David McPherson is a Principal at HDL Companies which represents over 400 cities and counties in California. Prior to joining the firm he served 28 years in local government for the cities of Newport Beach, San Jose and Oakland. While working for the City of Oakland, he became the first Tax Administrator in the Country to successfully tax medical marijuana. David is one of the state’s most recognized experts in cannabis horticulture, processing and dispensary operations. He uses his industry experience to assist local and state agencies in developing medical marijuana policies for regulation, compliance, auditing and economic development. David worked closely with the League of Cities and lobbyists on the development of AB 243, SB 243 and AB 266 which established the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act.David received his Bachelor’s Degree in History from California State University, Fullerton and his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Long Beach.� While at Long Beach, he was named “Future Urban Administrator of the Year”.��
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