Falkowski Brings Cannabis to the Forefront at Sag Harbor Forum

Cannabis sativa grows at David Falkowski’s Bridgehampton farm at an undisclosed location. Lori Hawkins photo

Open Minded Organics President David Falkowski has organized a forum on cannabis production in New York State this Saturday at the Wamponamon Masonic Lodge in Sag Harbor — an effort the Bridgehampton-based farmer and local businessowner said this week was aimed at giving public officials objective information on what cannabis programs are available in the state and where pending legislation that impacts those businesses stands.

“New York’s Cannabis Programs in Context” will be held on Saturday, February 8, with doors opening at 1:30 p.m. for the informational forum, which will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Lodge, located in the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum on Main Street.

Mr. Falkowski will host an facilitate the panel, which will include Steve Halton, the President of CNY Hemp Processing from New Woodstock New York, Rob Carpenter, the Administrative Director of the Long Island Farm Bureau and board members from the New York Cannabis Growers and Processors Association. The panel is expected to discuss the state’s grain and fiber program, the hemp, cannabinoids and the New York Hemp Extract Bill, USDA Interim Hemp Rules and the impact on farmers, the Farm Bureau’s stance on cannabis production and the state’s proposed Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act (CRTA).

Open to the public, this forum, said Mr. Falkowski in an interview on Tuesday, is geared towards public officials including government leaders, school district officials and law enforcement, as well as nonprofit entities that may become involved in the issue.

“After this forum, any public official who attends should never be able to be quoted again stating this is a grey area or we don’t have all the information,” said Mr. Falkowski. “I will have documents and links available to everyone and this is as objective a forum as it can get.”

“This session is just the beginning of an important conversation we need to be having and an effort on my part to provide as much good information as possible,” he said. “There is a lot to cover and we need to get this information out there.”

While the event is free, Mr. Falkowski said space is limited, reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made at: eventbrite.com/e/new-yorks-cannabis-programs-in-context-tickets-91128492775