Cannabis in California


Sonoma State University’s Cannabis in California seminar series delves into how cannabis is currently driving the fastest growing industry in the United States, already projected to reach $7 billion in sales in California. The cannabis industry is highly-regulated; the seminar will focus on finding solutions to the myriad challenges to both investors and companies who operate in the industry. Sonoma State University has gathered the industry’s leading venture capital and financial professionals who will use case study examples in the biotech, medical and technology fields to describe their professional experience.

Learn about finance and investment in this emerging industry, its legal challenges, and areas for opportunity following the passage of Proposition 64 in California, making both recreational and medical cannabis legal.

Finance, Investment and Investment Law

Friday, October 6, 2017, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$99 per person (coffee & lunch provided)

0.70 CEUs awarded upon attendance

Event focus: The investment and legal aspects of Cannabis in California featuring professionals in Cannabis investment, investment law, and business finance strategies in the developing California industry. Event features six speakers, lunch, and industry networking opportunity.

Online registration is no longer available for this course. You can still register either by phone
(707-664-2394) or in person using a credit card or personal check. No cash will be accepted.


Sonoma Mountain Village (SOMO), Event Center
1100 Valley House Drive, #110, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Check-in begins at 8:00am. Please be early!

Program Speakers
  • Aaron Silverman, President and CEO of Canna Group, Inc.

    General Partner in Sugar Leaf Capital PE fund and is also a Co-Founder and CEO of Canna Group, Inc., Founder of OMG Farms life style brand and Co- Founder of Flore on Market in San Francisco. Aaron has vast experience with cannabis business development, marketing, instruction and training experience and has served as a member on the AHPA Cannabis Committee since 2010.

    Aaron excels in defining, developing, and executing strategies to generate new business, expanding revenue channels, and facilitating competitive market leverage. Aaron has been involved with identifying and capitalizing on opportunities as well as reaching and influencing key decision makers. He has been a cannabis grower and has operated dispensaries and is a highly sought trainer and educator in the cannabis industry.

  • Emily Paxhia, Managing Director, Poseidon Asset Management, LLC.

    Emily shifted her focus entirely to the cannabis industry in 2013 with Poseidon Asset Management, one of the first cannabis-focused hedge funds. Since that time, she has taken her experience of researching markets, companies, and strategic opportunities and turned it to the world of cannabis with a focus on understanding where the market is headed, rather than where it has been, critical to building a diverse portfolio of companies that span the sector.

    With over 15 years of working with Fortune 500 companies to develop products, resolve strategic errors, and address new target audiences, Emily’s work has been fundamental to stewarding Poseidon’s portfolio companies along their paths to success.

    Emily brings a qualitative lens to the review and due diligence process and has aimed to be connected and involved in as many aspects of the industry as possible. She has spoken at Recode’s Code Conference, MJ Business Journal Conferences, Opal Investment Conferences, ArcView, NPR, the World Agritech Summit, Hemp Industries Association conferences, YPO and WPO events, and more.

  • Regina Unegovsky, Senior Attorney, Regal Tax and Law Group, PC.

    Regina Unegovsky is an attorney with Regal Tax & Law Group, PC. With a focus on corporate matters, regulatory compliance, tax controversy. She routinely resolves over five million in tax issues per year on behalf of taxpayers. Ms. Unegovsky brings 10 years of experience in working with state and federal agencies to her clients, and has been concentrating on compliant start up in the cannabis industry. Regina will address the laws surrounding cannabis investment.

  • Sherri Haskell, Founder and CEO of Canna Angels, LLC.

    Sherri Haskell, Canna Angels LLC Founder & CEO, is an entrepreneur and financial industry trailblazer who has excelled as a Registered Investment Advisor, stockbroker, and funds manager. Throughout her career Ms. Haskell has earned 3 SEC securities licenses (series 7, 63, and 65), won top performer recognition in multiple capacities, launched her own hedge fund and financial services company; Capital Dynamics LLC, and raised over $150 million in capital. Her far-reaching financial, securities, and marketing acumen have been integral to the launch and fulfillment of dozens of private equity funds.

    Ms. Haskell founded Canna Angels LLC after witnessing first-hand the innovation and eclecticism among cannabis startups. An alternative investment leader, she understands how to vet companies, structure deals, raise capital, and establish trust. As cannabis transitions from the underground to the mainstream, Ms. Haskell and her accomplished team are poised to bring a unique blend of investment intelligence, technical savvy, and steadfast integrity to this burgeoning industry.

  • Carrie Tice, CEO, Co-Founder Ocatavia Wellness, Cannabis Solutions for Seniors

    Carrie Tice is an Executive Manager with 25 years of experience in sales and brand development. A seasoned strategist and revenue-driver, Carrie has been a pioneer in video games, online advertising, digital media entertainment and gamified health.

    Following major surgery in 2014, Carrie discovered the benefits of CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabis strain. And when she recommended cannabis as an option for her mother who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the results were life-changing. Carrie began sharing her story. Suddenly, not only friends, but friends of friends were contacting her asking for advice.

    Carrie resigned from her long-time career in video gaming, and sold the Victorian home which she and her mom owned together for 15 years, located on Octavia Street, in San Francisco, to help bootstrap Octavia Wellness. Today, Octavia Wellness is the premier choice for seniors. Octavia now has over 80 Wellness Consultants serving senior clients throughout California and is expanding into multiple legal markets across the country.

    Carrie attended undergraduate school in Aix-en-Provence, France and graduated in 1991 from Colorado State University.

  • Dr. Marsha Bluto, M.D., Medical Director, CSSR, Inc.

    Dr. Marsha Bluto, M.D., FAAPMR is a Board Certified Physician of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a thriving private practice in the Bay Area specializing in pain management. Dr. Bluto’s long-time emphasis on non-surgical and holistic approaches to wellness and healing have led to her commitment to understanding how Cannabinoid Therapy could provide alternative options for improved health.

    In her role as Chief Medical Officer at Octavia Wellness, Dr. Bluto oversees product formulation and development, manages the “Ask Octavia” advanced care network program, creates videos and training materials, and speaks at lectures and community events. Octavia Wellness is a company dedicated to providing alternative, health, and wellness products and consultation services to the senior market.

    Dr. Marsha Bluto received her Doctorate of Medicine Degree from Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania, and did her Residency at Stanford University and the University of Nevada, Reno. She received her Bachelor of Business with Credit Management Major and Health Science Minor from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Dr. Bluto has written for numerous medical journals


Disclaimer: Notwithstanding Proposition 64 and other state laws, the possession, use, transport, cultivation, and sale of marijuana remain illegal under the Federal Controlled Substances Act. Moreover, as a recipient of federal funds, Sonoma State University is required under federal law to: (1) maintain a drug-free community; (2) prevent illegal drug use; and (3) discipline students and employees who unlawfully possess, use, or distribute illegal drugs on University property or at University-sponsored activities. Accordingly, the use, possession, cultivation, transport, and/or sale of marijuana is prohibited on Sonoma State University campus property, and at University-sponsored activities, whether on or off-campus.