20+ years of applied cannabis policy and permitting experience. Cannabis start-ups, acquisition, structure, banking, investment and more.
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John Davis is a founding member and Executive Director of the Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics Washington’s oldest and largest industry group. He is a founding member, Board member and Vice Chair of the National Cannabis Industry Association the United States largest industry group. He has worked on drug policy reform for over 20 years. John was a Board member of Hemp Initiative Projects of Washington State starting in 1993 where he helped to author early marijuana legalization initiatives and run the campaigns. He also served as the Treasurer for the 501(c)4 organization.
Deciding that more education would be needed in order for a reform measure to pass, John started volunteering for Seattle Hempfest in 1994. John became the organization’s first Construction Director. He was elected to the Steering Committee in 2002. And when the entity was re-organized in 2006 he became the first Chairman of the Board of Directors and Vice President of Seattle Events, A Non-Profit Corporation (SEANPaC) the production company behind Seattle Hempfest. John works on the organizational and political strategy for SEANPaC. John accepted along with Vivian McPeak the 2008 NORML Cannabis Advocate of the Year on behalf of the volunteers of Seattle Hempfest.
In 2009 John was asked to manage and restructure Washington’s oldest and most respected cannabis dispensary, Compassion in Action. John took the organization from the brink of bankruptcy to be a thriving $3,000,000 a year enterprise. He left to pursue other ventures culminating with the founding of his current project; Northwest Patient Resource Center. John serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer. They have two locations in the City of Seattle to serve the needs of medical cannabis patients and providers and recreational 21+ customers in 2016. John has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN Money, Bloomberg, Fox Business, Ai Jazera, ITN4, NHK, TFI, Puget Sound Business Journal (Cover), Seattle Times, New York Times, New York Daily News, The New Yorker, American Banking Magazine, GQ and many more. John was Cannabis Business Executive’s pick for #8th most influential person in cannabis policy of all time.
John is active with many other organizations and projects. John is a board member of the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Reform, was a founder of the Washington Cannabis Commission Project and founder and Board member of Washington’s Cannabis Alliance. John is a principal in two medical license awards in Illinois and a Board member of Bloomfield which was granted one of five license awards in New York.
John has served as a cannabis policy expert to the State of Washington the City of Seattle as well as multiple states and localities. John serves on the Washington State Interagency Regulators Achieving Cooperation (IRAC) committee that puts together building officials, law enforcement, environmental, labor, fire and multiple other regulatory bodies. The IRAC committee won the 2015 Most Innovative Program Award and Collaboration Award from the North American Hazardous Waste Association. John helped author the Washington State implementation guide for legalization implementation with the IRAC group.
I'm seriously considering to move to Oregon and apply for a growers license. Is it allowed to grow Commercially at my personal residence, if I buy in the right location? I'm only looking to become a small scale high quality grower using about 2000 SF of space. I was thinking to buy a large house with full basement and designate half of the house to growing with possible expansion outside in greenhouses. Is this allowed in Oregon?