Cannabis and Hemp Association, NYU Students for Sensible Drug Policy Host State and Industry Heavyweights for NYU Cannabusiness Seminar 2016

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Friday, November 18, 2016—7:00 -11:00 p.m.Global Center for Academic and Student Life

FREE, Public, One-Night-Only Program includes Discussions on Cannabis Career Opportunities and NY State MMJ Laws 

Evening Panel Discussion to Feature Master Grower Jason Cranford (Haleigh’s Hope/Flowering Hope Foundation), NYS Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, and More


NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2016 /Weed Wire/ — The Cannabis and Hemp Association (CHA)—New York’s leading voice for cannabis and hemp advocacy and industry—teams up with New York University’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) to present the NYU Cannabusiness Seminar 2016, a FREE exploration of New York State’s medical marijuana industry on Friday, November 18, from 7-11 p.m. at the NYU’s Global Center for Academic and Student Life at 238 Thompson Street.

Led by CHA founder and noted expert and advocate Scott Giannotti, the evening is designed for both NYU students and New Yorkers alike to learn about the current state of the cannabis industry in New York State—and what’s on the horizon. The cornerstones of the Seminar will be Giannotti’s presentation “Preparing for a Career in the Cannabis Industry and an expert-packed panel discussion of “End of Year Review: NYS Medical Cannabis,” outlining the specifics and challenges of the NYS MMJ program.

Giannotti’s presentation, which reviews entrepreneurship opportunities and careers within the scope of NYS-licensed Registered Organizations such as the growing, processing, and sale of cannabis; and barriers to entry one might face, will include the following:

  • The emergence of new skills- and knowledge-based positions like extraction tech, bud trimmer, and cannabis industry compliance
  • The even wider array of industry roles outside of “touching the flower”
  • The pros and cons of forging a cannabis career in New York vs. relocating
  • How to pursue valuable training/internships from reputable companies
  • Entrepreneur or Employee?—the best ways to make a name for yourself in the still-new cannabis industry

Confirmed panelists represent the spectrum of perspectives—from legislative to growing and retail—and will include NYS Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Master Grower Jason Cranford (Haleigh’s Hope/Flowering Hope Foundation), PharmaCannis Lobbyist Fred Polsinelli, attorney Hanan Kolko (Meyer, Suozzi, English, and Klein), and Bryan Clenahan, State Senator Diane Savino’s Chief of Staff.

“The CHA is grateful to NYU’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy for inviting us to put together this seminar for both the NYU and larger community of canna-conscious New Yorkers,” says Giannotti. “We find there remains a huge demand for education on the NYS program and the business opportunities within it, and teaming up with SSDP gives us the chance to reach a larger audience”

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

About the Cannabis and Hemp Association (CHA)
The CHA was founded by Scott Giannotti in New York City in 2014. Giannotti coined the term “Agricultural Evolution” to sum up the vision of the CHA—a culture forged on the properties of the plant cannabis sativa L. and other sustainable natural resources that are eco-friendly.  Through education, outreach, and community service, the CHA aims to inspire lawful, altruistic, responsible, and sincere use of the cannabis plant to improve our communities. As the curtain on prohibition is lifted, the CHA is a leading voice calling for more activism, more participation from entrepreneurs, and more money invested politically into making cannabis a powerful and responsible mainstream industry. For more information, please visit, join the MeetUp (cannabisandhemp), or follow on Facebook (CHAWorldwide), Instagram (@cannabisandhemp) or Twitter (@cannabisandhemp).

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