Don Duncan is a pioneer in the medical and adult-use cannabis marketplace with more than twenty-two years of experience in cannabis retail management and operations, state and local licensing, legislative advocacy, compliance, government and community relations, and business consulting. He founded and co-founded cannabis and medical cannabis retail stores in jurisdictions including Sacramento, Berkeley, Oakland, West Hollywood, Palm Springs, and others. These businesses include Berkeley Patients Group, Cannabis Buyers Cooperative of Berkeley, Patients Care Collective, Los Angeles Patients and Caregivers Group, California Patients Group, Desert Organic Solutions Collective, and more.
Mr. Duncan was an early champion of local regulations and licensing for cannabis business, and later worked with a coalition of advocates to promote and adopt the first state licensing bill in 2015. His legislative work included building coalitions with labor, law enforcement, local government, and cannabis stakeholders to break a deadlock on state legislation that persisted for more than a decade. Mr. Duncan continues to work with lawmakers and leadership at state licensing agencies on legislation and administrative regulation for the industry.
Mr. Duncan is an expert at local and state cannabis licensing and compliance, having secured more than thirty licenses for cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, retail, and microbusinesses. He has worked with prominent industry players and celebrities at CannBe (formerly Harborside Management), a boutique cannabis consulting firm in Los Angeles, and as a private contractor.
Mr. Duncan is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of Americans for Safe Access Foundation (ASA), the nation’s leading medical cannabis patient advocacy organization. He is also a member of the Peer-Review and the Risk Management Committees in ASA’s Patient Focused Certification (PFC) program, a campaign that seeks to calibrate the national cannabis marketplace for excellence. Mr. Duncan is an expert in local and state cannabis regulations. He works with lawmakers, regulators, and other stakeholders to adopt, implement, and improve cannabis laws and policies for patients.
As part of Mr. Duncan’s work as the California Director of Americans for Safe Access, he helped to protect and expand rights for medical cannabis patients in the fields of employment, housing, parental rights, and equal access to health care. He led the campaign to pass the Medical Cannabis Organ Transplant Act, which is credited with saving the lives of patients in need of organ transplants.