Tea Pad

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.

Save the date! December 17, 2019

Tea Pad December 17,  2019 features keynote speaker Corey Barnette who will kick off a provocative conversation on what social justice in the cannabis industry should look like. Nationally, less than 1% of licensed cannabis businesses are owned by African Americans. Corey is a multi-state license holder with two in Washington, DC. He’s a valued member of the Tea Pad Advisory Board.

Tea Pad will be hosted on December 17th from 7 pm – 10 pm at Culture Coffee Too, 300 Riggs Road NE, Washington, DC 20011. Purchase Early Bird Tickets.


View August 7th, 2019 Event

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:

View October 3, 2019 Event

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.