In what they called a curated experience hosted by the Natural High Company, the inaugural Juneteenth Emancipation Edition of “Plants and Plates” dinner series was held in Hollywood on June 18, 2022.
The “Plants and Plates” dinner event celebrating Juneteenth brought together 10 Black Changemakers in Cannabis, according to the company who produced the event, Natural High Co.
“We want to celebrate our community, our culture,” said Natural High Company’s CEO Lori Lord.
“We want to celebrate underrepresented folks and marginalized folks in this industry and make sure that we can show up and take up space and create opportunities for those people,” Lord said.
“Tonight in particular we’re celebrating the monarchs of our right now, who’ve really making things happen and who’ve been trailblazing in the space,” Lord said.
To celebrate “Black legends and trailblazers in the industry,” the company’s founder Lori Lord assembled LA based leaders including Virgil Grant (California Cannabis), Kika Keith & Haquika Howze (Gorilla Rx Wellness), Shanel Lindsay (Ardent), Whitney Beatty & Ebony Andersen (Josephine & Billie’s), Shonitria Anthony (Bluntblowinmama), Corvain Cooper (40tons), Chris Ball (Ball Family Farms) and Shawn Credle (Pineapple Express).
An impressive list of BIPOC-affiliated sponosors helped make the event, including Select, Humo, SeaWeed, Maven, Beso Wellness, Drew Martin, Sonder, Mad Lilly, Kanha, Beastie Media House, Zenco Life, MyBudVase, Begin to Blossom, Designs by Her, Ardent, Front Row Travels, Greenish Vibez, My Bud Vase, Rich & Rose, Queen Mary, Grizzly Peak/Soulja Exoctics, Clade 9, Stone Road, Rove, Pilgrim Soul, King Palm, Blazy Susan, JTT Accessories, Bluntblowinmama, The Executive Sweet, Free My Weedman, Caasi Products, Tonic CBD, Caledonia Cannabis, Buena Botanicals, Blaqstar Farms, 93.Wellness, House of Tyne and Hemp Ice Factory.
Lord says that Natural High Co is based in Texas but orchestrates weed-related wellness events throughout the country.
“As a Black, woman-owned business, it is our desire to amplify the Black and Brown experience in the cannabis industry and drive the need to not only legalize marijuana, but legalize it right in emerging markets nationally,” the company’s statement said.