State Regulatory Committee
- Jordan Tishler, MD (Board Treasurer)
- David L. Nathan, MD, DFAPA (Founder, Board President)
- Sue Sisley, MD
- Brian Muraresku, JD (ex officio)
- Hugh Blumenfeld
- Dr. Janice Marie Vaughn Knox
- Donald O. Lyman, MD, DTPH
- Dustin Sulak D.O.
Hugh Blumenfeld has worked as a family physician in Hartford, CT since 2010. He maintains a full scope of practice that includes both outpatient primary care and hospitalist care, with privileges in prenatal care and obstetrics. He also serves as Medical Director for a non-profit hospice care company. Dr. Blumenfeld completed his medical training at University of Connecticut and afterward joined the faculty. As Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, he teaches medical students and helps train residents at UConn's Family Medicine Residency Program. His areas of academic interest include behavioral medicine, bioethics and evidence-based medicine. Before embarking on a career in medicine, Dr. Blumenfeld was a professor of English, having earned a PhD in Poetics at New York University with prior degrees from University of Chicago and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His interest in cannabis regulation stems from his training in its many medicinal uses and his work in a community disproportionately impacted by its criminalization.
Dr. Janice Marie Vaughn Knox has more than 35 years in the practice of medicine. She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is a wife, mother, best selling author and Board Certified Anesthesiologist.Dr. Janice Knox is a certified American Academy of Cannabinoid Medicine Specialist and Oregon representative for Doctors for Cannabis regulation. Dr. Knox is a cofounder of the American Cannabinoid Clinics along with her physician husband, Dr. David and 2 daughters Dr. Rachel Knox and Dr. Jessica Knox.Over her years in the operating room, Dr. Janice witnessed the increased use of life threatening pain medications and unnecessary medical interventions that yield low success rates while patients continued to get sicker. This awareness motivated Dr. Janice to become an expert in cannabis and the fields Cannabis Therapeutics and Endocannabinology. Dr. Janice passionately believes in cannabis as a medicine. Just as passionately she believes that education about cannabis along with safe, quality and tested products will help to remove the negative stigma that continues to prevent cannabis from becoming mainstream medicine. This will change when regulations are in place that will set standards for growing, testing, producing and packaging cannabis as a medicine.
Donald O. Lyman, MD, DTPH, received his BA in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania (1964), his MD from Yale University (1968) and DTPH from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1974). He did his residency training at the Universities of Miami (Florida) and the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Lyman served in the U.S. Public Health Service as an EIS (Epidemic Intelligence Service) officer (1970-74), and as senior disease control officer for New York State (1974-78) and California (1978-2012). He was President of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD; 2010), was President of the American Cancer Society, California Division (2003-2004) and was secretary of the American Heart Association, Western States Affiliate (2008-2009). In California, he launched the tobacco control effort which brought a 50% reduction in adult smoking prevalence, 80% reduction on tobacco consumption and concurrent marked reductions in heart disease, stroke and tobacco related cancers (35% reduction in lung cancer). In his work with the California Medical Association (CMA), he authored its landmark white paper “Cannabis and the Regulatory Void” (2011) which led to the statewide ballot initiative “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (Proposition 64, 2016) of which he was one-of-two chief legal “proponents” and which passed with a 57% vote. He is now Chair of CMA’s Council on Science and Public Health which oversees progress in implementing this new statute.
Dustin Sulak D.O. is a general practice osteopath with a focus in integrative medicine and and cannabinoid medicine. His clinical practice focuses on treating refractory conditions in adults and children. Dr. Sulak hold bachelor degrees in Biology and Nutrition Science from Indiana University, his doctorate in osteopathic medicine from Midwestern University, and completed his internship at Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency. Dr. Sulak is the founder of Integr8 Health, a medical practice in Maine that follows over 8,000 patients using medical cannabis, Healer.com, a medical cannabis patient education resource, and Cannabis Expertise, a continuing medical education curriculum. He sits on the board of directors of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and has lectured to healthcare providers internationally on the science and clinical applications of cannabis.