Ebele Ifedigbo Keynotes Hometown Cannabiz Convo
Buffalo, N.Y. -- On Saturday November 17th, a crowd gathered around the entrance to the President’s Dining Room in the Sullivan Center to try and catch what Ebele Ifedigbo had to say about the cannabis industry.
“There were almost 200 people in attendance at this inaugural event. That tells me that the people of Buffalo are ready to take advantage of this cannabis industry opportunity."
The message they heard from Ifedigbo was that this opportunity can rectify some of the wrongs inflicted on Black communities in Buffalo and throughout New York.
"I believe that Buffalo can be a huge player in the New York State cannabis market. This industry can be a huge boost for the Buffalo economy, especially for the Black community, given that we experience marijuana arrests at 6x the rate of white residents despite equal rates of consumption and selling between races. The revenues from the cannabis industry should absolutely go toward repairing the harms of the drug war and supporting economic freedom for Black communities.”
Hosted by New York State Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes, the “Community Cannabis Convo 101” brought guests together to hear from industry professionals how to best prepare for opportunities in the cannabis industry.
Ifedigbo frequently speaks at events like these, but this one was unique, for it was also a homecoming.
“This was definitely a "coming full circle" moment for me. My passion for racial and economic justice is rooted in my experiences growing up in East Buffalo. To be able to come back home and share what I know with my people is the ultimate fulfillment. My community is the reason I do this work.”