Ken Sobel is an attorney licensed in California and Arizona for 35 years, and he has been a consultant, and cannabis entrepreneur, and a much sought after speaker in cannabis business and law. Ken was the first person to take the bar exams for two states in the same week, and passed both on his first try. Ken was the first attorney in the US to sue a state cannabis regulatory body and obtain an order adding PTSD to the list of debilitating conditions appropriate for cannabis use. Ken was the Co-Founder and Board Member for the three major dispensary organizations in Arizona. Ken originally became involved in medical marijuana when he lived in Southern California and his family became the primary caregiver for his mother-in-law who passed from cancer in 2003. In 2008, he became the primary caregiver for his father in Tucson, Arizona, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease, and later passed away from Cancer. This reinforced Ken’s commitment to ensuring that other similarly situated patients had safe access to cannabis. Inspired by the amazing beneficial effects from cannabis therapy, Ken went on to establish two (2) medical marijuana dispensaries and a cultivation facility. Ken is currently working with the US Virgin Islands writing and developing the islands new medical Cannabis legislation. He received the highest rating for an attorney (AV) by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been the recipient of the San Diego Magazine’s “Best of San Diego – Attorneys” for the past four (4) years.
Locally Ken founded the La Mesa Parks and Recreation Foundation and worked with San Diego Charger, Junior Seau, in raising millions of dollars to build the Junior Seau Sports Complex, and millions more to fund parks and fields for La Mesa National Little League, La Mesa Youth Sports leagues, and several elementary, middle and high schools in San Diego. Ken served as Chairman of two California statutory Bond Oversight Committees, including a $55 million school construction bond for a 22 school K through 8 school district (La Mesa/Spring Valley), and Chairman of a $300 million community college construction bond (Grossmont/Cuymaca College District). The latter oversight committee was recognized for its excellence by the San Diego Taxpayers Association. Ken also served for two terms as President of the Grossmont College Foundation. Ken consults on a national level for cannabis policy, law, business, patient rights and advocacy. He co-founded Genesis International Cannabis Solutions, Inc., and is focusing his efforts now on the re-emerging California market.