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In Historic First, U.S. Senate Majority Headlined NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally

With all-time high poll numbers, last year’s passage of the MORE Act that would end federal cannabis prohibition, this year’s overwhelming vote for the SAFE Banking Act, and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s pledge that a legalization bill will be introduced “soon,” there are many reasons for the cannabis community to be encouraged that Uncle Sam is on the verge of ending the war on cannabis. In a symbolic, but still important move, New York Senator Chuck Schumer made history on May 1st by becoming the first U.S. Senate Majority Leader to speak at a cannabis event when he headlined the NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally. Celebstoner announced that Schumer would be the featured speaker at the annual event, and Rolling Stone provided the coverage:

For decades — long before 4/20 became the unofficial weed holiday — New Yorkers of all stripes have gathered on the first Saturday in May to celebrate marijuana and demand its decriminalization at the NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally. Revelers would flout the law, smoking joints in public, under the assumption that there was a sort of strength in numbers. This year, though, was a little different.

On March 31st, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to legalize weed — beginning the process of opening recreational cannabis dispensaries in the next year or two, and legalizing adult use and possession immediately. And in an unprecedented move, the state now allows marijuana to be smoked anywhere tobacco is allowed. While that doesn’t include parks — like Union Square, where this year’s march originated on Saturday, May 1st — the cops seemed to let it slide, and as marchers took to the streets, it was perfectly legal for everyone (21-plus) to light up as they walked. This year, those at the rally were even joined by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who pledged to bring federal cannabis legalization “the right way.”

Of course, it is 100% reasonable to be distrustful of most politicians and their promises. However, we shouldn’t let cynicism prevent us from recognizing the advancements that we’ve made. Yes, the Senate Majority Leader showing up to speak at a cannabis rally is simply performative and doesn’t immediately make any tangible changes. However, the fact that that one of the most powerful people in our government is willing to speak at an event that was taboo entirely not that long ago, is a big step forward culturally. We must continue holding Senator Schumer and everyone in government accountable, but we can still appreciate that he was willing to hobnob with the cannabis community in such a visible way.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer speaking at the NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally. Photo credit: Troy Smit/NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally

Kind Leaf’s Director of Operations on Celebstoner’s List of 1,200+ Prominent Women in Cannabis

Top lists are always going to be controversial and will ultimately leave off deserving folks, whether you are naming the top basketball, baseball, and football players of all time, ranking presidents, or listing top cannabis law reform advocates. Unfortunately, deserving women tend to get left off of cannabis lists, whether

In response to a recent list of top “Cannabis Influencers” (I must admit that I dislike the term “influencer”) that left off way too many women, Celebstoner’s Steve Bloom created a list named “500 Women That Should Be Recognized for Their Achievements in Cannabis.” Well, that list has kept adding more and more women and now names over 1,200 deserving ladies. Even with a list this size, there are still more women who should be acknowledged and I contacted Steve to nominate a couple and then he responded back that they’ve been added and he added yet another Oregonian!

Kind Leaf’s Director of Operations, Erin Purchase, is deservedly on the list. Erin has made an amazing transition from a personal parent advocate to an industry leader, as she has helped Kind Leaf become Eastern Oregon’s premier craft cannabis boutique and one of the top dispensaries in the state. If you haven’t made it to Kind Leaf yet, it is worth the trek. The drive from Portland to Pendleton is beautiful, the store is much more spacious than what you’ll find in urban areas, and their selection of around 170 strains is top notch.

Erin, aligned with everything that Kind Leaf stands for, puts the well-being of the community over profits. Coming from a medical advocacy background, she has helped Kind Leaf be a statewide leader on public safety, whether it’s concerns about vape cartridges, transparency regarding ingredients, or protecting all of us during the Coronavirus pandemic.

I commend Erin for her work in the cannabis industry and I’m happy to give her the praise that she deserves, along with many other Oregonians Steve Bloom acknowledges including federal patient Elvy Musika, who has been a prophet of the movement and has been an advocate for about as long as I’ve been alive. Thank you, Steve, for giving Erin, Elvy, and many other women the acknowledgement they deserve, and most importantly, a sincere thanks to the many, many women that have sacrificed so much for this movement. Together, we shall soon all be truly equal and free.