JOIN US APRIL 29: How to invest in the spread of US marijuana legalization

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Cannabis legalization is sweeping the US.

In the November elections, five states voted to pass cannabis reform, bringing the tally of states with recreational marijuana to 15. Thirty-six states now have medical cannabis programs – meaning that a majority of Americans now have some form of access to marijuana, whether medically or recreationally.

A Democratic Senate, House, and White House is also the best possible outcome for the cannabis industry. Though cannabis reform is expected to continue mostly on the state level, a slew of cannabis-related bills in Congress have prompted cannabis companies and investors alike to eye the changing landscape as an opportunity.

On top of that, more states like New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania are looking to legalize marijuana.

If you’re looking to invest, or just understand what all these changes mean for the economy and beyond, tune in to Insider’s exclusive webinar on April 29th at 1 PM EST.

We’ll be chatting with investors Emily Paxhia and Mitch Baruchowitz, both long-time players in the cannabis industry.

Paxhia is the co-founder and managing partner of Poseidon Asset Management, and Baruchowitz, managing partner at Merida Capital Holdings. Both firms landed top spots in Insider’s list of top investors in the cannabis space in 2020.

The two will talk about which companies are poised to win as legalization spreads across the US, which companies to invest in, and which ones to avoid.

You can sign up here if you’re an Insider subscriber.

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JOIN US FRIDAY: An OB-GYN and pediatrician discuss what pregnant women should know about the coronavirus vaccine

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Pregnant people are at risk of more severe complications from COVID-19 than their non-pregnant peers, and yet official guidelines neither recommend nor discourage them from getting a vaccine.

That’s because we don’t yet have clinical trial data demonstrating the shots’ safety and efficacy in the pregnant population, so women are largely left on their own to weigh the pros and cons.

Based on the way the vaccines are made, CDC data tracking pregnant people who’ve received them, and small studies out so far, experts believe the shots are safe and likely beneficial to both moms and their future children.

But some moms-to-be want to wait until there’s more rigorous data, especially if they’re able to protect themselves against COVID-19 by, for example, working from home.

Join us on Friday, March 26, at 2pm ET/11am PT as Insider senior health reporter Anna Medaris Miller hosts a live panel discussion with maternal and child health specialists about what we know, and don’t, about the COVID-19 vaccine in pregnancy.

Dr. Jessica Shepherd, an OB-GYN, founded and runs the wellness concierge practice Sanctum Med + Wellness. Dr. Jessica Madden, a pediatrician and neonatologist, serves as medical director of Aeroflow Breastpumps.

Together, they will discuss whether there is a “better” COVID-19 vaccine for pregnant people than others, if there’s an ideal time in pregnancy to get vaccinated, how to interpret emerging research on vaccines in pregnancy, and more.

Register for the event here.

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What 2021 Might Hold for Email

Wow. Somehow, 2021 feels on track to steal 2020’s title of “Wackiest Year on Record.” Now’s the time to prepare for anything that may come our way. We asked six of our email experts from around the globe to join host Guy Hanson on our first State of Email Live webinar of 2021.

As usual, I won’t spoil what is a strong 45 minutes of content you really shouldn’t miss, but here are a handful of takeaways I got from the broadcast to whet your appetite for more. The full video can be found at the very end.

Data didn’t disappoint

Late last year, Greg Kimball, our email data genie, told us email volume was on the rise, with no real indication of stopping. Guy provided an update on Greg’s behalf during this episode to prove he was absolutely right: Volume is consistently higher than before, and it’s growing. In fact, there was a 25-30% year-over-year increase in volume on Black Friday from 2019 to 2020. Email marketers would be well-served to believe this is “a new normal” rather than a trend. Keep planning your content as though it’ll face record competition in the inbox. Chances are, it will.

A few predictions stood out

  • LoriBeth Blair from the USA expects Gmail to become even more dominant in the mailbox provider space.
  • Guy Hanson expects more email marketers to move from using both an email service provider and a CRM to a more comprehensive customer data platform (CDP). Why? CDPs allow users to combine the data knowledge they have and transform it into more personalized, meaningful email communications seamlessly.
  • Sandra Schubert from Germany thinks authentication will be a must-have, rather than a nice-to-have, as senders become more aware of customer data privacy legislation and increased spoofing and phishing attacks on email brands.

The group also shared their thoughts on privacy legislation, the kinds of email resonating with subscribers today, and more. Check out the episode below:

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