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A Los Angeles is a medical marijuana cooperative and dispensary on Melrose Avenue.

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WHO: Al Harrington – Cannabis activist, entrepreneur, Co-Founder of  Viola Brandsco-captain of the BIG3 and 1998 NBA first-round round draft pick who when on to play for 16 seasons in the league.

BIG3 professional basketball league players

Wanda James – Owner of Simply Pure the 1st African American legally licensed cannabis dispensary, cultivation center and edible company in the United States. The company is located in Denver, CO.

Dan Pettigrew – Co-Founder, Viola Brands

And more…

WHAT: To bring attention to a raid in Detroit that occurred on May 29th.  During the incursion, legal marijuana was seized by law enforcement and  employees were arrested. Now Harrington and his team wish to address this misunderstanding and request better coordination between state regulatory agencies and law enforcement.  This issue not only affects legal marijuana businesses in Detroit but across the country, severely impacting marijuana entrepreneurs of color.

WHY:   Law enforcement raids of legally licensed and regulated cannabis operations across the country dating back from Wanda James’ facility in Denver in 2010 to the aforementioned raid by Detroit police on May 29, 2018, create irrefutable damage from which most businesses are unable to recover – resulting in the loss of high paying jobs with marketable skills and millions in tax revenue.  These actions further discourage people of color disproportionately impacted by the war on drugs from entering the legal cannabis industry which is projected to generate $132 billion in tax revenue and 1 million jobs by 2025.

WHEN: Friday, July 13, 2018

WHERE: 4473 W Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI 48209

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