Michael Montgomery, reporter at The Center for Investigative Reporting, sits down with Dale Sky Jones, president of Oaksterdam University, to talk about legitimizing the business of medical marijuana and changing the political and social climate surrounding the drug.
Dale Sky Jones
Dale is based in Oakland, CA and is focused on enhancing the debate for cannabis policy reform throughout the country. She took over as President of OU to ensure the legacy of cannabis education through Oaksterdam University to help support sustainable growth with quality training for the cannabis industry. Important initial steps include establishing the political and social climate that will encourage cannabis policy reform.
She is the Chairwoman of the Board for the Coalition for Cannabis Policy Reform, stemming from her experience as the spokeswoman and legislative liaison for the Prop 19 Campaign in California. Dale has interviewed with news, entertainment and journalism sources such as Al Jazeera English, BBC, CBS Evening News, CNN, Discovery Channel, FOX News, FOX Business News, History Channel, MSNBC, NPR, Telemundo, Univision, AOL, AP, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Sacramento Bee, Wall Street Journal and is featured in many other publications and documentaries both foreign and domestic. Named by Marie Claire as one of the most influential women in the industry; she has a voice in setting national priorities and is an expert commentator on current events.
Dale is on the boards of directors for Californians to Regulate Medical Marijuana (CRMM). She participates with C20, a national council of marijuana policy reform leaders motivated to find unity in reform messaging and methodology. Within her mission for safety through self-regulation, she helped establish a medical cannabis safety council in early 2008 with cannabis industry stakeholders, which spawned several safety programs.
Dale is focused on overall civil rights issues, while developing avenues through which patients, doctors, providers, and regulating authorities can be more confident in the medical cannabis continuum, from the plant to the patient. Her remaining time is spent in legislative and local government meetings, attending various research and policy conferences, local community meetings and debates, and trying to keep up with industry news and e-mail. Dale and her husband, veteran drug policy crusader Jeff Jones, stay busy keeping up with their little son, Jackson Wolf Jones and their new born Jesse Drake Jones.
Michael Montgomery is a reporter and broadcast producer for The Center
for Investigative Reporting. He also is a special correspondent for
KQED Public Radio and contributing producer at American RadioWorks. A
veteran of radio, television and newspapers, Michael reports
extensively on criminal justice and prisons, vulnerable and exploited
populations, and the underground economy.
After completing a Fulbright Fellowship in Eastern Europe, Michael
began his career as a newspaper reporter covering the fall of
communism and wars in former Yugoslavia. He was a foreign
correspondent for The Daily Telegraph and a contributor to the Los
Angeles Times. Michael also served as a staff producer at CBS News and
senior reporter at American Public Media. His work has garnered
national and international prizes including an Overseas Press Club
Award, IRE Certificate, Edward R. Murrow Award, and Alfred I.
duPont-Columbia University Gold and Silver batons.