Because the initiative’s founding director, Dawson will function the first liaison between SBS, different metropolis businesses, and key stakeholders. On October 12, 2022, Mayor Eric Adams and Small Enterprise Commissioner Kevin Kim introduced the appointment of Dasheeda Dawson as founding director of the Metropolis’s new Hashish NYC initiative. For CityLand’s earlier protection of the Hashish NYC initiative, click on right here.
As director, Dawson would be the major liaison between SBS and different metropolis businesses, the New York State Workplace of Hashish Administration (NYSOCM), and group stakeholders like elected officers, group boards, and business associations. Dawson may even assist set up, and finally collaborate with, the NYC Hashish Advisory Council, an advisory board of business and group stakeholders guaranteeing an equitable, progressive hashish business.
Dawson is a world hashish advocate, award-winning Fortune 100 enterprise strategist, and a bestselling creator on the hashish business. She earned a level in molecular biology from Princeton and an MBA from Rutgers Enterprise Faculty, serves as Board chair of the Hashish Regulators of Shade Coalition, and has labored within the hashish business for practically a decade.
Beforehand, Dawson advocated for the landmark NYS Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, which was efficiently handed in 2021. On the identical time, Dawson was additionally tapped to guide hashish regulation efforts in Portland, Oregon. As hashish program supervisor for the Metropolis of Portland, Dawson oversaw all regulatory licensing, compliance, training, and fairness initiatives and managed the Social Fairness & Instructional Improvement (SEED) Initiatives. Her workplace’s SEED Initiatives included the SEED Grant Fund, the nation’s first group reinvestment fund tied to native hashish tax income.
Underneath Dawson’s management, Portland additionally authorised a multimillion-dollar Hashish Emergency Aid Fund, changing into the nation’s first authorities jurisdiction to allocate hashish tax income to offer support and emergency aid to the business.
Dawson has obtained help from stakeholders just like the Drug Coverage Alliance, NYSOCM, U.S. Representatives Jerry Nadler and Adriano Espaillat, and NYS Meeting Majority Chief Crystal Peoples-Stokes.
Dawson shared that her appointment was a full-circle second: “Rising up in East New York, I survived the peak of hashish prohibition and witnessed focused enforcement derail the lives of my family and friends. I used to be stopped, searched, and handled like a felony earlier than I ever touched the plant, which formed my preliminary perceptions. Now, as a hashish affected person, educator, and regulator, I get to help different customers, small companies, and native stakeholders within the rising business in order that hashish — as soon as used to suppress communities like mine — might be tapped as a software for transformation.”
SBS Commissioner Kevin Kim added, “Her skilled expertise as an educator, regulator, entrepreneur, and advocate makes her prepared for this second. Her private expertise — as somebody who has been impacted straight by the ‘Conflict on Medication’ — additionally uniquely put together her to guide this groundbreaking initiative. I’m assured that with Dasheeda on the helm of Hashish NYC, we’ll assist numerous New Yorkers higher perceive and totally reap the benefits of this newfound alternative.”
Deputy Mayor for Financial and Workforce Improvement Maria Torres-Springer: “New York Metropolis is dedicated to constructing the nation’s most equitable hashish business. By naming an skilled and achieved business chief like Dasheeda Dawson as founding director of Hashish NYC, we’re guaranteeing our financial and social fairness targets shall be fulfilled as this business grows throughout the town.”
Mayor Adams: “Our administration is dedicated to planting the seeds for fairness in a high-growth, budding business like hashish gross sales. The nation’s most equitable hashish business shall be in New York Metropolis, and to drive that aim house, we have now chosen a confirmed chief with unmatched expertise and credibility on this discipline. Dasheeda Dawson will fill the wants of entrepreneurs on this area, and as an individual with lived expertise and who was harmed by the ‘Conflict on Medication,’ that is private for her.”
By: Cassidy Robust (Cassidy is a CityLaw intern and a New York Legislation Faculty scholar, Class of 2024.)
Mayor’s Workplace: Mayor Adams, Division of Small Enterprise Companies Appoint Dasheeda Dawson as Hashish NYC Founding Director, October 12, 2022.