Cannabis Expo”Education in Cannabis”

For the first time ever at Fiesta del Sol, we will be hosting the Cannabis Expo. During the four days of Fiesta del Sol, the cannabis expo will be offering activities in different areas, such as cannabis business and entrepreneurship, education around cannabis, and lastly, during the Fiesta del Sol weekend (July 30th and July 31st), we will be hosting the first cannabis expungement event, where members of the community (previously registered) will have the opportunity to start down the pathway to clearing their records.

On July 30th, Fiesta del Sol attendees will have the opportunity to join our Cannabis Expo committee in the “Education in Cannabis” at Benito Juárez Community Academy Auditorium (2150 S Laflin St, Chicago, IL 60608). Join us and learn more about educational and professional opportunities in the Cannabis industry in the state of Illinois.

From 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, in collaboration with Cannabis Equity Coalition and Illinois Women in Cannabis, the Cannabis Expo will have presentations in the following topics:

Know Your Rights” from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. “The Art of Advocacy” from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Get Started in the Cannabis Industry” from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m “Latinas in Cannabis” from 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Please note:

-This event is free and open to the public, anybody is welcome to come and learn more about the Cannabis World.

-Regardless of your immigration status, you are also welcome to join us.

-In case we reach capacity at the venue, people who registered will have the priority. So if you are interested, please fill out the registration below to save your spot!

-This event is only for educational purposes only, there won’t be any items for sale.

Full Program
10 AM – 11:00 AM Know your Rights
11 AM – 11:30 AM Q/A

Moderator: Yajaira Rodriguez, Cannabis Equity Coalition Illinois

Guest Speakers
Iris Guitierrez Berrios -Immigration
Ashley Rodriguez – Crime Defense
Ricardo Vazquez – Housing
Regina Hernandez – Employment

Now that cannabis is legal for adult use in Illinois, you can still get in trouble. Join our panel discussion to learn how you can protect yourself from criminalization, and how legal cannabis effects your housing, employment, immigration status, and more.

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM  The Art of Advocacy

Moderator: Silvia Rogel, Director of Strategic Partnerships, The Center: Resources for Teaching and Learning

Guest Speakers:
Yajaira Rodriguez, Cannabis Equity Coalition IllinoisTeresa Ramirez-Gonzalez, Local 881 UFCW – Recorder and Organizing DirectorVilmarie Fraguada Narloch, Sana Healing Collective, co-founder and Director 

A conversation with leaders of organizations working tirelessly to make the cannabis industry in Illinois more inclusive, equitable, and accessible to individuals and communities most affected by cannabis prohibition. Join us to learn how you, as a consumer, supporter, and advocate, can become more engaged as we collectively move this industry forward for future generations.

12:30 PM-1:30 PM Fire it Up! Get Your Career Started In The Cannabis Industry
Moderator: Juan Carlos Hernandez

Guest Speakers:
Kurt Kaufman, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Seed Talent
Amy Nathan, Founder & Executive Director, Gromentum Lab
Sophia Julio, Senior Corporate Recruiter, Trulieve
Ivan Perez, senior Corporate Recruiter, Cresco

From custodian to c-suite, learn about opportunities for employment in one of the fastest-growing industries in Illinois.  Join us for a live Q&A based solely on finding your “in” to the cannabis industry. This session will allow attendees to ask questions directly to industry experts about navigating an entry into the industry.

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Latinas in Cannabis: Carving Out Your Space in The Cannabis Industry
Moderator, Amor Montes de Oca, Executive Director, Illinois Women in Cannabis

Guest Speakers:

Gina Gault, Field Marketing and Outreach Manager, 1906
Annie DeKanter, Central Region Associate Marketing Manager, Curaleaf
LizMarie Palomo, Area General Manager, Cannabist
Joline Rivera, Founder, Kitchen Toke Media & Red Belly Honey
Adriana Tarasiewicz, Sales Account Executive, Vertosa

This panel discussion will offer an overview of professional and business opportunities in the ever-growing cannabis industry. Learn from leaders in the cannabis sector, gain insights and walk away with practical strategies to consider before taking the leap into the fast-growing cannabis industry.

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