Saturday, October 7, 2017

CCIA Lands Multiple Members on New Cannabis Advisory Committee

CCIA Lands Multiple Members on New Cannabis Advisory Committee

CCIA would like to congratulate all appointments to the state advisory committee, with special congratulations to CCIA Board Member Kristin Nevedal, CCIA Business Member Avis Bulbulyan, and CCIA Executive member Keith Stephenson.

CCIA Board Member Kristin Nevedal

Kristin Nevedal serves as Chief Compliance Officer for Humboldt’s Finest Farms, is a Board Member of CCIA, and Co-Chairs CCIA’s AG Committee. Kristen co-founded and served on the board of the Emerald Growers Association whose mission was to promote the medicinal, environmental, social, and economic benefits of lawfully cultivated sun-grown medical cannabis from California’s Emerald Triangle region by advocating for public policies that foster a healthy, sustainable medical cannabis industry.

Kristin Nevedal is a proven champion for California cultivators whose expertise and knowledge will bring great value and influence to the state cannabis advisory committee.

BCC Press Release

SACRAMENTO – The Department of Consumer Affairs today announced the members of the state’s new Cannabis Advisory Committee under the Bureau of Cannabis Control (BCC).

The committee will advise BCC and the other licensing authorities – the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the California Department of Public Health – on the development of regulations that help protect public health and safety and reduce the illegal market for cannabis.

“The department received hundreds of qualified applications for the committee and reviewed all of them during the selection process,” said Department of Consumer Affairs Director Dean R. Grafilo. “These individuals represent the diverse backgrounds of California and the cannabis industry and have the necessary experience to make the committee successful.”

The members appointed by Department of Consumer Affairs Director Dean R. Grafilo include:

•       Avis Bulbulyan, CEO, SIVA Enterprises
•       Timmen Cermak, Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry, Private Practice
•       Matt Clifford, Attorney, Trout Unlimited
•       Bill
Dombrowski,President and CEO, California Retailers Association
•       Jeff Ferro, Director, Cannabis Workers Rising (United Food and Commercial Workers)
•       Kristin Heidelbach, Director, Teamsters Joint Councils 7 & 42
•       Eric Hirata, Chief Deputy Director, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
•       Alice
Huffman,President and CEO, A.C. Public Affairs, Inc.
•       Catherine Jacobson, Director of Clinical Research, Tilray
•       Arnold Leff, Public Health Officer, Santa Cruz County Department of Public Health
•       Kristin Lynch, Deputy Executive Director, Service Employees International Union, Local 1021
•       Kristin Nevedal, Chief Compliance Officer, Sunfed, Inc.
•       Joe Nicchitta, Countywide Coordinator, Office of Marijuana Management, County of Los Angeles
•       Lavonne Peck, Owner, Native Network Consulting
•       Matt Rahn, Mayor Pro-Tem, City of Temecula
•       Keith
Stephenson,Founder and CEO, Purple Heart Patient Center
•       James Sweeney, Principal, James W. Sweeney & Associates
•       Tamar Todd, PolicyManager and Legal Director, Drug Policy Alliance
•       Helena Williams, Captain, Drug Evaluation & Classification Program, California Highway Patrol
•       David Woolsey, Sergeant, San Jose Police Department, Division of Medical Marijuana Control
•       Ben Wu, President and Chief Operating Officer, Kush Bottles
•       Beverly Yu, Assistant Policy Analyst, United Domestic Workers

Committee members serve at the pleasure of the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs. Members will not bepaid, but will be reimbursed for any necessary travel for approved advisory committee meetings.

BCC will work with the new members to set a date for the first meeting of the advisory committee. Additional information and meeting agendas will soon be posted at, and on the Cannabis Web Portal,

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