Race, Politics & Cannabis

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Prosser Public Library
Community Room

Event Details

In tonight’s program, Aaron Romano, a local attorney and his colleague, Jason Ortiz will explore the roots of cannabis prohibition and the current business climate with a specific focus on minorities.

In a short Powerpoint, Mr. Romano will focus is on the origins of cannabis prohibition, with specific regard to racial discrimination.  Mr. Romano has been litigating the issue of cannabis prohibition in Connecticut's court system. He has presented this program at Yale's recent cannabis symposium and for a presentation sponsored by NORML.

Jason Ortiz will present a 30 minute Powerpoint which focuses on the social justice issues regarding cannabis prohibition and the current business climate.

Jason Ortiz earned his Bachelors degree in Public and Community Engagement from the University of Connecticut. He has been fighting to end the war on drugs since he first heard the words “School to prison pipeline” and is an Alumni of the National Board of Students for Sensible Drug Policy and current Vice President of the Minority Cannabis Business Association. In addition to his Cannabis work, Jason is also President of the CT Puerto Rican Agenda, a CT based grassroots organization mobilizing Puerto Ricans toward justice for Puerto Rico, and serves as the Executive Assistant to Hartford City Councilwoman and Minority Leader Wildaliz Bermudez, who recently spearheaded the unanimous endorsement of Marijuana Legalization at the municipal level.


Aaron Romano is a Bloomfield attorney specializing in criminal defense and cannabis law who has been practicing for 19 years.  He received his undergraduate degree from Bard College in Music and Political Science and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  He is counsel for CT NORML and has testified before the CT  legislature and nationally on cannabis issues.  His office won the landmark State vs. Menditto case before the state supreme court that allowed people to erase their criminal records of cannabis convictions. 

Registration is appreciated.

Event Type(s): Adult Program
Age Group(s): Adults
Presenter: Aaron Romano & Jason Ortiz
Carol Lennig
(860) 243-9721 ext. 3558

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