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Social Equity: Social Equity and Justice for the Indigenous Community. This CLE will focus on social equity and social justice issues within the indigenous community. Speakers will discuss tribal sovereignty, federal and state recognized tribes and barriers to entry for indigenous tribes into the cannabis industry. This CLE will examine pending federal cases and legislation that affects the indigenous community and present policy considerations to keep in mind when drafting cannabis legislation and regulations.
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Rita Montoya, J.D., is an Indigenous and Latinx attorney, policy strategist and life-long advocate for under-served communities. An attorney by training with a demonstrated commitment to and a career in public service, she had the privilege of standing up with and on behalf of thousands of individuals in their pursuit of justice under the United States Constitution. Currently, Rita provides business, compliance, education, legal and corporate social responsibility platform services catered to start-up, small and family-owned businesses in and out of the cannabis industry; provides support and guidance for the Cannabis Patient Advocacy Association as General Counsel; and leads community outreach as the newly appointed National Indigenous & Latinx Director for Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana.
Her professional legal accomplishments include securing a non-death plea agreement for a client potentially facing the death penalty; preventing United States immigration authorities from seizing an incarcerated developmentally delayed non-citizen juvenile on her 18th birthday; and securing Withholding of Removal under the Convention Against Torture for an incarcerated client from Nigeria facing torture and death by his own government if deported by the U.S.
In the cannabis industry, Rita utilizes her personal and professional experience to fuel her advocacy on behalf of medical cannabis patients and communities of color seeking equitable access into cannabis markets as well as shedding light on the importance of Indigenous environmental stewardship in maintaining the Earth’s ability to produce the cannabis plant. Introduced to the medical, science-based benefits of plants as a student at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, California, Rita founded the Cannabis Patient Advocacy Association (CPAA) to develop strategies and solutions to challenges in the cannabis patient marketplace through actionable items. Her current work with the CPAA focuses on establishing medical cannabis access to the incarcerated and those under court supervision; ensuring all patients have access to affordable, medical quality cannabis products; and providing opportunities for Black and Indigenous People of Color in the cannabis industry as a means of reparations for enslavement, genocide and systemic racism in the United States.
Rita received her Juris Doctorate from the American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. during which she received the American Bar Association Award of Excellence: Law School Newspaper Editorial for an article about abolishing the death penalty. She completed international legal studies at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and post-graduate legal studies in law and policy at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California. She is licensed to practice law in Colorado and the District of Columbia.
Chenae Bullock is an enrolled Shinnecock Indian Nation Tribal Member and descendant of the Montauk Tribe in Long Island New York. She is also African American. Chenae is an entrepreneur, pioneer, Indigenous perspective historian, and cultural practitioner. Following her ancestors footsteps as whalers and business leaders, the foundation of her work has been based on the resurgence of the traditional canoe culture of the northeast coastal Algonquin communities.She has organized historically sacred paddles in the ancient waterways of the northeastern seaboard. Some of her most recent work has led her to assess for signs of submerged cultural history for the Atlantic Shores Cultural Core Analysis. She successfully served as a Tribal Alternate on behalf of the Shinnecock Nation for the Mid-Atlantic Committee on the Ocean, which facilitates coordination and collaboration among governmental entities and stakeholders to enhance the vitality of our region’s ocean ecosystem.
Isn’t it strange that many aspects of the cannabis industry are scrutinized down to the smallest detail, yet we know so little about this continent’s original peoples – Native Americans – and their experience with and connection to cannabis? Mary Jane Oatman, a descendant of Chief Looking Glass of the Nez Perce Tribe of the Columbia River Plateau, wants to change that.
Originally from Kamiah, in north-central Idaho, she is launching a nonprofit company called the Indigenous Cannabis Coalition. One project is to develop an interactive map that shows all the Native American cannabis and hemp cultivators, processors, testing facilities, and dispensaries in the nation. This directory, which will include companies run by tribes as well as those run by tribal members, will encourage Native American-owned cannabis businesses to support one another and band together.
As an extension of that work, Oatman is also launching a quarterly educational magazine cleverly titled THC (Tribal Hemp and Cannabis).
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