PENNSYLVANIA: The Diasporic Alliance for Cannabis Opportunities (DACO) will host the 2018 Cannabis Opportunities Conference on the theme Seeking Higher Ground and Equity in the Industry at the Temple University Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA on October 19-20, 2018.
The purpose of the conference will be to demystify the profession and culture of the cannabis industry in minority and marginalized communities of the US and globally in the African diaspora, while recreating a narrative of opportunities and restorative justice for the growth of the community in light of the massive shifts and associated stigma of the cannabis industry. Presenters and legislators including PA State Senator Sharif Street, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, NJ Senator Cory Booker, and keynote speaker Dr Chanda Macias will participate at the conference on select panels and workshops to discuss current laws, opportunities, restorative justice and cannabis reform. The DACO conference will also feature an exhibition hall and job fair.
“The cannabis industry is rapidly growing, expected to hit $31.4 billion by 2021 and if legalized for adult use a single US state such as Pennsylvania can stand to gain $581 million in tax revenue. The economic opportunities it creates will be limitless however many are unaware of its economic benefits especially African Americans and Latinos in the US who make up less than 20% of all business owners. African and Caribbean nations have been lagging behind Western nations with respect to cannabis legalization and regulation. With this forum, we aim to help reduce the stigma and introduce cannabis opportunities to marginalized communities throughout the African diaspora and open the dialogue for opportunities in education, wellness, social justice, policy, entrepreneurship, and workforce development,” explains Cherron Perry-Thomas, Director of Social Impact at The Diasporic Alliance for Cannabis Opportunities (DACO), organizers of the conference.
The 2-day conference will be held in a “Ted Talk” Style where speakers including cannabis owners, entrepreneurs and advocates will share their experiences focusing on wellness, business development and legislative success. There will also be a panels and breakout sessions allowing for more discussion on various subjects from the history of the criminalization of cannabis to workforce education, simple investing and advocacy engagement.
“The Cannabis Opportunities conference is essentially a safe space where people can network, learn and exchange ideas. We want this to be a forum for the many who may feel shut out due to finances, stigmatization and lack of education on the cannabis industry and opportunities and how this information can empower them economically,” adds Perry-Thomas.
The DACO 2018 Cannabis Opportunities Conference will be a platform to bring global cannabis experts and community stakeholders together to learn about trends in the emerging cannabis industry with topics aimed to educate and empower marginalized communities. The conference will be free for attendees wand materials will be bilingual (English/Spanish).
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