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, Policy Manager 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 be paid, 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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