislator’s wife.
Fried, Kobrin, & Bergmann
On January 9, 2020 Iconoclast Inc. was registered in Florida as a not-for-profit corporation. The directors listed were Robert J. Bergmann, Elizabeth A. Bergmann, and Zachary Kobrin.
The business is listed as a non-profit with a principle address of 5307 Pimlico Drive Tallahassee, FL 32309. The principle address is the home Bergmann shares with Fried.
Six months earlier, it was announced on June 10, 2019, that Kobrin was one of Fried’s appointments to the Medical Marijuana Advisory Committee that Fried created to “collaborate with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to help improve the state’s medical marijuana policies.”
According to the Akerman website, Kobrin has served as General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer for a multinational cannabis company and currently advises cannabis and hemp industry clients on legal, regulatory and business development issues.
He is also listed as a team member of the Akerman Cannabis Practice that boasts the practice is ranked nationally as one of the top firms in Cannabis Law by Chambers USA.
According to their website, Akerman’s cannabis related clients include cannabis investment funds, cultivators, processors, dispensers and distributors, and suppliers of ancillary products and services.
When contacted by TR, Kobrin said he was Mr. Bergmann’s lawyer and declined to discuss their business relationship. This revelation means that Fried appointed her fiancee’s lawyer to the medical marijuana advisory committee she created.