Positive Impact Planning and Meaningful Follow-Through
346 River St
346 River St, Norwell, MA 02061, USA
Special guest speaker added!
So you can sell weed now... so what?
In Massachusetts and other regulated states, licensed cannabis business operators are mandated by law to include a positive impact plan to show regulators and host communities what actions that operator will take to make a positive impact in the community where their business operates. From park clean-ups and sustainable packaging to internship programs and charitable donations, some businesses are doing the bare minimum while others are putting the true spirit of legalization into play by being a responsible corporate citizen and community member from the start.
Regardless of whether you are a business operator, employee, regulator or community member, this conversation with leaders of some of the most innovative and ethically responsible cannabis businesses will inform and inspire you to improve your positive impact work or bring that passion to a new employer or team.
This event will also feature a special appearance from Northampton, MA Mayor David Narkewicz, who will share why his perspective on positive impact planning and why his city is no longer collect positive impact fees from cannabis licensees.
- April Arrasate, CEO of SEED Dispensary
- Ross Bradshaw, CEO and founder of New Dia
- Laury Lucien, Co-founder and Managing Member of Major Bloom LLC
- David Narkewicz, Mayor of Northampton, Massachusetts
- Beth Waterfall, President of RIVETER LLC and Executive Director of ELEVATE Northeast
SPONSORED BY MCR LABS
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April Arrasate is founder and CEO of the recently launched Seed, Boston's only Curated Cannabis Market. April is an experienced entrepreneur in the cannabis industry. In 2013, she assembled a winning team, application and brand, Curaleaf, to win one of four licenses to cultivate cannabis in the highly regulated state of Connecticut. As Founder and COO of one of the first commercial cannabis operations on the East Coast, she and her team brought that license from permit to production in less than six months and established a robust product line that included flower, vapes, topicals, edibles and concentrates. She exited successfully in 2017 and is now a shareholder of the public Company. April is also owner and founder of Core Cannabis, which harnesses her legal, pharmaceutical and cannabis industry operational experience as well as a team of experts to pursue national and international business development opportunities in cannabinoid products, research and drug policy initiatives. April is a Connecticut and South Carolina licensed attorney and is of counsel in the state of Florida.
Ross Bradshaw is a Board Certified Public Accountant who received both his accounting degree and Masters from Providence College. Ross’s background includes several years of experience in auditing and finance for industry leading not-for-profit and pharmaceutical companies. Ross has 8 years of experience in the cannabis industry as an advocate and entrepreneur. Ross’s experience includes previously serving as Treasurer for Massachusetts' chapter of the National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML) and co-founder of Equitable Opportunities Now (EON). Most recently, Ross is the founder and CEO of New Día, one of the state's first certified economic empowerment companies to open its doors in Worcester. New Día will be opening its second location in Fenway in 2022.
Laury Lucien is the CEO of Major Bloom, LLC, a vertically integrated marijuana business with two licensed locations in Massachusetts. She was a Social Equity Vendor for Massachusetts’s Cannabis Control Commission’s Social Equity Program, where she instructed courses for the participants of the Program. She is an adjunct professor at Suffolk University Law School and Clark University where she teaches Cannabis Law. She sits on the Boston Bar Association’s Cannabis Advisory Committee. She is a partner in Chill Hill Bean Co., LLC, a craft genetics company based in California. She is the cofounder of Balanced Approach Realty, a cannabis-focused real estate firm based out of Massachusetts. She is the host of the LegallyGreat Podcast. She is a Founder of 67 Degrees Brewing, a craft brewery and taste room in Franklin, MA. Laury is passionate about giving back to underserved communities. Laury helped over 16 people obtain their certifications for Economic Empowerment Priority status by holding free workshops for prospective applicants during the application window in Massachusetts. Laury believes that knowledge is liberating, so she consistently hosts events or sits on panels in order to provide information to those who would not otherwise access it.
Beth Waterfall is a cannabis business development strategist with a successful track record of helping brands and businesses grow via profitable product development, effective corporate communications, creative-yet-compliant marketing, and meaningful community engagement. She is also founder and executive director of ELEVATE Northeast Events and Education, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit organization that creates education programs to help end stigma against the people who use and work with cannabis, and to foster an inclusive and compliant industry. Beth is known for effectively breaking down doors between the nascent cannabis industry and the established business community, and for brokering some of the most impactful relationships in New England cannabis. As legalization expands in new states, Beth keeps her finger on the pulse of emerging regulations and social justice efforts, and leverages her relationships and experience to benefit her clients and the greater cannabis community.
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