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      Weeded Out: Social Justice for Indigenous Communities and POC in the Cannabis Industry in New York

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      May 30, 2019

      Thursday   6:30 PM

      638 East 6th Street
      New York, New York

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      Weeded Out: Social Justice for Indigenous Communities and POC in the Cannabis Industry

      “The situation on marijuana is changing ... Now you have to answer specifics,” Who sells it? Where do they sell it? What quantity can you sell? And to come up with a full program.” - NY Governor Andrew Cuomo Join us for an evening of presentations, discussions, and workshops on the issues of social justice and indigenous peoples rights in the cannabis industry. The event will also include tutorials and networking with other professionals. Information will be provided on: Status of legalization in New York and beyond; Collaborative strategies for indigenous peoples and communities of color to create their own cannabis cooperatives and other equitable business enterprises; Tutorials for product development and incubating cannabis businesses; and Networking opportunities with other professionals As of January 2019, ten states have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Over twenty states have broadly legalized cannabis for medical use, while other cannabis products, such as  CBD, are already legal in many forms. In 2020, New York State is expected to change its medical marijuana laws and its overall approach to cannabis, including legalization for “recreational” use. This change will open many opportunities in a rapidly growing global industry, but knowledge about the legislative process, cannabis science, economic systems, are helpful in creating an industry that works for everyone. Presentations from: Aurash Khawarzad is an urban planner, artist, and educator. He has been practicing as an urban planner and professor in NYC for over ten years, including on issues of racial justice in economic development, public health, and more. Most recently he developed The Upper Manhatta(n) Project, a comprehensive plan for preparing NYC for climate change. He currently teaches at Pratt Institute and recently founded AAK Press. See more at Dioganhdih is a two-spirit Haudenosaunee musician, producer and founder of Turtle Island Cannabis. TIC is a collective centering the needs of indigenous and first nation cannabis enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, cultivators and innovators. Across Turtle Island, we share resources to uphold indigenous sovereignty and support first nation self-governance. We aim to create financial independence for our communities, our families and lastly ourselves. We fight for the liberation of our incarcerated friends and family whose sacrifices shaped the cannabis industry into what it is today. We look to the medicinal properties of cannabis as an alternate and preferred traditional healing method to eliminate chemical dependency. For more, Christina Hollenback, Equity Investor and Chief Strategy Officer at The People’s Dispensary. The People’s Dispensary was founded in 2016 to advocate for people of color, women, queer people, veterans, formerly incarcerated and people with chronic illnesses in the development of the formal cannabis industry. Having started small in Oakland, CA, the dispensary has grown to have an active client base of almost 4,000 members and a monthly retention rate of 85%.

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