CannaTalk 

The purpose of our CannaTalk™ event series is to create an engaging conversation around the various topics and issues that we face with cannabis as well as provide supporting resources to help them further expand on these matters and take action when needed.

Like any major industry, the US cannabis industry relies on a wide range of other products and services for survival and success. Many different kinds of cannabis-related businesses, known as “ancillary businesses,” support the industry behind the plant in every step from seed to sale — often without ever touching cannabis or hemp.

 

And while “cannabis-touching” businesses like producers, processors, and retailers (PPRs) are still held back in many regions by state or federal law, ancillary businesses can begin preparing and even operating today, and get a head start on tomorrow’s legal cannabis industry. 

In fact, industry experts say that ancillary cannabis businesses make up most of today’s industry as a whole. These business areas include, but are not limited to: Packaging & Marketing, Compliance, Consulting, Cultivation Products & Services, Extraction Equipment, Lab Testing, Media & Events, Payroll, Staffing, Security, and Software.

As New York lawmakers gear up to legalize adult-use cannabis as early as next year, our panelist will be breaking down the different types of ancillary cannabis businesses, and key things that ancillary entrepreneurs will need to know. Join us for the conversation on March 30th from 6-7:30pm via Rebel Minded TV.

March 30th, 2020

6-7:30pm

Live Stream Via Rebel Minded TV

Panel Discussion

Dasheeda Dawson

Dasheeda Dawson is CEO of The WeedHead™ & Company and author of top-selling workbook, "How to Succeed in the Cannabis Industry". A global cannabis advocate and industry thought leader featured across multiple media outlets, Dasheeda is a corporate-to-cannabis crossover pioneer and highly sought cannabis business strategist with experience as an industry educator, senior executive leader and strategy expert for multiple cannabis businesses, political/municipality leaders and media outlets across the country. She is a co-host on She Blaze, a weekly cannabis culture and news podcast and she was recently appointed to the Doctors for Cannabis Regulation Board of Directors.

Justin Johnson

Justin is an entrepreneurial marketing expert with a common name and an uncommon background spanning digital strategy, business development, content creation, technology, and cannabis. My career has been defined by the relationships I’ve been able to build with great brands like American Express, Walmart, ESPN, Alaska Airlines, Unilever, eBay, Microsoft, Nestlé, Frito-Lay and U.S. Bank.

Kassia Graham

Kassia Graham has worked with diverse organizations including Fortune 100 companies, experiential events and web content production firms, boutique agencies, websites, non-profits, and lifestyle blogs. She is relentlessly driven by accumulating knowledge and data that informs her work as an analyst, digital storyteller, and producer. A two-time cancer survivor, she understands the importance of cannabis as a physical and mental healing aid. As Director of National Projects and Social Media at Cannaclusive––an organization founded to aid in the equitable representation of marginalized cannabis consumers––Kassia works on a variety of initiatives including content creation, social media, special events, marketing, branding, sponsorships, and advocacy.

Landon Dais

Landon Dais Esq is the Chief strategy officer of Plant Inspired Future (PIF) and a cannabis attorney at Forchelli Deegan and Terrana LLP. Previously he was the national director of partnerships at MedMen, and also the former NY political of MedMen. Prior to MedMen he was the Policy Director for the Marijuana Policy Project MPP. Landon graduated from Morehouse College, has an MS from a Columbia University and a JD from Hofstra Law School.

Jessica Gonzalez

Jessica currently serves as a Cannabis and Intellectual Property attorney at Bressler Amery & Ross. Jessica also services as outside General Counsel for the national organization Minorities for Medical Marijuana and sits on the Policy Committee for the Minority Cannabis Business Association. Jessica also sits on the board of advisors for QA Canna, a quality assurance company based in NJ.   Prior to joining Bressler, Jessica was the co-founding partner at MGA Law PC, a boutique business law rm with a special focus on cannabis. As a cannabis attorney, Jessica Gonzalez assists cannabis clients to navigate the legal cannabis and hemp industry in the tri-state area. She has counseled start-up and medium-sized cannabis/CBD companies on various matters, including corporate entity set-up, state and local compliance, private offering documents and applications for state cannabis licenses. 

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