Women Grow DC: The State of DC Cannabis
Josephine Butler Parks Center
2437 15th St NW, Washington, DC, US
The National Cannabis Festival is teaming up with Women Grow DC this month to present: The State of DC CannabisOn Friday 3/26 the D.C. Superior Court upheld the Local Budget Autonomy Act of 2012, which 82% of D.C. voters approved in spring of 2013. Then, on Tuesday, D.C.’s Attorney General and Chief Financial Officer said they would not appeal.This means that the council can move forward to determine how to tax and regulate marijuana and pass a law to do so this fall! To read more about this recent development, click here.
Kate Bell, Legislative Analyst, State Policies Department
Ms. Bell joined the staff of MPP in December 2015 and is working toward reform in Arizona, D.C., Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wyoming. Prior to joining MPP, she worked as a criminal defense attorney based in Baltimore, Maryland, where she witnessed first-hand how the racially-disparate enforcement of prohibition warps the relationships between police and the communities they serve. In her practice, she regularly represented medical marijuana patients under the affirmative defense law, while also advocating for a broader law that would protect patients from prosecution.Ms. Bell graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. She has traveled extensively and is now a proud resident of the (future) 51st state.Malik Burnett, M.D. M.B.A.Currently completing his residency at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Malik Burnett is a physician advocate who completed his medical and business training at Duke University. He believes that a public which is better informed about the science behind cannabis will be able to use cannabis safely and experience its many benefits. Former surgeon, marijuana law and policy expert, and civil rights and social justice reformer, Dr. Burnett is interested in developing the empirical data surrounding clinical outcomes for medical marijuana and analyzing the public health implications of current drug policy with the goal shifting the framework of US drug policy from one based on criminal justice towards a policy focused on health and human rights. Malik was instrumental in the passage of Initiative 71 while at the Drug Policy Alliance in 2014.
Kaitlyn Boecker, Policy Coordinator, Drug Policy Alliance
Kaitlyn is a policy coordinator at the Drug Policy Alliance's Office of National Affairs in Washington, D.C., where she moves DPA’s advocacy agenda on marijuana and broader drug policy reform in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.Sponsors FAQs Who attends?You'll meet women (and men) at all different stages of their career in the cannabis industry. Many will be in the research phase, just learning more about opportunities, while still working day jobs. Some are looking for jobs with existing organizations. Others are starting up their own cannabis venture or ancillary business. Depending on the status of legalization in your state, you'll also meet cannabis business owners & investors who are well on their way. Watch the video to see for yourself. Why should I attend?Personal connections are the key to professional success. Through the wide variety of events offered to members of Women Grow, trustworthy business relationships sprout from the face-to-face interactions of our members.Together we have more power. As the cannabis industry grows on a national and global scale, women have the opportunity to build a new American industry from inception and redefine the workplace to create environments in which we can flourish and define our own destiny, and cultivate the next generation of industry leaders. How can I get the most out of networking events?We recommend bringing business cards and a pen to take notes. If you don't have business cards, check out Moo for 10% off your first order (and your first order supports Women Grow). Watch our video on networking tips from Women Grow founding members.Where are there Women Grow events?Women Grow events are held in small towns and large cities, in prohibition and legalized states alike. No matter where your county is on the road to legalization, you can have a Women Grow chapter. Learn more about starting a Women Grow Chapter. Are there ID requirements to attend?All attendees must be 21 years or older and have a valid ID as many events occur in establishments serving alcohol. Can I pay at the door?Paying in advance helps speed up our check-in process and makes sure you receive all event announcements. If you are unable to pay in advance, please bring cash AND a card. We'll take whichever payment method we're able to at that venue. Are tickets refundable or transferrable? You may send a friend to attend in your place. Tickets are not refundable. Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?No, as long as your ID matches the name you're registered under. You may also show us your ticket on your mobile device. If you are giving your ticket to a colleague, please forward them the ticket to show us. Are events on different days other than the first Thursday of the month?Women Grow networking events are on the first Thursday of each month (except for holiday weeks). Social events can be planned at other times. Women Grow's national events are held a few times a year. Make sure you're on the Women Grow mailing list to receive invitations. Why do you charge for events?Women Grow is funded by event proceeds and sponsors. We charge for our events so that Women Grow is a self-sustaining organization. If you are unable to afford an event, please contact the organizer to ask about volunteer opportunities. Why should I consider a career in the cannabis industry?Watch our videos on getting started in the cannabis industry and why women should get involved.
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