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Rocky Mountain High: How Cannabis Does Good

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We've also invited community members and other nonprofits to join the evening, creating a unique opportunity for community and cannabis to converge, conversate and celebrate. Mason Jar Events, Irie Wedding and Events and Cannabis Doing Good have collaborated to create a memorable and meaningful evening. I think we've done that. This will be a party with a purpose folks won't want to miss. AND - we will be announcing the Cannabis Doing Good Award winners. We have three categories: Love Your Planet, Good Neighbor and Changemaker. We've been creating this movement and these awards for the last 18 months. We are beyond proud and honored to be able to award cannabis businesses who are really showing up and doing good.

So, October 17th - A Gala to Benefit Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains - A Night at the Cabaret, 7:00 - 11:00pm. Email CDGGALA(at)GMAIL(dot)COM to request tickets!

The CDG Heart will soon stamp brands, businesses and dispensaries across the nation, demonstrating that they are purpose-driven, planet-loving, people-loving companies.
The CDG Heart will soon stamp brands, businesses and dispensaries across the nation, demonstrating that they are purpose-driven, planet-loving, people-loving companies.
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JB: What a great idea; Sounds wonderful! Is this the first time you're doing such an event? Tell me more about the awards and potential recipients. I know you don't want to spoil the suspense but there must be more to share. What kinds of projects/businesses are you considering for the various categories?

CM: This is the first time we are doing the Awards! And we are so grateful to be launching them at the Gala with our partners Irie and Mason Jar. This would not be possible without them. That's not a plug, but a true show of gratitude. As for recipients, we really can't share the nominees as that is confidential. But we've had an overwhelming response and are humbled by our community's interest in this movement. We've also worked incredibly hard to make sure the winners are selected through a fair and transparent process, something we detail in length on our website.

The juicy bit of information I can share is this - - we have three categories this year, focused around community engagement, sustainability and justice and equity. But we hope to expand these next year, to include not only more categories, but also to have an international presence. We are breaking barriers and crossing borders in 2020. This is just the beginning.

JB: Nice! I know you also do events outside Colorado. Can you give us a sampling? I'd like to know more.

CM: Yes! This last year we co-hosted Ignite Missouri with Green Rush Consulting in St Louis, an event aimed at increasing accessibility for people of color in the emerging Missouri industry. There was food, music, a pitch contest, and hundreds of engaged and soon-to-be business leaders from the sector. Along with awarding pitch contest winners, we raised money for Minorities for Medical Marijuana - such an incredible organization. A few weeks later, we co-hosted MjBiz's Night in New Orleans where we raised money for several local New Orleans nonprofits and brought heightened awareness to MjBiz's Giveback program. We had over 1,000 folks show up to that event - Treme Brass Band brought down the house!

We have a full schedule of events here in Denver this fall including a pop-up event at the VFW, A Night of Awareness co-hosted with PufCreativ, and our Gala. However, we are really getting ramped up to host an exclusive party in Las Vegas during MjBiz Con. No details yet, but you can bet the impact will be our biggest yet. You can find about our upcoming events at our website.

CDG Co-Founders, John Shute, Kelly Perez and Courtney Mathis chatting with Chris Day from MJBiz about cannabis social responsibility.
CDG Co-Founders, John Shute, Kelly Perez and Courtney Mathis chatting with Chris Day from MJBiz about cannabis social responsibility.
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JB: There's a LOT of good stuff going on! I understand that, besides for all of this hoopla, you recently had a baby. Congratulations! You clearly have a lot going on. Is this baby #1 for you? How's it going?

CM: Indeed! So much going on. Actually, this is my second. I have a three-year old daughter, and just gave birth six weeks early to my son. It has been a rollercoaster. But our little family is adjusting and all is going well. Certainly, achieving work/life balance was hard with one kid, and now with two, the challenge has only increased! Hustle with heart right? That's what most of us working parents do in the cannabis space. A lot of hustle and a lot of heart. Perhaps sometime soon, I'll be able to do a little less hustle and have a little more sleep. Big dreams, I know!

JB: Good luck with that! Anything you'd like to add before we wrap this up?

CM: No. I think we covered a lot! Thanks for all the thoughtful questions - much gratitude!

JB: Thanks for talking with me, Courtney. Best of luck with your gala and all the good work you're doing!


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