Annual CDAWG Conference to Touch on Cannabis, Climate Change

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The 2018 California Desert Air Working Group Conference (CDAWG) is preparing to descend upon Laughlin, Nevada. 

Speakers from numerous industries will present to conference goers on Nov. 7 and 8 at the Aquarius Casino Resort. CDAWG is the annual conference hosted by the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD). 

This year’s conference theme, “Weeding the Regulatory Garden,” aims to offer insight into a fairly young and quickly evolving topic in California: Cannabis regulations. 

To that end, the conference will feature presentations from two experts on areas within the topic: 

Jason Lamoreaux, president of Coldwell Banker Commercial in Victorville, will shed some light on the real estate industry’s adaptation of cannabis businesses and business owners, developers and stakeholders. 

Brooke Staggs, reporter from the Orange County Register and its sister publication, The Cannifornian, plans to share some of her vast knowledge of the cities and counties in California that have been at the forefront of implementing various rules and regulations on recreational cannabis. 

Lamoreaux and Staggs will also convene with MDAQMD Deputy Director of Operations Alan De Salvio for a panel discussion and Q&A segment. 

Returning as this year’s CDAWG keynote speaker is Richard Corey, Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board. He’ll provide updates on ARB’s activities since last November, including continuing efforts to implement AB617. 

EPA Region 9 Division Director Amy Zimpfer will update attendees on not only what’s happening at the national level but also the priorities at EPA Region 9, which covers California. 

“We’re very excited for this year’s conference,” said Brad Poiriez, Executive Director of the MDAQMD. “This has always served as a great place for industry leaders and air district officials to gather, share ideas and form strategies to ensure we are educating our constituents and permit holders on the best ways to reduce and prevent pollution.” 

Also returning to CDAWG is Jackie Ferlita, Vice President of Air Quality Consultants, offering a Cap-and-Trade market update and a review of post-2020 amendments. 

Visit mdaqmd.ca.gov/cdawg for a full agenda and to register. 

MDAQMD is the air pollution control authority and permitting agency for the High Desert portion of San Bernardino County and the Palo Verde Valley in Riverside County. It’s governed by a board of 13 members representing nine incorporated municipalities and two counties within its boundaries. Visit www.mdaqmd.ca.gov or follow us on social media @MDAQMD. 

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