Please join us for the Marijuana: Justice, Equity, Reinvestment conference, which will be held December 11 & 12 from 9:00am - 5:00pm at the Albany Capital Center (55 Eagle Street, Albany NY 12207).
The conference will explore how marijuana legalization in New York presents a unique & much-needed opportunity to create equity, economic justice, & work to restore communities most damaged by this country's failed war on drugs.
The conference willhave sessions onFinance & Banking, Equity in the Industry, Diversified Economic Opportunities, Public Health,Community Reinvestment, Economic Opportunities for Upstate,Restorative Justice/Reparations, Sustainable Production,andCorporate Social Responsibility in the Industry, among many others.
This event is FREE, but you must register.
Full schedule COMING SOON.
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NYC Dec 11
NYC Dec 12
Buffalo Dec 11
Buffalo Dec 12
Rochester Dec 11
Rochester Dec 12
Creating a system to tax & regulate marijuana use by adults over the age of 21 is a sound economic investment for the state of New York. In the states with existing regulated markets, previously static economies have experienced a new small business boom coupled with technological advances that benefit a variety of industries. Additionally, legalization presents an opportunity for New York's agrarian community to foster the development of a new crop that is sustainable, resilient, & widely consumed. Similar to the rise of New York's craft wine & beer industries, a regulated marijuana market could also provide opportunities for small businesses in small towns across the state to cultivate a business model that is not reliant on access to large amounts of capital but is instead dependent on local resources as well as their own ingenuity & creativity.
The state of New York is well positioned to make a significant impact on the developmental trajectory of the nascent legal industry in a way that strongly favors diversity & inclusion. The history of marijuana prohibition in New York & lessons learned from other states have produced a wealth of information that can be used to preemptively address potential barriers to progress as the state transitions away from the failed experiment of prohibition.
This conference willbring together experts in the fields ofpublic health, regulatory development, social & economic justice, community reinvestment, andsustainable agriculturewith the intent of framing whatsound cannabis policy & reinvestmentshould look like in New York ahead of likelynegotiations around legalization in the state budget process.