National Expungement Works (N.E.W.) Continues Juneteenth Tradition Of Observance And Healing


Pioneering Expungement Rights Organization

Partners with Green Thumb Industries, Inc. (GTI) for

Fourth Annual Celebration of the New Federal Holiday


Premiere Screening of “Who’s Invited to the Cookout”  on June 19, 2021


DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Who would you invite to ‘the cookout?’  National Expungement Works (N.E.W.), the organization that has shaped the nationwide conversation around expungement and legal relief impacting millions, broaches this thought-provoking topic and many others as part of its fourth annual observance of Juneteenth.   Made possible by the generosity of Green Thumb Industries (GTI), a leading national cannabis consumer packaged goods company, N.E.W. will host the premiere screening of  “Who’s Invited to the Cookout” on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at 7:00 pm ET.  Through observances and reflections honoring the history of Juneteenth as it reverberates through the experience of those existing today, N.E.W. has created a safe space for the community to reflect upon the day.

As with their groundbreaking work to center expungement in harm reduction, N.E.W. ‘s annual Juneteenth community celebrations helped ignite the movement that blossomed into a federal holiday.  The day June 19 has additional significance for the organization as N.E.W.’s genesis can be traced to a barbeque to mark the holiday in 2018.

“While we applaud the distinction of  Juneteenth as a federal holiday, we recognize that collectively more needs to be done and that we cannot do this work without altruistic partners.  Thank you to  GTI for coming on board as the first American company to sign on as an event sponsor,” said N.E.W. Founder and Visionary LaTorie Marshall. “We appreciate the partnership of GTI for co-hosting a safe place to eat, talk things out, and rest while we are finishing each other’s sentences; that’s how we celebrate. Equally, don’t forget the jokes and laughter.”

Part of our lexicon, through its popularity with ‘Black Twitter,’ ‘the cookout’ as defined by, is “a metaphorical gathering of the Black community,” exclusive to its members except for those who receive an invitation.  The question ultimately posed by N.E.W. is regarding who is welcomed into Black spaces and how that correlates to allyship, wellness,  social responsibility, and economic and political justice.

“‘Who’s Invited to the Cookout’ takes place around a virtual dinner table with a family-style conversation from the perspective of justice-impacted voices, legal perspectives on legislation and its compounded impact on the Black community, and healing practices for coping, surviving, and thriving within this system of injustice,” said  Jessica Jackson, Director of Operations for N.E.W. “These conversations are necessary when honoring the legacy of Juneteenth and celebrating in fellowship with our community. Trust and believe every speaker will have a full plate, a selected track on our playlist!”

“We’re honored to sponsor N.E.W’s Juneteenth celebration highlighting the important conversations about social responsibility and economic and political justice in our society,” said Green Thumb SVP of Government Affairs Dina Rollman. “Green Thumb strongly believes in N.E.W. and their work around expungement and community empowerment, and feel it is our responsibility to support broadening awareness of the history of Juneteenth. We are looking forward to hearing  from each speaker and celebrating Juneteenth with N.E.W.”

To join N.E.W. during their community Screening of “Who’s Invited to the Cookout, “ please visit on Saturday, June 19th at 7:00 pm ET.

Cannabis Meets Sports Masterclass & Golf Tournament at ‘Easy Greens’ May 21 & 22 in Arizona

ARIZONA: Top athletes from across the sports world will assemble in Phoenix, Arizona May 21 & 22, 2021 for Easy Greens, a first-ever “Cannabis meets Sports” – Masterclass & Golf Classic Tournament.

The two day event (May 21 and 22, 2021) is organized by Eugenio Garcia, founder of Cannabis Now Magazine and Playbook Capital – a venture platform at the intersection of entertainment, culture and tech.
The event, sponsored by Fohse, Inc. will host big names including Jay Feely (NFL), Shea Hillenbrand (MLB), Troy O’Leary (MLB), Geoff Jenkins (MLB), Dave Burba (MLB), Gary Matthews Jr. (LB), Jason Thompson (NBA), Augie Ojeda (MLB), Don Buford (MLB), Jacque Jones (MLB), and many more.
Held at Arizona Biltmore Golf Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, East Greens will feature speakers, panel presentations, classrooms and networking activities that will highlight investment and growth opportunities specifically for athletes in the $50 billion CBD and THC markets.
Keynote speakers including former NBA star and Viola Brands founder Al Harrington, Mina Mishrikey of Merida Capital and Jared Mirsky, CEO of cannabis branding agency Wick & Mortar are among the highly sought after industry experts in attendance. Additionally, a portion of the golf proceeds will benefit the Educational Sports Institute, a nonprofit organization that provides sports education to children in underserved communities.

The Emerald Cup 2022 Moves to Los Angeles & Adds “Harvest Ball” NorCal Event

CALIFORNIA: The iconic cannabis competition, The Emerald Cup, is proud to announce they are moving the ECA’s (The Emerald Cup Awards) and legendary festival for 2022 to Los Angeles. This news follows a historic 2021 event where the pandemic-proof event went virtual – via hundreds of hours of new and existing content – becoming “The Emerald Cup Channel” on cannabis’ first TV network Social Club TV. A full director’s cut of the event debuted for video-on-demand on 4/20/2021.

Staying connected to their roots the traditional December dates for the Cup will live on as the Emerald Cup Harvest Ball and the beginning of the Road to the Cup.  The event will be the opening of submissions for the Spring 2022 contest and the beginning of the Road to the Cup.  The event will be more intimate than the past and focus on the fresh harvest and genetics.  Tickets will be limited so don’t wait and miss out.  Described as a global gathering of the Emerald Cup tribe in celebration of the traditional harvest time, the event will take place in Santa Rosa, CA over 2 days and will continue to offer education, entertainment and community to their international family and fan base.

“The tribe has spoken and we are making the move to bring our Cup to the world’s largest cannabis community and industry  – Los Angeles” says The Emerald Cup founder and CEO Tim Blake. “Following our most recent, and largest event ever, our community has exploded and we are transitioning to a venue closer to the epicenter of California’s cannabis market. This evolution continues as we cement our place as the most recognized and attended cannabis competition in the world.”

Named the “Academy Awards of Cannabis” by Rolling Stone, The Emerald Cup, has celebrated excellence in organic, sun grown and now indoor cannabis with over 35 catagories and awards across the product spectrum from flower, concentrates, topicals and edibles. Attracting countless attendees and special guests over the years, including top talent including The Roots, Ziggy Marley, Michael Franti, Rebelution, Chelsea Handler and SantiGold. Joining the calendar and complementing The Emerald Cup, the new Harvest Ball is an opportunity for the community among the cannabis industry to serve as a first opportunity to submit entries for the 2022 Emerald Cup Awards, but will also host a diverse marketplace, high-wattage musical performances and expert panel discussion on trends and innovation and in the industry.

Key elements of The Emerald Cup Harvest Ball will include:

  • Featuring the fresh harvest of the growing season with a focus on new genetics

  • Marketplace

  • Emerald Concert Stage

  • Kickoff to the 2022 Emerald Cup Contest

  • A Sanctuary Space honoring plant medicine with educational and entertainment programming

  • Area 101 (Where it all started)

  • Regenerative Agriculture Garden Activation

  • VIP Parties

  • Food, Beverages and Cannabis

“With over 17 events, starting with our first in 2004, the Cup has always been a fixture on the cannabis and festival calendar with our early December presence,” shared Tim Blake.With the pandemic forcefully changing, and evolving us, we moved this year’s event to April. The response from our community, entrants and audience was resounding, this new timing was better for growing and cultivating the most optimum entries for competition. Our new event the Harvest Ball  continues to open the space for our community to bond and share information in the wake of a time of massive change across all parts of cannabis. What this experience is teaching us is that our industry thrives on communication and collaboration. We are confident the Harvest Ball will quickly blossom into a must-attend in all our calendars.”

The Happy Munkey Says Farewell To New York Prohibition With 4/20 Celebration

By Stu Zakim

There are some dates that transformed New York: In 1858, Central Park opened; The Holland Tunnel’s opening in 1927; The Beatles playing at Shea Stadium in 1965; and the opening of Studio 54 in 1977.  The latest date that will surely find its way onto that list is April 20, 2021 – the day NYC’s legendary speakeasy, The Happy Munkey, hosted it’s “Farewell to Prohibition” celebration.

Happy Munkey founders Vladimir Bautista and Ramon Reyes are celebrities in the Cannabis community.  When they opened in mid 2017 at an “underground” location, they created a space that offered their invitation only guests a safe, comfortable atmosphere while hanging with very cool people all bonding over Cannabis; black, white, straight, gay, it didn’t matter as Vlad and Ramon often say, “It’s about the culture.” On any given night, you could share a joint with a NFL, NBA or MLB player, a hip hop or rap star, an actor or a famous singer, all there to share their love of Cannabis.

After having to close due to the COVID virus, Munkey fans from all over the world were left with no place to get together.  Sure, we had Zoom calls and more recently, Clubhouse chats, but nothing could compare to the in-person experience.  That all changed after New York State legalized Cannabis on April 1. With the success of people being vaccinated, Vlad and Ramon and David Hernandez decided what better way to celebrate this moment in time than doing what they do best.  And, to take it to another level, no more “underground” location; in typical Munkey style, they wanted to make a statement now that Cannabis was legal and they sure did – Bobby Van’s Steakhouse directly opposite the NY Stock Exchange building.  

What an evening.  The restaurant was COVID safe; tables were at least 6 feet apart, masks were required when not consuming or drinking and bottles of hand sanitizer on each table.  They turned a steakhouse into The Munkey – DJ, people mingling with each other, consuming responsibly, in this case, not sharing, and everywhere you looked was either an old friend or leaders in the weed space: Leo Bridgewater, Joy Beckerman, journalist Steve Bloom (who discovered the 420 phenomenon while a High Times editor), Curved Papers’ Michael O’Malley, Arnaud Dumas De Rauly and Sasha Aksenov of The Blinc Group, Fab Five Freddy, Phoenix Nutraceuticals Ruben Lindo and other notables were there, all rocking out and smoking through the party. 

Looking back on my Cannabis consumption through the years in New York City, I must agree with the cliche, you always remember your first, in this case, my first legal pot party!  What a rush and thanks to the Happy Munkey for all they have done to take the culture to the next level.  And, the best is yet to come.

Virtual Listen and Learn Forum Session on Draft Conceptual Rules: Background Checks for Cannabis Licensees and Applicants

WASHINGTON:  The Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) is hosting a Listen and Learn forum about draft conceptual rules for cannabis applicants or licensee background checks.

The Liquor and Cannabis Board began considering revisions to current background check processes for applicants or licensee by initiating a formal rule inquiry on February 17, 2021. The Preproposal Statement of Inquiry is found here.


Initiative 502 (I-502) established a legal framework for the Board to review the criminal history of marijuana [cannabis] license applicants, along with broad rulemaking authority to create rules related to criminal history background check standards. The initial background check rules were first established in late 2013, and the most recent revision occurred in early 2016.

The WSLCB will be re-evaluating current criminal history background check standards in an effort to remove unnecessary barriers to entry in the legal marijuana [cannabis] market by people and communities disproportionally impacted by marijuana [cannabis] criminalization. Revisions considered will be designed to support socially equitable conditions by deconstructing current rules to create fair and meaningful access to the economic opportunities afforded by marijuana [cannabis].

Here is a link to the agenda to help you prepare, along with draft changes (redline) and original language (non-redline) versions of the draft conceptual rules. Please come prepared to offer related feedback and suggestions.

Please remember that we are still in the developmental phase of rulemaking, and there are not yet any proposed or final rules amendments. To help you prepare for this listen/learn/contribute forum, please review the guidance document prepared for this and future forums.

When: Thursday, May 13, 2021, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Where: Online via this link WebEx. Pre-registration is not required.

By phone only:  Toll Free: 1-855-929-3239, or Direct: (415) 655-0001

                            Access Code: 133 151 4096#

If you wish to join online here are a few reminders:

  • Online participation will be structured to allow one speaker at a time through a hand-raising feature on WebEx.
  • If you have difficulty with audio or visual elements of the WebEx meeting, please be patient, you can provide feedback to us at the email below. There is still opportunity to let us know your thoughts.

Questions? Contact Kathy Hoffman at

New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission Meeting April 22, 2021

New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission Meeting 

Where: Zoom Meeting

When: Thursday, April 22, 2021 – 3:00 PM

The order in which the agenda items are called may deviate from the sequence set forth herein. Unless otherwise indicated, formal action may be taken on any items listed herein.

To participate in the public comment portion of the meeting, you must sign up by sending an email with your full name and phone number to Please include “April 22 Meeting Public Comment” in the subject line. A full name and phone number are required in order for the CRC to identify and call on speakers during the meeting.  Requests to speak for this meeting must be received by 12 PM on April 22.  To accommodate as many speakers as possible, speakers will be limited to 3 minutes.

The public may also submit comments before, during, or after the meeting in writing to Please include “April 22 Meeting Public Comment” in the subject line.


  1. Call to order
  2. Notice of public meeting
  3. Roll call
  4. Chair’s remarks
  5. Executive session The Commission will discuss litigation and interagency contract negotiations. The executive session is expected to last 30 minutes.
  6. Approval of previous meeting’s minutes
  7. Annual meeting schedule
  8. Executive Director’s report
  9. For discussion only: Interim medical cannabis testing standards for laboratories pursuant to N.J.S.A. 24:6I-19 Public comments will be accepted on this agenda item during the public comment period.
  10. Authorizing to the Executive Director pursuant to N.J.S.A. 24:6I-24 to enter into Memorandum of Agreement with Department of Health on behalf of the Commission concerning staff, technology, and administrative support for the Commission.
  11. Authorizing to Department of Health pursuant to N.J.S.A. 24:6I-24 to provide criminal background checks and other functions on behalf of Commission during agency transfer.
  12. Public comment
  13. Adjournment

Curved Papers & Dana Beal Offer NYC Pot Smokers Who Vaccinate “Joints For Jabs”

NEW YORK: Brooklyn born Curved Papers inventor Michael O’Malley has teamed up with long time New York City Yippie NORML Act Up pot activist Dana Beal to offer an NYC version of “Joints For Jabs,” which Edelstein first staged in D.C. earlier this Spring. Anyone with a vaccination card can get a free joint this afternoon in Union Square!

New York City is abuzz this Spring following the March 31st early morning si

gning of the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, championed by Crstal Peoples-Stokes and in the Assembly, and Liz Krueger in the Senate. MRTA was the fruit of six years of leadership by these two women, The Drug Policy Alliance, NORML and many other ad hoc coalitions, including Curved Papers’ “Do The Right Thing, New York,” which featured Fab Five Freddy and Jerry Scyzer, who showed and really kick started a surge of energy that toppled years of entrenched corporate resistance by The Governor’s team to the popular view. With the help of House Speaker Carl Heastie and Senate President Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the government did its job. The final day of testimonies in favor of the MRTA was riveting and emotional.

Of course, we can’t really have full out live events yet, but we want to make this gesture to remind the cannabis community to keep working together with the Federal government to defeat the virus, and legalize at that level. We hope The President hears about it, so D.C. and New York were our best bets.

Getting vaccinated is something to believe in. Science. It’s an outdoor pop-up event on a Spring day. Pass by and say “high.” We’re masking up and staying socially distant and we strongly suggest that you don’t share joints! Even on this blessed day. Dana will be there to give you each your own, and he’ll be wearing gloves. Come on people now, get together, smartly.

We’re looking forward to having a normal NYC Cannabis Parade next year. Dana has been a part of it for decades as it grew from New York City to the global annual phenomenon in over 40 cities around the world that it is today. In recent years, Steve Bloom of has taken a greater leadership role and taken the event to a new level. His musical background has made the rally end of the parade a real festival, featuring significant political speakers as well. We hope we’ll be able to do that kind of thing in the City again next Spring. Last year was different, and so will this year be different again. But we’re getting somewhere. In New York we are doing a good job.

This Summer, hopefully we can have a Summer of Love in New York City. The MRTA introduces equity and justice standards that are state-of-the-art and a model for the country. Diverse license application teams are receiving design and engineer support from Curved High Tech’s new CANNA CAD NY program.

Contact MIT Architecture grad Michael O’Malley for details. Innovation.

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420 Words About 420

By Curt Robbins

The cannabis culture is rife with urban legend. Some of these stories, however, embrace historical reality. The emergence of the “420” holiday in the world of cannabis is more than a marketing campaign or social media fad.

For decades, three simple numbers have served as code for the consumption and celebration of all things marijuana. Fans of this culture often smoke the herb at 4:20 pm. Millions treat April 20 as a holiday, taking off work and participating in everything from rallies and protests to concerts and backyard bar-be-ques.  

A four-character text message, “420?,” has become an efficient means of asking a friend if they want to get high. But how did this quirky term originate? What is its true meaning? And who can we thank for it?

Origins of 420

The only tale offering any credibility is that of a group of high schoolers from San Rafael, California, the members of which dub themselves The Waldos

In 1971, members of The Waldos had a tradition of meeting each day after school at 4:20 pm, when they would get high and trod off in pursuit of a mythical pot field based on their possession of a hand-drawn map (the pot field, unfortunately, never materialized).

“We were smoking a lot of weed,” said Dave Reddix, known within the group as Waldo Dave, who is now a 64-year-old filmmaker. Said Reddix, “Half the fun was just going looking for it.”

Based on the group’s California location, use of the 420 reference spread to the rock band the Grateful Dead. After the term became common within the band’s dedicated legion of Deadhead followers, it began gaining real traction.

The next boost to stardom for 420 came when then-High Times editor Steve Bloom saw the term on a Grateful Dead concert flyer in 1990. This led to the term being adopted by High Times staff. Because of the magazine’s influence on the culture, 420 was released into the wild.

While the term no longer holds its ability to act as secret code due to its commonality and increasing commercial use in legal jurisdictions, it remains a powerful emblem derived from a pre-internet meme that represents power to the people and everything ganja.

Lest the purveyors of pot and 420 forget its humble origins, Reddix reminds readers of how it all began. “The spirit of 420 was friendship, fun, and kindness,” he told Cheddar News on April 19, 2019. “It was a private joke amongst ourselves; somehow it turned into a worldwide phenomenon.” 

Ganja Pioneer Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion Commemorates 4/20 with New Jersey Celebration and Miami Expansion

NEW JERSEY: While “Weed Day” 4/20/21 marks a luminous occasion for longtime marijuana activist and entrepreneur, Ed “NJWeedman” Forchion, in his home state of New Jersey, per the recent legalization of cannabis, the victory is somewhat bittersweet for him.

The bitter is that his current “Citizen’s Dispensary” operates as a black-market operation as he continues to battle for inclusion within the legal arena. The sweet is not only a huge in-store and online celebration party this 4/20, but also the announcement of his expansion, with a 420-themed lounge opening soon in Miami, Florida, entitled, The Joint of Miami. (photo credit: Dr. Boogie)

Benefit Concert ‘Rock the RoC’ Assembles Global Community In Support Of Awareness for Hemp And Cannabis

Virtual Tribute Concert Gathers Leading Musical Artists, Advocates and Sponsors to Support Improving Lives

COLORADO: Rock the RoC, the upcoming virtual tribute concert hosted by cannabinoid research, education, and advocacy nonprofit Realm of Caring (RoC), will unite a global community that is dedicated to improving quality of life.

Rock the RoC has curated a standout show to honor the legacy of the late CBD pioneer, Charlotte Figi. The April 7 show will heal, inspire, celebrate, and unite a broad community of advocates as they groove to musical performances by Grammy award-winning artists including The Avett Brothers, Jason Mraz, Michael Franti, Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers, Ruthie Foster, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash, Glen Phillips, Molly Tuttle, Sarah Jarosz, Corey Glover, and more. Featured spokespeople include Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis and Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.

“My son would not have transitioned off of hospice without Charlotte. The important mission that RoC performs will endure with continued community support.” Realm of Caring President and Event Host Heather Jackson shared, “RoC has the largest cannabinoid research registry in the world, we have guided individuals and doctors over two million minutes at our free call center, and have granted close to $3 million to families in need. This is Charlotte’s legacy. Please celebrate her life with us, meet brave families we serve and help carry on the urgent pursuit here at RoC.”

Support for Rock the RoC is provided by presenting sponsor Charlotte’s Web and Blaze sponsors including the Fontenot family, The Functional Chocolate CompanyGreen FlowerPeake Family FoundationPlanetarieReCreate, and Savage Cabbage among others.

There are 3 ways to get involved on April 7th 6PM MDT

  1. RSVP to get your FREE ticket and make a tax deductible gift towards RoC’s programs.
  2. Kickstart this project to get exclusive merchandise by Shepard Fairey’s Studio Number One.
  3. Sponsor this event to impact plant-based therapy.

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