Town Hall Medical Cannabis Educational Forum
April 20 | 6-9 P.M.

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Desert Hot Springs is leading California's marijuana industry, granting the first permits for large-scale cultivation facilities statewide. Those cultivation sites, along with dispensaries for marijuana patients, will add millions of dollars in tax revenue to the city's budget.

The first in a series of free, quarterly public forums on April 20 is part of Mayor Scott Matas's Healthy City Initiatives. City officials, marijuana industry representatives and patients will gather at the Carl May Center to discuss marijuana's positive health impacts and the transformational effect it will have on the city. 

Our Panel

Thom Miller

Thom spent 30 years in the restaurant business, owning and managing Italian restaurants in Long Beach and San Diego.

He currently operates Green Leaf Wellness in Desert Hot Springs, a dispensary offering free medication to veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and cancer patients.
Lanny Swerdlow, RN

Lanny formed the Marijuana Anti-Prohibition Project in 1999 and has advocated for marijuana patients ever since. He worked with Palm Springs officials to begin permitting marijuana dispensaries in that city in 2008.

Lanny founded the Inland Empire Patients Health and Wellness Center in Riverside and the Brownie Mary Democratic Club, which works with the Democratic party to support marijuana patients' rights. 
Jason Elsasser

Jason is a seasoned professional in all aspects of cannabis cultivation from seed to sale. With an extensive background in real estate and the mortgage industry, be began cultivating in 2007.

Jason currently operates the Yucca Valley Medical Marijuana Resource Group, which has served more than 2,500 patients in the small desert community.

He's also chief operating officer of CV Pharms, a large-scale marijuana grow operation in Desert Hot Springs scheduled to break ground soon.

Other Panelists

Martín Magaña

City Manager