Fall 2019, The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy (UMSOP) launched the first medical cannabis graduate study program in the country, a Masters of Science in the Science of Medical Cannabis and Therapeutics. On October 3rd, 2019, Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP, professor and dean and executive director of the university regional partnerships at the University of Maryland, Baltimore joined cannabis industry professionals and industry curious at Tea Pad in Baltimore as she shared some of her professional experiences as a woman of color in science, the challenges starting the graduate program and its focus on professional workforce development for the medical cannabis industry.
Join us on December 17th in Washington, DC for Tea Pad for a provocative conversation on what social justice in the cannabis industry should look like. Less than 1% of cannabis industry licenses are owned by African Americans. Tea Pad Advisory Board member Corey Barnette owns two. For more information and Early Bird Tickets, visit Tea Pad.
“Live jazz, libations, good eats & a convivial atmosphere are always enjoyed!”
Tea Pad is a professional-level networking group for the cannabis industry and the cannabis industry curious. Its mission is to break down barriers to entry and to empower people to participate in the cannabis industry – no matter race or gender – via education. The “tea pad” is part of a very rich history of cannabis (marijuana) in the African-American community in New York City and the jazz scene of the 1920’s and 30’s. During this time, the United States government launched an aggressive campaign of marijuana prohibition, which had catastrophic impact on black and brown communities for decades to come. Tea pads were convivial speakeasy style spaces where people of all racial and ethnic backgrounds could come together free from the violence of prohibition.
The black and brown communities have suffered the most under cannabis prohibition and the racially-disparate enforcement of the “war on drugs”. Tea Pad is change maker. Proceeds of all Tea Pad events fund the Tea Pad Scholarship for Black Entrepreneurship. The Scholarship will provide the student the opportunity to learn skills necessary to become a leader, an innovator and an entrepreneur.
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