The legal Cannabis industry generated 7 billion dollars in 2016. By 2020, that number is projected to grow to 20 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.
Our panel of experts will discuss entrepreneurship, industry trends, investment opportunities, due diligence, compliance best practices, the legal landscape, Trump, and everything else New Yorkers need to know before committing time and money into Cannabis ventures.
Learn and connect with other High NYers. High NY is New York's #1 Cannabis Meetup.
The Expert Panelists
Named by Fortune and Complex as one of the most powerful women in the cannabis business, Tahira previously served as General Manager of Marley Natural, where she was responsible for launching the brand and managing day-to-day operations. She now focuses on advising entrepreneurs and early stage venture leaders to bring their ideas to life, utilizing her cannabis, startup, and finance experience.
Prior to entering the cannabis industry, Tahira was a Portfolio Manager at City First Enterprises, focused on underwriting, structuring, and deal management for CFE's community development and real estate investment portfolio, and an associate at Perry Capital, leading research initiatives for the asset-backed securities team. Tahira began her career as a consultant in Ernst & Young's Financial Services Advisory practice.
Fred Gross - Chief Investment Officer, Leaf of Life International Holdings Inc
Fred Gross is a former hedge fund manager, entrepreneur and volatility trader. He holds a Masters in finance and economics from NYU and has been investing and capital raising in the cannabis space over the past 3 years as the founder of ManhattanCanna Fund, LLC and 77th Street Finance, LLC. His record of success includes trading strategies that in 2007 produced returns of 300%, in 2008 produced returns of 75%, and the completion of three successful cannabis capital raises as the Head Market Partner at CannaFundr in 2014-2015.
Leaf of Life invests in innovative science and techonology solutions for the global Cannabis industry. The company is focused on building a cashless banking infrastructure for the global Cannabis industry as well as facilitating the development of premium medical grade CBD and THC oils.
Cristina Buccola, Esq
Cristina is a partner in Pistil Point Cannabis and also serves as its Chief Legal Officer. Prior to joining Pistil Point, Cristina was the General Counsel of Trans-High Corporation, the parent company of High Times Magazine and the High Times Cannabis Cups. Her legal practice blends multiple disciplines, including transactional, M&A and private equity, intellectual property, labor and employment, regulatory, and government work.
Cristina is also the founder CBCounsel and is retained by cannabis companies, private investors, and entrepreneurs for her legal strategy, business acumen, and negotiation skills. She also positions cannabis, lifestyle, and wellness personalities and brands to expand their sphere of influence while protecting their rights and managing their other transactional matters. Interested in connecting with Cristina? Please do so through www.cbcounsel.com
Michael Zaytsev, or Mike Z, is an author, cannabis activist, and Leadership Coach. He previously worked as a financial analyst for J.P. Morgan and in enterprise sales at Google. After teaching a Leadership and Teamwork training class to his coworkers at Google, Mike became fascinated with coaching. Now a Professional and Master Certified coach, he helps entrepreneurs maximize their personal growth and social impact without burning out.
As the organizer of High NY, Michael has produced 20+ Cannabis education events in NYC. Mike Z is a highly sought after speaker and has delivered a TEDx talk called 'Thinking Differently About Cannabis.' His book, 'The Entrepreneur's Guide to Cannabis' has been featured in Vice, Mic, and The Huffington Post.
- 7:00 PM: Food, Refreshments & Friendship Time
- 7:30 PM: Welcome to High NY with Mike Z + Community Announcements
- 7:35 PM: Business & Investment Panel + Audience Q&A
- 8:30 PM: More Friendship Time
- 9:00 PM: The End
AS ALWAYS THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CANNABIS CONSUMPTION OR TRANSACTING PERMITTED. Please respect our beautiful venue and our crappy laws.
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