Cannabis Sustainability Symposium Cannabis Sustainability Symposium

Policy

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.

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

- MDT
Environmental Standards and Regulations
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Ben Gelt
Ben Gelt
Cannabis Certification Council, Chair
Jackee Riccio
Jackee Riccio
Cannabis for Conservation, Executive Director
Margaret Mantor
Margaret Mantor
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist)
Harry Etra
Harry Etra
HXE Partners, CEO

As the cannabis industry sends its roots down, the standard in which the plant is grown differs from state to state and grow to grow. The need for transparency on whats in our cannabis and how it's grown is becoming a increased demand amongst consumers. This panel will discuss the environmental standards and regulations for cultivating cannabis.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

- MDT
Restorative Justice in Cannabis
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Evelyn LaChapelle
Evelyn LaChapelle
Vertosa, Community Engagement manager
Sarah Gersten
Sarah Gersten
Last Prisoner Project, Executive Director & General Counsel

An open conversation exploring the fundamental injustice of individuals, particularly people of color, who experienced firsthand the devastating and unjust impact of the criminilization of cannabis, specifically, incarceration for cannabis offenses. These experiences will be juxtaposed with the rising tide of legalization and the burgeoning cannabis industry. The panel will then explore how the legal cannabis industry can work together to help repair these injustices with direct, tangible actions.

- MDT
Hemp and Sustainability
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Langdon Brown
Langdon Brown
Southern Cross Hemp Oil, CEO
Austin Stevenson
Austin Stevenson
Vertosa, Chief Innovation Officer
Nicholas Huminski
Nicholas Huminski
High Falls Hemp NY, Business Development & Farming

In 2014, changes in US laws opened the door for research and development of industrial hemp, and within a few years, many states had launched pilot programs. Those were followed by the 2018 Farm Bill which relabeled hemp an agricultural product and not a controlled substance. The new label was all industry leaders needed to start building a domestic supply chain for the natural fiber. The discussion will highlight the current status of hemp in the US, its future outlook, and a call for collaboration in building a domestic sustainable supply chain.