EMPOWERING CANNABIS CONSUMERS
CCPC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Executive Director, Cannabis Consumer Policy Council
Nate Bradley is the Executive Director of the Cannabis Consumer Policy Council (CCPC). Nate has dedicated his career to empowering and protecting cannabis consumers from discriminatory laws, legislation, regulations, and policies. He is passionate about advocating positive change at the local and statewide level on issues that affect cannabis consumers. His innovative ideas protect cannabis consumers, the cannabis industry, and the public.
Nate comes from a law enforcement background. He developed a reputation as an “outside the box” strategist which led to him being named California’s most effective “pot lobbyist.” He is skilled in creating campaign messaging, demographic targeting, and public policy development.
Nate is the former Executive Director and Co-Founder of the California Cannabis Industry Association (CCIA) and has worked as a contract lobbyist and consultant on cannabis issues for more than a decade.
Nate worked heavily with the Governor Jerry Brown administration to advance priority industry amendments to include removing cross- licensure restrictions, eliminating the independent distribution requirement, and modifying the owner/applicant requirements to promote greater outside investment in the industry.
Nate was an advisor and spokesperson for the California Proposition 64, Marijuana Legalization (2016)-Yes on Prop 64 campaign. He traveled extensively around the state speaking to local governments, law enforcement, communities, and cannabis organizations about the initiative. He was responsible for negotiating amendments in the initial language, which helped garner support for Prop 64 among small cannabis cultivators. After the successful passage of Prop 64, he advanced several pieces of legislation to clarify issues in the MCRSA. Nate successfully lobbied the California legislature to approve critical protections to locally permitted extract manufacturers from prosecution under state law.
Throughout Nate’s career he has organized individuals and coalitions around cannabis related issues. He has worked extensively with physicians, law enforcement, environmental, labor, statewide, and local government associations to protect consumers from unfair cannabis regulatory and licensure frameworks. Through propositions, legislation, and licenses, Nate continues to strive for equality, access, and education at the local, statewide, and national level.
Outside Counsel & Senior Policy Advisor, Cannabis Consumer Policy Council
Allen Hopper is an attorney and consultant whose private practice focuses on cannabis regulatory law and policy. He is an experienced litigator, consultant, and policy expert with deep substantive knowledge of federal, state, and local cannabis laws and regulations.
Allen advises and represents cannabis businesses seeking to navigate cannabis laws and regulations, as well as local governments and officials tasked with crafting and implementation. Allen was a member of the six-attorney drafting team for the California Proposition 64, Marijuana Legalization (2016) ballot initiative that legalized adult non-medical cannabis use, creating the framework for the state’s regulated commercial cannabis market.
While serving as the Director of the ACLU of California’s Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Project, Allen conceptualized and created the 2014-2015 California Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Law and Policy chaired by then Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom. Allen has represented local government entities litigating cannabis regulatory matters in state and federal courts, including the City and County of Santa Cruz (challenging a DEA raid of a local collective garden), and Pueblo, Colorado (defending a RICO lawsuit seeking to invalidate state marijuana laws as preempted by federal law).
In 2008, Allen led the legal team that, working closely with the California Attorney General’s office, defeated San Diego County’s lawsuit seeking to overturn all California medical marijuana laws as preempted by federal law.
Allen is co-author of two published law review articles, including Cooperative Federalism and Marijuana Regulation (62 UCLA L. Rev. 74 (2015)), which proposes an incremental and effective solution to the state-federal law conflict that would allow willing states to experiment with novel regulatory approaches while leaving the federal cannabis prohibitions intact for the remaining states.
Allen is a graduate of University of California Davis Law School.
Retired All-Pro NFL Player & Olympic Gold Medalist
Ron Brown is a Former All-Pro NFL Player and an Olympic Gold Medalist turned entrepreneur and social activist.
Ron is committed to championing social causes and addressing issues of social inequity. He is currently the Business Affairs Director for the NFL “Goals for Life,” Board member of the Retired NFL Players Congress, involved in several charitable causes, and a mentor for at-risk youth.
Ron is also active with the following organizations:
Action Sport Youth Programs
Brown & Associates- Supporting neighborhood recovery programs, assisting with foreclosures, short sales, and first-time homebuyers
Charter Schools- For dropout teens
Choices- An interactive decision-making workshop to achieve academic success
Crescent Financial Group- Creating business plans and private placement for funding small business
Fresh Skate Park- Supplying portable skate parks for parks and schools recreation centers.
Project Touch- Supporting homeless centers
Teen Savers- Drug and intervention programs
Ron attended Arizona State University, in 1985 he joined the Los Angeles Rams. He had a record-breaking season, returning two kickoffs, in one game, four touchdowns, thus tying a 19-year record set by Tim Brown. He was named NFC offensive player of the week, chosen All-Pro, and selected to be on the NFC Pro Bowl team as a kick returner. Ron followed this year by catching a career-high 26 passes for 521 yards and by winning the NFL’s Fastest man competition.
In 1987, Ron announced his desire to once again concentrate on his track and field career in order to compete on the 1988 U.S. Olympic team.
In 1989, Ron led the NFL in kickoff returns with 47. In 1990, the Los Angeles Raiders signed him as a defensive back. He returned 157 more during this career for a total of 3,662 yards, four touchdowns and an average of 23.3 yards per return. He retired after the 1991 season.
Valerie Leveroni Corral
CEO, WAMM Phytotherapies
Valerie Leveroni Corral is CEO of WAMM Phytotherapies and has worked in the cannabis industry.
WAMM Phytotherapies is a nonprofit organization with high standards of service, quality, environmentally sound, organic, and modestly priced cannabis. WAMM is heavily involved in ensuring compassionate cannabis needs for members of their community. WAMM provides free medicinal cannabis alongside holistic integrative therapies, plant medicines, and alternative applications to those in need. They offer personalized treatment and embrace comprehensive methods into living and dying well.
In 1993 Valerie co-founded the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Santa Cruz, CA, a patient centric collective created to serve and to relieve suffering, the longest running medical marijuana collective in the US. Her work has spanned the nation and the globe for three decades in political and legislative areas to ensure direct services to patients and in end of life and palliative care with medical cannabis.
Valerie and WAMM’s work pioneered patient care and challenged the federal government where Federal Court Judge Jeremy Fogel named WAMM the “Gold Standard” of the medical marijuana movement. Valerie has acted in an advisory capacity providing testimony to US Congress, in the Middle East, from the British Commonwealth, and EU countries. She has conducted anecdotal research based on heirloom genetics that led to the development of products to serve members.
Valerie is also the director of this non-profit, Raha Kudo, the Design for Dying Project.
Senior Manager of US State Government Relations, PayPal
Lauren Kimzey has over 12 years of extensive public experience. She is currently the Senior Manager of US State Government Relations for PayPal where she oversees the government relations efforts for the entire US West Coast Region. She works extensively both at the state and local government level.
Lauren previously was the Director of Political Engagement in California for the Internet Association where she also served as Senior Manager of state and local government affairs throughout the United States.
Lauren is passionate about advocacy through education and has worked extensively with nonprofits.
Lauren received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Government and minored in Philosophy from California State University Sacramento.
Vice President, Kind Future
Jason Moore-Brown is Vice President at Kind Future and works on strategic initiatives to expand veterans’ cannabis access. Jason is a United States Army Veteran and passionate about access to safe cannabis for veterans.
Jason’s introduction to the cannabis industry began in 2009 when he consulted on security strategy and government relations for cannabis-focused medical management companies and dispensaries in the Orange County area.
He has worked extensively in various aspects of the cannabis industry including: packaging, processing, product development, retail, security, technology, and government relations. He has also worked on campaigns in the Santa Ana area.
Jason received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Political Science from Chapman University in Orange, CA and a Master of Arts (MA) in Business and Organizational Security Management from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.
Vered Elkouby Nisim
President of CannaCert and Curagenics
Vered Nisim started CannaCert to create a standardized education of cannabis for local municipalities and assist local government authorities to determine what parts of cannabis ordinances are being used, underused, and how to best help operators succeed. Through strategic partnerships with local governments, local elected officials, community leaders, and the business community at large, CannaCert is educating and setting a standardization for the cannabis industry as a whole. She is also the President of Curagenics a CBD products brand: lotion, salve, lip balm, and a leader in CBD breath strips.
Vered Nisim specializes in unique branding strategies, custom marketing solutions, and pairing celebrities and influencers with brands and charities for a completely vertical approach. JH Design Group is the United States’ leading manufacturer of licensed products including iconic brands such as: the MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, NASCAR, Chevrolet, Ford, GM, Honda, Marvel, Nickelodeon, Shelby, Yamaha, and many more. JH Design Group employees over 160 people and is a leader in community development. They have multiple mentorship programs with inner city schools and the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
Vered works extensively with a variety of cannabis and hemp related businesses. She is a Managing Partner of FireLounge by Valkyrie a West Hollywood Cannabis Lounge, restaurant and nightclub in West Hollywood, CA and a Managing Partner of Curagenics, LLC, a company using leading-edge bio-delivery systems to bring the health benefits of CBD to people for pain management, anxiety and several other physical and neurological conditions. Currently, their proprietary CBD oral thin film delivery system is being used in research for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
Vered is also on the Board of Directors for the following organizations and more:
California Hemp Agricultural Research Org (CHAR)- A research institute dedicated to the study of Hemp derived compounds and their benefits across several industries including medical, green energy, environmental, and technology.
Cannabis and Hemp Environmental Excellent Future Agency (CHEEF)- Creating statewide environmental best practice incentive programs.
City of West Hollywood Cannabis Committee
Global Green International- An international environmental non-profit operating in the USA and 28 countries which is in a long-standing partnership with The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) in an effort to provide underserved communities access to cutting-edge environmental resources and effective policy standards to help improve their overall well-being as a community.
Israeli American Civic Action Network (ICAN)- An Israeli American immigrant Rights organization, empowering Israeli Americans to get involved and participate in local civics to create change. Most recently helped form a resolution condemning the anti-Semitic CA ethnic studies curriculum, working with city councils of Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Los Angeles.
Vered is a passionate activist. Her passion for activism extends beyond her own charities and businesses to facilitate better relationships between cities, businesses, and individuals.