Maryland Cannabis Industry: Lessons Learned + Looking Forward is focused on the evolving Maryland cannabis industry with a review of the 2021 Maryland General Assembly legislative session failed cannabis adult-use legislation and strategies for success in the 2022 legislative session.
Two separate cannabis legalization bills were introduced in the 2021 Maryland General Assembly legislative session. HB 32, The Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, Inclusion, Restoration, and Rehabilitation Act of 2021, was sponsored and championed by Delegate Jazz Lewis. SB 708, Cannabis –Legalization and Regulation, was sponsored and championed by Senator Brian Feldman.
Both bills addressed lessons learned from Maryland’s burgeoning medical cannabis program and lessons learned from developing adult-use programs across the U.S. Each bill included provisions focused on strategies to ensure equity and inclusion by those communities disproportionately impacted by current state and federal drug policy; home grow and license expansion. Neither bill passed. Meanwhile, legislative bodies in neighboring states Virginia, New York and New Jersey worked on and passed adult-use legalization with similar previsions. Why didn’t it happen in Maryland in 2021?
The Symposium launches with a morning plenary from Will Tilburg, executive director of the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission and followed by three roundtable discussions. The symposium includes three networking breakout rooms scheduled throughout the day.
Cannabis Industry Expert Roundtables:
Roundtable A: The 2021 Legislative Session: Lessons Learned
Moderator: Eddie L. Pounds, Esq., Funk & Bolton
– Maryland State Senator Brian Feldman (D), Vice-Chair Senate Finance Committee
– State Delegate Darryl Barnes (D), Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus
– State Delegate Jazz Lewis (D), Chair of Democratic Caucus
Roundtable B: 2022 Adult- Use Legalization Strategies
Moderator: Mathew Swinburne, Associate Director at The Network for Public Health Law-Eastern Division
– Joe Gaskins, Clergy and Minorities in Cannabis Advocate
– Natasha Mehu, Director at Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Government Relations
– Raheem Uqdah, Director Corporate Social Responsibility at Curaleaf
– Warren Lemley, President, Peake ReLeaf + Chair of Legislative Policy Committee for the Maryland Medical Cannabis Dispensary Association
Roundtable C: The Future of Maryland Medical Cannabis
Moderator: Jacquie Cohen Roth, MS, Founder/CEO CannabizMD, LLC + Tea Pad, LLC
– Stephen Dahmer, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Vireo Health
– Joy Strand, Executive VP at Green Leaf Medical, LLC
– Leah Sera, PharmD, MA, BCPS, Program Director, MS in Medical Cannabis Science & Therapeutics, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
– Carlo Manabat, Co-Founder + Product Manager, Bláz