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August 7th, 2019 Delegate Cheryl Glenn (D-MD) joined Tea Pad along with some of her legislative colleagues, cannabis business leaders, regulators, and industry hopefuls at Tea Pad in Baltimore. Delegate was recognized for her tireless efforts towards sensible cannabis legislation in Maryland. She shared some of her thoughts on the current state of Maryland’s cannabis industry and her hopes for the future. Her contributions include:
- Lead sponsor of HB17, which established Maryland’s medical cannabis program and the Natalie LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, named for her mother.
- Vocal advocate for creating diversity in Maryland’s cannabis industry, which lead to the passing of HB 2 and the recent expansion of grower and processor licenses.
- Sponsor of numerous progressive cannabis bills, including HB 794 that was intended to prevent employer discrimination against medical cannabis patients.
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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