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Normalization & Regulation of the Cannabis Industry driven by Education – Toi Hutchinson MPP Keynote


Regenerative Cannabis Live was presented by Regennabis and hosted at the United Nations in New York City on May 5th 2022.

Normalization & Regulation of the Cannabis Industry driven by Education
“The cannabis industry has seen remarkable growth in a noticeably short period of time – and we see no reason that this pace will change in the near- to mid-term; especially so as we see the appetite for regulation of Cannabis expand globally. However, to accelerate this pace of change, we will require a “reset” on the general public’s perception of Cannabis – a hangover from the prohibition era – with a strong focus on education. What is the role of Governments, Media Organizations, Civil Society and Corporations in this “reframing”? Is there or could there be a common-sense approach that could be adopted by the ecosystem such that we could truly benefit from this extraordinary plant and see a resulting upside in benefits accruing for early adopters in improving public perceptions of the industry – and driving Economic Impact for all stakeholders.”
[Sustainable Development Goals #1, 2, 3, 8 & 9]

Toi Hutchinson
Toi Hutchinson served as an Illinois Senator, representing the 40th District from 2009 to 2019. During her time in the Senate, Hutchinson championed a variety of causes including protecting women and children from violence, modernizing the state’s tax structure, and legalizing cannabis. Prior to leaving the Senate, she served as the 46th president of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Toi is an original co-sponsor of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (CRTA), the most equity-centric law in the nation to legalize adult-use cannabis. The CRTA promotes equity and invests in the communities that suffered through the war on drugs, serving as a model for the legalization and decriminalization of cannabis. In 2019, former Senator Hutchinson was appointed by Governor JB Pritzker as the Senior Advisor to the Governor for Cannabis Control.
Toi earned a Bachelor of English degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a law degree from Northern Illinois University College of Law. She resides in Olympia Fields with her husband, with whom she shares three adult children.

The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP)
The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) is the number one organization in the U.S. dedicated to legalizing cannabis. We’ve passed 14 medical cannabis laws, and we’ve run winning campaigns and legislative efforts in 10 of the 18 legalization states. No organization in the movement has changed as many cannabis laws, impacted as many patients and consumers, created as many new markets, or done more to end cannabis prohibition in the U.S. than MPP.

Regenerative Cannabis Live
At Regennabis, we believe that ANY Corporate Entity has an opportunity at the micro-, meso- and macro-level to systemically set about creating shared value for ALL stakeholders through a focus on Environmental, Social & Governance Factors and – by addressing these opportunities in parallel – Corporations can be a significant driver to deliver solutions to many of Humanity’s greatest challenges and deliver “Regenerative Growth for ALL”.We also believe that the Cannabis & Hemp Industry is uniquely positioned to be a gamechanger.

Regennabis delivers Advisory, Membership, Events & Investment Services to the global Cannabis & Hemp Industry as well as to “Canna-curious” Fortune 500 companies seeking insights into these nascent sectors. Aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, Regennabis builds cross-industry networks helping companies become the leading sustainable brands of the future with a vision to deliver ‘Regenerative Growth For All’
At Regennabis®, we believe the Cannabis & Hemp Industry has the opportunity at the micro-, meso- and macro-level to systemically set about creating shared value for ALL stakeholders through a focus on Economic, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Factors.

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