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May 2024 Newsletter

Rescheduling, Fireside Chats, Market Trends,
Pavilions, Networking Events

CWCBExpo New York –
Here We Come

“Rescheduling cannabis to Schedule III would be a game-changer for New York’s newly legal adult-use market…Ultimately, it will accelerate the already strong pace of growth we are currently seeing in New York’s legal cannabis market.


Cy Scott, Co-Founder & CEO, Headset

Don’t miss the Industry Update by Cy Scott, “Trends, Challenges and Opportunities – Why New York is the Market to Watch in the Midst of Rescheduling” on Wednesday, June 5, 2024.

Cy Scott, Co-founder. CEO, Headset
Cy Scott, Co-Founder & CEO, Headset
Federal Rescheduling

While not the ideal designation the industry wants, May was all lit up with news of rescheduling cannabis from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule III drug. More needs to be done, such as completely descheduling cannabis.

A public comment period is underway after the Justice Department published the proposed rescheduling rule. The public comment period runs through July 22, 2024, and comments can be submitted electronically through their portal. Now is the time to add your comments.

The CWCBExpo Conference Program will Address Rescheduling
Josh Kesselman, Cy Scott, Tim Seymour, Tremaine Wright

The latest news and impact of rescheduling cannabis will be energetically discussed in our workshops, conference seminars, networking events, and on the show floor. A few of the exciting conference highlights are:

  • Market Trends & Opportunities with Cy Scott, Co-Founder & CEO Headset
  • Fireside Chat featuring Chair Wright of the Cannabis Control Board, with Kristin Jordan, Esq., Founder & CEO, Park Jordan
  • Fireside Chat & Keynote featuring Josh Kesselman, Founder & CEO, HBI International/RAW Rolling Papers, with Tim Seymour Portfolio Manager, CNBS Cannabis ETF; Co-Host, CNBC Fast Money
  • Where is Wall Street?
  • Behind the Headlines: Meet the Cannabis Press and Editors
  • Business & Culture at a Crossroads: Cannabis & Psychedelics
  • The Politics & Medicine of Cannabis: A Multi-state Approach
  • Cannabis Retail Marketing in the Digital Era
  • High Tech: How Technology Can Drive Your Business
  • Transactions and Services to Expand Your Cannabis Business
  • Journey to Legitimacy: The OGs and OQs of Cannabis
Kymberly Byrnes, Kristin Jordan, Gia Morón, Dawne Morris
NYS Licensing News

Changes in the NYS Office of Cannabis Management and Cannabis Control Board

A lot has happened regarding the NYS Office of Cannabis Management (OCM) and the Cannabis Control Board (CCB). As May unfolded, we learned of the impending departure of Chris Alexander, Executive Director of the OCM, effective June 7, 2024.

In addition, NYS Governor Kathy Hochul mandated several significant operational changes to the OCM for the short and long-term. The changes came on the heels of the final report that Jeanette Moy, Commissioner of the Office of General Services, issued after her 30-day research mission of the OCM.

The operational changes will have an impact on several aspects of what the OCM manages including:

  • A new task force to deal with illicit cannabis activity
  • Licensing procedures
  • Capital for justice-involved CAURD licensees

Learn more about what Governor Hochul announced and about the operational changes and new task force from the Finger Lakes Daily News.

NYS OCM Office of Cannabis Management
Finger Lakes Daily News
New Jersey News

New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission

Governor Phil Murphy also instituted some major changes at the the NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission (CRC) in May. Executive Director Jeff Brown is transitioning to a new position at the NJ Department of Health (DOH) where he will be the new deputy commissioner. His replacement at the CRC will be Christopher Riggs, who previously held the role of deputy executive director and was formerly chief counsel of the CRC.

Read more from Cannabis Risk Manager.

Cannabis Risk Manager
NJ Cannabis Regulatory Commission
Get the CWCBExpo Run Down from Christine Ianuzzi

In this conversation with KymB, Christine Ianuzzi, Founder and CEO of CWCBExpo, shares her insights on rescheduling and gives a rundown of what’s happening at next week’s 10th Annual CWCBExpo, including the many exciting happenings there that you won’t want to miss.

“This is the year that CWCBExpo celebrates the community, the industry, our clients, and all the newcomers who’ll be joining in – the industry is about to grow again.” – Christine Ianuzzi
Christine Ianuzzi
In addition to the full conference program, CWCBExpo offers pre-show workshops, a dynamic exhibit floor, and legendary networking events.

Two Pre-Show Workshops:

Dispensary Ownership & Operations Bootcamp

Deep dive into seed-to-sale discussions including licensing, site selection, real estate, regulations, advertising, design, staffing, security, delivery, compliance, taxation, and product knowledge.

Separate Ticket Required, includes coffee and lunch

Cultivation: Licensing, Technology and Operation

Explore regulations, licenses, funding, challenges, technology, ROI, facility design, security, humidity, lighting, strains, and artificial intelligence.

Separate Ticket Required, includes coffee and light snack

Dynamic Exhibit Floor:

Discover the CWCBExpo exhibit floor. Meet great exhibitors, showcasing cutting-edge products, services, and innovations. Don’t miss the specialized pavilions:


  • Women’s Pavilion: Meet new female entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry.
  • Cannifest Seed Pavilion: Explore the latest in seed innovation and genetics.
  • New York Small Farma Pavilion: Meet and learn from local small-scale cannabis farmers.
  • New York Cannabis Workforce Pavilion Job Fair: Discover career opportunities and workforce development in the cannabis sector.
  • Governmental Area: Get your questions answered from Cannabis NYC, NYS Office of Cannabis Management, NJ Business Action Center and other agencies

Networking Events:

B2B Rooftop Bash with the NORML FORML at the Yotel (separate ticket required)
At the Yotel Rooftop, 570 Tenth Avenue at West 42nd Street

Enjoy an open bar, appetizers, and drinks while networking with industry professionals. Support NORML’s mission and participate in NORMAL’s gift basket give-away.


Yacht Party (separate ticket required)
Enjoy the stunning sunset and New York City skyline with an open bar delicious dinner, dessert, music, dancing and ample networking opportunities. Don’t miss this chance to connect and celebrate in style.


Women in Cannabis Business Luncheon (separate ticket required)
Sponsored by Proteus420

Located on the show floor.

Enjoy a networking lunch featuring opening remarks by Kymberly Byrnes, a fireside chat with Dawne Morris, and a panel discussion “Entrepreneurship While Female: Motivated, Intelligent, and Successful.” Connect with inspiring women leaders and gain valuable insights into the cannabis industry.




“The Future of Cannabis Tourism in the Big Apple and Beyond”

Presented on June 1, 2023, at CWCBExpo, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City.

As the cannabis industry continues to evolve, opportunities emerge to engage with an international audience interested in the plant’s history, lifestyle, and culture. Increasingly, conversations around cannabis tourism are moving from consumption opportunities to education and exploring the plant’s social impact or place in history and pop culture. While adult-use legalization continues to move like wildfire through state-side tourist meccas like Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York City, what opportunities exist for entrepreneurs who recognize the plant as a potential draw for tourism dollars?

This session was moderated by Will Yakowicz, Staff Writer, Forbes; with Precious Hester Brown, Founder, CEO, Entertaining & Elevating With Cannabis; Ariel Palitz, Founding Director, NYC Mayors Office of Nightlife;  and “Hawaii” Mike, Founder, Chef for Higher

Tourism, 2023

(pictured from the left) Precious Hester Brown, Ariel Palitz, “Hawaii” Mike, and Will Yakowicz

The CWCBExpo BLOG: Timely News & In Depth Articles

CWCBExpo blogs contain relevant, timely information. Recent subjects include cannabis rescheduling and other legalization and regulatory updates.

Gavel and Cannabis
CWCBExpo, 11th Annual
June 4 – 5, 2025
Javits Convention Center, NYC


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