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Cannabis Summit: Developing a Sustainable Cannabis Economy in New York

  • Metropolitan Pavilion 123 West 18th Street, 5th Floor New York USA (map)

As more states expand access to medicinal and recreational marijuana, there is increased momentum for a regulated cannabis market in New York State, which is likely to be the largest in the country. The economic impact of a new marketplace - including retail sales, farming, ancillary and support businesses, and tax revenues – is estimated in the billions, but the path to a sustainable and equitable industry is still unclear. What can we learn from regulated markets in other states? How do we address racial and social equity and ensure opportunity for all? What are the logistics of developing a regulated marketplace, from licensing and permits to enforcement and compliance?

Join Capalino+Company for a day of panels and networking with industry experts, business leaders, advocates and City and State legislators, where we’ll address these questions and encourage a dialog about New York State’s path forward.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018 • 8:30am - 2:30pm
Metropolitan Pavilion, The Level, 5th Floor
123 West 18th Street, New York, NY 10011



  • Senator Liz Krueger, New York State Senate

  • Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes

  • Chanda Macias, Owner, National Holistic Healing Center and Chair of Women Grow

  • Additional speakers TBA

What can we learn from other regulated markets? How does New York create sound policy and regulation for licensing and permitting, compliance and enforcement, land use and zoning, and tax assessments and expenditures?

  • Yelena Katchko, Esq, Partner, Katchko, Vitiello & Karikomi, PC, and Affiliated Council, United Cannabis Business Association

  • David Phillips, Principal and General Counsel, Navigator Ltd and former Vice President at the Ontario Cannabis Retail Corporation

  • Scott Rudder, President, NJ CannaBusiness Association

  • Will Stewart, Advisory Board Member, Lift & Co and well-known Canadian cannabis advocate and expert

How will New York ensure a competitive industry that is both fair and inclusive, with regards to communities of color? What can we do to eliminate barriers to entry, build a diverse workforce, and create a social equity program that benefits these communities?

  • Gia Morón, Executive Vice President, Women Grow

  • Chanda Macias, Owner, National Holistic Healing Center, and Chair of Women Grow

  • Shanita Penny, President, Minority Cannabis Business Association’s Board of Directors

  • Jeanne M. Sullivan, General Partner, Arcview Group

As the state expands permissible uses as part of CCA and moves towards legalization of adult recreational use, entrepreneurs, labor unions, and consumers are all eager to understand the impact of a regulated market. This panel will explore the opportunities and challenges for different constituencies and their role in ensuring a successful and sustainable market.

  • Ryan Littman, President & CEO, Nebula Management

  • Josh Kellerman, Director of Public Policy at the Retail Wholesale Department Store Union (RWDSU)

  • Dr. Neil Spingarn, Chief Science Officer, Golden State Sciences

  • Additional panelists TBA


8:30 - 9:15- Registration and breakfast refreshments
9:15 - 9:30 - Welcome
9:30 - 9:45 - Keynote 
9:45 - 10:45 - Panel: Creating a Sustainable Marketplace 
10:45 – 11:00 - Break 
11:00 - 11:15 - Keynote: Chanda Macias, Owner, National Holistic Healing Center, and Chair of Women Grow
11:15 – 12:15 – Panel: Equity and Accessibility
12:15– 1:00 – Lunch and Networking
1:00 - 1:10 - Keynote: Senator Liz Krueger, New York State Senate 
1:10- 1:20- Keynote: Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes
1:20 – 2:20 – Panel: A Legalized Cannabis Market in New York
2:20 – 2:30 – Closing remarks

Later Event: October 28
CityLab Detroit