Latino Cannabis Association Of NY Raises Equity Awareness In Cannabis Conference 2022 (English/Spanish)

April 26, 2022

The Latino Cannabis Association of New York participated in the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference 2022 that spoke to companies and founders from Harlem to Hawaii.

Where the organization raised awareness about its mission to ensure equity and inclusion for Latinos across the supply chain in New York’s emerging legal cannabis industry.

In a special panel held on April 20th, 2022, Jeffrey Garcia and Melissa Guzmán, President and Vice President of the Latino Cannabis Association of New York, respectively, and Mark Vargas, Industry Advisory Committee Director for the organization, highlighted the need to empower Latino, women and other minorities to successfully pursue legal cannabis business licenses, as well obtain access to capital, partnerships, grants, and other resources including lawyers, accountants and cannabis industry consultants.

“This is not about going for licenses alone. It is about giving [applicants] all the tools for success,” Garcia said.

Of the Latino Cannabis Association of New York’s 25-founding members, more than half intend to apply for legal cannabis retail licenses, while others intend to pursue licenses for other areas within the cannabis supply chain. Almost half of the applicants are women.

A coalition of successful local entrepreneurs, partnered with legacy operators, the founding members of the Latino Cannabis Association of New York collectively own approximately 40 restaurants, 20 supermarkets, healthcare practices and they have been impacted by the war on drugs in minority communities.

They contribute millions of dollars to the local economy and provide hundreds of jobs.

Garcia, Guzman and Vargas mentioned that the applicants’ strong business backgrounds make them ideal candidates to navigate the intricacies of doing business in New York, understanding compliance and legislation, and dealing with multiple sectors.

The NY State Office of Cannabis Management is expected to announce licensing rules by this summer.

For more information, the public can visit

The Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference 2022 took place in Miami.

L-R: Mark Vargas, Noemi Perez (panel moderator, CEO of Greenbook Academy), Jeffrey Garcia and Melissa Guzmán.


La Asociación Latina del Cannabis de Nueva York participó en la Conferencia Capital del Cannabis “Benzinga 2022”, donde la organización creó conciencia sobre su misión de garantizar la equidad y la inclusión de los latinos en toda la cadena de suministro en la emergente industria legal del cannabis en Nueva York.

En un panel especial realizado el 20 de abril, Jeffrey García y Melissa Guzmán, presidente y vicepresidenta de la Asociación Latina del Cannabis de Nueva York, respectivamente, y Mark Vargas, director del comité asesor de la industria en la entidad, destacaron la necesidad de empoderar a los latinos, las mujeres y otras minorías para que obtengan con éxito licencias comerciales legales de cannabis, como así obtener acceso a capital, asociaciones de negocios, subvenciones y otros recursos, incluyendo abogados, contadores y consultores de la industria del cannabis.

“Esto no se trata solo de obtener licencias. Se trata de dar [a los solicitantes] todas los instrumentos para el éxito”, dijo García.

De los 25 miembros fundadores de la Asociación Latina de Cannabis de York, más de la mitad tiene la intención de solicitar licencias legales de cannabis, mientras que otros tienen la intención de obtener licencias para otras áreas dentro de la cadena de suministro de cannabis. Casi la mitad de los solicitantes son mujeres. Una coalición de empresarios locales exitosos, asociados con operadores establecidos, los miembros fundadores de la Asociación Latina de Cannabis de Nueva York poseen colectivamente aproximadamente 40 restaurantes, 20 supermercados, prácticas de atención médica y se han visto impactados por la guerra contra las drogas en las comunidades minoritarias. Aportan millones de dólares a la economía local y proporcionan cientos de empleos. García, Guzmán y Vargas mencionaron que los sólidos antecedentes comerciales de los solicitantes los convierten en candidatos ideales para navegar por las complejidades de hacer negocios en Nueva York, comprender los asuntos de legislación y cumplimiento, y tratar con múltiples sectores.

Se espera que la Oficina de Gestión del Cannabis del Estado de Nueva York anuncie las normas de concesión de licencias este verano. Para más información, el público puede visitar La Conferencia Capital del Cannabis “Benzinga 2022” tuvo lugar en Miami.

I-D: Mark Vargas, Noemi Pérez (moderadora del panel, presidenta de Greenbook Academy), Jeffrey García y Melissa Guzmán.

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