For the first time since the California Department of Cannabis Control (DCC) was formed in 2021, the agency appointed a list of members to its advisory board. Members will serve two-year terms. The DCC accepts applications on an ongoing basis and reserves the right to select new committee members as needed.
The newly appointed advisory board members represent a diversity of viewpoints and communities affected by commercial cannabis activities, including licensed cannabis businesses, labor, academic research and public health, the enforcement of law, medical use, local government and environmental protection.
Pursuant to the California Business and Professions Code, Division 10, the Cannabis Advisory Committee (CAC) is charged with advising the DCC on the development of standards and regulations relevant to commercial cannabis businesses, including those necessary to protect public health and safety. Key to the CAC’s work will be ensuring that the DCC works to create regulation for commercial cannabis activities that helps protect public health and safety while reducing burdens on legal operators and reducing the illicit market. .
Nominees join from across the state
The DCC announced the following appointments to the CAC, chosen by the state:
- Ali Jamalian – CEO, Kiffen LLC
- Amber Baur – Executive Director, Western United States Council of United Grocers and Merchants
- Antonio Frazier – President, Sonoma Lab Works
- Beverly Yu – Director of Government Affairs, United Domestic Workers (UDW/American Federation of State, County, Municipal Employees Local 3930) (alternate)
- Christine De La Rosa – CEO & Co-Founder, The People’s Dispensary
- David Woolsey – Police Sergeant, San Jose Police Department, Cannabis Regulation Division
- Dr. Ellicott Matthay – Social Epidemiologist and Assistant Professor, NYU Grossman School of Medicine; Affiliates, University of California San Francisco and University of California Berkeley
- Dr. Imani Brown – Director of the Social Equity Program, City of Los Angeles
- Jeff Merriman – Program Director, Nevada County, Division of Cannabis Counseling and Code
- Jeremy Brown – Co-Owner, Booney Acres; District 4 Supervisor, Trinity County
- Kristin Nevedal – Program Manager, Mendocino County Cannabis Program
- Madison Shockley III – Owner, Off the Charts South Los Angeles
- Matthew Clifford – Attorney, Trout Unlimited
- Paul Tupy – Deputy Head of Division, Northern Division, Alcoholic Beverages Control Department
- Sara Payan-Pehrson – Public Education Officer, The Apothecarium
- Terry Brennand – Director of Government Relations, Service Employees International Union California State Council
Members bring unique perspectives
The CAC is expected to provide valuable input to the development of DCC’s regulations and standards through full representation in the membership and through each individual member’s unique perspectives on consumers, the community and the problems of the market.
In addition, the CAC provides an important venue for the DCC to hold robust public discussions that support the development of an innovative regulatory framework that benefits all Californians and results in a safe, sustainable and equitable cannabis market.
The Department received nearly 300 applications from individuals willing to share their time and knowledge with DCC. In selecting committee members, DCC prioritized ensuring a balance of viewpoints and a variety of perspectives, maintaining historical knowledge related to CAC’s previous activities, and ensuring that the committee reflects the diversity of California and communities affected by commercial cannabis activity.
Quarterly Public Meeting
Full meetings of the CAC will be held quarterly and will be open to the public. The agenda and meeting materials will be posted on the DCC website at least 10 days before the next scheduled meeting.
The role of the committee and the key representatives included in its composition are established through section 26014 of the Business and Professions Code.
The DCC licenses and regulates commercial cannabis activities in California and works closely with all stakeholders, including businesses and local jurisdictions to create a sustainable legal cannabis industry and a safe and fair market. The DCC develops and implements progressive cannabis policies with robust protections for public health, safety and the environment. The DCC was formed in 2021 by merging the three state programs previously responsible for regulating the commercial activity of cannabis.
To learn more about the California cannabis market, licensing and state laws, and to locate legal cannabis sellers near you, visit cannabis.ca.gov.