NJ.com – Business, policy, social equity experts to lead NY Cannabis Insider virtual networking event

Updated May 04, 2021; Posted May 04,


EDITOR’S NOTE: On May 20, NJ Cannabis Insider in collaboration with Advance Media New York hosts a virtual business networking event, featuring some of New York state’s most prominent industry leaders. Tickets are limited.

Experts in the business, policy and social equity aspects of New York’s emerging legal marijuana landscape will be among the speakers and panelists at an online seminar taking place May 20.

Presented by Hance Construction, NY Cannabis Insider is a virtual conference that aims to help current and new entrepreneurs learn the ins and outs of what is shaping up to be a potentially lucrative yet complicated business.

The event is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 20 and hosted by Advance Media New York, the company that publishes The Post-Standard, syracuse.com and NYUP.com. Tickets are $45 from now through May 10. After that date, they are $65. Register and purchase tickets.

The event features several panels and breakout sessions, including an online networking opportunity.

Here’s a look at the speakers and panelists lined up so far:

Dasheeda Dawson, cannabis czar for the City of Portland, Oregon, founder & chair of Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition, chief strategist for CHEM, and best-selling author.

Ngiste Abebe, president of the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Assn., and vice president of Public Policy at Columbia Care.

Allan Gandelman, founder and president of the New York State Cannabis Growers and Processors Association, and co-founder of CBD processing company New York Hemp Oil.

Arthur Hance, founder and president of Hance Construction, Inc. which provides material erected, turnkey construction management and general contracting services to the industrial, commercial and cannabis markets in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Sam Andras, senior principal & partner at MJ12 Design Studio/2WR + Partners, both national architectural and interior design firms. MJ12 specifically provides services to the cannabis industry both domestically and internationally.

David Serrano, a decorated U.S. Navy veteran, a pioneer in the cannabis industry, and a fierce advocate for social and environmental justice. He is the founder and chief of Business Development at Harvest 360 and H360 Labs. Harvest360 is NY Cannabis Insider’s social equity partner for this event.

More participants, including a keynote speaker, will be joining in.

New York last month became the 15th state to legalize recreational adult-use marijuana, setting the stage for a new sector of the economy engaged in the legitimate growing, processing and selling of weed.

Coupled with the expansion of the state’s existing medical marijuana program and continuing growth in the industrial hemp/CBD industry, that offers the chance for any number of new business opportunities.

Although possession of up to 3 ounces of marijuana is now legal for those 21 and over, many other aspects of the new law will take time to get underway. The medical marijuana expansion should be starting in about six months, but the legal production and sales of recreational marijuana may take as much as two years to begin.

The state is still setting up an Office of Cannabis Management, which will oversee all aspects of marijuana, hemp, CBD etc. It will also be in charge of writing the specific rules and regulations for those businesses.

Click here for more details and to purchase tickets. Space is limited.