Meet the NY Hashish Insider Panelists: Ngiste Abebe, Sarah Stenuf, Wei Hu and Gareth Constitution

NY Cannabis Insiders Live! presented by Foley Hoag is Friday, May 20, from 9 am – 4 pm The full-day, in-person conference will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albany. Purchase tickets here.

NY Cannabis Insider business-to-business conferences feature the best and brightest industry thought leaders, sharing their knowledge and expertise on topics critical for those looking to start their cannabis ventures. NY Cannabis Insider helps attendees seize this unprecedented opportunity with the same high-quality cannabis industry conversation as previous virtual conferences.

NY Cannabis Insider has curated top cannabis experts to speak on these topics, providing attendees with the insider information that only NY Cannabis Insider can deliver. Our roster of panelists includes:

Ngiste Abebe Vice President of Public Policy, Columbia Care

Panel: Impact of Recreational Adult-Use Legislation on Medical Marijuana Providers

Ngiste is Vice President of Public Policy at Columbia Care, one of the nation’s leading medical cannabis companies. She serves as the President of the New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association and on the board of the District of Columbia Cannabis Trade Association. Prior to that, she was co-founder of Undaunted Ventures, a political consulting firm which specializes in innovative narrative, training, and leadership coaching services, and which grew out of her work training progressive organizations and working on campaigns across Virginia. She is the co-founder and co-director emerita of New Leaders Council Virginia, a progressive leadership institute. Ngiste holds a BA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a Masters in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University. She happily gives and receives recommendations for sci-fi novels and board games.

Gareth Charter Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Cannabis360 Panel: Get Started Now: Developing Brand & Marketing Foundations for Your Cannabis Business

Gareth Charter is Vice President of Sales and Marketing at MassLive Media and leads the group of Advance Local strategists, marketers, and campaign specialists behind Cannabis360. Charter led the effort to conduct the first formal research study on cannabis consumers in Massachusetts in 2020, which resulted in a second study in 2021 and an expansion of the research into Michigan. He has spoken at prior industry events, and written blog posts about the maturing cannabis marketplace in Massachusetts.

In 2021 he was invited to provide feedback to the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission on evolving marketing regulations. The MassLive Media team plans and executes marketing strategies with dozens of dispensaries, grow facilities, wholesalers, and ancillary businesses throughout New England.

Cannabis360 combines local market insights with national reach and resources. The agency continues to develop innovative marketing solutions for the industry and partner with leading providers of research, digital, and place-based solutions.

Sarah Stenuf Founder and CEO, Ananda Farms | Founder and Director, Veteran’s Ananda Inc.

Panel: Veterans & Cannabis in the Broader NYS Landscape

Sarah Stenuf is a native of Syracuse, NY. She served four years and one deployment in the US Army, as an Apache Crew Chief, prior to being medically retired for epilepsy from a TBI & PTSD. Through years researching and utilizing alternative medicine, treatments, and programs, Stenuf became dedicated to helping others, specifically our nation’s veterans.

Because of this, Stenuf founded Veteran’s Ananda Inc. a, 501(c)(3) nonprofit homestead and retreat that provides care, support, and rehabilitation to our nation’s veterans and their families through traditional and nontraditional treatments and therapies.

Stenuf is also Chairwoman for the NYCGPA Veteran Committee, Chairwoman for the City of Fulton Cannabis & Hemp Advisory Council and Founder and CEO of Ananda Farms – Veteran’s Ananda Inc.’s for-profit subsidiary. A portion of Ananda Farm’s proceeds are donated to Veteran’s Ananda Inc. to support the nonprofit’s mission. Ananda Farms is NYS WOB, SDVOB, NGLCC company. Ananda Farms was recently awarded a conditional adult-use cannabis cultivation license and is dedicated to providing jobs, opportunities, and incentives to veterans.

Wei Hu Founding Partner, MRTA Law, PC Panel: A Deep Dive Into the Regulations for Conditional Adult Use Cannabis Licenses

Wei Hu, Esq. specializes in NY cannabis law and the NYS Marijuana Regulation & Taxation Act. Since the inception of the MRTA, Wei has been representing and providing legal counsel to clients, businesses and ancillary companies on areas of adult-use cannabis licensing, compliance, corporate, and legislative issues. Prior to founding MRTA Law, PC, as a boutique New York cannabis law practice, Wei honored his legal practice in NYS administrative/regulatory, public benefits, and litigation while working as executive agency counsel at NYC’s Department of Social Services. His extensive legal experience includes representing NYC in various state and federal courts, administrative hearings before the NYS Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance, and judicial appeals under NY CPLR Article 78 proceedings. Moreover, he also worked on administrative rulemaking, public hearings and comments, promulgation of new NYS and NYC regulations.

Wei is a member of the Hudson Valley and New York City Cannabis Industry Associations, and the Asian-American Bar Association of New York. He has presented and held legal clinics on NYS’ new law (Criminal Procedure Law 440.46-a) to expunge prior marijuana convictions not subject to automatic vacatur.

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NY Cannabis Insider Event Sponsors

Sponsors and partners for NY Cannabis Insider events are the businesses shaping the industry locally and regionally. Look for them on the conference floor and during networking times throughout the day.

  • Foley Hoag, the conference’s presenting sponsor, provides legal services to cannabis and cannabis-related operators and investors. With national experience in the medical and adult-use cannabis industry, Foley Hoag attorneys can assist with securing licensing, corporation formation, regulation compliance and more.
  • Harris Beach, the conference’s supporting sponsor, provides legal support, advice and expertise for the cannabis industry powered by regional knowledge, statewide coverage, local connections, and fluency in regulatory compliance.
  • Cannabis360, the conference’s supporting sponsor, is a full-service cannabis marketing agency. Cannabis360 specializes in understanding the marketing landscape from the cannabis perspective, placing media on cannabis-friendly platforms, developing compelling, creative and informative marketing plans with proprietary data insights.
  • Cannaspire, a vendor fair participant, providing a variety of cannabis consulting services from phone consultations, business plans, security plans, building a team, and more
  • Cova Software, a vendor fair participant, provides easy-to-use, compliant cannabis software that streamlines dispensary management.