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MCBA Tri-State Cannabis Equity Summit

  • 07 Dec 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Civic Hall | 118 W 22nd St 12th Fl, New York, NY 10011
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One hundred of the brightest minds in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey Cannabis policy gather to better understand how a regional approach to cannabis commerce can best benefit the communities of color most impacted by the war on drugs.

Come and hear from industry leaders on multiple topics affecting cannabis equity in the tri-state region. Among others, we will be joined by Shaleen Title, Cannabis Commissioner of Massachusetts and Adam Smith of the West Coast based Craft Cannabis Alliance. 

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Shaleen Title

 Adam J. Smith. Founder and Executive director. Craft Cannabis Alliance

Adam Smith


9:00am Registration Opens

10:00am Welcome from MCBA

10:20am Update from the Drug Policy Alliance

10:30-11:20am Tri-State Legislative Recap

2019 saw cannabis legislation rise and fall, and in the end no state in the tri-state area legalized cannabis, while Illinois did. On the ground tri-state activists will share their postgame analysis and how they would alter their gameplan going into 2020. With the governors summit behind us, how can the equity movement shape the narrative to get equitable cannabis legalization in 2020?

  • Jake Plowden of Deputy Director Cannabis Cultural Association
  • Jessica Gonzalez Esq, Moyeno Gonzalez & Associates PC, Cannabogada
  • Mary Pryor, CEO Cannaclusive
  • Imani Dawson, Executive Director, Cannabis Education Advocacy Symposium and Expo
  • Kebra Smith CEO of CannaHealth and President of CURE-CT

11:20-11:30am Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes, NYS Assemblywoman (Video)

11:30-12:30pm Lessons Learned: Why Equity Can't Wait

Equity has become a must in cannabis legalization, but it doesn't always work out in practice. In addition to working out the implementation of passed programs, bigger questions are emerging like what does equity focused interstate commerce look like? On this panel we will explore what has gone well in other states by hearing from Champions from Massachusetts, Oregon and Michigan.

  • Gia Moron, President of Women Grow
  • Shanel Lindsay, Mass Cannabis Advisory Board and Owner/CEO of ARDENT
  • Adam Smith Founder of the Craft Cannabis Alliance 
  • Margeaux Brunner, Michigan Cannabis Industry Association

12:30-1:30pm Lunch and Networking

1:30-2:00pm Jason Ortiz, MCBA & Rama Issa, Deputy Public Advocate of New York City—Justice, Health & Safety

2:00-3:00pm Policy Proposals I: Criminal Justice Reforms & Community Reparations

We can not discuss the economic benefits of the industry without first addressing bringing our friends and family home from prison, and investing in restorative justice for our communities. Panelists will discuss the criminal justice and community investment policies they demand must be a part of any legalization bill in 2020.

  • Jennifer Cabrera, Vicente Sederberg LLP
  • Leo Bridgewater, Co-Founder LeafLaunch
  • Fatima Afia Esq., Hiller, PC 
  • Pilar DeJesus, Co-Founder, High Mi Madre
  • Saki Fenderson, Co-Founder, Tainted Love BK

3:00-3:30pm Break

3:30-4:30pm Policy Proposals II: Ownership & Licensing

Billions are being made in legal states outside the tri-state, but very little is owned by black or brown majority licenses. How can we structure the licensing process to ensure racial equity in the eventual industry? How can we legislate the creation of a strong equity based supply chain?

  • Todd Hughes, CEO EntreVation
  • Kristin Jordan, Director of Real Estate, Acreage Holdings
  • Tahir Johnson, Business Development Manager NCIA
  • Luis Vega, Founder WEPA! Farms

4:30-5pm Fireside Chat with Commissioner Shaleen Title, interview by Stephanie Izquieta

Shaleen Title has advocated for and written legalization bills, and now as Commissioner of Cannabis for the State of Massachusetts she has seen a regulatory process from the standpoint of a lawmaker from startup through implementation. NYC Cannabis activist Stephanie Izquieta will ask Commissioner Title to share her story of how she became the most trusted name in Cannabis Policy.


Attend our MCBA Tri-State Equity Mixer afterwards!

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