Join a group of panelists at noon Thursday to discuss the state's legal marijuana market, the tandem medical marijuana market, and how to reconcile the two. Joining us will be:
John Schochet (pronounced Shock-it) is deputy chief of staff to Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, who was a prime sponsor of the 2012 marijuana legalization initiative. Schochet, a Virginia law school graduate, has been a policy advisor and special counsel to Holmes since 2010.
David Mendoza is a policy advisor on marijuana issues for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. Mendoza, a Seattle U law school graduate, previous worked for the state House Democratic caucus and Puget Sound Sage.
Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles has represented Seattle’s 36th District in the state Senate since 1994. Kohl-Welles, an adjuct professor at the University of Washington, was prime sponsor of a 2011 medical marijuana regulation law that was partially vetoed by then-Gov. Christine Gregoire.
Rick Garza is the director of the Liquor Control Board, the state agency that regulates the recreational marijuana market. Garza, who was appointed to lead the LCB last year, has been with the agency since 1997.
Muraco Kyashna-tochá runs Green Buddha, the oldest medical marijuana collective in Washington State. A cannabis activist and award-winning educator, Muraco has been featured in the New Yorker magazine, New York Times and NPR.