Tea Pad

Tea Pad is a professional-level networking group for the cannabis industry and the cannabis industry curious. The Tea Pad mission is to break down barriers to entry and to empower people to participate in the cannabis industry – no matter gender or race – 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 Pad Scholarship for Minority Entrepreneurship. The Scholarship will provide the student the opportunity to learn skills necessary to become a leader, an innovator and an entrepreneur.

Tea Pad February 2020 in Cambridge, MD with Darryl Hill

Tea Pad celebrates  Black History Month February 27th with Darryl Hill in Cambridge, Maryland. Darryl has been breaking down racial barriers for decades and now he’s one of the very few African American owners of licensed cannabis businesses. Cambridge is the perfect backdrop for our celebration of Black history in America as the birthplace of Harriet Tubman, famed conductor of the Underground Railroad.

Event Details
February 27, 2020
6 pm – 9 pm
Jimmy & Sooks
527 Poplar St.
Cambridge, Maryland

Tickets are $45 – Get Yours Here


Tea Pad December 2019 in Washington, DC with Corey Barnette

December 17,  2019 Tea Pad went to Washington, DC and featured keynote speaker Corey Barnette. Corey kicked 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.

Save the Date: February 27, 2020. Tea Pad celebrates Black History Month in Cambridge, Maryland. Visit TeaPad.co for details.


Tea Pad August 2019 with Delegate Cheryl D. Glenn

FormerDelegate Cheryl Glenn joined Tea Pad along with some of her legislative colleagues, cannabis business leaders, regulators, and industry hopefuls at Tea Pad in Baltimore. Glenn was recognized for her tireless efforts towards sensible cannabis legislation in Maryland.

Tea Pad October 2019 with UMSOP Dean Natalie D. Eddington

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.


Tea Pad May 2019 Launch

Tea Pad was launched May 2019. Guests enjoyed the sounds of “live jazz, libations, good eats, provocative conversation on social justice and powerful industry networking” that are part of every Tea Pad event. All in attendance were introduced to the mission of Tea Pad and its focus on breaking down barriers to entry into the cannabis industry by empowering access via education.