Growth And Equity In The Cannabis Industry
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While 34 states have legalized cannabis to some degree, not everyone is benefiting. From stigma, trauma and current federal prohibition, only a few companies and individuals are profiting off legalization. How can people, especially those who've been previously impacted by cannabis-related arrests, take part and build their own successful businesses in this expanding market?
Jasmine Sessoms, CEO/Board Director, Community Wellness
Jasmine E. Sessoms is the founder and CEO of She Can Win, a movement that provides training and resources for women who are interested in running for political office. Since its inception, She Can Win has managed to get a plethora of women from all parties elected. Today, the She Can Win brand is expanding, providing a platform for women who are interested in both Public Affairs and Government Relations. An advocate for civic leadership, Jasmine has made it her mission to empower women. This includes taking the “Everyday woman” and strategizing ways to attain equal representation in-office. Not to mention, she has created a platform that fosters a sisterhood for women who want to see change in the political arena.
Tauhid Chappell, PHLCannabis, Color of Cannabis Herbology, Conference Founder & Patient Advisor - MODERATOR
Tauhid Chappell is an Executive Board Member and Parliamentarian of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, the first and oldest association of black journalists in the country. An 8-year veteran of the media industry, he most recently worked as a social media editor at The Washington Post before joining the Philadelphia Inquirer as an engagement editor, where he analyzes reader behavior on search, social and digital platforms.
Jordan Harris, PA House of Representative, 186th District Representative
State Representative Jordan Harris has emerged as a rising star and leading progressive voice in the Pennsylvania legislature on issues that matter most to his constituents, including criminal justice reform and education reform. First chosen to represent the 186th Legislative District on Nov. 6, 2012, Harris was most recently selected by his colleagues to serve as the Democratic Caucus Whip for the 2019-20 legislative session. The Whip is the second highest ranking position in leadership behind only the caucus leader, and Harris is only the second African American to hold the position of Whip for the Democratic Caucus and the youngest member of leadership in either the House or the Senate.
Harris has become a national leader on the topic of criminal justice reform and often sought out to attend panel discussions and criminal justice reform events around the country. With Republican co-sponsor Sheryl Delozier, Harris helped author Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law which was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf in June 2018. Since the passage of Pennsylvania’s Clean Slate Law multiple other states have passed automatic record sealing legislation and Congress currently has Clean Slate legislation awaiting action.
Prior to being elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Harris focused on his passion for helping children and young adults as he was appointed as the Executive Director of Philadelphia's Youth Commission where he advised the Mayor, City Council and other key decision-makers on issues relating to the city's youth and young adults. In this office, Harris spearheaded initiatives that helped address and ultimately end Philadelphia's outbreak of nuisance flash mobs, including extending the hours of the city's recreation centers and creating alternative activities. He was also instrumental in designing Slam Dunk, a summer program that assisted over 600 high school students in meeting credit requirements for graduation. Harris also previously taught in Philadelphia’s public school system.