Why Descheduling Cannabis is Vital:
Clarified by an Elder, Veteran, and Equity Advocate

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Congressional & Senate Briefing

You are cordially invited to hear about the positive impacts of de­scheduling cannabis from a few of our most respected citizens facilitated by Oaksterdam University Chancellor Dale Sky Jones, in cooperation with the Congressional Cannabis Caucus.

Briefing Description: A Commissioner on Aging, a Veteran, and a Business Equity Advocate will speak to why we must de­schedule, not reschedule, cannabis and what the impact will be on the groups they represent.

Sue Taylor is a Commissioner on Aging for Alameda County and certified by the State of California to teach Medical Cannabis education to nurses, directors and administrators of senior care facilities and award Continuing Education credits.

She is also the Executive Director of iCANN Berkeley, and the first black woman to own a cannabis dispensary in the Bay Area. Her dispensary, iCANN Berkeley is a unique dispensary model focused on educating senior citizens how to safely use medical cannabis to improve the quality of their life.

Ryan Miller has a degree in Nuclear Engineering from West Point and both an MBA and MPP from Harvard University.  He served in the US Army as an Infantry officer, and was severely wounded in combat in 2007.

Most recently, Ryan led the day-to-day operations of OMG Farms, a cannabis brand based in Oakland, successfully acquired by Toronto-based Canibrands this year. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Warrior Rising, a 501.c.3 Veterans Service Organization focused on veteran business ownership, and he is a policy advisor to the Veterans Cannabis Project, spending time on Capital Hill advocating for cannabis as a veteran healthcare issue.

Shanita Penny, MBA is an internationally recognized management consultant and certified Project Management Professional, who proudly serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) and is also a member of the New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association’s (NJCIA) Board of Trustees. 

Budding Solutions, her cannabis consulting firm based in Baltimore, MD, provides management and strategy consulting to startups, small businesses and multi-state cannabis operators.

She strives to ensure equal access, economic empowerment and end the stigma associated with cannabis through advocacy, responsible consumption and compliance. 

Justin Strekal is the Political Director for NORML, where he serves as an advocate to end the federal prohibition of marijuana and to reform our nation’s laws to no longer treat marijuana consumers as second-class citizens.

Dale Sky Jones has been with Oaksterdam University since the beginning of 2008 as Science Faculty and she took over the school as President and CEO due to the federal raid of 2012 when our founder, Richard Lee, was forcibly retired.

Dale was the Prop 19 Spokeswoman of 2010, the blueprint for legalization to follow, and was the driving force towards policy changes in California and worldwide. Married to advocate Jeff Jones, they share two wonderful young boys, Jesse and Jackson, and a new daughter, the mighty Quinn.

Following the briefing, you are welcome to participate in a Q&A session with the panel.


A Congressional Reception in Honor of Oaksterdam University, sponsored by Eaze, CitizenGrown, and Holland & Knight.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Snacks & refreshments will be provided.

Congressional Briefing
10:30 – 11:00 am (followed by Q&A)
421 Cannon


Senate Briefing
4:00 – 4:30 pm (followed by Q&A)
Capitol Visitor Center SVC 201-00

*For Senate Briefing, those without Legislative Staff identification must RSVP – Chiara@oaksterdamuniversity.com


Press Conference
Time TBA
Location TBA


Time 6:30 – 8:30 pm
7th St NW*

*Full location provided upon RSVP

Supported by

Contact: Chiara Juster Haberl, Esq. Chiara@OaksterdamUniversity.com
Oaksterdam University Policy Ambassador in DC
This event has been organized to meet the requirements for a widely attended event as set forth in the Congressional ethics rules.