• Recreational Marijuana Panel- July 26

    On July 1, neighboring Nevada began its journey into legalized commercial sale of marijuana. California voters approved recreational use of marijuana last November on the same day as Nevada – but the regulatory framework for commercial sales is still a work in progress that is expected to extend beyond the end of the year.

    On Wednesday, July 26, the Sacramento Press Club is hosting a panel of experts to bring us up to date on the issues that have been settled and the ones that remain as sticking points to the smooth integration of recreational and medical marijuana usage in the largest state to legalize what the federal government still views as a dangerous narcotic.

    Profiles of Panelists and Moderator:

    Lori Ajax, Chief, Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation: In February 2016, Governor Brown appointed Ajax as the first chief of the newly formed Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation. Prior to her appointment, Ajax served as Chief Deputy Director at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control where she spent 22 years working her way up the ranks, starting at the investigator trainee level.

    Hezekiah Allen, Executive Director, California Growers Association: Allen was born at home and raised off the grid in Humboldt County. Growing up on the frontline of the war on drugs instilled in him a deep-rooted passion for cannabis policy reform and social justice. As the Executive Director of the California Growers Association, he is now spearheading a community organizing effort to bring together cannabis growers and business owners throughout the state.

    Joseph M. Devlin, Chief of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement, City of Sacramento: Joe is a Sacramento native with over 17 years experience managing and developing public policy at the State and local level. Prior to being appointed to the position, Joe served as Chief of Staff for Councilmember Jay Schenirer for seven years, where he developed an in-depth knowledge of cannabis policy.

    Peter Hecht, Panel Moderator: Hecht is a former Sacramento Bee reporter and author of “Weed Land: Inside America’s Marijuana Epicenter and How Pot Went Legit.” He is author of two cannabis blogs, Weed Wars and California Weed.

    About the lunch:
    Date: Wednesday, July 26
    Time: 11:30 registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Where: State Building & Construction Trades Council at 1231 I St, Suite 302
    Purchase deadline: Online registration has closed. Entrance can be purchased at the door.
    Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members

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