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Wednesday, September 11 • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Grow, Build, Sustain: “From Seeds to Sales, A Cannabis Tech Salon”

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Join the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Metropolitan D.C. Chapter, and D.C. Startup Week during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 49th Annual Legislative Conference for Grow, Build, Sustain: “From Seeds to Sales, A Cannabis Tech Salon”. This year, the Cannabis Tech Salon is honoring Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Co-Chair of the Bi-Partisan Congressional Cannabis Caucus, and Washington, D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser. We will be showcasing the growth and development of cannabis production in an effort to include and empower more Black business owners, a demographic that is tremendously underrepresented in today’s legal cannabis economy. The cannabis industry employs thousands of people in high-tech agricultural jobs, manufacturing, distribution, and retail. And, roughly two-thirds of Americans now live in states where some form of cannabis is legal, and polls consistently demonstrate that over 70% of Americans support permitting states to develop their own cannabis policies.

Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Time: 12:00PM - 2:00PM

Location: Eaton Workshop, 1201 K Street NW, Washington, DC.

Participants: Members of Congress, banking institutions, cannabis industry innovators, thought-leaders, policymakers, retailers, and manufacturers will be in attendance educating attendees on the financing, growth, production, and distribution of cannabis products.

To Learn More: Please contact Mariko Bennett at 301-741-3443 or via email at mariko@cocobproductions.com.

In compliance with the United States’ House and Senate Ethics Guidelines, event reception fare and entertainment will be reasonable and of de minimis value consistent with the rules under the “Reception Exception” provision.

Speakers
avatar for Muriel Bowser

Muriel Bowser

Mayor, DC Government
As Mayor of her hometown, Muriel Bowser is committed to building pathways to the middle class and making sure every Washingtonian gets a fair shot. Washington, DC is a growing and prospering city—now more than 700,000 residents strong. To keep up with this growth, the Bowser Administration... Read More →
avatar for John Kagia

John Kagia

Chief Knowledge Officer, New Frontier Data
John Kagia is considered to be one the pioneering thought leaders in the cannabis industry. He has developed market leading forecasts for the growth of the industry, uncovered groundbreaking research into the cannabis consumer, and led the first-of-its-kind analysis of global cannabis... Read More →
avatar for Ayris T. Scales

Ayris T. Scales

Chief Service Officer, Serve DC
Ayris is a highly sought after policy leader and strategic initiatives activator with a knack for quickly assessing structural challenges and navigating organizations through periods of rapid change, re-alignment and operational expansion. She has spent the past 15 years designing... Read More →
avatar for Joe Neguse

Joe Neguse

Congressman, Colorado’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives
Congressman Joe Neguse represents Colorado’s 2nd District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  He was elected to his first term in November 2018, becoming the first African-American member of Congress in Colorado history. He serves as a member of the House Judiciary Committee... Read More →
avatar for Mariko Bennett

Mariko Bennett

Founder, COCO B. Productions
Mariko Bennett is founder of COCO B. Productions, a strategic consulting firm based in in the nation’s capital.As a corporate and political affairs leader she helps Fortune 500 companies navigate Washington, DC’s inner circles and get results in the chambers of Congress.Representing... Read More →
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Stacey Samuel

Supervising Editor, NPR
A reporter and producer with over 20 years of experience, now Stacey Samuel currently serves as supervising editor for National Public Radio each day crafting the stories that shape our national discourse and tell of the human condition. The stories she edits touch all the newsmagazine... Read More →
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Kevin Ford

President and Chief Executive Officer, The Uplift Companies
Kevin Ford, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of The Uplift Companies, has spent the last 5+ years as a commercial real estate advisor and brings over a decade of brand development and management experience in various industries. Kevin is a native of Prince George’s County... Read More →
avatar for Yvette M. Alexander

Yvette M. Alexander

Professional Summary of Yvette M. AlexanderThe Honorable Yvette M. Alexander served as a member of the Council of the District of Columbia from May 2007 to January 2017. In 2015-2016, she served as Chair of the Committee on Health and Human Services, which has oversight of a $4.5... Read More →
avatar for Hope Wiseman

Hope Wiseman

Founder, Mary & Main
In the fall of 2017, Hope’s ambition and hard work led her to become the youngest black woman dispensary owner in the United States when she officially started Mary and Main.Hope was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland, graduating from the illustrious Spelman College... Read More →
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Mary Pryor

Co-Founder, Cannaclusive
Amongst her colleagues, Mary Pryor is known for being a trendsetting, innovative, passionate and strategic problem solver. Mary has always been ahead of the curve due to being immersed in automotive design, electrical engineering, music, education, digital arts, and marketing while... Read More →
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Chanda Macias

National Healing Holistic Center
Chanda Macias, MBA, PhD is the owner and General Manager of National Healing Holistic Center. Dr. Chanda has the scientific insight to assist patients with dosages and medical marijuana strain alignment to find the right medicine for their needs.
avatar for Elroy P. Sailor

Elroy P. Sailor

Mr. Elroy P. Sailor has a 30-year track record of success in government, private business and corporate consulting where he has represented major national retailers, sports organizations, Fortune 500 companies and foreign governments. He is Co-founder and served in both capacities... Read More →
avatar for Natasha Strother Lassiter

Natasha Strother Lassiter

CEO, Co-Founder, BLU Elements Ventures
Natasha Strother Lassiter brings 20 years of leadership, finance, operations and entrepreneurship experience from the food and beverage industry to her role as CEO and Co-Founder of BLU Elements, a newly formed cannabis company.Most recently, she was Chief Operating Officer of Prime... Read More →


Wednesday September 11, 2019 12:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Eaton Workshop - 1st Floor