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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand To Keynote NCIA’s Fall Cannabis Business Summit In New York City

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) will deliver a noon keynote address on the first day of the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Fall Cannabis Business Summit, taking place in New York City, Sept. 21-23. The Summit is expected to draw hundreds of cannabis industry professionals from around the country to take part in discussions and workshops focused on business best practices, patient care, and the latest developments in marijuana policy reform.

Senator Gillibrand is an original sponsor of the CARERS Act, bipartisan legislation that would allow patients access to medical marijuana in states where it is legal without fear of federal prosecution and open up new avenues for research into marijuana’s medical potential. She will be the first sitting U.S. Senator to address a major cannabis industry event.

“Senator Gillibrand is a powerful advocate for patients whose lives can be changed dramatically by legal access to medical cannabis,” said NCIA executive director Aaron Smith. “By championing much-needed reforms to federal marijuana laws, she’s shown herself to be a leader with vision and compassion. We’re proud to host her at NCIA’s Fall Summit.”

“It’s time to update our outdated federal laws that prevent patients in need from receiving care, restrict research on medical marijuana and its potential to treat illnesses, and limit the responsible growth of the medical marijuana industry,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This Summit is an opportunity to learn about the progress we’ve made in the movement to reform our federal laws and support modern medical marijuana policies.”

More details about NCIA’s Fall Cannabis Business Summit and information about press attendance can be found below.

Fall Regional Cannabis Business Summit
Presented by the National Cannabis Industry Association
Sept. 21-23, 2015
Wyndham New Yorker
New York, NY

Media passes for the Fall Cannabis Business Summit may be requested by emailing communications@thecannabisindustry.org. Please include the full name of the individual seeking a pass, the media outlet represented, and an email address and phone number where he or she can be reached. While NCIA will make every effort to honor legitimate requests, capacity is limited, so passes are not guaranteed.

Source: National Cannabis Industry Association

  • Yet another reason why I vote for Democrats.

    • skoallio

      lol.lol.lol…………..Patrick Kennedy is a DEMOCRAT! Jimmy Carter is a DEMOCRAT!

      They all oppose legalization and endorse that stupid Project Sam organization which is 100% anti marijuana.

      What makes u think she wont do the same and turn against marijuana?

      • Because people change, that’s why. Care to bet how much of a hippie puncher the GOP nominates?

    • skoallio

      Patrick Kennedy is a DEMOCRAT and he started Project SAM. Does that mean you will vote for him?

      • Depends on whom he’s running against. Wanna bet none of his opponents was any better than he? Hell, his opponents were probably worse, as hard as that is to believe. And if I’m not mistaken, he’s not an elected official anymore.

    • Capt Crunch

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      Anyone convicted of cultivation of more than
      10,000 hemp plants is eligible for the death penalty, thanks to Biden.

      Source: 21 U.S.C. § 848(c)(1), 18 U.S.C. §
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      under conditions set forth in 21 U.S.C. § 848(b), involving twice the amount of
      controlled substances specified in 21 U.S.C. § 848(b)(2)(A) or twice the gross
      receipts specified in 21 U.S.C. § 848(b)(2)(B).21
      So you are just voting Democrat ,, you sometimes confuse me
      I remain confused.

      • 1994 was a long time ago. Almost every Democrat out there now admits that Democrats trying to act like Republicans back then was a big mistake. Even Hillary has said so.

        • Capt Crunch

          Your response is very refreshing given your past comments. Thank you.
          But With Joe Biden in the mix of possibilities. I foresee caution. Not sure if he has evolved, as others have. It’s a let’s see scenario.
          “Anonymity may allow dishonesty
          but, for many, it also allows honesty that couldn’t be expressed safely without
          that anonymity”

          • My response is very much in line with my past comments, thank you. Biden won’t run, and if you think he will, you can put money up against my money in the Biden to run market at Predict It. Even if he does run, which is highly unlikely, given that he has no fundraising committee or campaign apparatus, he won’t get the nomination. And even he has probably evolved given the evidence that the drug war doesn’t work.

            And when it comes to evidence, Republicans don’t give a damn.

            As for anonymity, I’ve gotten death threats, and people say I’m stupid for using my real name. Well, I come from a long line of civil rights pioneers and protesters. I’m not about to hide under some pretend name now.

  • Lawrence Goodwin

    Great news, Ms. Kirsten Gillibrand. As a constituent who’s sent several letters to your office imploring you to take action on federal cannabis policy, I am grateful to see you making such keynote addresses. But everyone knows that the actions of lawmakers speak louder. Passage of the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act would be a start–it would basically take us back to 1988, when the Drug Enforcement Administration’s own judge, Francis Young, ruled decisively that “marihuana” should be moved to Schedule II in the Controlled Substances Act. Please, work your political magic and get this DONE–not 5 years from now, but right after Labor Day 2015. The lives and livelihoods of millions of Americans are STILL being held hostage by the Anti Marihuana Tyranny, whose sole source of legal power remains the Schedule I status. Ideally, the farcical Mexican slang word “marihuana” (spelled incorrectly by ignoramuses in federal government) would be completely removed from the Controlled Substances Act. Alcohol’s not in there, nor is nicotine–two of the most dangerous legal products sold in America. The only thing we have to fear about cannabis, is the fear of these plants itself.

    • skoallio

      Patrick Kennedy early 2000s: “I strongly support medical marijuana and will vote to repeal federal marijuana prohibition taking it off schedule 1”
      Patrick Kennedy NOW: “I co founded Project SAM which is 100% anti marijuana”

      Jimmy Carter December 2012: “I strongly support the full legalization of marijuana and think its a smart thing to do”
      Jimmy Carter NOW: I OPPOSE all forms of marijuana legalization and ENDORSE Project SAM”

      What makes you think she wont do the same thing?

      • 91% of Dems voted for keeping the DEA out of medicinal programs, only 22% of Republicans did.

        94% of Democrats voted to keep the feds out of pot banking, only 20% of Republicans did.

        For that matter, 70% of Democrats voted against renewing the Patriot Act, only 14% of Republicans did.

      • Lawrence Goodwin

        After 78 YEARS of the Anti Marihuana Tyranny at the federal level, your skepticism, skoallio, is totally justified. But there’s something about Kirsten Gillibrand. As a mother herself, Ms. Gillibrand is truly heartbroken to watch children in New York endure seizures that could very well be reduced by medical cannabis (that’s largely due to the efforts of an amazing woman named Kate Hintz and her adorable daughter Morgan, both of whom accompanied Ms. Gillibrand at the announcement in March of the CARERS Act). Kirsten Gillibrand sees a bright green light that most other federal lawmakers refuse to see. I think she’s a very brave lady who’s determined to break through the male domination and outright fraud inherent in the feds’ current “marihuana” policy.

        • “green light that most other federal lawmakers refuse to see”

          Most of the Democratic party has seen the light. Most of the GOP has not. If we’d put the Democrats back in charge, then a majority will be light seers.

  • Ron Youngblood

    Has anyone considered Bernie Sanders input on legalization and repeal at federal level should he win the nomination?