Forum: The Business of Cannabis
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 11:45am - 1:15pm
The Grove Hotel, Ballroom 2nd floor
Shellie Nash, Huntington, Ore., Chamber of Commerce / Capt. Bill Gardiner, Idaho State Police / Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation
The Business of Cannabis


The face of cannabis – medical miracle or gateway drug?  Will it create crime or promote prosperity? Or something in between? In this City Club of Boise forum, you will hear three very different points of view on the business of cannabis.


After the legalization of cannabis in Oregon, the small town of Huntington and a population of fewer than 500 residents went through a decision making process. Shellie Nash will talk about how the sale of cannabis has brought a change to her community. She will walk us through Huntington’s decision making process and the benefits and concerns that her town is facing.


Captain Bill Gardiner of the Idaho State Police will provide a law enforcement perspective. He will talk about the impacts on the ISP and other law enforcement agencies — as a state surrounded by various forms of cannabis legalization, from recreational to medicinal.


Wayne Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation will talk about the need for Idaho citizens to have a public conversation on the issues surrounding cannabis. What are the benefits and what are the drawbacks? How can there be civil discourse when we refuse to even talk about these important issues?


Join the City Club as our panel discusses the business of cannabis and what it might mean to Idaho. Panelists include:
  • Shellie Nash, Huntington, Ore., Chamber of Commerce
  • Bill Gardiner, Idaho State Police
  • Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation


Members, be sure to log in to your account  HERE when registering in order to receive the discounted member rate. The discount will be applied as you check out. 208-364-4614 and staff can assist you.


City Club thanks our annual sponsors, including Northwest Nazarene UniversityRed Sky, and Idaho Humanities Council. This Forum Series is sponsored by the contributions made by MicronPerkins Coie, and Echelon Group.  We are pleased to welcome university students to attend our events thanks to our University partners Boise State University and University of Idaho.  Our media partners include Idaho Public TelevisionPeppershock Media and Boise State Public Radio.


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Chair: Terri Ottens
Moderator: Kevin Richert