Fb sept 23 2015
MEET THE AUTHORS OF THE MMRSA
Along with these three authors of medical marijuana regulation bills awaiting Gov. Brown's signature, Cal NORML director Dale Gieringer will be speaking at this event in Saturday.
Featured Speakers for The State of Marijuana
The State of Marijuana Special Guest Speakers
September 26th, Santa Monica, noon to midnight
Over 50 industry, government and non profit leaders to speak!
Assembly Member Ken Cooley
Assemblyman Ken Cooley is a Joint Author of the trio of medical marijuana bills that passed the Legislature this year. Ken was elected to the California State Assembly in November, 2012. He started his elective public service career on Rancho Cordova's first City Council upon its formation in 2002 and was re-elected in 2004 and 2008. Ken is the Co-Chair of the Special Legislative Committee on Ethics and the Chair of the Select Committee on Foster Care.
Ken was elected to the California State Assembly in November, 2012. He started his elective public service career on Rancho Cordova's first City Council upon its formation in 2002. He was re-elected in 2004 and 2008. He also served as mayor in 2005 and again in 2010 when his city was recognized as an All-America City.
Rancho Cordova's incorporation helped turn the community around. It allowed the city to focus on reducing crime and creating local jobs after Mather Air Force Base's traumatic 1996 closure. 10 years of cityhood have established a vibrant community. Since 2003, an estimated 10,000 new jobs have been added. One million square feet of new commercial buildings have been built.
Ken's commitment to fiscal conservatism, refined over an 18-year private sector career with State Farm Insurance, helped Rancho Cordova to thrive despite the economic recession. He has experience balancing a government budget yearly and maintaining surpluses each year as a local elected official. While fiscal strength is difficult for all levels of government today, Ken is very proud that his city received a two-level credit rating increase in 2009, despite the recession. Rancho Cordova has grown into Sacramento County's number two job center and the city now includes a wide array of jobs that span professional, business and construction services.
Since being elected into the California State Assembly, Ken has worked hard to accomplish several successes for his district. He secured the inclusion of hiring credits for Local Agency Military base Recovery Areas (LAMBRAs), protecting hiring tools for businesses on our local bases, McClellan and Mather. Ken's efforts in 2013 helped speed 600 jobs in the Sacramento Region by managing legislation in the Assembly to get Covered CA on track.
In addition to creating jobs in his district, Ken has focused his attention on important state issues such as regulatory reform. He has fought to save our State's mobile field hospitals and has been a leader in child abuse prevention and foster care issues.
Ken is the Co-Chair of the Special Legislative Committee on Ethics. He is Chair of the Select Committee on Foster Care, and serves on the Select Committee on Asia/California Trade and Investment Promotion, Select Committee on Civic Engagement, Select Committee on Local Emergency Preparedness, Homelessness and the Select Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education. He is also a member of the Committees on Governmental Organization, Insurance, Rules, Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security, and serves on the Alfred E. Alquist Seismic Safety Commission as well as the Lieutenant Governor's California Commission of Economic Development.
Ken and his wife Sydney have been married for 40 years and have lived in the east Sacramento County community of Rancho Cordova since 1977. It is where their sons were born, grew up in local schools, sports and Scouting and live with their families.
Assembly Member Reggie-Jones Sawyer, Sr.
Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. most recently, the Director of Asset Management for the City of Los Angeles was elected in November 2012, to represent California's 59th Assembly District. The entire district lies within the county of Los Angeles and includes the communities of South Los Angeles, Florence-Firestone, Huntington Park and Walnut Park.
His history of public service includes serving as Chair of the LA County Small Business Commission, an Assistant Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles and Vice President of SEIU's (Local 721) Los Angeles Professional Managers Association.
The Jones-Sawyer family were early pioneers in the civil rights movement. His uncle was one of the "Little Rock Nine"--high school students who braved violent mobs to integrate Little Rock Central High School in 1957; one of the most important and documented events in our nation's history.
Jones-Sawyer earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and completed the prestigious Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government program, for senior executives in state and local government.
While serving as Assistant Deputy Mayor for the City of Los Angeles, Mr. Jones-Sawyer transformed the bureaucratic quagmire of the city's permit development process into a more "customer-friendly" agency that expedited the creation of the Magic Johnson Theater Empire and Staples Center Arena.
Jones-Sawyer also served as chair of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, USC Black Alumni, New Frontier Democratic Club and the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. He is the divorced father of three; Reginald, Jr., Lauren and Evan. Currently the Chair of California Legislative Black Caucus.
Jim Wood was elected in November 2014 to represent California's 2nd Assembly District, which comprises all of Del Norte, Trinity, Humboldt and Mendocino counties, plus northern and coastal Sonoma County, including the northern half of Santa Rosa.
Wood has lived in Northern California since 1987, when he opened his family dental practice in Cloverdale. He was elected to the Healdsburg City Council in 2006 and has served two terms as Mayor. Wood has worked to make local government more effective through reorganizing city departments to increase efficiency, balancing the budget, and streamlining the building permit process. His priorities are economic development, environmental protection, health care and fiscal reform.
In his first year in the Assembly, Wood authored AB 243 which serves as the foundation for regulations around cultivation in this year's historic medical cannabis package. Additionally he has already introduced two bills related to cannabis for next year. AB 1549 would create the nation's first State Cannabis Credit Union, this would, for the first time, grant basic financial services to the cannabis industry; and AB 1548 would create an excise tax to generate revenue for environmental cleanup and public safety.
In addition to his work in local government, Wood is a forensic dentistry expert who has been sent to national disaster sites to help identify victims and consults with five Northern California counties. He co-founded a mass disaster identification team in California and helped pass state legislation to standardize county identification procedures, a model now adopted by other states. He has received commendations for this work.
Wood lives in Sonoma County with his wife and son.
And Steve wrote this today:
WHY I WON'T SUPPORT ANY OTHER INITIATIVE BESIDES MCLR
Only MCLR deals realistically with the issue of driving while high. Everybody does it, but nobody is willing to protect drivers who are safe drivers, but like to toke up before or during their drive.
ALL of the initiatives, except for MCLR, still make it a crime to drive while high and provide stiff penalties for doing so. These laws encourage police to conduct car searches and obtain DUI convictions to anyone who tests positive for weed.
ONLY MCLR protects drivers, while still maintaining laws that ensure public safety. However MCLR forbids the use of any blood, urine or hair testing and demands that the officer prove actual intoxication by providiing a video that clearly shows the driver is intoxicated and unable to drive safely.
This is just one example of how MCLR is truly lightyears ahead of everyone else.
Also, the MCLR is being managed by John Lee, a trusted advocate for dispensaries and patients.