Founder Of Nation’s First Black-Owned Medical Marijuana Dispensary To Keynote “The Business Of Cannabis”

Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 atEmmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY

NEW YORK:  Chanda Macias, MBA, PhD, a Washington, D.C.-based cell biologist and patient advocate who founded National Holistic Healing Center and Chairwoman and acting CEO of Women Grow, LLC, will be keynote speaker at a free day-long conference aiming to help New Yorkers of color to join the ranks of those who own legal cannabis and hemp businesses.

Elected officials including New York State Attorney General Tish James will join medical clinicians, grassroots community and health organizers, attorneys and cannabis/hemp entrepreneurs among the line-up of national, regional and local expert speakers and workshop facilitators for “The Business of Cannabis,” 9:30  a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn.  Acquiring a cultivation or dispensary license, careers in cannabis/hemp, equity, social justice and policy reform, parenting and the role cannabis/hemp in medicine, self-care and community wellness are among workshop topics that will be discussed at the one- day event. Women Grow, Minorities for Medical Marijuana, CannagatherMinority Cannabis Business AssociationCannaclusive and Cannabis Cultural Association have partnered with Emmanuel Baptist Church to bring this education to the community.

Featured cannabis and hemp experts from across the country include the renowned Knox family of American Cannabinoid Clinics, who are pioneers of integrative cannabis medicine; Jesce and Jeannette Horton of NuLeaf Project; Christine De La Rosa of The People’s Dispensary;  Dr. Oludare Odumosu of Ilera Healthcare; Dasheeda Dawson of MJM Strategy; and Amy Holdener of Citva.

The conference aims to amplify and help fix what is a clear problem: Too few people of color are critically involved in what is, by turns, a growing and profitable cannabis/hemp marketplace and a healthcare sector struggling to ensure that patients of color are served by culturally competent cannabis/hemp vendors.

“The cannabis industry must become a more equal and inclusive business space. But this cannot happen without connecting directly with the people in communities of color,” says Rosalind “Roz” McCarthy, founder and CEO of Minorities for Medical Marijuana.

Says Gia Morón, executive vice president for Women Grow: “This is a critical time for women and people of color to learn about the opportunities in this multi-billion-dollar industry.”

And the Rev. Anthony Trufant, an author, nationally noted church development consultant and senior pastor of Brooklyn’s 4,000-member Emmanuel Baptist Church: “We see the injustice and irony of having so many people of color criminally charged, incarcerated and in court because of what, by current laws, are often petty marijuana-related crimes.”

He continued: “As New York’s governor joins the chorus of elected officials and others wanting to totally legalize marijuana, the faith community must coalesce with strategists, experts and entrepreneurs at the forefront of helping people of color launch cannabis and hemp businesses that might ease sick people’s pains while generating income for owners of these enterprises.”

Emmanuel Baptist Church is located at 279 Lafayette Avenue (corner of St James Place) in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.  Please visit Eventbrite.com for free tickets.

NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally Is May 5th

The 47th Annual Parade starts in Midtown and marches to Union Square Park for an afternoon rally

NEW YORK: New York’s longest running annual pro-cannabis event, established by The Youth International Party (Yippies) in 1971, the NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally, returns for its 47th year on May 5.   A powerful roster of elected officials, including two state legislators and three City Council Members, will be speaking from stages in Midtown and Union Square Park throughout the day.

They include:

• Assembly Member Richard Gottfried (State Assembly District 75, Manhattan)

• State Senator Jesse Hamilton (State Senate District 20, Brooklyn/Queens)

• Council Member Rafael F. Espinal (City Council District 37, Brooklyn)

• Council Member Donovan Richards (City Council District 31, Queens

• Council Member Jumaane Williams (City Council District 45, Brooklyn) and a candidate for New York State Lieutenant Governor

NYC Cannabis Parade is May 5

NYC Cannabis Parade is May 5

The Event begins at 11 am with a pro-legalization speak-out at the assembly point at W. 31 St. and Broadway where State Sen. Jesse Hamilton and Council Member Williams will be among the speakers. At 12:30 pm, the parade marches down Broadway to Union Square Park, with speakers and music starting at 1 pm in the park and continuing until 5 pm.

“Nine states and the District of Columbia have decided to legalize and regulate marijuana,” says Senator Hamilton. “By joining these states, New York would allow law enforcement to prioritize real public protection needs. Alongside broken windows policing, our outdated marijuana laws direct police resources, court time and the justice system’s authority at people who are not violent, not dangerous and do not pose a threat to the public. We must continue to work towards the day that New York rejects the deeply flawed policies of the past, embraces sensible reform and passes the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act.”

The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act is currently being considered by the New York State legislature.  “We must expand out medical marijuana program to include all those who can benefit from its use,” adds Council Member Williams. “We also should rapidly move towards the full legalization of marijuana, expunge state criminal records of past users and create a pathway for all New Yorkers to benefit economically from this industry, not just a select few chosen by the Governor.”

Additional speakers and performers include: 

• Stuart Appelbaum, President, Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Workers (RWDSU)

• Howie Hawkins, Green Party candidate for Governor

• Joel Giambra, Former County Executive of Erie County and candidate for Governor

• Immortal Technique

• Chief Rocker Busy Bee

• Lord Digga da Highsman

• Real One

• Davey Fresh

• Ismael Levi

• Comedian Rob Cantrell

Check out the full lineup of speakers and performers here.

The Event’s emcees are the Cannabis Cultural Association’s Jake Plowden, Nelson Guerrero, Amanda Reyes and Joseph A. Bondy.  The NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally’s Coalition Partners include Drug Policy Alliance, Women Grow NYC, Empire State NORML, Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Hemp Industry Association, Patients Out of Time, Marijuana Business Association and the Green Party of New York State.  The Event sponsors are the Dutch company Sensi Seeds, and Etain Health, one of New York’s medical cannabis providers with dispensaries in Manhattan (142 E. 39 St.), Yonkers and Kingston.

Company Leasing Space For Medical Marijuana Dispensary In Downtown Brooklyn

NEW YORK:  A Long Island company vying for a state license to distribute medical marijuana has leased space in Downtown Brooklyn, Crain’s first reported Thursday.

PalliaTech Inc., a producer of marijuana-based pain medications, is looking to move into the second floor of 425 Fulton St., between Pearl and Jay Streets, where it will take up 3,000 square feet of space.

“You want to be in a population center and you want access to public transportation and it’s a great location from that perspective,” said Andrei Bogolubov, executive vice president of PalliaTech. “The state has placed a high priority on geographic dispersion of the dispensaries and where the medicine will be manufactured and you have Brooklyn, where we were able to find a terrific facility there.”

 

Legalize Now NY Hosts Legalization Talks And Live Music

By Rich Woznicki

NEW YORK: Last night, advocacy group Legalize Now New York hosted talks from local politicians, advocates, and had a surprise visit from Redman at the Bell House in Brooklyn for the event.  In attendance were all the  likely suspects from the New York legalization movement, veterans like Troy Smit of Empire State NORML, NY Bar Association member Noah Potter, Mary Jane of High Times, Steve Bloom of CelebStoner.com.

Jason Draizin and Jon Nicolozzo from MarijuanaDoctors.com were there supporting the cause, handing out some fashionable cannabis socks, and catching eyes with their cannabis-decorated ambulance.  Harry Hefferman, Jason Pinsky of United Cannabis, NYC Deputy Comptroller Ari Hoffnung, City Council members Jumaane Williams and Rafael Espinal, “Ganja Granny” Arlene Williams, and Redman addressed the audience and spoke eloquently about the state of the legalization movement today.

As has been the case at other recent gatherings, there was an air of eager optimism amid the people in attendance and a clear and common theme: “New York Wants Full Legalization – No Compromises.”  These advocates are fully opposed to any excuse to penalize people for possessing marijuana for any reason – they want “Legalization Now.” This group of politicians is staring their opposition in their faces and demanding marijuana policy be commensurate with the dangers of marijuana itself – which would imply even less restriction than alcohol.

Some unexpected words were spoken by an unexpected guest, legendary artist Redman.  In addition to announcing that he is pursuing education with regard to the marijuana industry, he wishes a high-CBD medical strain of cannabis to bear his name because of his empathy for the sick people who would benefit most from that particular cannabinoid.

Redman speaks at the Bell House

Redman spoke about legalization, his new journey in pot education, and an offer to endorse a high-CBD marijuana strain with his name

New York City Council member Jumaane Williams brought up an often ignored aspect of the emerging legal marijuana market when he implored the audience to make sure that when regulations for legal medical and recreational marijuana stores and dispensaries are set, they ought not to exclude the same minorities which have been disproportionately oppressed by the War on Drugs.

After a call to the crowd charging everyone with the task of voting and making themselves otherwise heard, we were directed to enter the main hall to hear Ganja Granny speak about her cannabis journey and to introduce the musical guests.  Granny told a tale of illness and eventual relief, as well as her friend “Jose” who set her up with her first bag of cannabis – laws be damned, she was in need of comfort in the face of breast cancer.

Ganja Granny exited the stage to much applause, the live music started, and a low-key celebration ensued.  There was exuberant talk of new cannabis products and companies, as some lamented segments of the pot economy, but many more spoke in excited yet hushed tones about the hidden – and some not so hidden – opportunities to make grand sums of money in the emerging legal cannabis market.  It’s all just a matter of time now until policymakers get out of the way of cannabis users and entrepreneurs; when that happens, some are going to get rich and become the big players, many will just survive or fail, and most will not get a license in the first place.

Proposal To Limit Prosecutions Of Marijuana Cases In Brooklyn

NEW YORK:  The Brooklyn district attorney’s office will stop prosecuting people arrested on charges of possessing small amounts of marijuana, according to a confidential policy proposal that the district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, sent to the New York Police Department this month.

The policy is part of a broader push on the part of Mr. Thompson, who took office this year, to look at alternatives to court for low-level offenders. His office is also participating in a task force looking into placing 16- and 17-year-olds who commit low-level, nonviolent misdemeanors, like scrawling graffiti or aggressively riding bicycles on sidewalks, into a short behavioral program, rather than the court system.

Defense advocates and community groups across the nation have been pushing the judicial system to rethink the traditional approach to handling small offenses.

In Brooklyn, Proposing to End Prosecutions for Low-Level Marijuana Offenses

NEW YORK: The Brooklyn district attorney’s office will stop prosecuting people arrested on charges of possessing small amounts of marijuana, according to a confidential policy proposal that the district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, sent to the New York Police Department this month.

The policy is part of a broader push on the part of Mr. Thompson, who took office this year, to look at alternatives to court for low-level offenders.  The district attorney’s office is also participating in a task force looking into placing 16- and 17- year-olds who commit low-level, nonviolent misdemeanors, like scrawling graffiti or riding bicycles on sidewalks, into a short behavioral program, rather than the court system.

Defense advocates and community groups across the nation have been pushing the judicial system to rethink the traditional approach to handling small offenses.

Yet the moves have created tension between Mr. Thompson and police officials.  The police commissioner, William J. Bratton, has been a proponent of the “broken windows” theory of policing, which holds that arrests for small violations help prevent larger crimes.  Mr. Bratton espoused this theory when he was commissioner under Rudolph W. Giuliani, and, after returning to the department this year, has been going after subway panhandlers and peddlers.

‘Newlyweeds,’ Both An Ode And Cautionary Tale About The Joys And Pitfalls Of Pot-Smoking

NEW YORK:“Newlyweeds” isn’t for everyone. A film billed as a cool stoner dramedy, it arrives wrapped in a haze of marijuana smoke, as much a tribute to getting “wild blazed” as it is a cautionary tale about the wages of addiction. Rough around the edges, its schematic plot often awkwardly obvious, this fish-nor-fowl hybrid may be too morally serious to qualify as a bona fide Midnight Movie cult hit, and too inside-dope to appeal to anyone who isn’t well versed (if not thoroughly immersed) in pot culture. [Read more…]