Delegate Jheanelle K. Wilkins (D-20) was our featured guest at the Light House Bistro in Annapolis, Maryland - the state capital. She shared her goals for the 2023 Maryland General Assembly and for the Maryland cannabis industry. She answered several questions about how Maryland's medical cannabis industry will change and the new license opportunities in the adult use industry.
The Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland, Inc. (LBCM) is an organization of 60 members who dedicate themselves to the mission of ensuring that Black people in the great state of Maryland are equally protected and benefited by the promises of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, as afforded by the United States Constitution. LBCM is the largest Black Caucus in the U.S. LCBM has been instrumental in the advocacy and passage of legislation that has benefited Blacks, and all Marylanders, since the 1970s. The Black legislators and community leaders, who serve as members and partners of the LBCM have stood steadfast and united in articulating public policy positions that promote Black progress in Maryland.
We're grateful to the night's sponsors and guests for raising funds for The Tea Pad Foundation!
Tahir Johnson was our featured guest at Tea Pad in Baltimore. Tahir is the Director of Social Equity and Inclusion at Marijuana Policy Project (MPP), advancing MPP's mission of achieving social justice for those impacted by cannabis prohibition. He's also a recent successful applicant for a New Jersey adult use cannabis dispensary license. Tahir inspired attendees with his personal journey from grassroots social justice advocate to leading an impactful organization for social equity and success as a cannabis industry entrepreneur.
After two years without an in-person Tea Pad and with such a timely focus on cannabis adult use legalization in Maryland, the energy in the room at Bus Boys and Poets was palpable. Senator Brian Feldman shared the key points of his legalization bill. Following, was a lively and provocative Q & A session with questions on how to protect Maryland's medical cannabis program and how minority led new cannabis companies can compete with existing license holders.
Tea Pad launched its first event on May 9, 2020, in Baltimore, Maryland. We went on to host in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey with cannabis industry innovators, policy influencers, and minority licensed cannabis business cannabis industry entrepreneurs.