Cannabis Sustainability Symposium Cannabis Sustainability Symposium

Plenary Presentation

Monday, October 5, 2020

- MDT
The Cannabis Health Equity Movement
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Rachel Knox
Rachel Knox
Doctors Knox, Inc., Endocannabinologist & Certified Cannabinoid Medicine Specialist

The term “social equity" is poorly and inconsistently defined throughout the cannabis industry from state to state, and fails to consider all that creates and ensures equity across a diverse population. The antiquated, academic definition of social equity speaks to justness of social policy, but today equity means (and must mean) so much more. Because of systemic racism and drug prohibition, black and indigenous people have been denied health equity and thus the collective realization of wellbeing. This is why we need policy and regulations - especially as they pertain to cannabis legalization and the regulation of its economy - to be health equity-centric. Today we’ll discuss how we can leverage equity-centric cannabis policy reform, cannabis taxation and use of funds, the greater cannabis economy, and the agricultural, industrial, nutritional, and medicinal innovations of cannabis to actualize health equity for all people beginning with those individuals and communities most impacted by the war on drugs.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

- MDT
What Cannabis Can Learn from the Good Food Movement?
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Sara Brito
Sara Brito
Good Food Media Network, Inc., Co-Founder & President

Like food, the cannabis industry has the power to change the world. Join us as we explore the evolution of good food and how it can set an example of what to do (and not to do) for the sustainable cannabis movement to grow and make a positive impact. This session will dive into the history of the good food movement, lessons learned and the 11 principles cannabis industry professionals can apply today in order to create a more open, transparent, and sustainable industry for all.


Friday, October 9, 2020

- MDT
Overcoming Broken Social Equity Policies to find Success in Cannabis and Beyond
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Karim Webb
Karim Webb
4thMVMT, CEO
Ron Holmes
Ron Holmes
Majority-Minority, Co-Founder

A robust discussion identifying the regulatory missteps made by states and cities as Adult-Use cannabis legislation is put into place across the nation. Social equity was meant to be a form of reparations for the harm inflicted on communities of color during the war on drugs. However, the realities of standing up a successful cannabis business are expensive, convoluted and difficult to navigate. 

Karim Webb, CEO of LA based SE firm 4thMVMT will be joined by Ron Holmes, co-founder on Chicago based consulting firm Majority-Minority and Mrs. Phyllis Dorsey, a current LA dispensary license holder to discuss SE policies in CA and IL, the changes that are needed to ensure success for Black and Latino communities in cannabis and how the concept of social equity can work in other industries.