The Cannabis Effect on Jobs and the California Economy
by Assemblyman Rob Bonta
Assemblymember Rob Bonta was elected to the California State Assembly’s 18th District in 2012, where he represents the cities of Oakland, Alameda, and San Leandro as the first and only Filipino American legislator in the 166-year history of California.
In 2015, Bonta successfully negotiated and passed the Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, which, for the first time in the history of California, establishes a comprehensive regulatory framework for the medical marijuana industry to ensure patient access, as well as to protect the environment, public safety, and public health.
Honored to have played a key role in these historic new laws, Bonta is committed to making California’s transition into a rational, regulated market as smooth as possible by holding informational hearings and authoring legislative refinements to MCRSA.
Rob graduated with honors from Yale College with a degree in History. After studying at Oxford University in England, he returned to earn his Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School. Rob and his wife Mialisa live in Alameda with their three children.
Following Assemblyman Bonta’s address, he will moderate a panel of Cannabis Industry experts including Max Mikalonis who drafted the MCRSA legislation under Rob Bonta, Neil Hall, the City of Alameda consultant regarding cannabis regulation, Josh Draydon, Deputy Director of the California Cannabis Industry Association, Jim Nelson, President of New Growth Insurance Company, and Dr. Donald Land, Chief Scientific Consultant for Steep Hill Labs.