Racial Justice, Equity, and Cannabis Addressed at Cal NORML’s July 1 Meeting

RACIAL JUSTICE, EQUITY, AND CANNABIS IN CALIFORNIA

Wednesday, July 1 • 4 PM

Listen to audio of the meeting:
Part 1
Part 2 (starts with attorney Roxanne Mosley) 70120.m4a

 

Find out how you can support racial justice and equity in the cannabis industry in your city or county, and at the state level in California. Our panelists will talk about their projects and issues that remain for communities impacted by the war on drugs in a post-legalization world.

Our panelists are: 

– Amber Senter, Supernova Women, NCIA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee
– Lanese Martin, The Hood Incubator
– Ramon Garcia, Original Equity Group and PadreMu
– Attorney Roxanne Mosley


Amber Senter

Amber Senter is founder and CEO of Breeze Distro, a house of infused cannabis product brands and distribution located in Oakland, as well as CEO of Shady Pines Box Club, a cannabis subscription box available in California. 

Amber is also a co-founder and CEO of Supernova Women, is an organization formed by and for women of color in 2015 with the mission to empower women of color to become self sufficient shareholders in the evolving cannabis economy through holistic education, advocacy training and network building. 

Amber studied at Bethune-Cookman College and the Naval Academy Preparatory School, and was active duty in the US Coast Guard as part of the C.G.R.I.T. program. She currently serves as chair of the National Cannabis Industry Association’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Lanese Martin

Lanese is co-founder and executive director of the Oakland-based The Hood Incubator, which seeks to end the drug war and reverse its harmful impacts on Black communities nationwide, through Cannabis Economic Development (Workforce Development) and Cannabis Justice Organizing (Coalition- and Base-building).

She began her professional career consulting small family businesses by systemizing their operations and developing growth strategies for them. While studying for an M.B.A. in Sustainable Enterprise she began to shift her professional focus from consulting to political organizing, focusing on progressive campaigns. Her work as the Field Director for an Oakland-based nonprofit led to deep relationships with non-profits and Black & Brown communities not only in Oakland but across California. Her work as the Field Director for Nancy Skinner’s successful 2016 CA State Senate race led to strong relationships with elected leaders as well as their staff across the Bay Area.

Lanese attained a B.A. in Political Science & Minor in Business from Dominican University of California and later returned for a M.B.A. In June 2017, Lanese was featured on the cover of DOPE Magazine and in November 2017, she was named to the 2017 Full Color 50 List.

Ramon Garcia

Ramon Garcia co-founded the San Francisco Cannabis Equity Working Group and Padre Mu Delivery and Distribution. He is Chair of Social Justice and Equity Committee for Cal Growers Assn., and also a member of the Steering Committee for the Oakland Cannabis Business Council.

Ramon has developed free educational series providing technical resources, access to lawyers, accountants, and other industry professionals for equity businesses.

Roxanne Mosley

Roxanne M. Mosley is a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of California and the Marin County Bar Association. She is admitted to practice law in the US Federal Court and the US Bankruptcy Court.

Roxanne worked in the Sacramento Public Defenders office for two years before she began her own practice, and is an experienced trial attorney who has represented juvenile and adult defendants in criminal matters, such as drug crimes and DUI. Her firm also assists clients with permitting, licensing and regulatory compliance with California’s state medical and adult-use cannabis laws, including land use & zoning, entity formation & planning, and marketing & promotion.


Lt. Diane Goldstein (Ret.)

Diane Goldstein is a 21-year veteran of law enforcement who served as the first female lieutenant for the Redondo Beach (CA) Police Department. She is a speaker and Board Chair for the Law Enforcement Action Partnership, a group of criminal justice professionals that work advancing justice and public safety solutions. 

She is a guest columnist for many media organizations, and recognized as a subject matter expert on criminal justice and drug policy as well as playing a critical role in passing legislative  reforms that include cannabis legalization and civil asset forfeiture reform in California.

Diane recently wrote an article on structural racism in the Ahmaud Arbery Case and has long advocated for redefining public safety to embrace community health and safety that is inclusive of the community and its input.

Organizations to support:

Supernova Women

The Hood Incubator

Families Against Mandatory Minimums

 

Resources:

Cal NORML Local Action Toolkit

Bureau of Cannabis Control Local Equity page

Minority Cannabis Business Association model ordinance

CCIA D.I.S.E. Preferred Language White Paper

 

Equity Products and Stores

Eaze Momentum program

 

Attorneys

Cal NORML Legal Committee Directory

Dominic Ripoli, Bay Area

Roxanne Mosley, Bay Area

Ariel Clark, Los Angeles

Heather Burke, Nevada County / Emerald Triangle

Yvette McDowell – Equity-only practice

 

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