A Brief History of Jason Browne
I became active in the cannabis movement in 1995, as a volunteer with Cannabis Action Network. While there, I gathered signatures for prop. 215, registered voters and promoted the passage of this wonderful law by co-producing concerts and events. When the Compassionate Use Act was made law, I dove in head first and helped organize what would become Humboldt Cannabis Center, serving north-coast patients for five years. I’ve also co-founded several organizations dedicated to the implementation of California’s medicinal cannabis laws, including Medical Cannabis Association and Patients’ Health Defense. The M.C.A. is still in operation.
Since the closure of H.C.C. in 2001, I’ve directed my attention to advocating the model of “Direct Access”. This model of cultivation and distribution is specifically protected under California laws and is more likely to out-last federal attacks, as it represents qualified individuals directly, rather than through third parties. It also requires better internal tracking methods (reducing the risk of criminal diversion) and when implemented correctly, does not involve any “sales” or “trafficking”, which may prove advantageous for tax purposes as well. Following the model of direct access allows organizations to provide things which retail dispensaries often do not, such as reduced costs, effective isolation and preservation of particular strains, quality assurances on the cannabis being produced and providing a myriad of other products and services that benefit the interests of their membership. It’s a model of self regulation and true grassroots organizing that requires patients to be more involved with their healing process. Most importantly, direct access allows qualified individuals to really produce their own medicine collectively or cooperatively and is a very democratic model.
I am currently the Owner of Full Circle Cannabis Consultations, a company that serves the patient community by facilitating the evolution of the cannabis industry into a sanely regulated medical market. Our primary service is in providing Expert Testimony to the Courts, in cannabis related criminal and civil cases. We also conduct Seminars and offer web-based and digital educational products. And we offer customized Operations and Compliance Binders for qualified individuals and their Associations. We have recently teamed up with a skilled law firm (Berg and Associates) to provide very thorough Formation Services for organizations wanting to start-up, or to bring their current operations into better compliance, within the cannabis industry. Together, we plan to market this Formation Service (with the Binders included) to attorneys and law firms throughout California, and beyond. If you could use our help, or would like to inquire further about our services, please contact us. We look forward to assisting you.
In Peace and Cooperation,
JASON BROWNE’S COLORFUL HISTORY WITHIN
THE MEDICAL CANNABIS MOVEMENT OF CALIFORNIA
For a detailed summary of my experiences related to medical cannabis, please read my Curriculum Vitae. The following is an expose into some of the more interesting and memorable contributions I have made since 1995/1996, when the Compassionate Use Act was placed on the ballot and then became the law of the land, here in California. I have served as an instructor for Oaksterdam University and Cannabis Career Institute, and I continue to offer my services as an expert witness, assistant investigator and cannabis garden and business consultant.
- Co-authored the first ID cards for qualified patients and their primary caregivers in the state of California (City of Arcata, 1997).
- Co-authored supportive resolution and subsequent city ordinance with the City Council of Arcata in 1997 and 1998.
- Co-founded and served the first cannabis dispensary and patient collective in Humboldt County (Humboldt Medical Cannabis Center), from 1997 – 2001.
- Operated the first collective cannabis garden in Tehama County (1998). This was also the first and only medical cannabis garden to pass an official inspection by the California Department of Justice and Attorney General’s Office.
- During our second year, ours was the first and only medical cannabis garden to receive an official inspection by our local police and district attorneys office, with photos taken, evidence tags placed on plants, interviews conducted, medical claims investigated and culminating in the removal of the tags and a letter of compliance issued to our garden.
- Served on the “215 Committee” for the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors for 2-3 years, where we successfully lobbied the county department of public health to assume responsibility for making the ID cards from the Arcata Police Department (expending the ID card service county-wide), years before California finally started issuing ID cards throughout the state.
- Attended the first California cannabis providers’ consortium, where representatives of most existing cannabis dispensaries met to discuss ways of networking our resources and policing ourselves, as an industry.
- Hosted patient intakes for Dr. Tod Mikuriya in Arcata and Red Bluff, several times, over a period of several years. This enabled many patients to get their approvals without traveling across the state, and encouraged other cannabis specialists to set up their own practices and take up the slack.
- Co-founded Medical Cannabis Association, a California based trade association aimed at regulating the cannabis industry from within.
- Attended meetings with the initial Board of Officers for Classic Pharmaceuticals, an organization founded by Tod Mikuriya, aimed at re-introducing cannabis based medicines into the American Pharmacopeia.
- Taught courses on two different occasions for the “Medical Marijuana School”, at Chico State University.
- Sat on panels during public presentations and debates surrounding the medical cannabis laws, at Humboldt State University.
- Testified as an expert witness in the first major medical cannabis case in Shasta County (People v. Levin) that our side won.
- Initiated and received the first court-ordered return of property against the Arcata Police Department, for items seized during a raid where there was no intent to prosecute.
- Testified as a percipient witness against a corrupt law enforcement officer in the Medical Board Hearing of Tod Mikuriya.
- Co-founded Patients’ Health Defense, a San Francisco based patient union promoting a model of direct access for bay area patients.
- Presented information to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors regarding the adoption of Measure S. Also educated them regarding the plight of patients caught between overzealous law enforcement officers and greedy cannabis providers.
- Presented points and authorities to the Hoopa Tribal Council regarding anti-discrimination measures and the cultivation of medical cannabis on tribal lands.
- Corresponded with state legislators and state attorneys general regarding implementation models for the Compassionate Use Act in California.
- Maintained collective cannabis garden (Tehama Health Collective) for 14 years. This garden collective maintained the tacit approval of our Sheriffs Department and complied with their guidelines for cannabis gardens at all times.
- Presented information to the Red Bluff City Council and facilitated the addition of physician exemptions, as amendments to the officers’ field manual of the Red Bluff Police Department, when the city adopted the state minimum threshold of 8 ounces and 6/12 plants per patient.
- Was the first person in Tehama County to apply for and receive the state ID card, when they were finally made available throughout most of California.
- Our garden collective was among those featured in the documentary film “Dispensing Cannabis, the California Story”.
- Presented information to the Del Norte County Board of Supervisors in support of them not reducing county guidelines to California’s minimum threshold. In the end, after much public outcry, the Board decided not to reduce the guidelines, and instead opted out of having county guidelines at all.
- Assisted local north-state patient with getting conviction overturned by California Appeals Court, in a case in which I had testified as the defense expert, where local judge and prosecutor had misled jurors about the laws of California.
- Assisted with the Production of the 2010 WHEE Festival in Red Bluff, California. I provided stage equipment, helped manage the stage and served as liaison to the performers (my first career interest and primary motivation to this day was and is working in the music production industry).
- Currently serve as an instructor at several cannabis schools throughout California, and eventually the other medical cannabis States.
- Currently serve as a consultant with Full Circle Cannabis Consultations, a firm dedicated to promoting better business practices and better farming practices throughout the cannabis industry. We offer Operations and Compliance Manuals and personal consultations.
- Continue to serve as an expert witness to the courts and as an assistant investigator for defense attorneys. I have testified as an expert witness for 15 years.
- Currently serving on the Executive Board of Americans for Safe Access (ASA National).
JASON BROWNE’S CURRICULUM VITAE
I currently offer my services as an expert witness to the courts and as a courtroom investigator for attorneys. My expertise may be of assistance for clients claiming the right of qualified immunity under California statutes, and to those who otherwise have reasonable claims to challenge marijuana related criminal charges. My expertise includes areas related to: Determining probable yields from cannabis farms, Determining actual amounts of usable cannabis, Recognizing personal / medical use amounts, Understanding methods of delivery and their effects on the amounts of cannabis patients require, Assessing aggregate use amounts for patient associations, Determining amounts of raw cannabis required to manufacture plant conversions, Establishing implementation guidelines for communities, Interactions with law enforcement, Cultivation and processing techniques, Recognizing mitigating factors that cause crop losses, Forming patient collectives and cooperatives, Serving as a primary caregiver and a lawful assistant to qualified patients, Cross examination of prosecution experts and Property returns. I have thus far been qualified as an expert in Del Norte, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Humboldt, Trinity, Butte, Nevada, Solano, Sonoma, Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, El Dorado, Lake, Santa Clara and Glen Counties. I am able to qualify at a Voi-Dire hearing in any California county. Please review my fee schedule, attached herein, for a detailed summary of the costs for these services. If you decide to retain me, please sign the fee schedule and include a copy with the retainer. Thank you for your consideration. If you reach my voice-mail when you call, please leave me a message, or email me via firstname.lastname@example.org My personal background pertaining to my expertise and work history in the medical cannabis industry is as follows.
2007 – Present: – I currently serve as a consultant to qualified individuals and their Associations throughout California. My Firm offers Court Services, Third Party Assessments and Compliance Review, Educational Services, Business Formation Services and Political Advocacy.
Have served as a personal Assistant to several qualified individuals (patients and their primary caregivers) in my community.
Have assisted patients’ post-conviction, providing assistance to appellate attorneys and assisting the courts with identifying jury misconduct.
Have personally cultivated several indoor and outdoor cannabis gardens over the past sixteen years. Most of these gardens have been inspected and/or approved by local or state law enforcement officials. All have complied with local and state guidelines. This includes organizing and facilitating a small garden Collective (unincorporated association), for several qualified individuals residing in Tehama County, for the past fifteen years.
Have been a qualified patient under California law since 1998. I continue to use cannabis, in many forms, to alleviate suffering and to avoid taking more harmful substances. I maintain the recommendation of 1 or more licensed physicians to use cannabis for medical purposes, in amounts that I personally require. I also have a Patient Identification Card, issued to me by Department of Health Services.
Have taught classes at Oaksterdam University and with Cannabis Career Institute. I am currently teaching courses and producing Seminars and Webinars through my own Consulting Firm.
Am currently developing educational services for various professions that are accredited for continuing education.
2004 – 2006:
Observed and studied the medical and legal data available to me regarding the medical use of marijuana and continued to collect scientific studies and legal updates in my personal library.
Consulted with many attorneys throughout California regarding their medical marijuana and personal use cases and occasionally served as an assistant investigator (I am not certified as a Private Investigator).
Continued to update myself on the local implementation guidelines of communities throughout the state. I also maintain occasional contact with many of our states’ legal cannabis providers (Patient Collectives and Primary Caregivers), Physicians specializing in cannabis medicine, as well as State and Local Officials from all three branches of government.
Had personally provided medical cannabis to dozens of patients throughout the past nine years, by serving as their primary caregiver. Sadly, I have also experienced the loss of patients’ lives passing away. While their suffering was lessened and their quality of life was improved from using cannabis, their loss can only be softened by the comfort in knowing that the People of California have recognized their right to end their lives with dignity and in relative comfort.
Continued to serve on the Board of Directors for the Medical Cannabis Association (an international, California based trade association).
Co-founded PHD (Patients’ Health Defense), a consumer cooperative / patients’ union, based out of San Francisco. Members of P.H.D. still advocate on behalf of qualified individuals in that fair city.
Initiated litigation against certain municipalities and law enforcement agencies in order to ensure patients’ rights and the sanctity of our democratic process.
Closed down Humboldt Cannabis Center (2001), in order to comply with federal law and to protect our volunteers and employees from potential federal harassment or prosecution. Went on to advocate more direct means of patient access (from the garden, to the patient).
Served on the Board of Directors, as the Secretary for Humboldt Cannabis Center for five years. We proudly served over 2000 patients in the greater north coast area.
Did personally interview and questioned hundreds of patients throughout California regarding their experiences relating to the medical efficacy, harm reduction potential and cost benefit analysis of using cannabis for their personal, medical needs.
Served on the Board of Directors for the Medical Cannabis Association (an international California based trade association).
Served on the Board of Directors for Classic Pharmaceuticals Inc. (an organization dedicated to the re-marketing of cannabis based pharmaceuticals, such as those prescribed by physicians in the United States prior to 1937).
Served on the Humboldt County Medical Marijuana Implementation Committee and did so for over two years at the request and appointment of the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors.
Co-authored a municipal ordinance to implement the Compassionate Use Act of 1996, with several qualified patients, the City Council, City Manager and Police Chief of Arcata, California (Ordinance # 1276).
Co-drafted the first municipal medical marijuana ID card for patients who qualify under California Health & Safety Code § 11362.5 in the State, with (now retired) Arcata Police Chief Mel Brown. I also assisted in lobbying for the Humboldt County Health Department to issue similar cards. They did so, at the bequest of the Board of Supervisors, and these cards helped to identify qualified individuals throughout Humboldt County, years before California finally implemented the statewide ID card program.
Personally assisted dozens of patients in their various medical cannabis gardens and thereby witnessed their cultivation techniques and subsequent yields. Additionally, I occasionally observed and assisted the various cultivation projects of the Humboldt Medical Cannabis Center, and personally witnessed the harvesting and subsequent yields of those gardens as well.
Met with drafters of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 to discuss their intentions and the implications of our new law. I also met with numerous patients, primary caregivers, physicians, law enforcement agents, attorneys, health care administrators and providers, county supervisors, city council members and concerned citizens, in order to draft protocols for opening a medical cannabis dispensary in Humboldt County.
Began serving my first qualified patient, as his Primary Caregiver.
Co-founded “Clinic 215”as an association of patients and their primary caregivers. Three months later, we changed Clinic 215 to Humboldt Cannabis Center. In May of 1999, we incorporated. Starting with fewer than thirty patients, our roster grew to include over two thousand patients in 2001.
As a volunteer with Cannabis Action Network, I assisted in the registration of hundreds of voters, researched the legal standing of medical marijuana defenses, gathered hundreds of signatures for Proposition 215, and promoted the passage of such to thousands of people in the Humboldt County area. This was done through the organization and promotion of concerts, festivals and gatherings. On November 11, 1996, our combined efforts paid off, and the People of California enacted the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 into law.