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The Future of Cannabis in New York

The time has come for New Yorkers to ask where we go from here.  Our friends and family in the west and New England have freedoms we don't have and our local friends of color are constantly harassed by the police about cannabis.  

I.  How do we push state government to enact an initiative process in the state of New York so that people can vote on issues like cannabis.

II.  How do we approach local community groups, unions, and police organizations for input on moving forward with their support.  

III.  What would legalized cannabis or medical cannabis look like in NYC and NY State?  Our culture is very different from California or New England, how will it be applied in a city of this magnitude?   

These and many more questions will be asked. 


Panelists

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Adam Gassman

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Adam Gassman, Esq; (Founder of Newslo/ Co-Founder & COO of Web Espy)- He launched his first startup Newslo.com with money made trading in medical marijuana stocks while attending Law School. After graduating Law School and passing the NYS Bar Exam, Adam continued to build Newslo.com. Adam joined Web Espy September of 2013 as COO. Adam spearheads both the content as well as marketing strategy and manages a team of writers to produce top notch content. He graduated from SUNY Buffalo, Phi Beta Kappa in 2009 and Hofstra Law School in 2012. He is admitted to practice law in the state of New York but decided to pursue startups instead.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/adamgassman

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Noah Potter

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Noah has studied cannabis and psychedelic law and policy since 1993. He is the author of psychedeliclaw.com, chair emeritus of the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Drugs and the Law, and one of the organizers of the NYC Cannabis Parade.  He runs his own law practice in New York and specializes in commercial and civil litigation.  

http://www.linkedin.com/in/noahpotteresq 

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Rebecca Pressman

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Rebecca is a Law Librarian, specializing in legal services for New Jersey.  She has been admitted to both the New Jersey and New York bars and specializes in copyright law and permissions.  Recently, she has focused on studying medical marijuana laws around the country and has focused on employment issues. 

  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rebecca-pressman/b/369/18a

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Danny Panzella

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Danny Panzella studied film and journalism at the City University of New York. Danny is a Voluntaryist and follows the non aggression principle as his guiding value. The idea that aggression in any form is immoral, and force is only acceptable in self defense. 

As an activist Danny has focused on the exposing the crony capitalist Federal Reserve Banking System for the past several years. Mr. Panzella ran for New York State Assembly in 2010 on the Libertarian party ticket. 

Danny is currently working on a new film Does Pot Cure Cancer? A Medical Marijuana Documentary. Danny’s goal with this film is to shed light on the mountains of scientific research ignored by the corporate media that proves that cannabis cures cancer.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/danial-panzella/22/788/668

Organizers

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Michael Latulippe, Founder of Open Cannabis

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Michael has been a cannabis activist for years, having worked with the San Francisco chapter of Americans for Safe Access on creating events and developing a strong Web presence. He founded Open Cannabis as a database project, but it quickly transformed into a group to influence the cultural representation of cannabis in the community.  When Michael isn't involved in cannabis activism he is organizing high level software engineering events and organizes for some of the largest software groups in the country including Bay Area Software Engineers (BASE) in San Francisco.  

http://www.linkedin.com/in/michaellatulippe

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Natalie Shmuel, Core Leader of Open Cannabis

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Natalie is an active supporter for freedom of choice and liberty, as promised to us. In the past, she has been active in issues such as Animal Rights, Human Rights, Marriage Equality, and now 'Open Cannabis'.  She works as a photographer as well as a filmmaker, and is currently starting a documentary on the reality of cannabis use versus what our society has stereotyped the lifestyle to be.

http://www.linkedin.com/in/natalieshmuel

http://www.facebook.com/LunaRougePictures

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Drew Griffner, Core Leader of Open Cannabis

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Drew is a core leadership member of Open Cannabis and helps our with social media and image.  She is currently a researcher for a publications company in NYC, is a dance instructor, and has a background handling client relationships. 

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/drew-griffner/49/b05/78

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Kevin Ross, Core Leader of Open Cannabis

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Kevin is a core leadership member of Open Cannabis and is the groups spokesperson at events he attends.  He helps moderate panels and make guests feel welcome at events.  His background in organizing events, and being a grand host precedes him.  Definitely look our for Kevin at our Open Cannabis events.  

https://www.facebook.com/kcross

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Tom Marinis, Core Leader of Open Cannabis

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Tom is a registered nurse who grew up on Long Island and wants to see the laws changed to benefit anyone who may have a use for cannabis without the stigma associated with it.


Sponsors   

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Grind 

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A members-only workspace and community dedicated to taking all of the frustrations of working the old way and pulverizing them to a dust so fine it actually oils the wheels of the machine. Grind is a 22nd century platform that helps talent collaborate in a new way: outside the system. Grind was built for free radicals who would rather work in a community than a company.

http://grindspaces.com/

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Aditiv

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Aditiv, Inc is a corporation dedicated to retooling the global manufacturing base with emerging technologies like 3D printing and robotics. Based in New York City, we have great access to manufacturers and 3D printing companies. We bring our international resources to the table for our clients to help them retool, rebrand, and prepare for the new technologies revolutionizing the industrial world. We handle everything from logistics to protecting intellectual property. Aditiv will explain both the limits of the technology and the capabilities. Working with our clients, we are helping transform the entire industrial base of the world with new technologies that cost less and produce a better product.

http://aditiv.org/

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Legal Disclaimer

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Views or opinions expressed by speakers or sponsors at our local Open Cannabis community events do not necessarily express the opinion or views of the Open Cannabis organization and we do not take responsibility for the views expressed or the actions of speakers or sponsors at our local events.  Open Cannabis does not distribute cannabis and we do not allow the use of cannabis during our events.  

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Open Cannabis is Growing

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Our group has grown by leaps and bounds this past year and we are proud to announce that Open Cannabis is going to continue to grow and develop our ecosystem with groundbreaking events centering around cannabis, technology, art, and science.  We couldn't do it without our members and we want to thank you for being apart of this growing organization.

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  • Michael S.

    The Future of Cannabis in New York? Voting for Libertarian candidate for NY Governor will help big time!
    Come and meet him.
    http://www.meetup.com/NY-Libertarians/events/182025162/

    June 4, 2014

  • Doug

    Check out this story:

    http://tinyurl.com/lqcz4n4

    Let's keep scaring 'em! Great meeting some of you last night!

    Doug

    January 24, 2014

    • Natalie s.

      His comments are laughable, yet very sad

      January 24, 2014

  • Thomas

    If there is any info about last nights presentation I would appreciate posting or sending out by organizers. I came to last weeks meetup that was cancelled but worked late last night. I am very interested in the lobbying efforts to reform and tax and hope that Moveon and other progressive organizations will get involved. Have the organizers thought about sponsoring a MoveOn petition in NYC and see what kind of traction it has? if consumers put pressure on big corporations with spending power decisions they wont fight reform to protect their own interests, but will embrace it so as not to alienate consumers. This will have a big impact on the lobbying industry.

    January 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      the evening was filmed. not sure when (or if) that will be made available...

      January 24, 2014

    • Natalie s.

      We should have an update on last night's event for those that missed it.. as for the video, were not sure yet how to go about it and when but I'll let everyone know as soon as we have something!

      January 24, 2014

    • Natalie s.

      Hey Mark! Yes I shared the petition on our Facebook page this morning! Thanks for sharing :)

      January 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to the panelists and everyone that made it out. I really enjoyed last night!

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • Tom

    Nice to see something good in the making.

    1 · January 24, 2014

  • Thomas

    working late, hope to make a future one

    1 · January 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    We would be wise to recognize we are dealing in a vast deep culture of hypocrisy that created the bogus crime of pot which just happened to be created by our Lord to be used for our pleasure. Instead of making excuses for this preposterous nonsense our best argument would be the truth and put the hypocrites into the light of day. We have been electing a devious crime family that protects Wall Street crooks and has started savage wars to redistribute our Treasury for themselves. They need to be put on the defensive with the truth and the glaring evidence.

    January 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    This needs to be a Federal issue, not a state issue. The Feds can bust people in CO. We need to all register Libertarian and nominate candidates in every district. Approaching this state by state is a dumb, counterproductive strategy. We don't need 435 districts to blow the roof off the US Capitol with 40 or 50 US Congress people. We need the pro athletes to join us. Start with the Knicks and Nets. We can get the MLB players in Spring training.

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Did you see the price in COlorado? We must elect no BS weed candidates to the US Congress. Weed is no more a crime than ice cream.

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Clark S.

    I can provide a meeting space in Downtown Brooklyn w/o notice next time...

    January 17, 2014

  • ubaldo l.

    Cant write with the android...

    January 17, 2014

  • Brenda

    I an only stay for 40 min but looking forward to it

    January 16, 2014

  • Jordan

    Are there any requirements/limits on who CAN attend? Or is it open invite where anybody may attend?

    January 16, 2014

    • Natalie s.

      No requirements! The more the better for public response! We need to show that there are a lot of us who support legalization! :)

      January 16, 2014

  • Thomas

    Great, Lobbying and forming associations is an important step. Also using social media to inform, educate and make change however too many people these days have to worry about discretion. These days I work within the bar, club and liquor industry so I am less concerned but for many years i had to worry about discretion in the work place.

    2 · January 15, 2014

  • Thomas

    enjoyed the liberal culture in CA during the holidays

    January 6, 2014

  • cory

    Great idea I want to be apart of the movement

    January 1, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    hi...before I am chased out of New York in order to get surgery, I want to see what my options are. Though I am kind of desperate ( my health is fading, but a company is willing to donate a $20000 to help me) I have information that could help sick New Yorkers this coming year. I am not the bad guy, and don't feel like I should be chased away. I want to stand my ground and fight, but can't do this alone. I just want to get involved with serious people who know the benefits of medicinal marijuana, and the tragedies that occur due to it being illegal. Thanks.

    December 30, 2013

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