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May 2023 Newsletter

CWCBExpo. Building the Industry Together.

All under one roof:
Investors, Family Offices, Cannabis Retail Business Owners, Growers, Processors, Ancillary Service Providers,
NYS & NYC Cannabis Officials!

  • CannaVest East Institutional Investors Forum
  • CWCBExpo cutting edge conference program
  • NYS OCM and Cannabis NYC representation on the exhibit floor for all 3 days
  • OCM Seminar Series plus CAURD Q&A session on Saturday, June 3
  • B2B exhibits with hundreds of new products, expert services and professional deal making
  • Master class: Adult use retail dispensary business bootcamp
  • Networking at the B2B Rooftop Bash and Industry Yacht Party
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Cannabis Week, May 29 through June 4
Cannabis Week

Anchored by the CWCBExpo New York, Cannabis Week will bring the entire industry together during the first week of June for added networking, business building and fun!

Check out the updated Cannabis Week Guide, where you will find listings for local restaurant deals, CWCBExpo events, and more.


A Great NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally!

CWCBExpo was proud to be a sponsor of the NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally on Saturday May 6, 2023. Organizer Steve Bloom, publisher of CelebStoner, and his whole team of industry professionals did a fabulous job from start to finish. The entertainment was super, the crowds were high, dry and happy. What a great experience!

The parade was an official tour stop of Cannabis NYC. Founding Director of Cannabis NYC, Dasheeda Dawson, emceed the entire afternoon.

 CWCBExpo Note: Dasheeda Dawson will deliver a Keynote at CannaVest East and CWCBExpo Thursday June 1. The keynote is open to all registered attendees.


Dasheeda Dawson at NYC Cannabis Parade, May 6, 2023
Dasheeda Dawson at NYC Cannabis Parade, May 6, 2023

NYS Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) Update

On May 11 the Cannabis Control Board (CCB) held their meeting at SUNY Morrisville. At that meeting, the CCB:
  • Approved 50 more provisional CAURD licenses bringing the total to date to 215 across NYS
  • Approved another Lab Testing Facility bringing the total to 14 licensed labs in NYS
  • Presented the Social & Economic Equity (SEE) Plan
  • Presented Revised Adult-Use Regulations – a 45 day comment period is in effect so get your comments in
New York State Government
CWCBExpo Note: Don’t miss Tremaine Wright, Chair of the OCM, who will be speaking at CannaVest East to investors. Her session is on Thursday June 1, “CannaVest East: Investing in the Big Apple’s Adult Use Market: Opportunities in New York State.” Chair Wright will be interviewed by Debra Borchardt, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Green Market Report.

Dispensary News

Congratulations to the Co-Founders of Earth & Ivy Dispensary that opened its doors this May in New Brunswick, NJ: Sasha Stephens, David Ryslik, and Anthony Lotti. The 3 Co-Founders are the youngest dispensary owners in the United States and Sasha Stephens is the youngest Black woman to own a dispensary.

My Central Jersey

Tax Relief

Governor Murphy gave some tax relief to cannabis business owners in the Garden State. He signed a tax relief bill on May 8th that provided a work-around from the strangulating federal 280E tax regulations where cannabis business owners can’t write off the same business deductions that non-cannabis owners can write-off.

High Times

Stockton University

Congratulations to Jimmy Young, Founder, Host and Producer of ProCannabis Media. He is teaching an on-line course at Stockton University from June 5 – July 13, “Getting To Normalization: Changing the Stigma of Cannabis Through Public Relations.” 

Stockton University Cnnabis and Hemp Research Initiative

CWCBExpo Note: Jimmy featured CWCBExpo on the Green Rush Live program. The Green Rush Live is a two hour weekly really live business talk show produced by Pro Cannabis Media every Friday from 4-6PM EST. The show discusses news, policy issues, the business, science, research and politics of the cannabis industry. It is carried live on the homepage of as well as on the PCM TV channel on ROKU and Apple TV.

Pro Cannabis Media

University Row at CWCBExpo

CWCBExpo University Row: We look forward to welcoming Stockton University to the CWCBExpo this June – they will be exhibiting CWCBExpo’s University Row, which is sponsored by Hudson County Community College (HCCC).

Attendees will be able to learn first-hand what curriculum Stockton, HCCC and other colleges have regarding cannabis and business.

Hudson County Community College

Minnesota Becomes an Adult-Use State

Congratulations to Minnesota who will soon become the 23rd state to legalize recreational marijuana once Governor Tim Walz signs it – and he said would.

For Timely News Updates and In-Depth Articles
Check out the CWCBExpo BLOG

CWCBExpo blogs contain relevant, timely information. Recent subjects include cannabis testing laboratories, packaging, facility security, and legalization and regulatory updates.

Chicago Cubs become first Major League Baseball team with CBD sponsorship. Read this and other legalization updates in the CWCBExpo blog.

Don’t Miss LIVE with Gretchen Gaily, Every Thursday 4 pm – 4:20 pm
Gretchen Gailey and Redman LIVE, April 20 2023

Did you miss the fantastic, informative, exciting Redman when he was the guest on Gretchen Gailey Live? No worries – you can view the action on our Facebook page, or watch it again for more fun.

You can meet Redman in person at CWCBExpo June 1 – 3, he will be exhibiting with Sephida Artis-Mills representing the United Empowerment Party which he co-founded with Sephida. Check out the United Empowerment Party website.

Meet this Exhibitor and Women’s Pavilion Sub-Sponsor:

Union Square Travel Agency: A Cannabis Store

Union Square Travel Agency, a cannabis store
Union Square Travel Agency Ribbon Cutting, Feb 13 2023
Union Square Travel Agency Ribbon Cutting, Feb 13 2023

 The Union Square Travel Agency is a purpose-driven cannabis dispensary that redirects more than half of all proceeds to the not for profit, The Doe Fund.

We are a New York birthed company that believes in the legalization of cannabis, and that the cannabis industry should help to repair the damage done by the War on Drugs.
We are New Yorkers who are committed to giving back. We support BIPOC-, women-, and LGBTQ-owned brands. We hire formerly incarcerated and legacy operators with support from our community partners.

We also believe that a cannabis dispensary should serve a diverse clientele and a discerning customer who values quality and safe consumption. We celebrate design, innovation, and education, and want to create spaces that can help transport all those who visit – to a better world and a higher plane of consciousness.

Union Square Travel Agency Dispensary is located in Manhattan at 62 E 13th Street.

A few turn-keys spaces are still available.

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