EDISON – After a two-year hiatus and legalization, the Cannademix cannabis conference returns to Middlesex College.
Cannademix will host “Cannabis Conversations: Education, Equity, Sports and Politics” from 4 to 9 pm on October 8, in the Park View room of the West Hall building.
The event will feature networking for those looking to get started in the cannabis field, as well as panels on several areas including education, social equity, cannabis in sport, politics and business.
“We are coming out of the pandemic and there are a lot of changes with weed going legal so people want to know how they can get into the industry,” said Joshua Alb, director of Cannademix, a Middlesex College alumnus. .
“It’s about teaching people how to get into the industry, or what’s going to happen with the industry in the future, and what they really need to know,” he said. .
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Entrance is free for all without a formal dress code. Additional information can be found at www.cannademix.com.
Participants must follow Middlesex College’s COVID-19 guidelines and must wear masks at all times inside the site. Masks and hand sanitizer will be available on site.
New this year are the panels on social equity and sport.
Knowledge is power
The education panel will discuss cannabis education and training in the college program to prepare for the future of the industry.
“The purpose of the educational panel is to help people understand the future of cannabis academics in the Garden State,” said Alb.
The panel will begin at 4 p.m. and will be moderated by Nadir Pearson, a student at Brown University, founder and CEO of the Student Marijuana Alliance for Research and Transparency (SMART) and Director of Innovation at Hybrid.
Panelists include Michael Ansonoff, associate chair of the Department of Natural Sciences at Middlesex College; Thomas Gianfagna, professor of plant biology at Rutgers University; and Ekaterina Sedia, minor director of cannabis at the University of Stockton.
Social equity and sport
The social equity panel will discuss restorative justice and the importance of social equity after how the war on drugs has disproportionately affected black and brown communities.
“Fairness is the most important thing in this industry,” said Alb. “They are going to talk about how to end the war on drugs and create institutions of social equity and help people in these disadvantaged socio-economic areas.”
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The panel will begin at 5 p.m. and will be moderated by Edison City Councilor Joyce Ship-Freeman.
Panelists include Leo Bridgewater, national director of veterans outreach at Minorities for Medical Marijuana; Jessica Gonzalez, cannabis and intellectual property lawyer at Hiller and outside general counsel at Minorities for Medical Marijuana; and Mary Pryor, Marketing Director at TONIC CBD and Co-Founder of Cannaclusive.
“We want to put cannabis in the spotlight, where disadvantaged people have the opportunity to access the profits of this industry for the damage done to their communities,” said Alb.
Cannabis at the service of athletes
The Cannabis in Sport panel will discuss how cannabis has helped athletes in their careers and what the future holds for cannabis in athletics.
“We are going to talk about how cannabis only helps in sports, sports recovery, mental health and cannabis, how these people have suffered huge brain trauma and how cannabis helps in their daily life and can just survive. . ”said Alb.
The panel will begin at 6 p.m. and will be moderated by Alan Ao, Founder and President of Plants and Prescriptions and Member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Cannabis Pharmacists.
Panelists include Jonathan Casillas, two-time Super Bowl champion and founder and CEO of Jade’s Garden; Eugene Monroe, former NFL offensive tackle and CEO of Heart Community Capital; Dominique Easley, former NFL defensive tackle and CEO of Dollar Party; and Jordan Reed, former NFL tight end.
The business and politics panel will discuss the future of marijuana legalization in New Jersey.
The panel will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be moderated by Fruqan Mouzon, a former New Jersey Senate general counsel who helped draft the New Jersey recreational marijuana bill.
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“It’s about the community at the end of the day,” said Alb. “This is how you can get into an industry.”
“You may have lost your job during the pandemic, you may be going through some difficulties right now,” he added. “But it’s a way for you to get out of it and it could be a future career path for you.”
Panelists include Sam Joshi, Edison City Councilor; Matthew Hersh, Highland Park Councilor; James Cahill, Mayor of New Brunswick; Dasheeda Dawson, City of Portland Cannabis Program Supervisor; and Rachel Knox, president of the Cannabis Commission for the State of Oregon.
Alb is looking to expand Cannademix and will be hosting a Legal to Legacy event in Newark as well as a Science Symposium in Princeton in the future.
“I want to make Middlesex the scientific and technological revolution for cannabis in the world,” said Alb.
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