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.

Mary’s Medicinals Coming To Maryland Medical Cannabis Patients

COLORADO: MM Technology Holdings has announced  a partnership with Green Thumb Industries (GTI) to produce and distribute its line of Mary’s Medicinals cannabis products for patients across Maryland.

“Mary’s has developed a line of unique products with unparalleled quality, accuracy and an exceptional reputation for effectiveness,” said Ben Kovler, Founder and Chairman, GTI. “Patients deserve the choice of alternative forms of medical cannabis and we’re excited to bring this trusted, revolutionary, and highly-targeted suite of medical cannabis delivery options to the patients of Maryland. The patients in Illinois have had tremendous success with Mary’s and we look forward to providing the same access, options, and relief to thousands more.”

Mary’s Medicinals has established itself as one of the most trusted and innovative producers of canna-based products in Colorado, and has since expanded into additional states from coast to coast. Mary’s was first to offer THCa and CBN products, discovered harvesting techniques for the isolation of CBC, and continues to develop cutting edge approaches for isolating, manufacturing and delivering medicinal cannabis.

“The potential of cannabinoid therapies as a treatment for many conditions is enormous. However, the traditional cannabis products on the market today don’t appeal to all patients,” said Lynn Honderd, CEO of Mary’s Medicinals. “With Mary’s unique delivery and accurate dosing mechanisms, patients are finding relief that is more effective, more reliable and more targeted than anything else available. We’re pleased to expand our relationship with the highly-regarded and qualified team at GTI to help bring relief to the patients of Maryland.”

350-Plus Apply For Illinois Marijuana Businesses

ILLINOIS:  Competition among medical marijuana businesses in Illinois will be intense after more than 350 groups applied to legally grow or sell the state’s first legal and taxed cannabis, program officials announced Wednesday.

A preliminary count showed 158 applications for cultivation centers and 211 applications for dispensaries beat the Monday afternoon deadline. That means that nonrefundable fees collected by the state from the applicants topped $5 million.

“There’s a ton of excitement and enthusiasm from the industry,” said one applicant, Ben Kovler, founding partner and CEO of Chicago-based Green Thumb Industries. “This shows there is trust in the system the state has set up.”

Green Thumb submitted applications for cultivation centers in Normal, Rock Island, Oglesby and Dixon and dispensaries in Mundelein, Chicago and Chicago Heights, Kovler said. Applications were so extensive that they filled many boxes and required the company to rent a truck, he said.