Legalization is coming! If you're not already involved, now's the time to get your voice heard! Our latest discussion on the developments in this industry took place on March 21st.
ICYMI : We published our list of demands for the Black community and encourage you to share it with your colleagues, constituents, friends, family and neighbors.
Follow this link for info about our last meetup.
The legalization of cannabis has been at the forefront of a national conversation. In January, Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed what’s on the horizon for the cannabis industry in New York State; ironing out a legislation plan surrounding recreational marijuana and unveiling a state budget proposal. At the Harlem Business Alliance, we took the discussion a step further and hosted our own 2019 State of Cannabis event which provided a lens into cannabis development within the Black community. The Q&A session—which was led by cannabis leaders Jake Plowden of the Cannabis Cultural Association and Mary Pryor of Cannaclusive—highlighted important lobby days and actionable steps that the Black community can take to ensure that they aren’t locked out of the industry.
As 2018 winded down, we hosted another installment of our Green Revolution: Cannabis & Entrepreneurship series as a way to further educate the Black community about actionable steps that they can take to gain a stake in this budding industry. The day-long event united brilliant Black minds and featured esteemed speakers including New York State Director at the Drug Policy Alliance Kassandra Frederique, John Gilstrap, Co-founder of HudsonHemp, and Shellise Rogers of Synergy Sesh who each discussed the layers of legalization and it’s racial, economic & social justice outcomes.
With Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio’s recent announcements in support of the legalization of marijuana, HBA is working tirelessly to ensure that Harlem and other Black communities that suffered the greatest harm from the War on Drugs benefit economically from the opportunities legalization will bring.
Black economic empowerment must be at the top of the agenda.