Report: Social Equity Pillars For New York’s New Cannabis Regulations

Social And Economic Equity Committee’s Report:

Social Equity Pillars For New York’s New Cannabis Regulations


For years, cannabis advocates in New York fought, putting their lives and families on the line to right the wrongs of prohibition and end the War on Drugs. After seven years of an active legislative battle, in March 2021 the Marihuana Regulation & Taxation Act (MRTA) passed to allow for and regulate adult-use consumption.  This law is rich with language that explicitly acknowledges harm caused by the disparate enforcement of associated policies and attempts to put pieces in place to support the repair of damage. In spite of their good intentions, we know the devil is in the details and those details are created through the rules and regulatory process.  We have seen things go horribly wrong in many states at that stage causing additional devastation to be experienced.  If New York’s new legal adult-use market is to succeed, it is critical to ensure we do not repeat these mistakes.  And for that, the NYCCIA and HVCIA are here to offer concrete solutions.

We proudly present the work of our Joint Social and Economic Equity Committee, Co-Chaired by Frederika M. Easley, NYCCIA Director Michelle Fields, Esq. and HVCIA Director Ruben Lindo.  The Committee’s Report and Recommendations on Social Equity Pillars For New York’s New Cannabis Regulations outlines five essential pillars for New York to achieve its social and economic equity goals: (1) reflective regulatory bodies; (2) amnesty/safe harbor for legacy operators; (3) ensuring that those living in NYCHA/HUD housing are not precluded from lawful cannabis cultivation and use or subject to eviction or loss of monetary aid; (4) providing banking access and funding opportunities; and (5) providing education and continuing support for business operators.

Click Here For Our Report, for the consideration of all stakeholders, from regulators to communities to entrepreneurs to consumers.  The NYCCIA and HVCIA welcome anyone interested in working together with other industry participants (both established, and aspiring) to help to formulate policy, to establish meaningful relationships, and to help New York become a model legal, equitable, and sustainable cannabis marketplace.

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Join Us At 12/7-9 CannPack East Conference At The Javits Center

The NYCCIA and HVCIA are proud to be presenting a Cannabis Packaging Regulatory Roundup as part of North America’s largest Cannabis Packaging Conference’s debut in New York at the Jacob Javits Center.  Click here to register for this conference, which will take place from December 7th through 9th and will feature a panel on December 7th at 1:00 PM led by NYCCIA President Dave Holland, and featuring NYCCIA Board Members Michelle Fields, Sheri Tarr and Andrew Schriever.  This discussion is designed to help you to:

  • Gain insight on the regulatory environment for cannabis packaging and branding

  • Learn the priorities of regulators, industry, consumers, standards organizations, and other stakeholders in branding, labeling and packaging standards for the Northeastern US, and

  • Understand evidence-based components of a universal cannabis information label

We hope to see you there, and we invite you to click here and scroll down to become a member of the NYCCIA or the HVCIA.

Let’s keep the conversation going.  We look forward to seeing you!

The New York City and Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Associations

Talking Cannabis With Community & Families Forum November 17th, 6:00-7:30 PM

Forum: Talking About Cannabis With Family & Community

For October 17th Virtual NYCCIA-HVCIA Meeting 6:00-7:30 PM

 

Now that adult use cannabis is legal in New York, it’s more important than ever to have open, honest conversations in our families and our communities about what this all means.  This includes breaking down and correcting years of stigma and misinformation, while also recognizing and addressing legitimate community concerns about the time, place and manner in which cannabis businesses will operate and how best to talk to our kids about cannabis.

Join NYCCIA and HVCIA’s very own Martha McDermott, as she moderates a distinguished panel featuring:

Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra, who has served in Law Enforcement for 34 Years.  Chief Sinagra is responsible for providing police services to a community of 23,000 spread over an area of 60 square miles.  He holds a BA in Criminal Justice, and a Master’s in Public Administration from Marist College.  He is also  a  2008 graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 233, as well as Accreditation Assessor and member of the NYS Department of Criminal Justice Services Accreditation Program.  Chief Sinagra also serves as President of the Mid-Hudson Association of Chiefs of Police and 2nd Vice-President of the New York State Association of  Chiefs of Police.

Channa Comer, a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Baruch College, with an M.S. in Education from The City College of New York, who is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Education Leadership.  Channa is a master STEM educator who has been teaching since 2007, who has served as a school-based teacher leader, an out-of-school time curriculum director, STEM club founder, STEM instructional coach, teacher mentor, professional learning facilitator, and adjunct instructor.  Channa was profiled in the book Teach Like a Champion 2.0 by Doug Lemov, and has been featured in local and national media.

Camila Hayter, a Substance Abuse Counselor and Clinical Coordinator at Ken Seeley Communities in Palm Springs, California for 4 facilities (detox, residential, outpatient and primary mental health inpatient),which has been featured for more than 10 years on the Emmy-winning show Intervention on A&E.  Cami began her career as an Addiction Counselor with the Betty Ford Clinic in California and she holds a Master’s in Health Care.

Note that registration is now closed for this event.  Please also note that the meeting will be recorded and that video and images of the meeting may be used on our website.

We invite you to click here and scroll down to become a member of the NYCCIA or the HVCIA.

Let’s keep the conversation going.  We look forward to seeing you!

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NYCCIA-HVCIA Founder’s Statement On NY’s Critical Next Steps Toward A Legal Cannabis Market

Governor Kathy Hochul has called a special session of New York’s legislature which includes consideration of her candidates to regulate our new adult-use cannabis market.  Nominated for Executive Director of the Office of Cannabis Management is Chris Alexander, who has served as Associate Counsel for the New York State Senate as well as Policy Coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance.  Nominated to Chair the Cannabis Control Board is Tremaine Wright, a former State Assembly Member and a Community Advocate.

The New York City Cannabis Industry Association (NYCCIA) and the Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Association (HVCIA) applaud these appointments, which will now accelerate the process so that we won’t have to wait until January’s regular session to start the work of creating the new legal market.  With staff coming online in the near term, the state can start work on regulations to implement New York’s groundbreaking new law and thereby get us that much closer to realizing the law’s critical goals of promoting social and economic equity and creating as much opportunity as possible for those who want to take part in a new diverse and inclusive industry that can be a model for the rest of the world to emulate.

The NYCCIA and the HVCIA will continue to take a leading role in helping to shape policy at the state and local level and to engage with businesses and entrepreneurs, as well as leaders, civic groups, and members of the community to address concerns, issues, and ambitions in this new era of cannabis legalization.

We look forward to helping our members continue to play a vital role in the conversation, including through our Committees, and we invite you to click here and scroll down to join us as a member or to subscribe for updates to learn about the work we’re doing and events to come.

David C. Holland                                    
President, NYCCIA                                        
 
Andrew P. Schriever
President, HVCIA

Elizabeth Shields
Co-Founder, Board of Directors, NYCCIA/HVCIA

The New York City and Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Associations

Join Our Committees — Let’s Make Policy Together This Summer, Here’s How

 

Now that New York’s new law legalizing adult use cannabis is in the books, the real work begins.  Committees allow our members to collaborate on policy for creating the world’s greatest cannabis marketplace.  By working together our members not only make cannabis policy, but they also forge connections and find business partners in the seed-to-sale chain.  The first round of Committee work is embodied in our Policy Prospectus, with concrete recommendations on vital issues ranging from social and economic equity policy to taxation to hemp regulation to home grow.

Next, we focus on how the new law will be implemented and how those looking to be part of the industry can come up with concrete ways to help each other out.  We again have an opportunity to speak for the industry, to ensure that those drafting the regulations do so with input from the stakeholders and business owners, all while we continue to learn from each other about how to build an equitable, successful marketplace and help grow each other’s businesses.  Contact any of the Chairs of our Committees so that you can join up to make a difference and contribute to the voice of New York’s new industry:

Social And Economic Equity

Ruben Lindo:                   ruben@blakmarfarms.com

Michele Fields:               michellefieldsesq@gmail.com

Home Grow

Mike McGuire:                mike@stablegarden.com

Kym Byrnes:                    kymb@tribetokes.com

Banking/Finance

Peter Su:                          Peter.Su@EastWestBank.com

Candice Nonas:              candice@candicenonas.com

Incubators and Entrepreneurs

Kenny Mack:                   info@MakeCannabisWork.org

Sally Nichols:                  sallypnichols@gmail.com

Regulatory (On-Site/Delivery . . . )

Jim Landau:                    jlandau@MccarthyFingar.com

Sheri Tarr:                        sheri@68partners.com

Amnesty

Dave Holland:                 dholland@nyccia.org

Labor and Employment

Dave Holland:                 dholland@nyccia.org

Events

John Sullivan:                 johnasullivan.biz@gmail.com

Let’s Keep The Conversation Going!

The New York City and Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Associations

June 29th Committee Forum 5:30-7:00

June 29th Virtual NYCCIA-HVCIA Meeting 5:30-7:00 PM

Now that New York’s new law legalizing adult use cannabis is in the books, the real work begins.  Committees allow our members to collaborate on policy for creating the world’s greatest cannabis marketplace.  By working together our members not only make cannabis policy, but they also forge connections and find business partners in the seed-to-sale chain.  The first round of Committee work is embodied in our Policy Prospectus, with concrete recommendations on vital issues ranging from social and economic equity policy to taxation to hemp regulation to home grow.

Next, we focus on how the new law will be implemented.  We again have an opportunity to speak for the industry, and ensure that those drafting the regulations do so with input from the stakeholders and business owners.  Our June 29th forum will tell you about the following Committees and how you can join to make a difference:

  • Social And Economic Equity
  • Incubators And Entrepreneurs
  • Home Grow
  • Banking/Finance
  • Amnesty
  • Labor And Employment
  • Regulatory (On-Site Consumption/Delivery/Cooperatives, Other issues TBD)

Registration is now closed and those who registered will receive a zoom link for the event.  Please also note that the meeting will be recorded and that video of the meeting may be used on our website.

Let’s keep the conversation going.  We look forward to seeing you!

The New York City and Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Associations 

May 25th Home Cultivation 5:30-7:00

May 25th Forum On Home Cultivation
Virtual NYCCIA-HVCIA Meeting 5:30-7:00 PM


Through hard work and some fortuitous timing, the new law legalizing adult use cannabis includes provisions for New Yorkers to cultivate a small number of cannabis plants at home.  Join us for a virtual forum with the authors
 of the joint NYCCIA/HVCIA’s Policy Prospectus on Personal Cultivation, Equity, and Cannabis Markets: Creating an Ideal Cannabis Regulatory Structure to discuss the ins and outs of home grow in New York. 

We will dig deep into such topics as: 

  • The Importance of Home Grow to the New York legal market
  • What NY’s new law says (and what it leaves unsaid) about Home Grow
  • Issues (and proposed solutions) for the regulators
  • Proposed Office of Cannabis Management Compliance + Enforcement Priorities
  • Planning for your own cannabis garden

If you would like to attend, please register here by Noon on May 25th, following which registration will be closed and you will then receive a zoom link for the event.  Please also note that the meeting will be recorded and that video of the meeting may be used on our website.

We invite you to click here and scroll down to become a member of the NYCCIA or the HVCIA.  

Let’s keep the conversation going.  We look forward to seeing you! 

The New York City and Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Associations 

May 4th Social & Economic Equity Virtual Forum 5:30-7:00

May 4th Forum On Social & Economic Equity
Virtual NYCCIA-HVCIA Meeting 5:30-7:00 PM

New York’s new law legalizing adult-use cannabis places a heavy priority on social and economic equity in this new marketplace.  Join us for a Town Hall style forum with the authors of the NYCCIA-HVCIA’s Report on Concrete Social Equity Measures For New York’s Adult-Use Cannabis Legislation, Christine De La Rosa, Joseph Devlin, Esq. Frederika M. Easley, Michelle Fields, Esq., Jessica F. Gonzales, Esq, David Holland, Colleen Mairead Hughes, Kenny Mack and Amanda Reyes, Andrew Schriever and Elizabeth Shields

Join us as we drill down on key questions, including:

  • What is social and economic equity?
  • Who are the applicants?
  • What does community reinvestment look like?
  • Why is social and economic equity critical to the success of the market?

The forum will be moderated by HVCIA Director and CEO of  Phoenix Nutraceutical, Inc., Ruben Lindo, and will include time for group discussion.

Registration is now closed for this event.  Please also note that the meeting will be recorded.

We invite you to click here and scroll down to become a member of the NYCCIA or the HVCIA.

Let’s keep the conversation going.  We look forward to seeing you!

The New York City and Hudson Valley Cannabis Industry Associations