This week we announced that we are hosting a fundraiser to create scholarships to support BIPOC individuals in partnership with Cannabis Workers Coalition and our news was featured in this article in Cascade Business News.
Over the last few months, the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) has been on our minds; the BIPOC community has long been impacted by racism, gentrification and the war on drugs, and we have asked ourselves what we can do to bring awareness within our local community and increase diversity in the Central Oregon cannabis space. As an organization that is grounded by our mission, which is to advance the cannabis industry in Central Oregon through responsible community collaboration, education and celebration, we have decided that while we may not be able to right every wrong, we can certainly take a stand and take action here locally.
The first will be “Entry Level Scholarships” – ($25-100) – helping bring people of color into the industry. This program will cover the cost of marijuana handlers permits and provide help in getting those permits. Cannabis Workers Coalition is creating a training resource covering a brief history of the War on Drugs, cannabis science including plant anatomy, cannabinoids and terpenes and a brief overview of the endocannabinoid system. In addition CWC is working with Client Centered Network to provide additional resources. CCA will help with additional resources as well as will work to facilitate mentorship programs here locally with our members, so please let us know if you are interested in mentoring!
Depending on funds raised we will also develop 1-2 “Professional Development Scholarships” – ($250-500) – that will help those looking to gain additional professional and business skill sets in the cannabis space. Scholarships will sponsor the recipient in attending a 2021 cannabis business conference such as the CCC (Cannabis Collaborative Conference) or RAD (Retail and Dispensary Expo) in Portland.
How you can help:
1 Donate to the fundraiser by clicking here, our starting goal is to raise $1000!
2 Spread the word about this program both as a fundraiser to donate to and letting potation applicants know to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3 Email us at email@example.com if you would like to help mentor, make connections for potential employment or have other ideas of how you or your organization can support this program.