Invitation to the Media: Come hear one of the most influential leaders in the national legal Cannabis industry, address New York's largest Cannabis Community. An inspired and undisputed national leader, Steve DeAngelo has been a cannabis activist, advocate, entrepreneur, and educator for almost four decades. DeAngelo co-founded the national dispensary model Harborside Health Centers, the first cannabis laboratory Steep Hill Labs and the first angel investment network, The ArcView Group. His vision and leadership have been featured by news teams from around the globe including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, the Associated Press, NPR, and the BBC. His creation of the landmark Harborside Health Center, the largest medical marijuana dispensary in the world, set the standard for providing safe access to lab-tested, high quality medicine. The International Business Times called Steve one of the most influential people in Cannabis. Thursday, December 17th, from 7 PM to 9 PM he will be reading from The Cannabis Manifesto . Book signing and Q&A to follow. ABOUT THE BOOK: In The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness (published by North Atlantic Books and distributed by Penguin/Random House) DeAngelo makes a compelling case for the legalization of marijuana and expands the dialogue on how cannabis can be part of an entire wellness lifestyle choice. Based on his experience educating and providing services to tens of thousands of patients at Harborside, DeAngelo's argument begins with the controversial premise that there is no such thing as recreational cannabis use. As a thought leader, pioneer and veteran in the cannabis reform movement, DeAngelo has worked for decades to dispel the myths and stigmas surrounding cannabis, and to promote the positive science that is emerging about it. DeAngelo's Manifesto explores the history of cannabis as a medicine, the devastating consequences of its prohibition, and its future as a regulated consumer product. This engaging primer on the past, present, and future of cannabis will challenge readers to rethink everything they thought they knew about the plant, while exploring and defending its responsible use. EVENT DETAILS: High NY is New York's largest community for Cannabis activists, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts. It hosts monthly Cannabis Meetups and other special events designed to inspire a new class of leaders. We have over 1,000 members. Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/high-ny-the-cannabis-manifesto-with-steve-deangelo-tickets-19613324983 For more information or to reserve your press passes email : firstname.lastname@example.org Meetup.com/HighNY HighNY.com Twitter / IG @HighNY_ @stevedeangelo @arcviewgroup #thecannabismanifesto About Steve DeAngelo and Harborside Health Center: "Harborside Health Center, a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary with locations in Oakland and San Jose, California, is looked upon as a model of how others could operate." - The New York Times Founded in 2006 by Steve DeAngelo, Harborside Health Center is the most respected and largest medical cannabis dispensary in the United States. Harborside has over 200,000 registered patients and was first in the nation to support education for seniors, veterans and families with severely ill children; first in the country to offer CBD-rich medicine, and the first to treat children with Dravet syndrome. Harborside continues to set an example of diversity and compliance, and is one of the prime advocates of diversity, sustainability and economic justice in the industry. DeAngelo also co-founded the nation's first cannabis-testing facility, Steep Hill Labs, and the country's first cannabis investment and research firm, The ArcView Group. In his debut book, "The Cannabis Manifesto: A New Paradigm for Wellness," Willie L. Brown, Jr., 41st mayor of San Francisco, calls DeAngelo, "the father of the legal cannabis industry." DeAngelo was named "gatekeeper" of the marijuana industry in 2015 by the International Business Times and one of the most influential people in the cannabis industry in 2014 by the Cannabis Business Executive.