This past Saturday, April 2oth, Canna.MN’s official launch event at ABLE Seedhouse + Brewery kicked off the deliciously sunny day with a steady stream of speakers from across the Cannabis Industry met by a warm, engaging, friendly, and curious Town Hall audience. Sauna Society Outfitters provided some steam-ulation out on the patio with their newest Sauna pod, and Animales put an exclamation point on their recent crowning as Twin Cities #1 BBQ. DJ Pelota served up a fat platter of spicy funk and jazzed up hip hop, and ABLE even introduced an experimental brew – ‘Uh, yeah dude”. By all accounts, it was the most 4/20 of 4/20s.
Starting things off with local CBD retail pioneers, we learned about Hemony‘s products and vision from serial entrepreneur Mickeli Bedore, followed by a passionate story from Dan Linstroth about the evolution of Kindly Coffee, and his dream of creating meaningful careers and opportunities for Communities that have been unjustly affected by decades of senseless prohibition. Dan also debuted his (delicious!) Hemp-infused Cold Brew Coffee, and his first sale was for exactly $1. A dollar we were proud to learn is getting mounted, framed, and hung at Kindly HQ – made official 4.20.2019).
Next we heard from chocolatier Katherine Ruth of Cosmic Cacao and maker of The Joint Bar (no, not THAT kind of joint!). Katherine’s story begins and ends with health, but the middle part is pure pleasure. Yum! After Katherine, Stigma Hemp‘s Josh Maslowski jumped up on stage and got everyone weepy with his powerful tale of sickness and health, and then turned it all right around with hope, empathy, and a passion for a healthier future – for all citizens. And closing out the retail portion of the Town Hall, Eva Droz from Nothing But Hemp talked about their explosive growth over the past year, and was entirely too relaxed announcing their FIFTH location opening this week!
Transitioning out of retail, and into the weeds of organizing the industry itself, Steven Brown and Charlie Levine of the newly formed Minnesota Hemp Association talked about the challenges and progress of establishing such a group, and the necessity of doing so to protect all stakeholders. If you’re in the industry, this is a critical time for the Association as they work to influence the shaping of rules and legislation – Membership information in the MHA link above.
Straight out of East Bay, California – Minnesota expatriate and Publisher Rolph Blythe (Ed Rosenthal Press) gave a frank assessment of California’s growing pains into the legalized Recreational Marijuana markets – both commercially, and in Social Justice efforts. And closing out the Town Hall program, local media celebrity, rock ‘n roll agitator, and dedicated social justice advocate Taylor Carik was square and matter of fact with the audience on the distribution of economic opportunity, expungement of records, and the immutable need to serve Justice. Having recently partnered with Rhymesayers Entertainment, Taylor is hoping to leverage their collective visibility and influence to insure a prosperous and equitable future for all Minnesotans.
Watch out all weekend for announcements of more Canna.MN events. Coming up quickly, save the date Tuesday May 14th for Minnesotans for Responsible Marijuana Regulation Campaign Kickoff – sponsorships still available.