As more states expand access to medicinal and recreational marijuana, there is increased momentum for a regulated cannabis market in New York State, which is likely to be the largest in the country. The economic impact of a new marketplace - including retail sales, farming, ancillary and support businesses, and tax revenues – is estimated in the billions, but the path to a sustainable and equitable industry is still unclear. What can we learn from regulated markets in other states? How do we address racial and social equity and ensure opportunity for all? What are the logistics of developing a regulated marketplace, from licensing and permits to enforcement and compliance?
Join Capalino+Company for a day of panels and networking with industry experts, business leaders, advocates and City and State legislators, where we’ll address these questions and encourage a dialog about New York State’s path forward.
Discounted tickets may be available to interested community-based organizations, advocates and students. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 • 8:30am - 2:30pm
Metropolitan Pavilion, The Level, 5th Floor
123 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011
Senator Liz Krueger, New York State Senate. Ranking Democratic Member, 28th District, and Senate Sponsor of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) in New York State
Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Democratic Member, 141st District, and Assembly Sponsor of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) in New York State
Melissa Mark-Viverito, Former New York City Council Speaker, and Senior Advisor, The Latino Victory Project
Chanda Macias, Owner, National Holistic Healing Center and Chair of Women Grow
Melissa Moore, Deputy State Director, Drug Policy Alliance
PANEL 1: CREATING A SUSTAINABLE MARKETPLACE
What can we learn from other regulated markets? How does New York create sound policy and regulation for licensing and permitting, compliance and enforcement, land use and zoning, and tax assessments and expenditures?
Yelena Katchko, Esq, Partner, Katchko, Vitiello & Karikomi, PC, and Affiliated Council, United Cannabis Business Association
David Phillips, Principal and General Counsel, Navigator Ltd and former Vice President at the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation
Scott Rudder, President, NJ CannaBusiness Association
Will Stewart, Advisory Board Member, Lift & Co and well-known Canadian cannabis advocate and expert
PANEL 2: EQUITY AND ACCESSIBILITY
How will New York ensure a competitive industry that is both fair and inclusive, with regards to communities of color? What can we do to eliminate barriers to entry, build a diverse workforce, and create a social equity program that benefits these communities?
Gia Morón, Executive Vice President, Women Grow
Chanda Macias, Owner, National Holistic Healing Center, and Chair of Women Grow
Shanita Penny, President, Minority Cannabis Business Association’s Board of Directors
Jeanne M. Sullivan, General Partner, Arcview Group
PANEL 3: A LEGALIZED CANNABIS MARKET IN NEW YORK
As the state expands permissible uses as part of CCA and moves towards legalization of adult recreational use, entrepreneurs, labor unions, and consumers are all eager to understand the impact of a regulated market. This panel will explore the opportunities and challenges for different constituencies and their role in ensuring a successful and sustainable market.
John Gilstrap, Chief Operating Officer, Hudson Hemp Company
Josh Kellermann, Director of Public Policy at the Retail Wholesale Department Store Union (RWDSU)
Ryan Littman, President & CEO, Nebula Management
Dr. Neil Spingarn, Chief Science Officer, Golden State Sciences
8:30 - 9:15- Registration and breakfast refreshments
9:15 - Welcome
9:20 - 9:35: Keynote: Melissa Mark-Viverito, Former New York City Council Speaker, and Senior Advisor, The Latino Victory Project
9:35 - 9:45 - Keynote: Melissa Moore, Deputy State Director, Drug Policy Alliance
9:45 - 10:45 - Panel: Creating a Sustainable Marketplace
10:45 – 11:00 - Break
11:00 - 11:15 - Keynote: Chanda Macias, Owner, National Holistic Healing Center, and Chair of Women Grow
11:15 – 12:15 – Panel: Equity and Accessibility
12:15– 1:00 – Lunch and Networking
1:00 - 1:10 - Keynote: Senator Liz Krueger, New York State Senate
1:10- 1:20- Keynote: Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes
1:20 – 2:20 – Panel: A Legalized Cannabis Market in New York
2:20 – 2:30 – Closing remarks