Director Shelly Edgerton, Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Update from the State

Shelly Edgerton is the Director of the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. Prior to joining LARA, Ms. Edgerton dedicated 27 years of service to the state Legislature where she served most recently in the capacity of Deputy Senate Majority Counsel in the Senate Majority Policy Office. She also previously held titles of Assistant Senate Majority Counsel and Chief of Staff for Senator Dave Honigman.

 

Michigan House Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor)

On HB 5014 and the Need to Protect Safe Access

Yousef Rabhi is serving in his first term as a state representative for the 53rd House District, which includes parts of the city of Ann Arbor and portions of Ann Arbor, Pittsfield and Scio townships.

Rep. Rabhi was born in Ypsilanti and raised in Ann Arbor. He attended Ann Arbor Public Schools, including Northside, Bach Open, Clague and Huron high schools. After graduating, he attended the University of Michigan where he earned a degree in environmental science with a specialization in urban planning and ecosystem management.

 

Justin Dunaskiss, Lobbyist

An In-Depth Look At The New Law

Justin is the principal at Dunaskiss Consulting and Development, Inc. Justin has been supporting the MICBD Conferences from early on, and he delivers a crucial element in our Conference format: he gives an hour-long overview of the entire MMFLA, including insights as to how things were done during the drafting process (he was there) and how things are evolving in Lansing today (because he IS there!). Justin is one of the most in-demand speakers at our Conferences and is very generous with his time for extra questions. 

 

Craig Aronoff, Attorney
Craig is an attorney with the Cannabis Legal Group from Oakland County. He performs municipal presentations for the Group and also maintains their database of cities and communities throughout Michigan which have opted in or out of the MMFLA program.
Alison Ireton, Attorney
Allison Ireton is a cannabis business attorney at Ann Arbor's Huron Valley Law Associates P.C. with a background in health care law.  She is also one of the co-founders of Bloom City Club in Ann Arbor and co-chairs the Ann Arbor chapter of Women Grow.  She routinely advises aspiring entrepreneurs on the challenges and hurdles to entering this market.

Host: Rick Thompson, Emcee

Event Creator and Emcee

As a man with a variety of experience, Rick Thompson can discuss any aspect of the new laws- or Michigan's medical marijuana history- with confidence. Winner of the Citizen Activist of the Year - U.S.A.- Award and awarded the title of Journalist of the Year, Thompson has been involved in cannabis law reform and cannabis publishing industries for years.

Host: Jamie Lowell

Jamie has been involved with marijuana law reform since the medical marijuana law passed in Michigan. In 2009 he co-founded the first medical marijuana dispensary to be licensed by any governmental unit east of the Mississippi River in the United States. 3rd Coast, in Ypsilanti, is still in operation and Lowell is still making inroads in marijuana law reform. He's on the Board of the MILegalize2018 group, and is a top organizer and fundraiser.

 

Segment Director: Anne Schultz

Anne Schultz has been an educator, writer, and photographer over the last ten years. She has taught Communication and Public Speaking at Saginaw Valley State University and Delta College and her work has been published in the Flint Journal, Detroit Free Press, Detroit Live Magazine, Culture Magazine, and Maximum Yield. She has worked with several industry manufacturers, organizations, and publications and has launched Schultz PR | Media where she will continue to focus on community partnerships, strategic sponsorships, grassroots outreach, media content, and business development. Anne holds a Bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University in English and a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Organizational Communication from Wayne State University.