The Washington Cannabis Summit is crafted with the goal of positioning WA State as a powerful thought leader in the industry. It is designed to challenge the current state of affairs with Cannabis legislation, research and education. It will push the envelope of the conversation past current problems, into a realm where we openly discuss opportunities for the future of the industry. As leaders we not only have the opportunity, but the responsibility, to craft a better future. This starts with intelligent dialogue about where we are, where we’ve been, where we want to go and how we intend to get there.
With more and more states choosing to legalize, it’s important to have foresight, to look at long-term strategies in order to position Washington as a competitive and socially responsible contributor. This can only be accomplished by coming together, being visionary and by working with each other to create sustainable and successful industries.
The audience of the summit includes legislators, policy makers, government employees, business owners, and advocates. Additionally, the speakers, along with the questions from attendees, will both inspire and better connect you with professionals, public servants, academics and citizens who share a commitment to improving the burgeoning cannabis industry.
Bob Ferguson is Washington State’s 18th Attorney General. As the state’s chief legal officer, Bob is committed to protecting the people of Washington against powerful interests that don’t play by the rules. He is a fourth-generation Washingtonian, a graduate of the University of Washington and New York University law school. Bob and his wife, Colleen, are the proud parents of 9-year-old twins, Jack and Katie.
Tonia Winchester has been working within the criminal justice field for more than a decade to bring about reforms to build trust between law enforcement and the community. After years serving as a prosecutor for the cities of Seattle and Wenatchee, where she handled large volumes of misdemeanor cases, Tonia was the Outreach Director for the New Approach Washington campaign that successfully legalized marijuana in Washington State. Her high pressure role included forging alliances and winning endorsements from many groups traditionally seen as hostile to marijuana reform, such as the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, Children’s Alliance, and El Centro de la Raza. Tonia was also called upon to speak across the state advocating for the sensible use of law enforcement resources to focus on violent crime.
Tonia’s Persian heritage combined with her professional experiences are the foundation for her passion to challenge the status quo to create momentum for transformation. Tonia received her B.A. from the University of Washington and her law degree from Seattle University School of Law. Born and raised in Alaska, Tonia has made the Greenlake area her home with her Great Pyrenees dog Sephideh.
Oregon Cannabis Association
Amy T. Margolis is a shareholder with Greenspoon Marder’s Cannabis Law practice group. Her primary practice areas are licensing, compliance and regulatory work in the cannabis industry, as well as continuing to represent clients charged with crimes in either state or federal court. She is also directly involved with the state’s policy discussion around implementation of medical and recreational cannabis and she has been tapped to serve on a number of rulemaking committees. She frequently testifies at the Oregon legislature and before local governments on both policy and practical issues surrounding cannabis. Ms. Margolis is the founder and director of the Oregon Cannabis PAC and the Oregon Cannabis Association, which is the largest professional cannabis association in the state of Oregon. She has spoken across the country on issues such as raising capital, managing investors, the struggles with implementation of legal cannabis and federal obstacles to the industry. She frequently speaks at local events like the Cannabis Creative Conference, the Oregon Business Summit and Oregon Bar Association events regarding all things cannabis. She has also led two Oregon lobbying trips to Washington D.C.
Impact Bioenergy Inc.
Drew leads Impact in the areas of Agronomy and Organic Food Production. He specializes in field testing, education and training in sustainable agriculture, especially as it relates to the use of organic matter, compost, reduced tillage, and organic farming practices. He has 28 years of experience in Agronomy and serving as a County Agricultural Agent and Specialist. His record of publishing and teaching is supported by his awards and honors awarded in 2010, 2013, and 2014. He graduated from Michigan Technological University with a BS degrees in Forestry, from Cornell University with a MPS in Plant Protection, and a PhD from Michigan State University in Soil & Crop Sciences, focusing on the value of converting conventional cropping systems to certified organic farming.
Head of Community Relations,
Amanda Reiman is the Secretary of the International Cannabis Farmer’s Association and the Head of Community Relations for Flow Kana. Dr. Reiman was the first Chairwoman of the Berkeley Medical Cannabis Commission and sat on the Oakland Cannabis Regulatory Commission. After receiving her PhD from UC Berkeley, Dr. Reiman was the Director of Research and Patient Services at Berkeley Patients Group, one of the oldest dispensaries in the country, and the Manager of Marijuana Law and Policy for the Drug Policy Alliance, a national non-profit that was engaged in the drafting and campaigns of legalization initiatives across the country and abroad. Dr. Reiman is an Affiliate Scientist with the Alcohol Research Group. She also conducts research through Research Triangle International. Her research centers on cannabis as a substitute for opiates and how dispensaries fill the role as health service provider.
Sunil Aggarwal, M.D., Ph.D. serves as an Integrative Pain, Palliative Care, and Rehabilitation Physician in private practice at SageMED (Bellevue, WA) and as an on-call MultiCare Physician and Associate Medical Director of MultiCare Hospice (Tacoma, WA). He is board-certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. He has Affiliated Faculty Appointments with the MultiCare Institute of Research and Innovation, the National Family Medicine Residency, University of Washington Geography Department, and University of Washington School of Medicine. He completed his Internship at Virginia Mason, Residency at NYU, and Clinical Fellowship at the NIH Clinical Center. He has over two dozen peer-reviewed publications which have been cited 446 times (Google Scholar). Sunil’s dissertation, “The medical geography of cannabinoid botanicals in Washington state: Access, delivery, and distress”, received NIH first-issued Certificates of Confidentiality. He led the AMA to call in 2009 for a review of marijuana scheduling.