Marijuana: Justice, Equity, Reinvestment Conference

Marijuana: Justice, Equity, Reinvestment Conference

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DAY ONE – December 11th

Keynote 9:15-10am: Opening Remarks

Kassandra Frederique

Concurrent sessions: 10:15-11:45am

Sustainable Production

Moderator: Melissa Moore, Drug Policy Alliance

  • Kristin Nevedal, International Cannabis Farmers Association
  • Andi Novick, Hudson Valley Farmer
  • Jalal Sabar, Wildseed Community Farm
  • Jose Chapa, Rural and Migrant Ministry
  • Goldie Piff, Massachusetts cannabis advocate
  • Commissioner Kay Doyle, Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission

Finance and Banking

Moderator: Danielle LeBlanc, Green Worker Co-Op

  • Barbara Van Kerkhove, Empire Justice Center
  • Bob Chakravorti, Chakra Advisers
  • Tina Sbrega, GFA Credit Union
  • Henry Meier, NY Credit Union Association
  • Emily Paxhia, Poseidon

Concurrent sessions: 1:00-2:30pm

Economic Opportunities for Upstate NY

Moderator: Keith Brown, Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice

  • Asssemblymember Donna Lupardo, New York State Assembly
  • Mohini Sharma, Metro Justice
  • John Gilstrap, Hudson Hemp
  • Jack Norton, VERA Instititute
  • Ken Pokalsky, The Business Council of New York State

Marijuana and Public Health

Moderator: Dr. Hillary Kunins, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

  • Dr. Julie Holland, Psychiatrist, author, harm reductionist, drug policy reformer
  • Dr. Julia Arnsten, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center
  • Daliah Heller, Vital Strategies
  • Sasha Simon, Drug Policy Alliance
  • John Cawley, Cornell University

Concurrent sessions: 2:45-4:15pm

World of Work: Cooperatives, Workers, and Alternative Economic Systems

Moderator: Leigh Brown, Democracy at Work Institute

  • Omar Friella, Green Worker Co-Op
  • Emily Ramos, High Mi Madre
  • Chris Adams, CUNY Law Community & Economic Development Clinic
  • Josh Kellerman, RWDSU

Crafting Regulations

Moderator: Shanita Penny, Minority Cannabis Business Association

  • Brad Usher, Office of Senator Liz Krueger
  • Dasheeda Dawson, MJM Strategy
  • Cristina Buccola, CB Counsel
  • Danica Lee, Denver Department of Public Health & Environment
  • Jolene Forman, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Dr. Adam Karpati, Vital Strategies

Keynote 4:15-5pm: Durable Power, Radical Demands, and Transformative Justice

Maurice Mitchell, Working Families Party

DAY TWO – December 12th

Keynote 9:15-10am: 
The Big Business Concern: How Legalization Policy Impacts Business Opportunities in the Cannabis Industry

Lewis Koski, Freeman and Koski

Concurrent sessions: 10:15-11:45am

Diversity & Equity in the Industry

Moderator: Chante Harris, Capalino + Co

  • Asssemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes, New York State Assembly
  • Cat Packer, City of Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation
  • Rachelle Yeung, Minority Cannabis Business Association
  • Sharon Velasquez, The Greenlining Institute

Ancillary Businesses and Marijuana Legalization

Moderator: Shanel Lindsay, Ardent Cannabis

  • Gia Morón, GVM Communications
  • Sara Payne, Barclay Damon LLP
  • Jacobi Holland, Jade Insights
  • Mary Pryor, Cannaclusive
  • Denise Biderman, Mary’s List
  • Miguel Trinidad, 99th Floor
  • David Umeh, HighSpeed Delivery
  • David Muret, Viridian Staffing

Concurrent sessions: 1:00-2:30pm

Reparative Justice & Reparations

Moderator: Alyssa Aguilera, VOCAL-NY

  • Roz McCarthy, Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana
  • Rodney Holcombe, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Lauren Manning, The Center for Law and Justice
  • Darrick Hamilton, The New School
  • Floyd Jarvis, Bard Prison Initiative Public Health Fellow
  • Ross Bradshaw, New Dia (Massachusetts Equity Applicant)

Corporate Social Responsibility

Moderator: Kristin Jordan, Mannada

  • Chaney Turner, The Peoples’ Dispensary
  • Lanese Martin, Hood Incubator
  • Kelly Perez, kindColorado

Concurrent sessions: 2:45-4:15pm

Gender Justice and Equity

Moderator: Ashley Sawyer, Girls for Gender Equity

  • Queen Adesuyi, Drug Policy Alliance
  • Tamika Spellman, HIPS
  • Amna Hussein, Survivors for Cannabis
  • Wanda James, Simply Pure
  • Xan West, Hood Incubator

Economic Justice and Community Reinvestment

Moderator: Sharon Velazquez, The Greenlining Institute

  • Byron Hobbs, Center for Community Change
  • Ronnie Galvin, The Democracy Collaborative
  • Cara Long Corra, Neighborhood Preservation Coalition of New York State
  • India Walton, Open Buffalo

Keynote 4:15-5pm: Goodbye to the Old Guard: Legalization for the New Generation of Leaders

Commissioner Shaleen Title, Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission