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.
Delegate Luke Clippinger, the sponsor of Maryland's adult use referendum and its companion bill, was the speaker at Tea Pad hosted in Hyattsville, Maryland on May , 2022. Delegate Clippinger shared the journey of the legislative initiatives of the referendum and HB0837, "Cannabis Reform", as they made their way through Maryland's 2022 legislative session. HB0837, which passed without the governor's signature is intended to ensure the most efficient and equitable path for cananbis adult use legalization in Maryland.
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 was virtual! We had a phenomenal Tea Pad on Zoom March 25th complete with live jazz and provocative conversation. Our conversation centered on executing DEI strategies in the cannabis industry and how to connect with the community the cannabis business serves.
DC- based cannabis industry entrepreneur Corey Barnette kicked led a provocative conversation on what social justice should like in the cannabis industry.
Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP, professor and dean and executive director of the university regional partnerships at the University of Maryland, Baltimore shared her experiences as a woman of color in science, the challenges starting the nation's first graduate program and ts focus on professional workforce.
Tea Pad welcomed guests interested in learning more of the history behind Maryland's medical cananbis industry and its future.
Tea Pad was launched! Guests celebrated the launch of the first social enterprise and a change maker in
the cannabis industry, raising funds to support
The Tea Pad Scholarship for Minority Entrepreneurship.