The Cold Hard Truth: Cannabis Economics, Taxes & Regulations

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The Elks Tower Casino & Event Center

921 11th Street

#401

Sacramento, CA 95814

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Join this seasoned group of cannabis professionals for an exciting and honest discussion about the realities of cannabis regulation.

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Calling all Regulators. Time to drop the formalities and get REAL! This panel will be held in Sacramento, California at the Elks Tower & Casino on April 10th. Complimentary wine, beer and food will be provided.

Hosted by the California Association of Cannabis Regulators and CannaRegs.

Moderator: Amanda Ostrowitz, Founder and CEO at CannaRegs. Amanda Ostrowitz is a regulatory attorney and entrepreneur specializing in Cannabis regulations and banking law. Prior to conceiving, developing and founding CannaRegs, Amanda worked as a bank examiner in the Denver branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Amanda is an east coast native who moved to Colorado in 2004 to attend Colorado College where she earned a B.A. in Economics. Amanda received her Juris Doctor from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2013. Amanda serves as Chief Executive Officer and Founder of CannaRegs.

We have assembled a fantastic group of panelists to speak during the event:

Cara Martinson, Federal Affairs Manager at CSAC & Executive Director at the California Cannabis Authority.

Mike Aberle, Senior Vice President of Program Development & Education at CannGen Insurance Services.

Ethan Turner, Deputy County Counsel in Calaveras County. Ethan Turner represents the Calaveras County Planning Department, Code Compliance Department, Building Department, and the Tax Collector in all matters cannabis related. He has appeared in several hundred contested administrative appeal hearings defending decisions of the Planning Director, Code Compliance Officers, and the Tax Collector related to denying or revoking cannabis licenses, assessing cannabis taxes, ordering abatements, and imposing fines. He has successfully defended the County in many lawsuits involving commercial and illegal cannabis cultivation including over a dozen writ proceedings challenging the County’s regulatory ordinance, decisions denying cannabis licenses, as well as challenges to the County’s ban ordinance. Additionally, Ethan is handling two cases in the 3rd circuit court of appeals related the cannabis ban and cannabis taxes.

After passing an urgency ordinance regulating cannabis in the spring of 2016, then banning commercial cannabis in the Spring of 2018, the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors has now directed staff to work on a new ordinance re-introducing commercial cannabis regulations.

Leslie Zellers, JD Public Health Legal & Policy Consultant. Leslie Zellers is an attorney with more than 20 years of experience in public health law and policy for government and nonprofit organizations. Currently Leslie works to advance public health and wellbeing through ongoing legal and policy advocacy on issues such as cannabis regulation, tobacco control, and childhood obesity prevention. She helped create a Model Ordinance Regulating Local Cannabis Retail Sales and Marketing in California for the Public Health Institute’s Getting it Right from the Start project. She advises communities in Ventura County on public health approaches to cannabis regulation. Other clients include the Network for Public Health Law; the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids; and the World Health Organization. Previously, Leslie was the Director of Programs at ChangeLab Solutions, a nonprofit organization that seeks healthier communities for all through better laws and policies. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California at Berkeley, and a graduate of the UC Hastings College of the Law.

Greg Felix, Vice President & Strategic Solutions Sales at Accela. Greg Felix brings nearly 30 years of leadership experience in information technology to his role as Vice President, Strategic Solutions Sales at Accela. In this position, he is responsible for promoting the Accela Cannabis Civic Application to State and Local government agencies across the U.S. regulating the emerging, legal and often complicated cannabis industry.

Previous to Accela, Greg held a variety of IT sales and leadership positions. Most recently, he served as Area Vice President of Sales for AirStrip Technologies, promoting emerging technologies such as enterprise-wide clinical mobile health solutions to national healthcare organizations. Prior to that, he was Sr. Enterprise Vice President at Allscripts, Regional Vice President at Eclipsys and also held strategic Sales roles at McKesson, Siemens and Allied Fisher Scientific, further honing his knowledge of workflow and business processes.

Greg attended California State University, Fullerton and graduated with a degree in Biology with an emphasis on Clinical Laboratory Technology.

Pamela Epstein, CEO & Managing Partner at Green Wise Companies.Pamela Epstein is the Founder of Green Wise Companies – Green Wise Legal & Green Wise Consulting, California’s premiere full-service cannabis consulting company and law firm, providing a range of legal, consulting, business development and application permitting services to every facet of the cannabis industry. Pamela’s diverse background, inclusive of legal, land use, and environmental work, places her in a unique position to lead and advise Green Wise clients and the cannabis community in general.

Pamela has become known as a fearless advocate for local cannabis businesses along the supply chain guiding them through the ever-changing legal and regulatory landscape. Recognized as an expert in her field, Pamela serves as a featured speaker, providing energetic and compelling commentary focused on topics such as land use and zoning, regulatory compliance and environmental issues. Pamela’s current mission is to advance the importance of supply chain agreements.

Pamela is a trusted resource for local governments looking to effectively regulate cannabis within their jurisdictions and has served as the Special City Attorney for the City of Hollister regarding their Commercial Cannabis Ordinance. Along with providing her clients with exceptional service she is proud to serve as an Advisory Board Member for the Foundation Of Cannabis Unified Standards (“FOCUS”), and Annabis, a cannabis fashion company.

Joe Devlin, Chief of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement for the City of Sacramento.Joe Devlin has helped to establish and then lead the City’s first office responsible for managing the cannabis industry. Under Joe’s direction Sacramento has been a national leader of cannabis regulation and enforcement. Sacramento held the State’s first ever special event with onside consumption, developed the State’s first retail training program, launched a comprehensive youth prevention campaign, and created one of the country’s first social equity programs. Sacramento’s regulatory environment has driven hundreds of millions of dollars in investment and created a cannabis economy with gross sales in excess of $250 annually. Sacramento also collects more tax revenue per capita than any other city in California.

Joe is also an accomplished political consultant with nearly 20 years of experience directing political campaigns. In 2005 Joe took a position working for the Department of Defense in Baghdad as an advisor to the Multi-National Corps- Iraq. He is also a two -time participant in the American Council’s Professional Fellows Program.

Brad Rowe, MPP, Cannabis Compliance Practice Leader, MuniServices/Avenu Cannabis Support Services

Brad has designed, researched, run and delivered a dozen public policy research projects over the last six years through his time running BOTEC Analysis, with UCLA, and with Avenu Cannabis Support Services. Brad is Adjunct Professor of criminal justice, cannabis and other drug policy at Pepperdine University School of Public Policy and Lecturer of Public Policy at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. He serves on the Board of Advisors for the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative and coordinates the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Research team there. He sits on the Board of Advisors to the Los Angeles County Health Impact assessment on cannabis.

He spent much of 2018 working with over a dozen localities across California helping them set their regulations, staff out municipal departments, develop effective tax and enforcement policies, select and award licensees, and convene community groups for educational sessions on licensing, use, and general public health and public safety education. He has reviewed state and federal cannabis legislation and regulations for municipal and state organizations. He has organized multiple community trainings and webinars on California cannabis policy post Prop 64 and contributed to the public discourse through the press. He served as an expert for the Arizona State University Citizen Initiative Review during their consideration of the impacts of legalization of cannabis.

He was one of the leaders in the convening and program design effort to bring together the world’s top cannabis science and policy academics and practitioners for the 2016 Cannabis Science and Policy Summit – recruiting and moderating panels on federalism and cannabis policy, Mexican drug wars, and medical cannabis research. He oversaw the evaluation of medical cannabis and hemp policy for Jamaica as well as the market measurement of the medical, adult use, and illicit cannabis markets for the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board in 2015.

His recent contributions include working with academics and scientists to develop a cannabis research agenda for the state of California, serving as a panelist to address progressive policy trends and project work such as survey and study design for profiling the cannabis market and its users throughout Canada. Brad has worked with and advised attorneys general, commissioners of probation, police departments, state and national legislators, councilmen, regulators, treatment associations and tech companies on issues of drug abuse control, public safety, public health, criminal justice reform, and equity.

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921 11th Street

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Sacramento, CA 95814

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