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Save the Date: October 3, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FAAPS, FCP, professor and dean of the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy and executive director of the university regional partnerships at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMSOP).
UMSOP recently launched the first medical cannabis graduate study program in the country, MS in the Science of Medical Cannabis and Therapeutics. Join fellow cannabis industry professionals and industry curious to hear Dean Eddington speak of her professional experiences as a woman of color in science, the graduate program and the program’s focus on workforce development for the medical cannabis industry.
On October 3rd, Tea Pad also will also be celebrating Maryland’s newly diverse medical cannabis industry with the new cultivators and processors (Stage One Pre-Approval Award: September 26, 2019)
“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 first award will be made December 2019 to a student enrolled in the Earl G. Graves School of Business, at Morgan State University (MSU). 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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