Opportunity to Question California’s Marijuana Czar at the next ICBC


The California cannabis industry will be undergoing a huge overhaul as the state develops and implements new regulations for the state’s medical and recreational systems. The cannabis community will hear a lot about proposed rules over the next year and, unfortunately, a ton of misinformation will filter through the grapevine since the “telephone game” can distort the message. Four other states have undergone similar regulatory upheavals, but each state is different and the Golden State has its own set of issues to address.

Thankfully, Californians will be able to hear directly from the state’s marijuana czar, Lori Ajax, at the upcoming International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in San Francisco on February 17th.  Ajax, who previously served as chief deputy director at the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, impressed medical cannabis pioneer Steve DeAngelo when she toured the Harborside dispensary and other industry professionals declared themselves cautiously optimistic about their new head regulator. The state’s head marijuana regulator will be joining many California cannabis industry experts as well as rock icon Henry Rollins and four-time NBA champion John Salley at the San Francisco event.

Most importantly, ICBC organizers plan on saving most of Ajax’s hour-long panel for questions and answers, giving attendees the opportunity to have their burning questions addressed. This unfiltered exchange should prove extremely valuable for entrepreneurs as they prepare their businesses for new regulations.

“We want to help conference attendees be as prepared as possible and bringing in the state’s cannabis czar is a great way to bring the most relevant and pertinent information directly to entrepreneurs and business owners,” stated Alex Rogers, lead producer of the ICBC.  “We are very excited to have Lori Ajax at the San Francisco ICBC and are thankful that she found the time to answer questions and address the concerns of the California cannabis community.”

The International Cannabis Business Conference will host its third event in San Francisco on February 17th at the San Francisco Hilton Union Square. Early bird tickets are available until February first at www.internationalcbc.com.

This blog was originally posted at www.internationalcbc.com and has been republished here with special permission.

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.