Following the massive success of the first annual Black CannaConference & Expo, the event is returning to New Orleans in 2022.
The inaugural expo, also known as the Black CannaBizCon, took place from November 18th to November 20th at the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center. The widely attended event brought together innovators in the cannabis industry for workshops, exhibition booths, and presentations focused on medical benefits, industry equality, entrepreneurship, and technology surrounding the multi-billion-dollar industry that has often excluded African-American’s. Keynote speakers included some of the field’s most profound leaders, including Dr. Chanda Macias, founder of the National Holistic Healing Center in Washington DC. Dr. Macias also serves as CEO and Chairwoman of the Board of Women Grow and Ilera Holistic Healthcare.
During the expo, Roz McCarthy, Founder, and CEO of Minorities for Medical Marijuana, a sponsor for the summit, was honored with the first Black CannaBusiness Leadership Award. McCarthy was recognized for her many social efforts meant to empower people of color and educate them on the benefits and resources within the weed industry.
In addition to Minorities for Medical Marijuana, the conference collaborated with multiple organizations, including Tetragram, Bipocann, Cleveland School of Cannabis, Social Impact, and Trulieve, the growing chain of marijuana dispensaries.
This year’s Black CannaBizCon also featured a Housing Block, which allowed attendees to choose from select hotels that partnered with the conference. These accommodations were nearby the Ernest M. Morial Convention Center and permitted conference-goers to be in close proximity to other attendees, providing an added networking experience that established relationships and valuable connections with aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs and allies.
While details regarding keynote speakers and presentations for next year’s conference are not yet available, Kristi Price, the founder of Black CannaBusiness Magazine and CEO of its parent company, KRMA Media Inc, confirmed the second conference will return to New Orleans in 2022.
With tickets for this year’s conference starting at just $50, Black CannaBizCon served as an affordable and informational hub for the city, which reached a victory this year in its push to end marijuana criminalization. In June, the City Council’s Criminal Justice Committee voted to dismiss over 10,000 previously charged marijuana cases and pardon future minor possession charges. Since Blacks are four times more likely to be jailed for cannabis possession, the Black CannaBizCon helped New Orleans citizens become educated on the marijuana business, their rights, and how they can claim their place in the growing industry.
Price founded Black CannaBusiness Magazine in 2019. In just two years, the company has hosted and participated in several successful events and panels, including the 4|20 Virtual Experience and the USA CBD Expo. Among their many initiatives, Black CannaBusiness Magazine also launched The Black Friday’s Podcast in January of 2021. This show welcomes advocates, marijuana company CEOs, and other leaders every Friday to discuss the latest innovations and resources for people of color in the bustling weed business.
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