John Davis

Q:What do you know about our organization? What makes our mission meaningful to you? Why are you interested in committing your time and energy to us?

A: I was a founder of the Cannabis Alliance and am an interim Board Member. I was a founder and Executive Director of the Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics which merged to form the Alliance. The mission of creating a sustainable industry that is a positive for all stakeholders is something that has been very near and dear to my heart for many years. It is going to take much effort in the evolving of "legal cannabis" to make this goal happen. I have contributed much time and effort in the past and will continue to do so in the future.

Q: What do you think are the characteristics of a great board member?

A: A great Board member keeps up on laws and policies, federal, state and local. A great board member should be able to understand where the policy and industry is at so that they can be intelligent as to where to steer the organization. A great Board member shows up to meetings and works on Board projects such as legislative wording.

Q: Do you have prior board leadership experience? If so, what and when?
  • Board member, Vice President, 10 years as Chairman, Seattle Events, A Non-Profit Corporation producer of Seattle Hempfest.
  • Board Member, Executive Director, Coalition for Cannabis Standards and Ethics. Founder.
  • Interim Board member, Cannabis Alliance. Founder.
  • Board Member, Vice Chair, National Cannabis Industry Association. Founding member.
  • Board Member, Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Reform.
  • Advisory Board member, Bloomfield New York
  • Board member, Compassion In Action
  • Board member, Dunshee House/ Seattle AIDS Support Group
  • Board member, Chief Executive Officer, Northwest Patient Resource Center
  • Board member, Treasurer, Hemp Initiative Projects of Washington State
Q: What specific skills, connections, resources, and expertise do you have to offer and are willing to use on the behalf of the organization?

I am experienced in direct lobbying in local governments, State and National Legislatures. I have great relationships with many of the lawmakers in that spectrum. I can read and write legal/legislative code. I have been working on cannabis policy/strategy for more than 20 years from local to international. I know Robert's Rules of Order and understand the form and function of Boards, legislative and regulatory bodies.

Q: Fundraising is a significant obligation of board service. Are you comfortable asking for money to help fund the mission of the organization?


Q: Do you have any worries or concerns about joining the board?


Q8: Do you have personal aspirations that could be enhanced by board service?

I aspire to work the rest of my career in a cannabis industry that is well put together and informed. Board service to the Alliance will help to better that industry.

Q: What is your motivation of being involved in the cannabis industry?

I have been a cannabis law reform advocate for more than 20 years. The emerging industry is the cutting edge of ending the futile and idiotic policy of prohibition.

Q: What professional or personal constraints on your time or service might you anticipate? What kind of autonomy do you have over your calendar?

I have made it work thus far and do not expect that will change.

Q: Of what importance to you is social interaction with other board members?
Somewhat Important