Chamber to discuss legalized marijuana

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Prop. 64 conversation set to take place June 22

MORRO BAY — Thursday, June 22, is every business and community member’s chance to come out and be educated at the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce’s informative, facilitated conversation concerning Proposition 64, the cannabis (marijuana) law, that will be active as of January 2018. This educational meeting will take place at the Inn at Morro Bay, 60 State Park Road, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Cost for this event is $12 per person, $20 for a pair, and $8 for Chamber members. Tickets are available at
The Chamber is bringing together three professional people to speak on this new law and how it may affect local businesses. One is Amanda R. Conley, founding partner of Brand & Branch, LLP a law firm in the Bay area that provides intellectual property legal services to cannabis, food, beverage, and technology companies. Brand & Branch helps cannabis industry businesses protect, enforce, and license their intellectual property and comply with local, state and federal laws regarding the marketing and labeling of cannabis products.
Another is Elan Rae, Director of Cannabis Business and Development for Privateer Holdings. Founded in 2010 in Seattle by three visionary entrepreneurs with decades of experience in investment banking and venture capital, Privateer Holdings represents a group of investors from around the world seeking to end cannabis prohibition and the social harms it causes. Through a combination of acquisitions, investments and incubation, they are focused on building a portfolio of global brands that will lead, legitimize and define the future of cannabis. In an industry stigmatized by negative perceptions and substandard business practices, Privateer Holdings is elevating consumer expectations through consistent quality and service.
As of this writing Chamber officials are seeking a professional real estate person to join this team to offer the most well rounded amount of information as to how the introduction of cannabis businesses in Morro Bay will work out.
“We are looking to offer topics concerning economic impacts of the medical, recreational, manufacturing, leasing and doing a cannabis business,” commented Erica Crawford, CEO/President of Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce. “We will look at local control, market share, and federal scheduling impacts.”
Samson Blackwell, an experienced liberating structures facilitator in this county will assist with the meeting. Blackwell was facilitator at a San Luis Obispo U40 community meeting on rental housing inspections last year.
The evening will begin with networking with wine and appetizers from 5:30 to 6 p.m. when speakers and discussion will take place. For more information regarding this event call the Morro Bay Chamber of Commerce at 805-772-4467.

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