Cannabis in Nevada: The Forum

Marijuana Forum

To cap off Reno Public Radio’s month long coverage of the changing face of cannabis in Nevada, KUNR, together with This Is Reno will host a Cannabis Forum June 22 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Moana Nursery

The forum will bring together a panel of experts and focus on what this change in our state means for you and your community.

Tickets are free, but space is limited. Don’t miss out! Reserve your space now.

Meet the Panelists

John Packham

Dr. John Packham is the Director of Health Policy Research in the Office of Statewide Initiatives and Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. He administers the Nevada Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex) and Nevada Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) that support technical assistance to Nevada’s rural and frontier hospitals. Packham’s areas of expertise include health workforce planning, social determinants of health, health policy analysis, health services research, program evaluation, community health needs assessments, and health program administration.

Dr. Packham received his BA and MA degrees in sociology from the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in sociology from Johns Hopkins University in 1992. He currently serves on a number of statewide advisory boards, including Access to Healthcare Network, Nevada Public Health Institute, Health Services and Medical Care Sector Council, Nevada Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – Education (SNAP-Ed) Steering Committee, Nevada Insurance Commissioner’s Network Adequacy Advisory Council, and is the current President of the Nevada Tobacco Prevention Coalition.

Jason Strull

Jason Strull has lived in Northern Nevada most of his life and now calls Washoe Valley home. He holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno. While getting his master’s, Jason started working with MD Labs as an analytical chemist. He was the first scientific hire at MD Labs and went on to become a full time toxicologist and Lab manager there, certified with both the state of Nevada as Clinical Laboratory manager, with an emphasis in Chemistry and Toxicology, and the National Registry of Certified Chemists (NRCC) as a Toxicological Chemist.

He founded 374 Labs in the Summer of 2014 with business partners, Michael Seibert and Alec Garcia. He is a managing partner and Laboratory Director for 374 Labs, a Nevada state-licensed medical marijuana independent testing laboratory. 374 Labs tested and certified the first medical cannabis available for sale in the state in July 2015. 374 Labs continues to raise the bar for consistency and accuracy in testing, receiving ISO 17025 accreditation in January 2017, remaining the only cannabis lab in the state to receive this prestigious accreditation. 374 Labs works closely with Industry, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, Department of Taxation, and the Nevada Department of Agriculture to support the Cannabis Industry and uphold standards for cannabis laboratory testing and consumer safety.

Karena Dunn

Karena Dunn, a native Nevadan and graduate of Western Michigan University Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, began her professional legal career long before Law School. Dunn worked for Larry K. Dunn & Associates as a Law Clerk for seven years. Additionally, she worked as the Administrative Legal Assistant for Richard A. Gammick in the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office for six years, as well as serving as the Washoe County Community Outreach Coordinator.

As an attorney, Dunn has taught Continuing Legal Education courses for the Washoe County Bar Association, in the area of DUI law, taught DUI classes at the Nevada Highway Patrol POST Academy and proudly practice law with her father, solely in the area of criminal defense, at Larry K. Dunn & Associates.

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