Our 1920s-themed logo is named "Eulalia", inspired by the mother of American jazz legend Cab Calloway and the era of tea pads. Cab demonstrated a commitment to education throughout his career.
Cab was raised in our hometown, Baltimore, Maryland by a school-teaching mother and attorney father. Cab's mother, Martha Eulalia Reed, received her education at HBCU Morgan State University (MSU). MSU was the recipient of our first fundraising efforts in 2019.
Eulalia is every color. She embodies our vision of the world and a shared commitment to equitable participation in the cannabis industry.
Tea Pad was launched as a social enterprises, a for-profit comany committed to making social change. We're now a nonprofit as we continue to be a change-maker. We're breaking down barriers to entry into the cannabis industry. We're doing it by empowering people with education.
Meet and mingle with legislators and industry regulators. Make new partnerships, joint ventures or new areas for expansion of your cannabis business and demonstrate your company's commitment to equity in the cannabis industry.
Our roots are founded in American jazz. The music and the lyrics of American jazz are the foundations of the Civil Rights Movement launched in 1954. It was a political movement and campaign from 1954 to 1968 in the United States to abolish institutional racial segregation, discrimination, and disenfranchisement throughout the United States.
Tea Pad is founded upon the Hebrew principle of "tikkun olam" which literally means repair of the world. We live this.
The majority of states now have a medical cannabis program and several states have an adult-use program. Yet, significant barriers women and people of color from having equitable access to resources to be part of the legal cannabis industry. Particularly, the Black and Brown communities have suffered the most under United States cannabis prohibition and the racially-disparate enforcement of the War on Drugs.
Recognizing that social justice is imperative to an equitable legal cannabis industry and there are barriers in place which preclude its achievement, Tea Pad was founded by Jacquie Cohen Roth, MS , and launched in Maryland in 2019. It's hard to believe that at that time, there was little conversation outside of the legacy cannabis industry on how women and people of color are underrepresented in the regulated cannabis industry. With a personal history of facing gender and religious prejudice, Jacquie founded Tea Pad with the mission to break down the barriers preventing a person of any gender or race from gaining access or advancement in the cannabis industry.
Today, Tea Pad is a nonprofit and a national networking group for like-minded cannabis industry professionals, regulators and legislators with a shared commitment that the nation’s burgeoning cannabis industry is fair and just with opportunity for all. Tea Pad events are held throughout the year in a convivial atmosphere with keynotes delivered with the underlying tone of the current status of inequity in the cannabis industry and how it it needs to change. Proceeds of Tea Pad events have funded The Tea Pad Scholarship for Black Entrepreneurship at Morgan State University. Now, proceeds support The Tea Pad Fellowship Program.
Tea Pad ambassadors are committed to social justice and have a passion for a safe and just cannabis industry just as our Advisory Board and leadership is. Please complete a short form and share how you'd be an asset to a Tea Pad in your community.
Regional Director of Recruiting
Media Producer & Entrepreneur
Tea Pad Foundation Board Chair
Partner, Perry, White, Ross & Jacobson, LLC
Senior Director of
Clinical Science & Partnerships
CEO Road Runner Specialty Group, Inc.
The mission of Tea Pad reflects a value of Jacquie's, "Tikkun olam" is a Hebrew concept that literally means “repair of the world”. This inspires Jacquie to lead Tea Pad and sister social enterprise CannabizMD with the principles of tikkun olam, working with partners that act constructively and beneficially for society via passion, transparency, teamwork, accountability, determination and a strong willingness to evolve.
Recognizing a void for quality medical cannabis industry content focused on cannabis science, policy and industry innovation, Jacquie founded CannabizMD in 2017. CannabizMD is a B2B medical cannabis industry platform with a mission to to educate, build, and engage an ecosystem of stakeholders to deliver optimal patient and product outcomes.
Music has always been a part of Jacquie's life, with an eclectic taste for classical piano and guitar; American jazz; the blues; funk and rock and roll. The history of American jazz is especially powerful to her, with its attitude for life and all pieces of it ... heartache, joy and its inspiration for civil rights.
Jacquie is a uniquely qualified cannabis industry pioneer and recognized global leader with an academic background blend of policy studies, international economics and cannabis science. She’s a graduate of the inaugural class Master of Science Medical Cannabis Science and Therapeutics from the University of Maryland School Of Pharmacy (UMSOP, Honors, 2021). Jacquie is now an adjunct professor in state and federal cannabis laws and policy at UMSOP.
Jacquie has been routinely recognized as a trailblazing female entrepreneur in the traditional healthcare industry and now, in the medical cannabis industry.
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