Join two dozen elected officials, industry experts, regulators and journalists on Thursday, May 24 for a day-long discussion about California’s Cannabis industry. We’ll look at  the intersection of state, local and federal law, the regulatory framework, environmental impacts, banking and distribution concerns,and the evolution of the state’s Marijuana industry.



Check in, Coffee: 8:30-9:15AM

Welcome: 9:15-9:30AM

Tim Foster, Open California; Molly Dugan, Open California

Panel 1: Fiscal, Taxation and Revenue Issues; 9:30-10:30AM

Sen. Robert Hertzberg; Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones; George Runner, Board of Equalization; Tim Schaefer, Office of the State Treasurer

Moderated by Laurel Rosenhall, CALmatters

Panel 2: Local Governments, Licensing and Regulation; 10:50-11:50AM

 Assemblyman Ash Kalra; Joe Devlin, City of Sacramento; Amy Jenkins, California Cannabis Industry Association; Caity Maple, WeDrop;

Moderated by Erika Smith, Sacramento Bee

Keynote by Lori Ajax, Chief of California’s Bureau of Cannabis Control; Noon

Introduced by John Howard, Capitol Weekly

Panel 3: Business, Marketplace and Economic Challenges; 1:00-2:00PM

Hezekiah Allen, California Growers Association; Juli Crockett, MMLG; Daniel Conway, Truth Enterprises; Richard Parrott, California Department of Food and Agriculture

Moderated by Rich Ehisen, State Net Capitol Journal

Panel 4: The Look Ahead; 2:15-3:15PM

Jim Araby, United Food and Commercial Workers, Western States Council; Robert Baca, Choices Distribution; David Quintana, Quintana Cruz Company; Lindsay Robinson; California Cannabis Industry Association

Moderated by Nick Miller, Capital Public Radio

#CACANNABIS will be held at: The Historic Sacramento Masonic Temple, Grand Ballroom, 1123 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Click here to register.

The registration rate is $199.  Registration includes Lunch and all materials.

Special $99 rate for public employees. 

California Cannabis will be filmed for later broadcast by the California Channel.

No-cost scholarships are available for student and others for whom cost is an issue. Contact Kathy Brown, 916 444 7665, for more information.

For information regarding registration, including fee waivers, contact Kathy Brown, 916 444 7665 or

For information regarding sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, contact Tim Foster at Capitol Weekly, 916 612 2613 or

For information regarding content or speakers for this event, contact John Howard at Capitol Weekly, 916 444 7665 or

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: The California Endowment, The Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations, KP Public Affairs, California Professional Firefighters, UFCW Western States Council, Pandora, Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern California, Capitol Advocacy, The California Channel and The California Center.

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