Perspectives on Legalizing Marijuana

Saturday, August 27, 2016, 2 pm
Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 2:00pm

With the topic of cannabis policy frequently in the news as the election nears, join us at OMCA for a panel, inspired by special exhibition Altered State: Marijuana in California, exploring decriminalization, legalization, what the difference is, and why it matters. Hear from an expert panel of speakers in a moderated conversation as they disentangle these two different approaches to policy and their implications. Invited panelists will share perspectives on how current policy is implemented and enforced and how it impacts Oakland and the greater Bay Area.

Confirmed panelists include:

  • Amanda Reiman Manager of Marijuana Law and Policy at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) develops DPA’s marijuana reform work as it relates to litigation, legislative and initiative drafting, campaign strategy, policy advocacy, media relations, fundraising, and public education in the local, state, federal, and international jurisdictions in which DPA is active. Reiman joined DPA in 2012 after working with Berkeley Patients Group, a renowned medical marijuana dispensary, as director of research and patient services.
  • Tsion Sunshine Lencho, Attorney and Consultant at Supernova Collective Advocate focuses on the medical cannabis industry where she provides medical cannabis businesses guidance on corporate formation and advice on navigating the ever-changing local and state regulatory requirements for their businesses. Lencho is also co-founder of Supernova, an organization for women of color in the cannabis industry that has been affecting change by providing free education and training programs to communities of color throughout the nation. Lencho is a member of Women Grow, and is currently a board member of the Bay Area chapter. She also is a contributor of freelance articles for THE KIND.
  • Timothy Birch, Oakland Police Department Research and Planning provides the Oakland Police Department with input including identification of best practices, policy development, and legislative support. His primary focus is on conducting research and providing short- and long-range planning. Research and Planning includes the Policy & Publications Development Unit, which coordinates the development of departmental publications and revises current publications as necessary.

Moderator Cynthia Gorney is a writer for National Geographic and contributor to many magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Harper's, Sports Illustrated, Mother Jones, and others. Gorney was on the faculty of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley for 16 years, and left at end of 2014 to return to full-time reporting. She spent some months researching marijuana decriminalization locally and nationally in 2010 and 2011, when the City of Oakland initially proposed giving licenses to four industrial-sized marijuana grows.  

Seating is limited. Advance tickets required.

Tickets: $8 OMCA Members, $10 public. Gallery admission purchased separately.

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