Cannabis advocacy and activism has been a major force throughout the United States in 2016. We need to look no further than Washington, D.C. as an example, where there continues to be a sustained atmosphere of zealous advocacy and activism.
In April 2016, leaders of the ballot-measure fight that legalized marijuana in the nation’s capital (Initiative-71) were promised a meeting with White House leadership to discuss cannabis policy and equal access issues.
Heralded as the “bud summit”, the meeting was poised to finally affect change in local and national cannabis policy. However, there was one cavet, only two people were allowed to attend the meeting. Without hesitation, DCMJ Leader Adam Edinger made several pleas to the White House asking to expand the invite to other leaders within the cannabis industry. The purpose was provide a full overview of policy inconsistencies and the discriminatory impact on veterans, patients, and businesses alike.
These pleas were unheard and the actual meeting failed to have any impact on cannabis policy reform.
The BUD Summit – August 20, 2016
Our team wants to bring a true “bud summit” to Washington D.C. in order to highlight the business impact cannabis is making nationwide. It’s hard to ignore the millions of dollars in tax revenue being generated by the cannabis industry in Washington state, Oregon, and Colorado.
Looking at the main hubs for cannabis industry expansion, the East Coast is primed for massive growth.
In particular, the Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania cannabis markets present an extremely lucrative opportunity within the next 1-3 years:
- Washington D.C. has partially legalized recreational use, allows for home-grows, and currently has a fully functional medicinal program.
- Maryland is on the cusp of granting 15 cultivator licenses and 94 dispensary licenses in 2016.
- Pennsylvania will offer licenses to 25 processors/growers, along with 50 dispensaries, which may have up to three locations each.
- There is an extremely affluent market in Northern Virginia for cannabis related products that migrates toward Washington, D.C. and Maryland.
By design, states are left to their own measures to promote access to cannabis information fairly and equally. Citizens are left to the risk with little to no guidance. The destined collision of business and medicine entering into a once illegal revenue stream will force an end to the drug war.
Within this 2016 election year American businesses, patients, and society alike have requested a gathering to advance cannabis Business, Understanding, and Development.
Our team aims to deliver a “bud summit” that will have a meaningful impact on cannabis policy, taxation, and industry nationwide.
BUD Summit Team
Brandon L. Wyatt, Esq.
Todd J. Hughes, PMP
Christine V. Edmond
Christine is passionate about people. She is an eccentric professional with skills in traditional, content and digital marketing, community engagement, multimedia production (audio, video, and HTML), client relations, outreach, and communications—including writing and public speaking. Christine started Shine Brite Consulting, LLC in 2016 to advise and help organizations with professional development programs refresh their marketing strategy. She currently works with several clients and is the editor for Cannabis Business Executive. Christine received her BA in broadcast journalism from the American University in Washington, DC.
DCMJ was created in the Spring of 2013 by frustrated residents of the District of Columbia who were tired of outdated marijuana laws. In July 2013 DCMJ transitioned to the DC Cannabis Campaign in order to pass Ballot Initiative 71 and in the Spring of 2015, converted back to DCMJ, a community group fighting for equal rights for DC cannabis users, growers, and their families.