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  • 5/16/2019 8:00 AM EDT
  • 5/16/2019 1:00 PM EDT
  • Hyatt Regency

Capitalizing on the Cannabis Economy

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce teams up with Flower City Solutions May 16th to host a half day symposium on the emerging cannabis industry. With hemp and adult-use cannabis on the horizon for NY State, this Rochester TRENDS event will address how Rochester can position itself for the emerging industry. Will it be a leader, a follower, or will it choose to let the opportunity pass? Regardless, no decisions can be made without ample conversation, education and interdisciplinary collaborative efforts.  

Like with any other emerging industry, there are specific concerns and unique challenges with cannabis. Through this forum we will touch on many of these challenges; from social justice to social health, from regulations to economic opportunity, we will outline the industry at hand, how it is being approached on a state level and how Rochester can achieve being a leader in thought and action as we step into the cannabis economy.
If you would like to sponsor this event, we have many options - click here to find out details.  


  • Jim Bourdeau, EVP and General Counsel, Constellation Brands
  • Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Majority Leader, New York State Assembly
  • Khawar Nasim, Deputy Consul General, Consulate General of Canada in New York
Legalization, Regulation & Compliance:
Learn about the existing & proposed laws for Hemp, Recreational Cannabis and Medical Marijuana in NYS and how that compares to other states & countries.  

Social Justice & Law Enforcement:
A foundational conversation addressing future law enforcement and reconciling the negative impact that Cannabis prohibition has had on our communities.

Business, Innovation & AgTech:
What are the industry trends of today and how Rochester / NY can prepare to capitalize on the emerging economy through innovation?

Health & Medicine:
How will cannabis be applied towards medicine and wellness, and how can we leverage legalization to better educate our communities towards healthy consumption and use.

Click here for the full program of speakers and panelists.

  • An understanding of cannabis & hemp policy and regulation in NY
  • Understand the potential social impacts of Cannabis
  • Discover the local/regional economic opportunity
  • Key areas where Rochester can be an industry leader in the emerging economy
  • Ability to mingle with vendors showcasing their products & services, as well as their role in the Cannabis industry

The Rochester Chamber TRENDS Series is generously sponsored by AVANI Technology Solutions
Thursday, May 16, 2019
  • 7:45 AM-8:00 AM (Registration, Networking & Light Breakfast)
  •  8:15 AM to 12:45 PM (Program Presentation - Keynote Address, Panel Discussion)    
  • 1:00 PM – Program Closes and light lunch will be served

Hyatt Regency Rochester
125 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14604
$25 (Includes light breakfast and light lunch)