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Revelry Resenates: 750 Attend Legacy-focused Cannabis Conference in Brooklyn

The Revelry Conference, hosted by On The Revel, took place on February 25th, 2023, at the City Tech Theater in Downtown Brooklyn, New York

The conference brought together the leading voices and brands from NY’s legacy cannabis industry to provide attendees with street-level insights and the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals.

The full-day immersive experience featured more than 16 signature panels, 25+ vendors and over 750 attendees. 

Attendees mingle in the lobby of the Revelry Conference.

Photo: Tucker Mitchell

A Truth-first Agenda 

The Revelry Conference was broken down into three phases: Operating in the Legal Market, It Really Takes a Village, and Show Me The Money! 

The first phase, Operating in the Legal Market, featured presentations by Colby Piper, the Director of Cannabis Real Estate at RIPCO Real Estate, and Karli Miller-Hornick, the Chief Executive Officer of Florist Farms, among others. 

Presenters in the 1st phase shared insights on how to navigate the cannabis industry’s legal market, including how to find cannabis real estate, start a cannabis brand, and ensure workers’ rights.

In phase two, dubbed It Really Takes a Village, featured a talk by Bertha Lewis, Founder & President of The Black Institute, on connecting with the community.

Other speakers in this block included Russell Simmon’s son, JoJo, who is the Co-Founder of 3isFor, and Shiest Bubz, Founder and Host of The Heavy Smoke Show.

The third and final block, Show Me The Money!, included a presentation by Peter Su, Senior Vice President at Green Check Verified, on how to open a cannabis bank account.

Peter Su address the crowd during the recent Revelry Conference

Photo: Tucker Mitchell

Other speakers in this block include Lana Van Brunt, Co-Founder of Sackville & Co, Tahir Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Simply Pure Trenton NJ, and, Attorney Cristina Buccola

The event closed with an interview of Vic Mensa, an artist and activist and the founder of 93 Boyz. 

Check out the transcript of Mensa’s interview via celebstoner.com

Word on the Street

Feedback about the event has been extremely positive.

“It was my first Revelry Conference and I must say, I was extremely impressed,” Sara Gluck, Founder of Ken Ahbus, a lifestyle brand based in New York City, mentioned in a recent conversation.

“The location was spacious, beautiful even, and the diverse lineup of panelists and speakers was a perfect representation of New York cannabis. The conference was informative and made it easy to network,” Gluck added.

Ryan Lepore, Executive Director of NORML NYC, also recognized the conference for its ability to bring together speakers that properly represent all facets of the New York industry, “Between the diversity of speakers which span the industry and the culture, On the Revel once again outdid itself.”

“As a patron of the conference for the last several years, it’s great to see the consistency and quality of the event remain the same despite the expanded audience that legalization brought to the event this year,” Lepore added.

While some purists scoffed at the inclusion of corporate players in a conference that billed itself as for legacy operators, the fact is, businesses are run on dollars and information, 2 things the recent Revelry conference successfully brought together.

Attendees hanging outside the Revel x Weedmaps conference. Photo: Tucker Mitchell

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