ICBC All-Star Panel Prepares Attendees for California Regulations


Needless to say, new California medical marijuana regulations will have dramatic impact upon the community and industry. The California Assembly, planning on a legalization market for all adults, decided to preemptively pass medicinal regulations. Sensible regulations put in place can definitely help voters agree upon increasing a regulated market to include all adults.

How can advocates best ensure that small businesses that have been great actors, and patients, don’t get left behind? How many more regulations will be added once the state legalizes cannabis for all adults? These are just some of the questions that the California cannabis community must grapple with. The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) is bringing together a panel consisting of California Assembly Member Rob Bonta, business attorney Nicole Howell Neubert and David McPherson, principal of HDL (a company that represents more than 160 California cities and counties) and a past president of California Municipal Revenue & Taxation Association. The panel will be moderated by Oaksterdam University’s Dale Sky Jones.

For the immediate needs of the cannabis community, no panel may be more important than the ICBC’s “California Regulations” panel. The expertise of the group of experts will prove invaluable to the current regulatory situation facing the cannabis industry, while also providing insight into future changes and how concerned citizens can advocate for any needed changes that can best ensure that California mom-and-pops can thrive and patients can continue to have safe access to such an important medicine.

As someone on the front lines of working to ensure that Oregon implements a law that works for all Oregonians, while protecting the needs of patients, I understand the tall task ahead for the California cannabis community. While the job is a huge one, I am confident that Californians are up to the challenge and am pleased to help organize a conference that will provide very important information for those that have to navigate current and future regulatory hurdles.

(Featured photo credit: Laurie Avocado)

Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm. His blogs on Marijuana Politics are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization.