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OUR STORY

Matt and Terrance have had the opportunity to advise both large and small businesses, state and local politicians, and federal regulators on issues facing the cannabis industry. The networks they have fashioned throughout the communities they have served over the past 60 years of their combined experience in California has translated into an influential partnership.

When Matt called Terrance in the Fall of 2013, right after the 9th Circuit ruled against Matt's effort to find the prohibition of cannabis unconstitutional, Matt asked Terrance to go with him to the Emerald Cup in Sonoma County.   Terrance was familiar with cannabis having been involved with a group of gay activists in San Francisco in the early 90’s, including Dennis Peron, trying to ensure access to medical cannabis for HIV and AIDS patients.   However, Terrance spent most of the next two decades fighting to ensure the viability and growth of the night life industry in San Francisco.   Terrance successfully led the effort to give jurisdiction over night life to a citizen’s commission, instead of the San Francisco Police Department, and served as that Commission’s first President.  Meanwhile, Matt was deeply involved in cannabis activism, trying to figure out a new way to tackle the issue of legalizing cannabis.

Matt had known Terrance for years, through Mark Rennie, and they became closer when Terrance asked Matt to serve on the Board of CMAC, the California Music and Culture Association, in 2012.  CMAC was the main vehicle for addressing ongoing night life and entertainment issues in SF. Matt knew that getting Terrance on board would be a game-changer.   

 

Matt and Terrance drove up to Santa Rosa that December, 2013, and like many who saw for the first time what California’s cannabis industry had become, Terrance was astonished.   An array of business enterprises, immunized from prosecution under CA law, displayed thousands of cannabis products, and numerous ancillary businesses provided logistical support and other services.   Terrance instantly got it and over the next few months, Terrance and Matt planned how to move forward, starting what has become a strong and effective partnership.

What Matt and Terrance accomplished from 2014 to the present surprises even them and yet, what lies at the heart of their success is a unique and powerful synergy.  Their skill sets are complementary and when coupled with their mutual values and ethics, the results are magical.   From encouraging California Board of Equalization members to participate in the legislative process in 2015 (including an historic fact-finding tour of the Humboldt County cannabis industry with two Board Of Equilization members), which helped pass the MCRSA, to the formation of chapters of California Cannabis Voice, the PAC formed by Matt and Terrance to craft winning political tactics and strategies for the cannabis industry.    

 

Their successes are numerous.  For example, in Humboldt County, their PAC brought the community to a consensus on cannabis cultivation and environmental protection, breaking a legislative deadlock that had endured for years.  In San Francisco, their PAC worked with members of the Board of Supervisors to obtain funding for a cannabis legalization taskforce.  That taskforce’s recommendations will become the law in San Francisco.  In Trinity County, their litigation and advocacy strategy forced the County to allow commercial cannabis cultivation for the first time in its history. 

 

Matt and Terrance have had the opportunity to advise both large and small businesses, state and local politicians, and federal regulators on issues facing the cannabis industry.  The networks they have fashioned throughout the communities they have served over the past 60 years of their combined experience in California has translated into an influential partnership.