Meeting ID: 845 5047 5733   |   Passcode 791104

For more information, please email Brad Waite, President: or phone him: 925-285-4146.

Past Meetings and Speakers

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August 2021 

Dr. Susan Cislo, DO to speak on Osteopathic Medicine and how it differs from traditional medical practice. We expect she will also talk about the use of Neurobiofeedback to Treat Cognitive Issues, including depression, sleep disturbance, dementia, stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, anxiety, and balance issues, as well as Frequency Specific Microcurrent treatments.

Dr. Cislo is Board Certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. She was a professor at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine for ten years and has been a nationally recognized speaker.  This talk is open to everyone.

July 2021

Mara Gordon, a specialist in the development of cannabis treatment protocols for seriously ill patients, will discuss the ways medical cannabis can be used to improve your health and lift your spirits.

She will clarify which claims and innovations are in the best interest of consumers and how these vary depending on their intentions.

May 2021

Samantha Miller – President and Chief Scientist of Pure Analytics, LLC, presented a guided introduction to cannabis and its active ingredients with a special focus on CBD. She will discuss how to consider what is the best place to start in your cannabis journey based on goals, needs and comfort. Included are important tips on how to have a directed and positive experience trying cannabis or CBD for the first time.

As founder of Pure Analytics, Samantha merged over 20 years of analytical chemistry experience with her extensive scientific product development and business background. She has been responsible for development of unique techniques in cannabis analytics, research and strain isolation.

A respected educator and patient advocate, Samantha has developed a comprehensive cannabis education program teaching thousands of patients and the general public about cannabis,  cannabinoid therapeutics, cannabis physiology and dosage development. She is frequently requested to speak publicly about policy and the medicinal benefits of cannabis,  cannabis science and innovation, market dynamics and regulatory issues.

March 2021

Paul Armentano – Deputy Director NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) presented, “Cannabis Use by Seniors – The Data to Date.

In recent years, scientists have begun focusing on the rising popularity of cannabis use by seniors and assessing the outcomes associated with their use. This presentation will highlight some of this latest data and it’s social and political implications.

Paul Armentano has over two decades experience working professionally in cannabis policy. He serves on the faculty of Oaksterdam University in Oakland, where he is the Chair of Science.

Mr. Armentano works closely with numerous state and federal politicians with regard to drafting and enacting marijuana policy reforms, and he is a frequently sought speaker on the topic at legal and academic seminars.

January 2021

Amanda Reiman, Ph.D.

“Beyond the Basics — Cannabis #102”.  The latest trends, products, and policies, plus a review of the cannabis plant and its uses.

Cannabis is all over the news these days from Vape injuries to CBD to hemp. But with this influx of information comes confusion and the need to get back to basics. Whether you are new to cannabis or want to know more about how to use it effectively, this talk/workshop will give you the information you need to be an informed consumer.

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November 2020

Eloise Theisen, a board certified Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner specializing in cannabis therapy. Eloise will discuss the literature exploring cannabis and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) including a recent statement by the American Heart Association.Utilizing her expertise, Eloise will outline two case studies, offer recommendations for clinicians and advice for CVD patients considering cannabis use.

October 2020

Ruth Fisher, Ph.D., author of the highly acclaimed book, The Medical Cannabis Primer: Ushering in the Golden Age of Marijuana, was scheduled to be our presenter this past April before the pandemic shut us down.

Now, six months later, she will speak to the Rossmoor Medical Marijuana Education and Support Club.

Dr. Fisher will discuss the cannabis plant components, including which are useful for treating specific medical conditions, and how they interact in our bodies.

She will cover potency, dosing and the different forms in which cannabis is used today. In addition, she will explain the nature of interactions among cannabis compounds, known as the “entourage effect” and which products are most suitable for specific conditions.

August  2020

Leonard Leinow – Zoom Meeting

With over three decades of extensive experience growing and studying medicinal cannabis, Leonard Leinow brings a unique spiritual perspective to his work.

Leonard is an expert in cannabidiol (CBD) rich products, the non-psychoactive, “get well” molecule in the cannabis plant. He is a pioneer in the application of these medicines to cancer, epilepsy, pain, M.S., and many other health conditions.

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April 2020

Cancelled due to Coronavirus Precautions

March 2020

Cancelled due to Coronavirus Precautions

February 2020

Safe and effective use of medical marijuana for pain, anxiety and insomnia

Laurie Vollen, MD

Dr. Vollen is founder of Naturally Healing MD in Albany, California, which provides comprehensive services for patients seeking to address their medical needs through the safe and effective use of medical marijuana.

She is a graduate of Princeton University, received her MD degree from the University of Illinois and is board-certified in Clinical Preventive Medicine.

January 2020


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December 2019

The Endocannabinoid System & Human Health

Jessica Knox, MD will briefly describe this system before diving into the principles of functional and integrative endocannabinoid care and orienting attendees to a variety of tools that can be used to promote endocannabinoid health, from cannabis to meditation and beyond.

Dr. Knox is one of four physicians in her family. She is a board-certified preventive medicine physician with four years of clinical experience in cannabinoid medicine. From her undergraduate work at Harvard to her MPH and MD degrees from Tufts University, Dr. Knox has excelled.

She is co-founder and CEO of the American Cannabinoid Clinics, which aims to deliver precision cannabinoid medicine to patients; and co-founder of ADVENT Academy, which develops comprehensive training for healthcare professionals in the endocannabinoid system.     Website

November 2019

Straight Talk Surrounding CBD: Separating Facts from Fiction

Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of Norml (The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), will discuss the rise in CBD’s popularity and provide an objective perspective regarding what’s new, and what’s true in the world of CBD.

Armentano is author of The Citizens Guide to State-By-State Marijuana Laws (2015), and co-author of Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to Drink? (2009,) which was licensed and translated internationally, and author of Oaksterdam University’s required reading: “Emerging Clinical Applications for Cannabis and Cannabinoids,” which summarizes studies on the safety and efficacy of cannabis among different patient populations.

October 2019

Cannabis Use Among Seniors: Strategies for Success

Adult Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Eloise Theisen, of Radicle Health Care will offer practical information for those seeking relief from chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and to improve sleep.

Eloise will discuss dosage, potential drug interactions and how to avoid side effects.

Timothy Byars, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Radicle Health Care, will provide an update on the local cannabis industry and political climate as well as product safety and the current controversy surrounding vaping.

September 2019

Panelists Share Their Medical Marijuana Journey

Linda Jacobson, founder and managing director of the consulting firm, EldersTogether, will moderate as panelists share the following:

— Their process for discovering correct dosage

— Did they have guidance from a healthcare provider or other

— Telling family or their physician of their usage

— How do they obtain their medicine and method of use

— Adverse effects and, if so, how handled

August 2019

How do cannabis topicals work to relieve pain for seniors?

Didi Davis, co-founder of Sweet Releaf, cannabis topicals for pain management, will explain the science of how the body absorbs cannabis through the skin.

Davis dives deeply into the science and benefits of topical cannabis pain therapy. She will include explanations of how and why it actively blocks pain, the best uses of this non-psychoactive form of cannabis delivery, what types of chronically painful conditions it helps, who benefits the most from localized pain relief and how to get the best results.

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July 2019

Frank Lucido, MD and Maria Mangini, PhD, FNP, known as the “Dynamic Duo,” will address this club’s next general meeting. Their talk will include a brief description of the endocannabinoid system, cannabis benefits and potential side effects as well as an overview on methods of use and dosing for all ages and sizes.

Dr. Lucido has been serving the East Bay community since 1979. Since 1996, he has included medical cannabis consultations in his practice. Recently he has been seeing pediatric patients for medical cannabis use.

Maria Mangini completed her doctorate in Community Health Nursing at UCSF, where her research centered on drug use and policy. She has 31 years of experience in Family Practice and Women’s Health.    Website

June 2019

Michael Oda, Ph.D. will address the issue of chronic pain and its treatment using transdermal delivery of cannabinoids. He will describe a revolutionary new approach showing how pain can be reduced and often eliminated without the use of toxic chemicals, but instead using our body’s natural processes for delivery of cannabinoids directly to the site of pain.

Dr. Oda is a recognized expert in drug delivery mechanisms. He has published over 60 peer reviewed articles and is formerly a Scientist and Principal Investigator at UCSF Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute.

He received his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology form UC Davis and received his post-doctoral training at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He has over 30-years of experience in biochemistry research.

May 2019

Linda Jacobson, eldercare consumer advocate, will discuss recent scientific research findings on the efficacy of cannabis in the prevention and treatment of  cognitive impairment.

Hear how clinicians help people at different stages of dementia use cannabis and how cannabis may fit into the care and feeding of the brain.

April 2019
Robert Cole, MD is an Associate Medical Director of Hospice of the East Bay.

Dr. Cole will give an in-depth overview of our body’s endocannabinoid system and provide many answers for those curious about the potential applications of cannabis to many medical conditions that affect seniors.

March 2019

Mara Gordon, a pioneer in medicinal cannabis globally was our March guest speaker.

Her background as a process engineer helping Fortune 500 companies create intelligent software, has enabled Mara to take a rigorous scientific approach to medical cannabis. Mara is the Director of multiple companies in the US, Canada, and Australia, including North Bay Credit Union (NBCU).

Along with being the founder of Aunt Zelda’s, Mara is the co-founder of Calla Spring Wellness and Zelda Therapeutics,   and most recently TOP|The Oil Plant

Mara has been the keynote speaker at numerous conferences around the globe, and holds board positions with Gabriella’s Kitchen, CannPal, Fundacion Daya, Patients Out of Time. Her wealth of experience and dedication to understanding the science behind cannabis has proven a valuable asset to GABY’s mandate of creating innovative wellness products.

February 12, 2019

Fred Gardner, editor of O’Shaughnessy’s, a journal in which cannabis clinicians report their findings and keep up-to-date on relevant scientific and political developments, will summarize the most exciting clinical findings reported this year.

Gardner, a former editor at Scientific American, will address recent reports on a range of topics, including cannabis as an alternative to opioids, cannabinoids as anti-tumor tools, and the future of medical cannabis research.      O”Shaughnessy’s

January 8, 2019

Sara Payan, nationally recognized and award-winning cannabis educator, public policy advocate, writer, and consultant will be the Rossmoor Medical Marijuana Club’s guest speaker.

Her work as a consultant for many large health care organizations such as Kaiser, and UCSF, and over 10,000 hours of hands-on experiential medical cannabis patient research, enables her to provide us with excellent guidance in navigating cannabis dosage.

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December 11, 2018

Gannon Castner, Director of Product Development and Sourcing for Kikoko Cannabis Infused Tea.

Kikoko’s brand was featured in Oprah Magazine’s first story on cannabis called “High Tea.” It describes Kikoko’s medicinal mission of aiding pain, anxiety, stress and libido via low dosage tea blends, and the company’s effort to put a new face on cannabis as a wellness option, not a drug.

Gannon presented a comprehensive Cannabis 101 presentation. Her talk included the history of cannabis as medicine, the Endocannabinoid system, understanding cannabinoids and what ailments may be helped by cannabis.

November 13, 2018

Laurie Vollen, M.D.,  is a graduate of Princeton University with degrees in Psychology and Neuroscience. Her M.D. degree is from the University of Illinois. She also holds a master’s degree in Public Health from San Diego State University where she specialized in Preventive Medicine.

She discussed how she works with patients presenting with three common symptoms – anxiety, insomnia and pain.

In 2010, Dr. Vollen founded Naturally Healing MD, a practice specializing in medical cannabis in Albany, California. In the course of the last 18 years, she has seen over 10,000 patients seeking cannabis for medicinal purposes.

October 9, 2018

Leonard Leinow, co-author of CBD: A Patients Guide to Medicinal Cannabis, Healing Without the High.
The talk was based on the content of his book and will cover a wide range of information about CBD, the non-psychoactive compound in the cannabis plant that has powerful healing/anti-stress properties.
Leinow founded Synergy Wellness in 2008, a not-for-profit medical cannabis collective in Marin with more than 5000 patient members.

September 11, 2018  
Medical Cannabis: Promise and Problems

Our speaker, Alice O’Leary-Randall, author of Medical Marijuana in America: Memoir of a Pioneer, has been at the forefront of the medical marijuana movement for 40 years and is known as its “First Lady.”

O’Leary-Randall will discuss why, despite being legal in half of the country, and with many proven benefits, medical cannabis can still be so hard to obtain and use.

August 14, 2018  

Botanist/Herbalist, Gillian Levy, co-founder of Humboldt Apothecary – due to unforeseen circumstances, Gillian had to cancel her presentation.

A video featuring chemist Samantha Miller, President and Chief Scientist for Pure Analytics talking about the Endocannabinoid System was shown instead.

July 10, 2018  – Aging is not for the Weak: Cannabis can help

Barbara Blaser, RN, discussed brain health and wellness. Blaser recognizes that as we age many potentially stressful changes challenge our body, mind and spirit, so in addition to focusing on brain health, she will include a focus on using cannabis to reduce stress.

Blaser has been a registered nurse for over 50 years. After her retirement in 2013 she was struck with a life-threatening illness. Following her recovery and re-learning to walk, she was called back into service to her daughter’s Oakland Marijuana Dispensary as Director of Clinical Services at Magnolia Wellness.

June 12, 2018

Dr. Michael Moskowitz, President of Bay Area Pain Medical Associates discussed how medical cannabis can treat common and problematic symptoms & diseases of aging & potentially slow down the aging process.

His recently released book, Medical Cannabis: A Guide for Patients, Practitioners, and Caregivers, addresses treatment to reduce pain, anxiety, chronic illness, and long-term medication use.  Available at Amazon.

Dr. Moskowitz’s slides from the presentation are here: 

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May 8, 2018

CBD ALIVE – Getting Healthy, Not High:
Laury Ostrow – health care educator, talks about Cannabinoids, their natural presence in maintaining body healthy function, their use in alleviating suffering, and their safety.

April 10, 2018

Treating Pain, Insomnia, Anxiety, and Depression with Medical Marijuana:
Eloise Theisen, MSN, RN  Board certified geriatric nurse practitioner and founder of Green Health Consultants. Theisen will discuss how to use cannabis to reduce polypharmacy and to treat a Variety of conditions.

The Cannabis Industry in Contra Costa County: Access, Cost, and Product Availability:
Timothy Byars Co-founder of the Agathist Collective and Radicle HealthByars will bring us up to date on local developments in marijuana policy and regulations.

March 13, 2018 

Adult Use & Medical Cannabis Regulation: It’s Impact on Health and Safety – The Evidence to Date
Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), will discuss Adult Use and Medical Cannabis Regulation: It’s Impact on Health and Safety… The Evidence to Date. He believes that “everyone has a right to their own opinion, but not everyone has a right to their own facts“.

Paul Armentano’s writing and research has appeared in over 1,000 publications, scholarly and or peer-reviewed journals, as well as in more than two dozen textbooks and anthologies. He serves on the faculty of Oaksterdam University and is the author of multiple books on the subject of cannabis and cannabis policy. In 2013, he received the Alfred R. Lindesmith award for achievement in the field of scholarship, as well as the Freedom Law School Health Freedom Champion of the Year award. He also frequently provides assistance to criminal defense attorneys involved in criminal and civil litigation.
Here is one of Paul’s recent articles:  New Studies Show that Legal Cannabis Access Reduces Opioid Abuse

February 13, 2018 – Cannformatics

Our speaker, Itzhak Kurek, PhD, is the CEO of Cannformatics, a bioinformatics startup that combines biochemistry and computational biology to develop recommendations and dosages for individualized medical cannabis treatment.

Dr. Kurek, who received his PhD in Plant Sciences from Tel Aviv University, will give an introductory overview of the botanical and pharmacological aspects of the cannabis plant, including the health benefits of cannabinoids and other beneficial molecules, with examples from clinical trials. He will discuss the challenges of finding the right strain, dosage and consumption methods for each individual, given their health needs and physiology.

Preceding Dr. Kurek’s talk, our Research and Development Coordinator, Medical Sociologist and Professor Emerita, Diane Beeson, PhD, shared results of a survey of over 200 participants conducted during three of our recent meetings.

January 9, 2018 – Therapeutic Uses of Cannabinoids

Samantha Miller, President & Chief Scientist, Pure Analytics, LLC.

Internationally recognized biochemist, Samantha Miller, discussed cannabinoid uses for pain due to inflammation, appetite issues, anxiety, spasticity related disorders such as Parkinson’s and MS, fibromyalgia, PTSD, neuropathy and more.

She also discussed modes of consumption and related issues including current research on cannabinoid therapeutics.

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December, 2017 – Navigating Medical Cannabis in the Age of Adult Use

Mara Gordon, founder of  Calla Spring Wellness, Aunt Zelda’s, and Zelda Therapeutics, will discuss different categories of cannabis products and how to decide which is best for you.

Gordon recently became part of the Standards Governance Board of The National Association of Cannabis Businesses. She specializes in the development of treatment protocols using biopharmaceutical grade cannabis extracts for seriously ill patients in California.

November, 2017 – Beverly A Potter, PhD, discussed the health-giving benefits of cannabis. Her book, “Cannabis for Seniors,” emphasizes the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, which she distinguishes from cannabis as a “medicine.”

October, 2017 – Samantha Miller, President & Chief Scientist, Pure Analytics, LLC was scheduled to speak. However due to the fires in Sonoma and Napa Counties she had to cancel her talk. She will be speaking in January. In her place a film of a recent talk given by Dr. Jessica Knox at a women’s conference, entitled “Why Medical Cannabis Matters.” This was followed by questions from the audience answered by geriatric nurse practitioner, Eloise Theisen, who specializes in cannabis therapy.

September, 2017 – Our guest speaker, Kenton Crowley, Pharm.D, board certified Pharm.D. through the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine, is a Functional medicine expert who will discuss how cannabis and lifestyle changes can impact quality of life.

Currently, Dr. Crowley is the Director of R&D at Silver State Trading in Sparks, NV, a 40,000 sq.ft. permitted Clean Green cannabis cultivation and production facility. He serves as the CMO for the Palliative Care Corporation in Huntington Beach, Ca, working with patients and physicians incorporating cannabis in disease state treatment and symptoms management, whether as primary treatment or complementary to traditional and/or other modalities. Dr. Crowley is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and serves on the Research Subcommittee.

August, 2017 David Downs, is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author who covers cannabis policy and legalization as The San Francisco Chronicle’s cannabis editor. Downs was the senior editor of Cannabis Now magazine. He is a guest lecturer at UC Berkeley Extension and a contributor to Continuing Education of the Bar’s Marijuana Law Hub, sponsored by the University of California and the State Bar of California.

 July, 2017 – “Reefer Madness” the 1936 propaganda movie was shown followed by discussion and socializing.

June, 2017 – Dr. Lucido has practiced Family and General Medicine in Berkeley since 1979. Since the passage of California’s Compassionate Use Act of 1996, he has specialized in helping to find the right combination and dosage of the major cannabinoids for patients who need guidance.

Maria Mangini, PhD, FNP, is Professor of Nursing and Director of the Nurse Practitioner Program at Holy Names University and has worked with Dr. Lucido for 20 years evaluating medical cannabis patients. She will discuss the great variety of cannabis products and methods of administration.

May, 2017 – Mara Gordon, Founder, Aunt Zelda’s, Zelda Therapeutics, and Calla Spring Wellness. Mara specializes in the development of treatment protocols utilizing Bio Pharmaceutical grade cannabis extracts for seriously ill patients in California. Alongside Mara for the Q & A, was Dr. Joe D. Goldstrich, MD, FACC, who brought his knowledge and experience of working with medical cannabis.

April, 2017 – Carrie Tice, CEO/co-Founder, Octavia Wellness “The Senior Cannabis Journey. Together with Dr. Stelios Tzannis, PhD., discussed their views regarding cannabis and Alzheimer’s disease.

March, 2017 – Paul Armentano, Deputy Director NORML “Think We Don’t Know Enough About The Science of Cannabis? Think Again.”

February, 2017 – Amanda Reiman, MSW, PHD, Valentine’s Day, Reconnecting with Cannabis: Intimacy and the Herb

January, 2017 – Rescheduled Frank Lucido,MD and Maria Mangini, NP, due to storm and downed tree. Showed video from Insider Library on Indica/Sativa by a PHD Chemist from Holland.

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December, 2016 – Panel discussion replicating Lafayette Library Science Cafe: Robert Cole, MD; The Endocannabinoid System and its impact on our physiology, Uwe Blesching, Medical Journalist; making informed decisions about medical cannabis and applications for chronic conditions and stubborn symptoms, Eloise Theisen, RN, Certified Nurse Practitioner; Practical uses of cannabis for sleep, pain, anxiety and depression.

November, 2016 – Dual presentation: Jason Bryan screens clip from film “Wiley” about how he saved son from infantile spasms using CBD rich Cannabis oil, Magnolia Wellness, Oakland Dispensary “Cannabis 101 and real life info about strains, dosing, etc. Contact: Barbara Blaser, RN

October, 2016 – Attendees break into small groups to discuss various topics of interest and/or to meet practitioners and distributors.

September, 2016 – Martin Lee, Director Project CBD Topic: Seniors, CBD and Medical Marijuana with focus on age related degenerative conditions affecting seniors.

August, 2016 – Documentary film “The Scientist” about Rafael Mechoulam, grandfather of Cannabis research followed by testimonials about how Mechoulam’s research impacts our Cannabis use for various health issues.

July, 2016 – Fred Gardner, Editor O’ Shaughnessy’s Journal of Cannabis in Clinical Practice Topic: “It Started in San Francisco: The Medical Marijuana Movement from Prop 215 to the Present”.

June, 2016 – Mikki Norris & Chris Conrad, Cannabis and the Emerging Industry: A Path Forward with the Adult Use of Marijuana Act Activists & Authors

May, 2016 – Constance Finley, CEO Constance Therapeutics “Whole Medicine: Cannabis Re-Enters The Light” Contact: Hannah Perkins-Parks, Account Coordinator McGrath/Power Public Relations

April, 2016 – Ed Breslin and Brian Walker MYBB Topical Cannabis Products Presentation arranged by Ali Stoddard of Pain Management Solutions Green Valley Delivery

March, 2016 – Jude Thilman Bhutan/Dragonfly Wellness Center Topic: Cannabis IS Medicine

February, 2016 – Matthew Shotwell Star Discovery Channel’s “Weed Country”and Kip Baldwin, producer, presenting latest news from around the globe, legal information as well as financial opportunities.

January, 2016 – Stephen DeAngelo, Founder/CEO Harborside Health Center, Topic: Wellness Not Intoxication. Will do a book signing for newly released “Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm For Wellness”

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December, 2015 – Lauren Vazquez, Civil Rights Attorney, National Deputy Director of Communications for the Marijuana Policy Project, Will talk about Medical Marijuana 10l, Five most common mistakes in medical cannabis, and new medical cannabis laws that will affect patients access to medical cannabis.

November, 2015 – Beverly A. Mikuriya, M.D., “The State of the Art and Science of Cannabis Medicine”: an in depth discussion of the Endocannabinoid System, Cannabis in other Countries, and Cannabis in Clinical Medicine

October, 2015 – Tony Verzura, creator of the A.C.T. (Advanced Cannabinoid Therapy) Now Program and Prana Bio Nutrient Medicinals, A new program available exclusively in the Bay area at Harborside Health Center

September, 2015 – Amy Farah Weiss, representing Compassionate Health Options Medical Cannabis and Aging: an overview of research, health conditions and options for healing without “Getting High”

August, 2015 – Perry Solomon M.D., & Pamela Hadfield, from www.hello, an online cannabis recommendation service and their partners Herba Buena collective

July, 2015 – Sabrina Fendrick, Director of Government Affairs for the Berkeley Patients Group “A Consumers’ Guide to Cannabis and Policy Reform.”

June, 2015 – Nicole Smith, Founder/CEO, Mary’s Medicinal, developer & distributor of transdermal cannabis patch The ‘less popular’ cannabinoids. Alice Randall O’Leary widow of first medical marijuana patient to receive cannabis from Federal Government

May, 2015 – Paul Armentano, Deputy Director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws & a Senior Policy Advisor at Freedom Leaf, Inc: The Marijuana Legalization Company Power Point Presentation: “Countering Common Misconceptions About Medical Cannabis.”

April, 2015 – John Malanca, United Patients Group Attending with wife Corinne & in-laws Stan & Barb Rutner. Will share why he founded UPG after Stan’s remarkable recovery from stage 4 lung cancer with metastasis to the brain using Cannabinoid therapy.

March, 2015 – No speaker, a sharing meeting

February, 2015 – Eloise Theisen, RN, BSN Certified Nurse Practitioner will speak on: Cannabis Treatment for Common Ailments in the Older Adult

January, 2015 – Dr. Rachna Patel, DO of Pen Ts’ao Medical Clinic. Topic: The application of medical marijuana to cancer.

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December, 2014 – Debby Goldsberry Topic: The stigma of cannabis use, talking to senior friends about cannabis, why senior voters are important to changing the laws, how to use delivery services and dispensaries and about the uses of cannabis medicine for conditions that affect seniors.

November, 2014 – Robert Martin, Ph.D. What the California testing community has learned about cannabis quality issues and how patients should go about choosing an alternative medicine in today’s dispensary scenario.

October 2014 – Dale Sky Jones Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam University phone number. Talked about the 2016 voter initiative and effecting cannabis policy reform.

Sept. 2014 – George Keileh from The Vault Smoke Shop 1250 Newell Ave. Ste.B, Walnut Creek, 94596. Slide show presentation of different forms of cannabis ingestion, in particular methods of vaporization

August, 2014 – Maria Mangini, FNP, PhD Family Nurse Practitioner with Dr. Frank Lucido, Berkeley, specializing in medical cannabis consultations and evaluations. Also is Director of Family Nurse Practitioner program at Holy Names College, Oakland. Talked about topical & edible use of cannabis & held extended Q & A.

July, 2014 – Brian Walker and Ed Breslin Xternal Rub by Making You Better Brands (MYBB) Topical Cannabinoid Products for humans & animals
Topic: Where Is Your Pain? Demonstration of product’s application
Ed Breslin

June, 2014 – Rich Brunelle, LEAP Law Enforcement Against Prohibition: Why law enforcement officers believe legalizing and regulating drugs would make our communities safer.


April, 2014 – Sue Taylor, Senior Outreach Coordinator , Harborside Health Center. Secrets of Aging Well.

March, 2014 – Amanda Reiman, Ca. Policy Manager, Drug Policy Alliance. “Cannabis: An Understanding of Health and Policy”

February, 2014 – DVD of Donald Abrams, MD, at Medical Marijuana Conference in Laguna Woods Rossmoor from 2011 “Cannabis and Palliative Care”

January, 2014 – Steve DeAngelo, Founder Harborside Health Center, Oakland “A Relationship of Mutual Benefit: Seniors and Medical Cannabis.”

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December, 2013 – Mr P (Steven Petras) filled in on short notice when Steve DeAngelo re-scheduled. Held open forum Q&A Grower, Breeder, Activist. One of first permitted Dispensary owners in Oakland

October, 2013 – Mara Gordon & Stewart Smith, Founders of Aunt Zelda’s Inc.

September, 2013 – Fred Gardner, Editor O’Shaughnessy’s “Medical Marijuana: Eyewitness to a Movement”

August, 2013 – Rabbi Simcha Green/ Hon. Willie Brown “Biblical References to Cannabis”/Pending Legislation Rabbi’s son: Elie Green (Doc Green’s Therapeutic Healing Lotion)

July, 2013 – Frank Lucido,MD. “Cannabis Science: Medicine, Politics and the Law”

June, 2013 – Chris Conrad Hemp Expert, Author, Teacher, Expert Court Witness

May 2013 – Paul Armentano, Deputy Director NORML ( National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws). Policy Manager for the Drug Policy Alliance. “Therapeutic use of Cannabis”. (510) 847- 2405.

March, 2013 – Michael Aldrich, Ph.D. Activist, A slideshow on the history of medical marijuana

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December, 2012 – Michelle Aldrich from Patients Out of Time. A nonprofit organization dedicated to educating public health professionals and the public about medical marijuana. Lung cancer survivor using cannabis oil capsules

November, 2012 – Clint Werner, Author “Marijuana: Gateway to Health How Cannabis Protects Us From Cancer and Alzheimer’s”

September, 2012 – Dale Gieringer, PH. D. State Director of California National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML)