Calendar 2018-02-19T09:24:06+00:00



Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of every month in the Diablo Room, Hillside Clubhouse beginning at 7:15 pm. 

Our Next meeting is:
Tuesday, March 13

All Rossmoor residents and guests are welcome to attend. Refreshments are served at our meetings, and as a club that does not collect dues, donations are greatly appreciated. For information contact club president, Renee Lee, at  925.979.9068.



Past Meetings and Speakers

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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.

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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)