Resume

I have more than twenty-two years of experience in the cannabis marketplace, including state and local licensing and permitting, compliance, government relations, consulting, retail management, and operations.


Email: dondduncan@yahoo.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dondavisduncan/

KEY COMPETENCIES

  • Successful cannabis entrepreneur

  • Strategic planner

  • Local and state legislative advocacy/lobbying

  • Local and state licensing applications

  • Regulatory compliance

  • Retail management and operations expert

  • Staff training

  • Consumer advocacy

  • Strong written communication skills

  • Public speaking

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Co-Founder 1998

Cannabis Buyer’s Cooperative of Berkeley, Berkeley, CA

  • Co-founded the genre-defining non-profit member-based cooperative to provide local access to medical cannabis

  • Provided government and community relations services for the organization

Co-Founder, Owner/Operator 2000-2009

Berkeley Patients Group, Berkeley, CA

  • Obtained one of the first city business licenses for cannabis retail

  • Created and implemented the company’s business and strategic plan

  • Supervised a staff of up to seventy people

  • Generated up to $20 million in annual gross sales

Founder, Owner/Operator 2004-2017

Los Angeles Patients and Caregivers Group, West Hollywood, CA

  • Established one of the first legally organized and fully permitted patients’ collectives in Southern California

  • Supervised a medical cannabis staff of up to twenty-five people

  • Generated up to $10 million in annual sales

  • Worked closely with elected officials and other stakeholders to develop a local regulatory ordinance for medical cannabis facilities


Licensing and Compliance Specialist 2005-Present

Independent Cannabis Business Consultant, National

  • Secured licenses and permits for clients in California, Colorado, New Jersey, Nevada, Hawaii, and Washington State

  • Developed comprehensive operating procedures and plans for cannabis businesses in multiple aspects of the marketplace

Owner/Operator and President 2006-2007

California Patients Group, Los Angeles, CA

  • Established a flagship medical cannabis patients’ collective in Los Angeles

  • Supervised a medical cannabis staff of up to thirty people

  • Generated $5 million in gross revenue

Board of Directors, Consultant 2010-2018

Desert Organic Solutions Collective, Palm Springs, CA

  • Secured a Conditional Use Permit for the businesses in a highly competitive process

  • Provided government relations services for the business

Instructor 2010-2012

Oaksterdam University, Oakland and Los Angeles, CA

  • Developed curriculum for multiple courses

  • Taught classes for cannabis entrepreneurs

Co-Owner, Board of Directors, Consultant 2010-2011

CannBe (formerly Harborside Management Associates), Oakland, CA

  • Worked with former Harborside CEO Steve D’Angelo to develop a novel cannabis business consulting model

  • Provided cannabis consulting services to start-ups in California, New Mexico, Arizona, and the District of Columbia

  • Lobbied local jurisdictions to adopt ordinances licensing and permitting cannabis businesses

  • Created license and permit applications for medical cannabis organizations

Government Affairs, Compliance, Licensing 2011-Present

BHC Consultants, LLC, Berkeley, CA

  • Provided licensing and compliance services for clients in Sacramento, Berkeley, Oakland, West Hollywood, and Monterey County

  • Directed government relations efforts at the local and state level

  • Obtained more than twenty state licenses and local Conditional Use Permits for cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, and retail businesses

  • Businesses clients include:

o Migliore, LLC, DBA Abatin

o Inflor, LLC. DBA Abatin Farms

o Abyz, LLC, DBA Phytologie

o Rishon, LLC, DBA Cannabis Buyers Cooperative of Berkeley

o Ovest, LLC, DBA Los Angeles Patients and Caregivers Group

o Molecular Farms, LLC

Cannabis Licensing Specialist 2018-Present

Cultivation Sector Consulting, Wailuku, HI

  • Developed licenses applications and ISO-compliant Standard Operating Procedures for cannabis businesses nationwide

  • Provided one-on-one consulting services for cannabis entrepreneurs

Director of Government Affairs, Chief Operations Officer 2019-2021

Patients Care Collective/California Cannabis Distribution Co., Berkeley, CA

  • Coordinated local and state legislative and regulatory efforts for the retailer and distributor

  • Developed operational standards

  • Worked with the CEO to develop and implement the business plan and expansion strategy

Director of Government Affairs, Chief Operations Officer 2019-2021

Foxworthy Farms, Santa Rosa, CA

  • Directed local government and community relations efforts

  • Bottom-lined the outdoor and mixed light Conditional Use Permit application

  • Worked with the CEO to develop and implement the business and strategic plans

  • Acted as the investor liaison

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

Co-Founder, Board of Directors, California Director 2002-Present

Americans for Safe Access Foundation, Washington, DC

  • Helped create and implement campaigns on the local, state, and federal level

  • Helped to promote and adopt local regulatory ordinances in cities statewide

  • Acted as a media spokesperson, including appearances on or in 60 Minutes, Dan Rather Reports, the New York Times, Retirement Living TV, the Los Angeles Times, issue-specific publications, and more

  • Spearheaded the state campaign to protect legal medical cannabis patients’ civil rights and adopt the first state licensing bill

Co-Founder, Committee Member, Auditor 2013-Present

Patient Focused Certification, Washington, DC

  • Developed standards for cannabis businesses in coordination with the American Herbal Product Association

  • Helped to achieve ISO/IEC 17065 certification for the program

  • Member of the Risk Management and Peer Review Committees

Board of Directors 2005-2012

Greater Los Angeles Collectives Alliance, Los Angeles, CA

  • Co-founded the first industry advocacy organization for cannabis businesses in Los Angeles

  • Help to pass local ordinances and a voter imitative for cannabis business licensing


Board of Directors 2010

Californians to Regulate Medical Marijuana, Statewide

  • Launched a statewide voter initiative effort to adopt medical cannabis regulations

  • Built a powerful coalition of medical cannabis patients, providers, and organized labor

  • Promoted legislation to create a state regulatory body for commercial medical cannabis activity in California

Board of Direcors 2012

Committee to Protect Patients and Neighborhoods, Los Angeles, CA

  • Successfully repealed a ban on medical cannabis associations in the City of Los Angeles

  • Engaged in a voter initiative campaign to adopt sensible regulations for medical cannabis in the City of Los Angeles (Measure D)


EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts 1993

University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Updated November 22, 2021