California Cannabis Coalition
Before being named President of his mentor’s prestigious organization and movement, Ryan Bacchas proved early to be the leader and “X” factor behind key pivotal change of the Cannabis World. As the successor of Craig Beresh the “Global Cannabis Activist,” Pioneer of California’s the Compassionate Care Act of 1996 (Proposition 215) and Founder of the California Cannabis Coalition, Ryan Bacchas, Chairman & President, has dedicated half a decade to furthering those goals, initiatives and successes on behalf of the Coalition and Industry interest.
Starting an early career at 19 years old in 2014 as Manager and Lead Lobbyist for Californians for Responsible Government (501 c) and Corporate Secretary to his Coalition, Ryan Bacchas demonstrated a natural aptitude to leadership, political organization, and policy. From his legislative direction and expertise used in 2015 for AB 266 (Bonta), AB 243 (Wood) and SB 643 (McGuire) to his work managing local campaigns such as Measure U (Upland), Measure T (Yuba Co.) and Measure XX (Calaveras Co.), Mr. Bacchas has become considered among the new “Forward Thinkers.”
In 2016, as Manager for Direct Democracy Unlimited, Mr. Bacchas set absolute precedence resurging the country’s leading Petition Agency, two months into the petition season when the firm was two and a half months behind on producing signatures for clients. Under his lead Mr. Bacchas helped coordinate, direct and manage signature collection, validation, batching and procurement to clients of qualifying voter signatures for all 15 Statewide General Ballot Initiatives in 2016 (7,965,736 signatures in total). In doing so he also put the firm nearly a month and a half ahead of the June Deadline. Among the successful Ballot Measures carried by the company during Mr. Bacchas’ leadership were Proposition 50 (Legislator), Proposition 51 (Education), Proposition 52 (Healthcare), Proposition 53 (Elections), Proposition 54 (Accountability), Proposition 55 (Taxes), Proposition 56 (Tobacco), Proposition 57 (Trials), Proposition 58 (Education), Proposition 59 (Campaign Finance), Proposition 60 (Healthcare), Proposition 62 (Death Penalty), Proposition 63 (Firearms), Proposition 65 (Environment) and Proposition 64 (Control, Regulate and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act).
That Summer just days after Statewide Season, Ryan led his Coalition as the Voter Outreach Coordinator and Assistant Campaign Manager to a pivotal record-breaking victory in the City San Bernardino Measure O campaign, organizing the collection of 10,000 signatures in 30 days at a 75% validity rate. That same Fall he would again lead a victorious and historic campaign to repeal the endorsed measure by Ex – Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Ordinance 1910 in the City of Upland, defeating it two weeks before the 30 deadline to perform local referendums.
As Chief Executive Officer in 2017, Mr. Bacchas would go on to lead the Coalition to a globally historic victory in the famed 5-2 Supreme Court Decision, California Cannabis Coalition vs. the City of Upland, while also structuring and coordinating the advancement of local framework and Ordinances. Through his work with municipalities such as Lake Elsinore, Moreno Valley, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and Riverside County, has been appointed Vice-President of Government Relations for California Minority Alliance: Inland Empire Chapter (501c4) and serviced many stakeholders locally and statewide.
As 2018 came with Proposition 64 going into effect, Ryan worked with leading policy experts, regulators and elected officials in the State’s Capitol to deliver 8 Cannabis bills to the Desk of Governor Brown in his final year of governance for the State of California. Out of the 8 Cannabis Bills carried by his cadre, 6 of the most critical bills of the legalization era were signed including SB 311 (Pan), SB 1294 (Bradford), SB 1409 (Wilk), AB 1793 (Bonta), AB 2899 (Rubio) and AB 2020 (Quirk).
Credited as the “Gold Standard of Government Relations and Legislative Affairs,” “Signal Caller,” and now President for the California Cannabis Coalition, Ryan Bacchas looks to put California back on top as the Global Market Leader in Cannabis.