Monthly Meetings / Village Life

Cannabis & California State Law 2018

hand holding cannabis leavesAt Friends of the Village’s next meeting, Tuesday, February 20, four speakers — a legislator-activist, an attorney, a doctor of pharmacy, and an advocacy group founder — will examine “Cannabis & California State Law 2018” and what the new legislation may mean for Laguna Woods Village residents, especially in the area of medication. Open without charge to all residents and their guests, the meeting will begin with refreshments at 6:30 pm  in Dining Room 1 of the Laguna Woods Village Performing Arts Center. The program will be video-recorded and made available on YouTube and this website.


  • Sheri Horne, Former Mayor of Laguna Woods
  • Attorney Jonathan S. Landis
  • Pharmacist Kent Crowley and
  • Kandice Hawes, Executive Director of Orange County (OC) NORML

will present an open discussion of the laws surrounding and the use of cannabis in California. Special attention will be paid to helping seniors with an alternate to opioid prescriptions through the use of cannabis creams, oils, and edibles.

A Question-and-Answer period will follow the presentation with ample time allowed for audience inquiries.

  • New members help Friends of the Village bring quality programs like this one to our community. Download our Information and Membership Form, print and complete the  form, and mail it with your payment. Your support is vital and greatly appreciated! $15.00 for singles and $20 for two persons at the same address.
  • Need more information? Call Catherine Brians @ 916-337-1717. Click here to see a recent interview on Village Television’s “This Day” news show with FOV Vice President/Program Chair W. Steve Stanfill and Publicity Chair Catherine Brians, discussing  our upcoming “Cannabis and California Law 2018” program.


Shari HorneSheri Horne has been an environmental activist and senior advocate since she and her husband moved to Laguna Woods in 2005. She has served as president of the Cannabis Club, advocating for seniors’ rights to alternative medication. She also organized climate change events and launched a recycling program in the community. Her first venture into city government was on the Greening of the Woods Committee. She was tapped to fill a vacant City Council seat in 2014 and became the city’s Mayor in 2016. She is also active in Friends of the Village, the Garden Villa Association, Concerned Citizens, the Community Civic Association, and other Village groups.

Jonathan S. LandisJonathan S. Landis and the Bird Law Group of Costa Mesa have emerged as leaders in cannabis law in Southern California, representing clients ranging from dispensaries and delivery services to manufacturers, cultivators, and distributors, as well as ancillary services in the cannabis industry. The firm focuses on advising cannabis clients on compliance with local and California law, assisting them with local licensing, and preparing them for state licensing in 2018. Although Cannabis Law is an area of practice itself, it can also incorporate many of the other areas of practice Bird Law Group attorneys are experienced in.

DrKent_Crowley_round-300x300Kent Crowley, Pharm.D., is board-certified through the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine. He received his Doctor of Pharmacy from University of California, San Francisco, and completed his residency with Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. He completed a Fellowship in Metabolic and Nutritional Medicine in 2011. During his 34 years in practice, Dr. Crowley has worked in primary research at the University of California Irvine Department of Pediatrics, Division of Child Development, involved in the development of several drugs. He holds two patents in neuropathic pain and a patent-pending buccal delivery system incorporating cannabis.

Dr. Crowley currently is the Director of R&D at Silver State Trading in Sparks, NV, a 40,000 sq. ft. permitted cannabis cultivation and production facility. He serves as the CMO for the Palliative Care Corporation in Huntington Beach, CA, where he works with patients and physicians incorporating cannabis in disease state treatment and symptoms management, whether as a primary treatment or complementary to traditional and/or other modalities.

Kandice Hawes founded Orange County NORML in 2003 after losing her financial aid due to a possession charge. Since then, OC NORML has become one of the most accomplished chapters in the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws  organization, earning the 2012 Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award. Hawes holds a degree in Political Science and Public Administration from California State University Fullerton.

OC NORML has been instrumental in organizing the Medical Cannabis Conference for Seniors in Laguna Woods and the Know Your Rights Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center. The group holds three monthly meetings, sends speakers to city council meetings, assists students and journalists in research, and educates the public through informational booths and a weekly podcast, HempRadio, which Hawes co-hosts. 

 Hawes was named one of “Orange County’s 100 Most Influential People” by the OC Register in 2014 and one of the “100 Most Interesting People in Orange County” by OC Weekly in 2015. She served as Principal Officer of the Committee to Support Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative Political Action Committee. The PAC qualified a voter initiative to replace the ban on medical marijuana collectives in Santa Ana and received 54% of the vote in November 2014.



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