Registration is now open (nbbj.news/cannabis17) for the May 9 North Bay Business Journal’s inaugural North Coast Cannabis Industry Conference featuring keynote speaker Lori Ajax, chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation and the addition of experts on local permitting and finance.
The conference is underwritten by the law firm Farella, Braun + Martel. It will be held 7:30–11 a.m. at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa in Santa Rosa. Tickets cost $75 each or $775 for a table of 10 with a company sign.
Lori Ajax, Chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation
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.
How to attract investment or invest in the industry
Moderator: Ryan Lowther, partner, Farella Braun
Sherri Haskell, founder, CannaAngels, LLC
Emily Paxhia, managing director, Poseidon Asset Management
Morgan Paxhia, managing director & chief investor, Poseidon Asset Management
Challenges and successes in the permitting process
Tennis Wick, director, Sonoma County Permit & Resource Management Department
David McPherson, cannabis compliance director, HdL Companies, a leader in cannabis regulatory systems and strategy
Rebecca Stamey-White, partner in the law firm Hinman & Carmichael
Cassia Furman, attorney, Vicente Sederberg LLC
Tawnie Logan, executive director, Sonoma County Growers Alliance; Chairman of the Board, California Growers Association