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Nonprofit organization focused on cannabis education and equity announces launch

ELEVATE New England launch event to feature food, funk and keynote address by cannabis industry pioneer Meg Sanders BOSTON, January 17, 2018 – In response to the New England cannabis industry’s need for professional networking, education and community involvement, ELEVATE New England announced its launch and details for its premiere event. Sponsored by Canna Care Docs, Revolutionary Clinics and CannaKorp, ELEVATE New England’s launch event will feature a keynote address by Meg Sanders, Managing Director at Revolutionary Clinics in Massachusetts and former CEO of the Mindful Dispensaries in Colorado. The event takes place at the Cavern Club inside Hard Rock Boston on Wednesday, January 31. In

Cannabis Journeys: Gabriel Itoka

Gabriel Itoka, a cannabis entrepreneur based in Somerville, MA, got interested in the cannabis industry when he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco from 2013-2015. In Morocco, the cannabis industry was hard to miss. Indeed, it was and still is the largest producer of cannabis resin in the world, according to the 2016 World Drug Report, and is the biggest exporter of resin to Europe. He noticed that Moroccan growers mostly made hashish, and threw away the buds. He started to imagine how they could grow a market for cannabis flower and this sparked an interest in cannabis agriculture. Gabriel moved to Washington D.C. in 2015 to start Icarus International Incorporated, a company that pairs f

Embracing the healing power and cultural importance of oral storytelling

Before Instagram, memes, television, and the printed word, wisdom and information were shared through the ancient tradition of oral storytelling. As old as human language itself, oral storytelling cultivates an intimate connection between the speaker and a captive audience. The shared creative process engenders a personal bond in which both storyteller and listener shed their egos and embrace their vulnerability, trusting that the exchange of wisdom serves a greater purpose, strengthening and advancing their community. While the storyteller has the flexibility to incorporate her own personality and style, ultimately, it’s not about the teller. It’s about the narrative being conveyed. The hum

You can't hold us down, Jefferson

2018 is definitely off to a nerve-racking start with JBS3's announcement that the DOJ rescinded the Cole Memo, an Obama-era directive that made organizations like ELEVATE New England possible. As we continue to monitor the fallout from this terrible decision, life goes on here in the snowy northeast. Want to help? Here are some ideas to help turn this lemon of an announcement into sweet lemonade: 1. Add your name to the Marijuana Justice Act, which will remove marijuana from the list of controlled substances and look to reverse the decades of failed policies that disproportionately target communities of color. Sign the petition here. 2. Call your state representatives and use this quick scri

ELEVATE New England announces 2018 launch event details

Come celebrate the launch of ELEVATE New England at Hard Rock Boston's funky Cavern Club room! The event kicks off at 6PM on January 31 with an inspiring keynote message from Meg Sanders, CEO of the Mindful Dispensaries in Colorado and Managing Director at Revolutionary Clinics in Massachusetts. You'll also meet the team behind ELEVATE New England and enjoy tasty snacks and beverages while networking with fellow industry professionals, activists and patients. Bring your business cards and enjoy connecting with future business collaborators, investors and clients at ELEVATE New England's premiere event! Endless thanks to the event sponsors, Revolutionary Clinics and CannaCare Docs, for helpin

HAPPIEST WISHES FOR 2018!

“Your mind shines brightest when you enlighten others; your heart, when you encourage others; your soul, when you elevate others; and your life, when you empower others.” - Matshona Dhliwayo Happy New Year! 2017 was a year of tremendous change and growth for the New England cannabis community, and we are honored that you chose to spend some time with us over the last year. While our team experienced change and made some tough but essential decisions, your support and inspiration led to what is now ELEVATE New England. As we enter 2018 our team remains committed to bringing you quality education and events that will support (and yes, elevate) you on your cannabis journey, whatever it may be

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