Max Mikalonis is a Legislative Advocate at K Street Consulting, where he provides expertise on public safety, local government, taxation, and medicinal and adult use cannabis policy. He most recently worked on these issues in the office of Assemblymember Rob Bonta (D-Oakland).
In 2015, while in the office of Assemblymember Bonta, Mr. Mikalonis staffed California’s landmark Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act (MCRSA), enacting the first comprehensive state regulations for the medical cannabis industry since voters first approved its use in 1996. Working through an extensive stakeholder process that brought together local governments, law enforcement, patient advocates, civil rights organizations, and the medical cannabis industry, Mr. Mikalonis helped craft consensus provisions that improved public safety, protected patients, and preserved the environment. MCRSA’s passage prompted the drafters of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act (AUMA) to rewrite their proposed regulatory structure to mirror the new state law, and Proposition 64 was subsequently approved by voters in November 2016.
Mr. Mikalonis brings diverse legislative, political, and campaign experience. He previously worked in government affairs for a labor union, and later consulted on local and state ballot measures, state legislative campaigns, and candidates' campaigns for local office. Since joining K Street Consulting, Mr. Mikalonis has provided background to reporters as a policy expert and has been quoted in the New York Times.