Tuesday, September 22, 2015



Temecula, CA - The subject on every patient's mind is the same one at the heart of AMMA's lawsuit against the California legistaure, the statue of Prop 215 and it's 20 year long protection for medical marijuana. It was a landmark decision when it occurred and the nation stopped to give pause, as something Jack Herer would later predict to me, came to pass [see page 267*].

Today a new bill, crafted by 4 state assemblymen, threatens to undo what Prop 215 did. Three of the four authors of AB266 have signed on to headline the second State of Marijuana conference happening this coming Saturday in Santa Monica. Your Temecula Calendar will be there. After the jump, a look at the speaker list and then a look at the 3 Assemblymen who co-sponsored the trio of bills set to put Mary Jane Green in chains.

“Following the success of last year's sold out event, the State of Marijuana returns for a second year to bring you another exclusive conversation on the marijuana industry and marijuana policy in this critical time lead-up to 2016. Whether you are an entrepreneur, advocate, or spectator, this event will provide exclusive networking and key insights into the cannabis political environment, medical marijuana research, business strategies, and new technologies innovating the industry. Be a part of the conversation. Learn and experience the future of marijuana in California and beyond.” - SOMJ

To learn more about the event and to buy your tickets visit: http://www.cureativ.com/somj

Already scheduled in addition to the AB 266 bill authors are over 50 speakers on various panels, including these distinguished guests,

David Bearman, American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine
Jason Beck, Founder, Executive Director, Alternative Herbal Health Services
Taylor Blake, Associate Producer, The Emerald Cup
Frenchy Canoli, Hashishin, Aficionado
Julianna Carella, Founder, Auntie Dolores
Swami Chaitanya, Founding Member, Mendocino Cannabis Policy Council
Giadha DeCarcer, Founder & CEO, Frontier Financials Group
Maya Elisabeth, Creator and Owner, Om Edibles
Eugenio Garcia, Co-Founder and Publisher, Cannabis Now Magazine
Dale Gieringer, Director, CA NORML
Lori Glauser, Director, President & COO, Signal Bay Inc.
Debby Goldsberry, Co-Founder, United Cannabis Collective
Mara Gordon, Founder, Aunt Zelda’s
Charlo Greene, Cannabis Activist, Entrepreneur, and Media Expert
Walter Grieves,  Co-Founder, Cannabis Consulting Group
Jeff Hergenrather, President, Society of Cannabis Clinicians
Aaron Herzberg, Partner, CalCann Holdings
Randall Huft, CEO, Innovation Marketing
Jazmin Hupp, Founder & Executive Director, Women Grow
Douglas Leighton, Managing Director, Dutchess Capital
Aaron Justis, President, Buds and Roses
Justin Kander, Research and Development Coordinator, Aunt Zelda’s
Matthew Karnes, Founder & Managing Partner, GreenWave Advisors
Tripp Keber, CEO, Dixie Brands
Matt Kumin, Co-Founder, California Cannabis Voice
Jill Lamoureux, Regulatory Consultant, BOTEC Analysis
Fiona Ma, Member, Board of Equalization
Shabnam Malek, President & Executive Director, National Cannabis Bar Association
Bruce Margolin, Attorney, Law Offices of Bruce M. Margolin
Frank Marino, Founder, MJIC Inc.
Kyndra Miller, President & CEO, CannaBusiness Law
Kenny Morrison, Founder, VCC Brands
Elvy Musikka, Federal Medical Marijuana Patient
Kristin Nevedal, Chair, American Herbal Product Association
Tony Oliveira, CEO, Oliveira Advisory Services
Rick Pfrommer, Founding Member, Harborside Health Center
Justin Pullman, President, PMP Labs
Jeff Raber, Founder, The Werc Shop
Amanda Reiman, Manager, Marijuana Law and Policy, Drug Policy Alliance
Joe Rogoway, Cannabis Industry Attorney, Rogoway Law Group
Josh Rosen, CEO, 4Front Ventures
Tracy Ryan, CEO, CannaKids & Ryland Pharms
Aseem Sappal, Provost & Dean of Faculty, Oaksterdam University
James Slatic, CEO, Med-West
Deborah Peterson Small, Executive Director, Break the Chains
Aaron Smith, Executive Director, National Cannabis Industry Association
Jean Talleyrand, Founder & President, Medicann
Lauren Vazquez, Director of Communication, Marijuana Policy Project
William Waldrop, Director & CEO, Signal Bay Inc. 

What the State of Marijuana promises:

  • Exclusive networking with experts in all sectors in an intimate environment
  • Industry insights and pitches for your cannabis business or startup
  • High level legal advice from top lawyers
  • Complimentary dinner, open bar, and an after party on a rooftop deck!
    The accouterments you expect at a high level Chamber of Commerce mixer with one difference

Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. most recently, the Director of Asset Management for the City of Los Angeles was elected in November 2012, to represent California's 59th Assembly District. The entire district lies within the county of Los Angeles and includes the communities of South Los Angeles, Florence-Firestone, Huntington Park and Walnut Park. 
His history of public service includes serving as Chair of the LA County Small Business Commission, an Assistant Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles and Vice President of SEIU's (Local 721) Los Angeles Professional Managers Association.
The Jones-Sawyer family were early pioneers in the civil rights movement. His uncle was one of the "Little Rock Nine"--high school students who braved violent mobs to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957; one of the most important and documented events in our nation's history.
Jones-Sawyer earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and completed the prestigious Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government program, for senior executives in state and local government.
While serving as Assistant Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles, Mr. Jones-Sawyer transformed the bureaucratic quagmire of the city's permit development process into a more "customer-friendly" agency that expedited the creation of the Magic Johnson Theater Empire and Staples Center Arena.
Jones-Sawyer also served as chair of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, USC Black Alumni, New Frontier Democratic Club and the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. He is the divorced father of three; Reginald, Jr., Lauren and Evan. Currently the Chair of California Legislative Black Caucus.

Assemblyman Ken Cooley is a Joint Author of the trio of medical marijuana bills that passed the Legislature this year.  Ken was elected to the California State Assembly in November, 2012. He started his elective public service career on Rancho Cordova’s first City Council upon its formation in 2002 and was re-elected in 2004 and 2008. Ken is the Co-Chair of the Special Legislative Committee on Ethics and the Chair of the Select Committee on Foster Care.
Ken was elected to the California State Assembly in November, 2012. He started his elective public service career on Rancho Cordova’s first City Council upon its formation in 2002. He was re-elected in 2004 and 2008. He also served as mayor in 2005 and again in 2010 when his city was recognized as an All-America City.
Rancho Cordova’s incorporation helped turn the community around. It allowed the city to focus on reducing crime and creating local jobs after Mather Air Force Base’s traumatic 1996 closure. 10 years of cityhood have established a vibrant community. Since 2003, an estimated 10,000 new jobs have been added. One million square feet of new commercial buildings have been built.
Ken’s commitment to fiscal conservatism, refined over an 18-year private sector career with State Farm Insurance, helped Rancho Cordova to thrive despite the economic recession. He has experience balancing a government budget yearly and maintaining surpluses each year as a local elected official. While fiscal strength is difficult for all levels of government today, Ken is very proud that his city received a two-level credit rating increase in 2009, despite the recession. Rancho Cordova has grown into Sacramento County’s number two job center and the city now includes a wide array of jobs that span professional, business and construction services.
Since being elected into the California State Assembly, Ken has worked hard to accomplish several successes for his district. He secured the inclusion of hiring credits for Local Agency Military base Recovery Areas (LAMBRAs), protecting hiring tools for businesses on our local bases, McClellan and Mather. Ken’s efforts in 2013 helped speed 600 jobs in the Sacramento Region by managing legislation in the Assembly to get Covered CA on track.
In addition to creating jobs in his district, Ken has focused his attention on important state issues such as regulatory reform. He has fought to save our State’s mobile field hospitals and has been a leader in child abuse prevention and foster care issues.
Ken is the Co-Chair of the Special Legislative Committee on Ethics. He is Chair of the Select Committee on Foster Care, and serves on the Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion, Select Committee on Civic Engagement, Select Committee on Local Emergency Preparedness, Homelessness and the Select Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education. He is also a member of the Committees on Governmental Organization, Insurance, Rules, Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security, and serves on the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission as well as the Lieutenant Governor’s California Commission of Economic Development.
Ken and his wife Sydney have been married for 40 years and have lived in the east Sacramento County community of Rancho Cordova since 1977. It is where their sons were born, grew up in local schools, sports and Scouting and live with their families.

Jim Wood was elected in November 2014 to represent California’s 2nd Assembly District, which comprises all of Del Norte, Trinity, Humboldt and Mendocino counties, plus northern and coastal Sonoma County, including the northern half of Santa Rosa.
Wood has lived in Northern California since 1987, when he opened his family dental practice in Cloverdale. He was elected to the Healdsburg City Council in 2006 and has served two terms as Mayor. Wood has worked to make local government more effective through reorganizing city departments to increase efficiency, balancing the budget, and streamlining the building permit process. His priorities are economic development, environmental protection, health care and fiscal reform.
In his first year in the Assembly, Wood authored AB 243 which serves as the foundation for regulations around cultivation in this year’s historic  medical cannabis package.  Additionally he has already introduced two bills related to cannabis for next year. AB 1549 would create the nation’s first State Cannabis Credit Union, this would, for the first time, grant basic financial services to the cannabis industry; and AB 1548 would create an excise tax to generate revenue for environmental cleanup and public safety.
In addition to his work in local government, Wood is a forensic dentistry expert who has been sent to national disaster sites to help identify victims and consults with five Northern California counties. He co-founded a mass disaster identification team in California and helped pass state legislation to standardize county identification procedures, a model now adopted by other states. He has received commendations for this work.
Wood lives in Sonoma County with his wife and son. 
(*- Memoirs of Mr. Pete & Mary Jane Green, Amazon and CDBaby)

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