The Emerald Cup Announces Panel To Include Jim Wood, Fiona Ma, Lori Ajax, Brian Lehay and Joh Nores

The Emerald Cup, the premier outdoor organic medicinal cannabis competition, brings qualified panelists together to address California's regulatory policies pertaining to cannabis. The Government Agencies' panel will be moderated by Jamie Kerr of Roots Consulting, who have been tirelessly working to bridge the gap between canna-businesses and governments, communities, and other industries.

With a booming industry and changing regulation, this panel will provide a clear picture of the current regulatory climate, not only for the end-consumer, but also the cultivators and workers within the industry as well as considerations for California's awe-inspiring environment. The panel is scheduled for Saturday, December 10th at the SC Labs Stage at The Emerald Cup from 1:15-2:30 PM.

Sitting in with moderator Jamie Kerr will be Jim Wood, current representative in the California State Assembly. Wood has enjoyed a successful political career and, within the past year alone, has authored nine bills into law, including the Marijuana Watershed Protection Act (AB 243) which serves as the environmental cornerstone in California's Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act. Fiona Ma, Chairwoman of the California Board of Equalization. As a Certified Public Tax Accountant, Ma understands the ins and outs of the challenges business and taxpayers face today.

Also adding their credentials to this knowledgeable cast is Lori Ajax, Chief of the Bureau of Medical Cannabis Regulation. Ajax has decades of experience in alcoholic beverage regulation and criminal justice. Current Director of California's Department of Pesticide Regulation, Brian Lehay, will be part of the discussion as well. Mr. Lehay has years of farming expertise under his belt and has been pioneering organic and biodiversity farming in California since 1980. Capping off the list of panelists will be John Nores from the California Department of Fish and Game.

From experts in the fields, to seasoned political veterans, The Emerald Cup is primed to give cannabis enthusiasts the knowledge they need. The Emerald Cup is a two-day conference, festival and competition taking place at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on December 10th and 11th, 2016. For more information about the panels and speakers as they are rolled out, please check out the website at

The 13th Annual Emerald Cup
Dates: Saturday, December 10, 2016 - Sunday December 11, 2016
Time: Doors at 11am PT
Venue: Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Address: 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Admission: Varies // Advance ticket prices: $70 (single day), $120 (weekend) , $300 (Emerald Cup Xperience)
Purchase Link:
Age restrictions: 18+, 215 Area is 21+

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