Rob Bonta to Deliver Cannabis Related Keynote Address at Business Expo

The Cannabis Effect on Jobs and the California Economy

Alameda, CA – September 2, 2017 – The Alameda Chamber of Commerce is taking the lead in educating East Bay communities on the economic impact of the Cannabis Industry on the local economy. Stemming from the actions of the Alameda City Council who has asked the City staff to make policy recommendations regarding lifting the City’s moratorium on Cannabis related businesses, the Island’s premier business association will feature Cannabis Industry experts at its 2017 Business Expo & Conference.

The 2017 Alameda Chamber of Commerce Business Expo and Conference, Alameda’s largest and longest running business showcase, will be held at College of Alameda on Wednesday, September 20th, 2017. In addition to over 50 business B2B and B2C exhibits, California Assemblyman, Rob Bonta, will deliver the Expo’s keynote address entitled “The Cannabis Effect on Jobs and the California Economy” followed by a moderated panel of industry experts and cannabis business leaders.

“Since the Alameda City Council is expected to lift the Moratorium on Cannabis Related businesses, the Cannabis debate will become a very important local business issue that effects job growth, wages and peripheral effects on businesses who never touch the leaf”  said Michael McDonough, president of the Alameda Chamber of Commerce.

“Though the Chamber Board has elected not to endorse any specific aspect of the Cannabis Green Rush, we believe it is important for the East Bay community including businesses and parents to understand what is coming down the pike when the new Cannabis regulations go into effect January 1” said McDonough.

In 2015, Assemblyman Bonta successfully negotiated and passed the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, which, for the first time in the history of California, establishes a comprehensive regulatory framework for the medical marijuana industry to ensure patient access, as well as to protect the environment, public safety, and public health.

On November 8, 2016, a majority of California voters approved Proposition 64, which decriminalizes the cultivation, possession, and use of cannabis for nonmedical purposes as of January 1, 2018.

Honored to have played a key role in these historic new laws, Bonta is committed to making California’s transition into a rational, regulated market as smooth as possible by holding informational hearings and authoring legislative refinements to MCRSA.

Following Assemblyman Bonta’s address, he will moderate a panel of Cannabis Industry experts including Max Mikalonis who drafted the MCRSA legislation under Rob Bonta, Neil Hall, the City of Alameda consultant regarding cannabis regulation, Josh Draydon, Deputy Director of the California Cannabis Industry Association, Jim Nelson, President of New Growth Insurance Company, Dr. Donald Land, Chief Scientific Consultant for Steep Hill Labs and Kristin Knoblich, founder of Kiva Confections.

Event sponsors include Star Harbor, a Tim Lewis Community, Andy Lambert Growth Strategies, Columbia College, Grits Marketing, Zap Payroll, The Glass Man & Sons, AEC Living, Island Printz, State Farm Team Kelly Lux and MK McDonough Financial.

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