North Coast Cannabis Conference

May 9, 2018, 7:30 to 11 a.m.

Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country, 170 Railroad St., Santa Rosa, CA

Tickets: $75 or a table of 10 for $715

Register: nbbj.news/cannabis18 or call Annette Wirick at 707-521-5264.

Lori Ajax, chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, will return for a second year as the keynote speaker for the North Bay Business Journal’s North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference Wednesday, May 9.

Among the speakers on an industry panel will be William Silver, CEO of CannaCraft, a medical cannabis manufacturer in Santa Rosa. He will be joined on the panel by Michael Steinmetz, co-founder of Flow Kana, a Bay Area small batch cannabis brand. Also on the same panel will be Tim Condor, CEO of Reno-based Blackbird Logistics, Nevada's largest cannabis distributor to dispensaries.

A second panel will discuss the insurance challenges related to the cannabis industry. Panelists include J. Michael Rosenthal of Rydel Insurance Services and Matthew Goldman of G2 Insurance.

The conference is underwritten by the law firm Farella, Braun + Martel.

“We are very fortunate to again have Lori Ajax just months into efforts to license cannabis businesses,” said Business Journal Publisher Brad Bollinger. “In addition to hearing from Lori, panels will focus on the future of the industry and the insurance, finance and other challenges it faces.”

Keynote speaker Ajax was previously chief deputy director of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) where she had served in multiple positions since 1998, including deputy division chief, district administrator and supervising investigator. As deputy division chief, assigned to the department’s headquarters office, she oversaw several statewide programs.

She began her career as an investigator in ABC’s Santa Rosa District office in 1995 and then transferred to Sacramento to work in the Trade Enforcement Unit where she promoted to Supervising Investigator. In 2006, she was promoted to district administrator, eventually overseeing the licensing and enforcement operations of 20 counties in Northern California.

Ajax also served as an investigator at the California Fair Political Practices Commission in 1997–1998. Ajax spent 10 years in private industry prior to her state government career.

The conference will be from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country in Santa Rosa. Tickets are $75 or a table of 10 for $715. Register online: nbbj.news/cannabis18 or call Annette Wirick at 707-521-5264.

North Coast Cannabis Conference

May 9, 2018, 7:30 to 11 a.m.

Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country, 170 Railroad St., Santa Rosa, CA

Tickets: $75 or a table of 10 for $715

Register: nbbj.news/cannabis18 or call Annette Wirick at 707-521-5264.