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5/18/21 Craft Cannabis in NYC Panel Discussion

Posted on June 22, 2021 / Webinar
On Tuesday, May 18th, Made in NYC hosted a panel discussion with equitable cannabis entrepreneurs and experts to discuss the future of cannabis businesses. With the legalization of cannabis in New York, there are new opportunities for local makers, particularly Black, people of color, and women entrepreneurs to participate in this emerging industry. The panel discussed what New York City’s manufacturers can learn from strategies in other cities where cannabis has been legalized, and how to interpret the legal matters of the new MRTA law to best prepare for what’s to come.


Courtney Knapp (Moderator)
Associate Professor, Pratt Institute GCPE
Courtney Knapp, AICP is an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning in the Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment at the Pratt Institute. Courtney teaches studios and courses in planning methods, main street revitalization, housing, and social planning.
Sherri Franklin
CEO, Urban Design Center
As the Founder & CEO of Urban Design Center (UDC), Sherri Franklin champions its core mission to provide strategic thought leadership to non-profit organizations, government agencies, and private developers working to catalyze resilient rebranding of urban environments and to enhance economic opportunities for people of color.
Penelope Hamilton
Director of Outreach in New York State, The Cannabis Community
Penelope Hamilton Crescibene is the Director of Outreach in New York State for The Cannabis Community, the Executive Director of WNY NORML, a Cannabis Industry advocate, a consultant, and an educator. Her own passion for learning has driven her to learn from experts in a variety of areas of the hemp industry, including research, cultivation, and media and marketing.
Symone Gates
Founder & CEO, Sincerely Bädé

Sincerely Bädé celebrates the beautiful diversity of human life, which includes constant motion, activity, and unique experiences.

We believe in plants’ natural medicine and that fresh herbs should be infused in every single product. All ingredients are ethically procured from vetted, thoroughly tested, environmentally responsible domestic farms, and are specifically selected for their skin-loving benefits.

As a woman of color owned company, we believe in quality products, beautiful design and most importantly, taking care of our customers and community.

Cristina Buccola, Esq.
Principal, CB Counsel

Cristina Buccola is an attorney, advisor, and advocate who helps her clients build and sustain viable business enterprises.

As Chief Counsel of CB Counsel PLLC, Cristina is retained by cannabis and hemp farmers, producers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, and applicants to navigate the legal, licensing, and regulatory challenges they face. She also assists entrepreneurs, institutional and private investors, CPG and tech companies, artists, media outlets, and not-for-profit organizations in their cannabis concerned matters.

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