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Yountville Community Cannabis Forum on Monday, February 26, 2018

Post Date:02/20/2018 11:06 AM


Date: February 20, 2018

Contact: Steven Rogers, Town Manager (707) 944-8851

Subject: Yountville Community Cannabis Forum on Monday, February 26, 2018

The Town of Yountville announces that it is hosting a “Community Cannabis Forum on Monday, February 26, at 6 p.m. in the Yountville Community Center Heritage Room located at 6516 Washington Street in Yountville.

"We intend this as a true question, answer and informational session," explained Councilmembers Jeff Durham and Kerri Dorman, who serve as the Town Council ad hoc committee for cannabis matters.  

Speakers will include Napa County Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Relucio; Nick Adan, a principal with HTP Group, which operates a dispensary in Vallejo; Matt Carroll of Palladin Security, a firm that designs and helps implement security for cannabis businesses; Conrad Gregory, Government Relations Specialist for Harborside, which operates dispensaries in Oakland and San Jose; Whitney Diver- McEvoy, President and CEO of the Yountville Chamber of Commerce; and attorney Michael Colantuono, with Colantuono, Highsmith, and Whatley, who serves as Assistant Town Attorney and is presently the President of the State of California Bar Association.  He was involved with drafting a model cannabis tax ordinance for the  Public Health Institute.  Councilmembers Durham and Dorman will conclude the forum by summarizing existing Yountville cannabis-related ordinances as well as those ordinances in place in other Napa Valley jurisdictions.

"We really hope our community will turn out to help us make decisions on these issues,"  Durham said.  Dorman added, "Each speaker will give a brief informational presentation, but we plan to use the bulk of our time for community questions and ideas."  Town Manager Steve Rogers noted that business owners and those generally interested in the evolving cannabis regulatory framework should attend, too.

Prepared topics will range from public health, law enforcement and security concerns to how dispensaries actually look, feel and operate to an overview of legal parameters.  Durham and Dorman also have asked panelists to be prepared for broad-ranging questions:  "Our goal is for community comments and questions to really drive this conversation."


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