April 25 @ 11:15 am - 2:30 pm
Join the CalAsian Chamber and cannabis industry leaders to discuss current and up-and-coming opportunities and challenges to the cannabis industry and what you can do to stay ahead of the game. Cannabis Talks serves as a roundtable forum where attendees can get the answers they are looking for from regulators and cannabis industry professionals. Lunch will also be served.
HEAR FROM CANNABIS INDUSTRY EXPERTS
Chief, Bureau of Cannabis Control, State of California
In February 2016, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Lori Ajax as the first Chief of the newly formed Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation, now the Bureau of Cannabis Control. Ajax is responsible for overseeing the creation of the state’s regulatory framework for the cannabis industry. She is also an active member of State Treasurer John Chiang’s Cannabis Banking Work Group. Prior to her appointment, Chief Ajax served as Chief Deputy Director at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control where she spent 22 years working her way up the ranks, starting at the investigator trainee level. Ajax spent ten years in private industry prior to her state government career. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento.
Executive Director, California Cannabis Industry Association
California Cannabis Industry Association’s Lindsay Robinson is the executive director of the most influential statewide trade association representing the cannabis industry. Most recently, CCIA was instrumental in passing the Governor’s trailer bill and SB 94, which reconciled the state medical marijuana and adult-use frameworks. Lindsay is also a board member of the Minority Cannabis Business Association and Co-Chair of the Governance Committee at the LA BizFed.
Prior to CCIA, Lindsay was the director of development for the Marijuana Policy Project. Lindsay oversaw MPP’s national fundraising and membership strategies. MPP was responsible for passing adult use ballot initiatives in several states in 2016, including Nevada, and played a supportive role in California with Prop 64, raising over $18 million for campaigns in the 2016 election cycle.
Lindsay was elected to the board of the California Cannabis Industry Association in January 2016 and served as the chairwoman of the Legislative Committee that same year. Lindsay has been working to end marijuana prohibition for two decades, in both volunteer and professional capacities. Her passion for social justice has also led to more than 19 years in the nonprofit industry.
President, Ohana Operations
Mr. Azimi has over 25 years of experience as a business executive delivering complex and large-scale technology solutions for retail, wholesale, business administration, education, financial management, and government service delivery. In that context, Mr. Azimi develops the vision and provides the leadership to modernize business systems with new information technology initiatives. He is also a highly skilled negotiator who manages multi-billion dollar contracts and stakeholder relationships to align technology initiatives with the underlying business goals and objectives. He effectively served elected and appointed officials as well as corporate leaders by providing information technology leadership and management of large-scale operations with technology budgets exceeding $10 billion annually.
Currently, Mr. Azimi is the President of Ohana Operations and responsible for the development, manufacturing, and sales of integrated farming systems for the medical marijuana and produce industries. Mr. Azimi leads a team of over 30 scientists, software developers, and farming professionals in designing and implementing fully automated hi-tech portable grow chambers that foster organic cultivation of medical marijuana and general produce. These farming solutions simulate outdoor grow capabilities and include predictive technologies to tailor the end-product properties for specific consumer applications. Mr. Azimi is also the founder of Teranomic Software specializing in Drone solutions for private and public entities. He oversees software development and operational centers across the United States, Mexico, and Western Europe. He has designed Drone solutions for merchandise delivery, emergency management, traffic monitoring and safety, building and plant inspection services, environmental resource analysis, agriculture, film, and entertainment industries. He successfully oversaw the implementation of several First Respondent Pilot Solutions delivering first aid and CPR functionality via an onboard Virtual Reality Telemedicine technology.
Chief, Office of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement, City of Sacramento
Joseph M. Devlin is the Chief of Cannabis Policy and Enforcement for the City of Sacramento. Joe has more than 17 years of experience developing and managing public policy at the State and local level, including tenures as Chief of Staff to City Councilmember Jay Schenirer and multiple positions within the State Legislature.
Joe is also an accomplished political consultant, successfully managing campaigns throughout California and spent time working for theDepartment of Defense in Baghdad, Iraq as advisor on national media campaigns. He serves as a Board member for the Northern California Construction Training Program, the Sacramento Regional Conservation Corp and Rugby NorCal. Joe is a two-time participant in the American Council of Government’s Professional Fellow Program and was recognized as Sacramento Business Journal’s 40 under 40. Joe lives in Land Park with his family.
DR. ASIF MAAN
Chief, Manufactured Cannabis Safety Branch,
California Department of Public Health
In May 2016, Dr. Asif Maan was appointed as the first Chief of the newly formed Office of Manufactured Cannabis Safety (OMCS) within California Department of Public Health. OMCS is responsible for licensing and regulating manufacturing, packaging and labeling of finished cannabis products. Prior to his appointment as Chief of OMCS, Dr. Maan served as Branch Chief at the California Department of Food and Agriculture where he worked for 24 years in various capacities. He holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in biological sciences.
Director, CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division, CA Department of Food and Agriculture
Richard Parrott is the Director of the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing Division. As the Director, Richard oversees the implementation of the cultivation licensing, compliance and enforcement programs for medicinal and adult-use cannabis. He has over 30 years of state government experience primarily working for the State Board of Equalization overseeing the administration of 30 different tax and fee programs. Richard is excited about the creation of this new program for the Department and is looking forward to working with all stakeholders to ensure that cannabis cultivators understand what is expected of them in order to comply with state laws and regulations.
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