Association of

Black Journalists



Saturday, APRIL 6, 2019

9:30 A.M - 4:30 P.M.

Quorum at the University City Science Center

 3675 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19104 

Doors open at 9 a.m.

 About This Event

The Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists (PABJ), the oldest association for black journalists in the country, is convening a day-long educational conference to elevate the region's understanding of cannabis, its connection to the media and the criminal justice system and current legalization efforts happening across our state. 
The event is assembling community members, experts, lawmakers and media professionals together to learn how we can better educate the public on the state of cannabis legalization and address the stigmas enforced from decades of of misinformation -- information which has led to the marginalization, incrimination and disenfranchisement of communities of color. 
 We look forward to offering a space for honest, transparent and productive conversations as we underscore the need for more media coverage on this important issue. Join us, and get ready to learn.

Schedule Of Events

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Morning networking and breakfast

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

The ABCs of Cannabis

(Cannabis terminology 101) - ROOM 1

The history of cannabis - from medicine, to schedule I to legalization - ROOM 2

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Cannabis as medicine: Science, research and patients' perspectives - ROOM 1

Cannabis and The War on Drugs: Social consequences of prohibition - ROOM 2

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.



1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Cannabis legalization in Pennsylvania - How it started and where are we now. - ROOM 1


How does the media cover cannabis legalization? - ROOM 2 


2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Let’s talk green: How to get into the cannabis industry. - ROOM 1

Cannabis legalization in Philadelphia - How is Philly impacted & why care? - ROOM 2 

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Evening recap, thanks, afterparty at Pen & Pencil Club! 😎




Cannabis data and facts



There are at least 33 states that have legalized cannabis

in some capacity.

$26.3 billion projected sales of legalized adult-use and medical cannabis by 2025 according to New Frontier Data.


 Black adults were 3.6 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than white adults in 2016, according to a 2017 ACLU PA study.


17% percent of minorities holding executive positions at cannabis businesses, according to 2017 data from a Marijuana Business Daily survey.

Pa.'s medical marijuana program





Pennsylvania has made $2 million in taxes from sales of medical marijuana.

There are more than 116,000 Pennsylvanians registered to participate in the state's medical marijuana program. 

Nearly 1,000 physicians have been approved

to recommend medical marijuana.

There are 21 qualifying conditions that allows a Pennsylvania resident to register and participate in the program.

LOCATION: Quorum at the University City Science Center. 3675 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

FROM the Philadelphia airport: use Airport Regional Rail Line to 30th Street station, then transfer over to the Market-Frankford line and head west toward the 69th Street Transportation center. Get off at the 34th Street station and walk west past 36th Street and Quorum will be on your right. (1hr 30m travel) 

FROM the Amtrak 30th station / Megabus stop: You can take a Lyft/Uber directly to the event or take the SEPTA line heading west (see below). 

SEPTA access: Take the Market-Frankford Line (Blue) from the 30th Street station, located on the corner of 30th and Market Streets, and take the line that heads west toward the 69th Street Transportation center. Get off at the 34th Street station and walk west past 36th Street and Quorum will be on your right.

PARKING access: There are parking options at Parkway parking garage, located on 3711 Filbert Street between 38th and 36th Streets. Parking is ticketed and is not covered by PABJ. 

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