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California: SF Bay Cannabis Career and Job Fair Set For April 10


Bloom Farms™, a San Francisco based medical cannabis company, will present its fourth SF Bay Area Cannabis Career & Job Fair, Sunday, April 10, at City Nights, 715 Harrison St, San Francisco, from 12 pm - 4 pm PT.

“The last SF Bay Area Cannabis Career and Job Fair in July helped hundreds of job seekers take their first step toward a new career in the medical cannabis industry," said Bloom Farms Director Michael Ray. "This will be our fourth industry specific career fair for cannabis job seekers.

"This career fair represents a shift in the way people view the medical cannabis industry," Ray said. "We’re chipping away at the negative social stigma that exists around marijuana by helping great job candidates find great companies to work for.”

“Bloom Farms’ Cannabis Career and Job Fair is one of the only recruiting events that truly caters to the cannabis industry,” said Harborside Health Center HR Recruiter Mistie Jung. “Since participating in the last two fairs, we’ve hired four qualified and quality applicants to our team.”

Last year’s event hosted 1,800 attendees, including 26 employers that hired 125 workers, according to Bloom Farms. This year’s event is expected to be even bigger.

"This will be an opportunity for those who are just getting started in their professional careers to find actionable advice from medical cannabis industry experts," reads a March 30 press release from Bloom Farms. "In an effort to support motivated job seekers the Bloom Farms team will also host a resume workshop the week prior; space is limited."

California: Cannabis Industry Association Announces New Board Members


The California Cannabis Industry Association on Wednesday announced the election of three new board members.

The staff and current board of CCIA welcomed Lindsay Robinson, director of development at the Marijuana Policy Project (MPP); Doug Francis, co-founder/president/COO of Weedmaps; and Aaron Justis, president of Buds & Roses.

“The California Cannabis Industry strives to bring together top industry entrepreneurs, innovators, and cannabis pioneers throughout the state of California to be the voice for the emerging cannabis industry," said Nate Bradley, executive director of CCIA. "The candidates in this election proved to be some of the greatest talents in the industry, and we look forward to working together to guide California out of cannabis prohibition.”

As director of development at MPP, Lindsay Robinson oversees MPP’s national fundraising and membership strategies. Based in San Francisco, California, Lindsay has been a key member of MPP’s fundraising team since 2010 and has been at the helm of department since 2014.

Doug Francis co-founded Weedmaps, where he currently serves as president and COO. Weedmaps is the leading marijuana technology and media company with business and consumer relationships spanning the globe. Due to Weedmaps’ size, revenue, reach and data, the company will play a major role in how this industry will transition out of its prohibition era.

California: 6 Board Members of ReformCA Endorse Adult Use of Marijuana Act


In the wake of a majority of the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform (CCPR) agreeing to vote to withdraw its own measure (known as “ReformCA”), six members of the CCPR Board on Tuesday immediately announced their endorsement of the recently-amended statewide ballot measure known as the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) to control, regulate and tax marijuana.

Those endorsing AUMA include:

· David Bronner, CEO of North America’s top-selling brand of natural soaps
· Nate Bradley, executive director, California Cannabis Industry Association
· Stacia Cosner, deputy director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
· Neill Franklin, executive director, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP)
· Antonio Gonzalez, president of the Latino Voters League and the William C. Velasquez Institute in Los Angeles AND
· Richard Lee, founder of Oaksterdam University in Oakland

In addition, Dr. Larry Bedard, former president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, has agreed to withdraw as an official co-proponent of the ReformCA measure and instead support AUMA.

Over the weekend, a majority of the CCPR Board formally agreed to vote to withdraw the ReformCA measure from the ballot qualification process.

California: CCIA Thanks Gov. Brown For Signing Medical Marijuana Regulations


After almost 20 years without statewide regulations, California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday signed historic legislation creating a legal framework for medical cannabis.

"This is an important first step that will allow California's cannabis industry to come out of the shadows and into the light," said California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) executive director Nate Bradley. "California will now be able to take it’s rightful place as the center of investment and innovation in the cannabis economy.

"Governor Brown and his colleagues in the legislature have just given the green light to let California’s cannabis industry become the thriving, tax-paying, job-creating industry it was always destined to become," Bradley said.

California has is the largest legal cannabis market in the US. -- representing $1.3 billion in annual sales and nearly half the legal U.S. market, according to Bradley. "The signing of the Medical Marijuana Regulation & Safety Act (MMRSA) is an important milestone, nearly 20 years in the making," Bradley said.

"Today’s signing represents the most significant victory for the industry since Washington and Colorado legalized recreational use in 2012," Bradley said on Friday.

"That said, we believe parts of the bills need fixing," Bradley said. "We will pursue clean up legislation -- and take part in the rulemaking process -- to address these issues.

California: Leaders Push for Medical Marijuana Regulation in Wake of New Federal Policy


Following the dramatic policy shift announced by the Obama Administration last week, leadership of the California State Legislature has announced new plans to pursue a medical cannabis regulatory system that is in compliance with the new federal guidelines.

“Nothing in this bill preempts jurisdictions from enacting local bans on dispensaries," said Nate Bradley, executive director of California Cannabis Industry Association. "Zoning, taxation, and regulatory powers at the local level are clarified for the first time in legislation.

"Law enforcement should see the tools provided here -- a commercial registration system, a database of registrants, creating grants for enforcement and a wholly-dedicated enforcement department, as a positive step," former police officer Bradley said. "These tools, and others, are exactly what law enforcement has been asking for and are in this legislation.

"Most importantly, however, is the creation of a dedicated regulatory department under the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control," Bradley said. "That will fulfill the Obama administration’s explicit call for a strongly-regulated cannabis industry at the state level.”

“This is the legislative solution that rank-and-file law enforcement, government officials, and newspaper editorial boards have been asking for," said Sean Donahoe, deputy director of the California Cannabis Industry Association. "The California Cannabis Industry Association applauds the legislature for taking action on this issue.

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