Cal NORML Board of Directors

Ariel Clark founded and became the Chair of the Los Angeles Cannabis Task Force, with a mission included establishing fair regulations for each of the cannabis industry’s various components, protecting and promoting diversity of the cannabis industry, and creating an economic climate in which everyone, from the government to the citizenry, benefits.

Ariel earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) and is an active member of the National Cannabis Bar Association, California State Bar, and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. In addition to serving on the board of California NORML, she is on the policy committee of the California Grower’s Association.

Valerie Corral is the co-founder and the director of the Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana, the longest running medical marijuana collective in the US, founded in 1993 in Santa Cruz, California. WAMM serves its seriously ill and dying members with organic cannabis grown in their collective garden and on a donation basis.

Valerie is also acting director of WAMM’s sister non-profit hospice team, Raha Kudo, Design for Dying Project.

Dale Gieringer (President) has been the state coordinator of California NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) since 1987. He is also Vice-Chairman of the national NORML board of directors, director of the California Drug Policy Forum (DPFCA) and treasurer of the Oakland Civil Liberties Alliance.

Dr. Gieringer has published research on medical marijuana usage, marijuana smoke harm reduction, potency testing, marijuana and driving safety, and drug urinalysis. He has testified before the legislature and in court on issues concerning personal use of marijuana. He was one of the original co-authors of California's medical marijuana initiative, Prop. 215, and the proponent of Oakland’s Measure Z cannabis initiative in 2004.

In 2010, Dale was named High Times Freedom Fighter of the Year and in 2011 he received a Drug Policy Alliance Robert Randall Award for Citizen Action.

Liana Held has nearly 20 years of experience in the cannabis industry, with a specialized background in compliance and accounting issues. In 2009, she founded Liana Limited, a business management and development consultancy. Previously, she served as co-director of the Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative, finance director at Berkeley Patients Group, and accountant at the Law Office of Jerome D. Handley. As an activist, she worked on a Berkeley measure to allow dispensaries in the city, including filing a successful recount petition.

Frank Lucido MD has been practicing Family and General Medicine in Berkeley since 1979. Since the passage of the California Compassionate Use Act of 1996, he has been performing Medical Cannabis evaluations, and has written and lectured on the subject widely.

Dr. Lucido is also founder of Lucido Medical-Legal Consulting, to give expert medical testimony for legitimate patients who use cannabis medicinally, and for responsible physicians who recommend it appropriately, both in California as well as in other states. He is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Bruce Margolin is a longtime criminal defense attorney who specializes in marijuana and drug laws. He is the director of the Los Angeles chapter of NORML and author of The Margolin Guide to Marijuana Law.

Among Bruce's famous clients are Timothy Leary, Tony Serra, and Linda Lovelace, along with members of the band Guns n' Roses.



Denise Martellacci (Secretary) became a cannabis activist beginning in 2005 when her local dispensary in Hayward started having compliance issues with the city’s strict regulations. In 2008 she attended Oaksterdam University, and began campaigning for better medical access in her region.

Denise is founder of the Brownie Mary Democratic Club of Alameda County, which was named Club of the Year by the County Democrats in 2016. She is an alternate to the Alameda County Democratic Central Committee.

Nicole Howell Neubert is a “go-to” business lawyer for the cannabis industry in California and beyond. Neubert serves as outside general counsel to the cannabis field, providing advice on matters of corporate and business counseling, entity formation and operation, business litigation, and regulatory permitting and compliance. Her clients include both the pioneers and new leaders of the bourgeoning medical marijuana and cannabis industry.

Nicole is a member of the state task force on cannabis and banking, convened by state treasurer John Chiang.

William Panzer is a graduate of the University of California Berkeley and Golden Gate University School of Law. He has been practicing law in the Bay Area for thirty years, specializing in cannabis defense.

Panzer is a co-author of California's Proposition 215, the nation's first law legalizing the use of cannabis by patients pursuant to a physician's recommendation. In his practice he has represented patients, growers, and medical cannabis dispensaries throughout California in state and federal court, at both the trial and appellate level.

Bill has lectured at numerous NORML legal seminars, conferences and other events on cannabis law and related issues. Bill is a former winner of the NORML "Al Horn Award" and a two-time winner of the Sonoma Alliance for Medical Marijuana's "Compassion In Action" Award, as well as a High Times magazine "Freedom Fighter of the Month."

Jackie Wilson (Treasurer)