Queens lawmaker to launch a cannabis workforce training initiative in Far Rockaway

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State Senator James Sanders will announce the launch of his “Breaking Ground” initiative, bringing cannabis workforce training to southeast Queens. (Photo courtesy of Sanders’ office)

State Senator James Sanders is partnering with the Cannabis Hub to launch his “Breaking Ground” initiative — the first-of-its-kind cannabis workforce training in the nation for people who want to start a business or simply get a job in the emerging cannabis industry.

The newest industry will be coming soon to New York, made possible by the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA), and Sanders will share details of the initiative in Far Rockaway on Thursday.

“There is an old Chinese proverb that says, ‘The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.’ You don’t want to miss out on this opportunity, my friends,” Sanders said. “Cannabis is going to be one of the most rapidly growing industries New York has ever seen, and those who are not paying attention will get left behind.”

Sanders noted that the teachers who devised the accredited workforce training program are the best and most respected leaders in the cannabis industry, having fine tuned their already immense expertise at the Cleveland School of Cannabis.

Students of Sanders’ Breaking Ground initiative will be primarily southeast Queens community members who have been disproportionately impacted by cannabis prohibition. Participants will get a free, world-class education to prepare for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Sanders added.

“The Breaking Ground initiative led by Senator Sanders in partnership with the Cannabis Hub is a first-of-its-kind workforce training opportunity that upholds the economic and social justice focus of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act,” Assemblyman Khaleel Anderson said. “It is powerful that our neighbors and community members adversely impacted by cannabis prohibition will gain priority access to this training program. I look forward to continued partnership with Senator Sanders to ensure justice and equity in the emerging cannabis industry across New York state.”

The public announcement of Sanders’ Breaking Ground initiative will be made Thursday, Aug. 16, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Campaign Against Hunger – Far Rock Urban Agro-Ecological Center, located at 45-55 Beach Channel Dr. in Far Rockaway.