New York State Cannabis Legalization is Here.
How Will Your Business Make the Most of It?

[ Next Event is Thursday, October 28th ]

What to Expect

As industry leaders and prospective cannabis business owners navigate the emerging New York State cannabis landscape, NY Cannabis Live helps guide the way – proving valuable and actionable insights for those in the cannabis industry.

The NY Cannabis Insider Half Day Virtual Conference is a point of entry to understanding the billion-dollar medical marijuana, hemp and legal weed industries — an economic opportunity unrivaled in modern New York history.

NY Cannabis Insider’s May session will feature an impactful combination of panel discussions, cannabis industry updates and hosted roundtable discussions. Topics will dive deep into the current landscape of cannabis in New York, and will discuss best business practices in various areas of the industry, at varied levels of expertise. There will also be an opportunity to network with cannabis industry leaders and up-and-comers, showcase NYS cannabis businesses and gather new ideas, toolkits, and road maps for launching and growing a successful cannabis business.

Who Attends

Those involved in all facets of the Cannabis industry including: C-Suite influencers; industry group leaders; lobbyists, politicians and political influencers; legal and security experts; banking and medical experts; business owners; and the most widely respected journalists in New York covering the industry.


Time: 10am – 1pm

Location: REMO virtual event platform

Agenda topics: Keynote industry update, Regulating the market, basics of entering the cannabis market, industry insights

*Final agenda to be announced in the coming weeks.

Speakers for May 20, 2021 Conference

Keynote Speaker:  Crystal Peoples-Stokes

Assemblywoman for Buffalo’s 141st Assembly District

Peoples-Stokes successfully passed a law to decriminalize possession and the expungement of minor marijuana convictions from New Yorkers’ criminal records, a critical accomplishment along the path towards the state legalization of marijuana and the reinvestment of disenfranchised communities of color, a bill she has sponsored for the last six years.

Dasheeda Dawson

Cannabis Czar for the City of Portland, Oregon, founder & chair of Cannabis Regulators of Color Coalition, chief strategist for CHEM, and best selling author.  

Art Hance

Founder and President of Hance Construction, Inc. which provides material erected, turnkey construction management and general contracting services to the industrial, commercial and cannabis markets in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.  

Ngiste Abebe

President of the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association., and Director of Public Policy at Columbia Care

Allan Gandelman

Founder and President of the New York State Cannabis Growers and Processors Association, and Co-Founder of CBD processing company New York Hemp Oil. 

Sam Andras

Senior Principal & Partner at MJ12 Design Studio/2WR + Partners. MJ12 Design Studio / 2WR Partners are both national architectural and interior design firms. MJ12 specifically provides services to the cannabis industry both domestically and internationally.

David Serrano

Decorated U.S. Navy veteran, a pioneer in the cannabis industry, and a fierce advocate for social and environmental justice. David is the Founder and Chief of Business Development at Harvest 360 and H360 Labs. Harvest360 is NY Cannabis Insider’s social equity partner for this event.

Lizzie Kirshenbaum

Lizzie is the Regional Government Affairs Manager at Weedmaps. Her work is focused on Northeastern states, specifically New York and New England. Prior to joining Weedmaps two years ago, Lizzie worked on the Public Policy team at Airbnb.





NYS Cannabis Insider Sponsorship Opportunities

NY Cannabis Insider event sponsors are provided the opportunity to put their brand in front of industry movers and shakers. Sponsors build brand awareness, drive leads and leverage sponsorship affiliation through a fully integrated marketing program, including event activation and media.

May 20, 2021

May 20, 2021 – A Virtual Cannabis Conference