Legalization Leaders Boycotting Cannabis Industry Event
Activists within the cannabis community are boycotting a major industry event because of the inclusion of self-described “political dirty trickster” Roger Stone as a keynote speaker.
Stone is a political consultant and firebrand that is well known for causing controversy. In 2016, Stone came under fire for sending out a slew of racist tweets, and is currently embroiled in the Russian collusion scandal that continues to hound the Trump Administration.
However, outside of the high stakes world of partisan politics, Stone is also known as a longtime marijuana advocate and is scheduled to speak over the coming months at several high profile marijuana industry events, including the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition.
The boycott is being led by the Minority Cannabis Business Association, who took to social media to condemn the CWC’s choice of Stone as a speaker.
“As a result of CWC choosing this guy as their keynote speaker, MCBA has decided to withdraw from attendance and speaking roles at this conference. CWC, you know better so there’s no excuse not to do better,” wrote the group on Facebook.
According to Merry Jane, others within the industry have joined in solidarity with the MCBA’s boycott, including Amanda Reiman, former policy manager at the Drug Policy Alliance California, as well as Mara Gordon, founder of Aunt Zelda’s.
Those opposed to Stone have launched a petition to get the CWC to rescind Stone’s invitation to the event.
Speaking with the Cannabis Industry Journal, CWC managing partner Dan Humiston defended having Stone as a speaker.
” … we feel that we have to be as inclusionary as we can possibly be. It is nothing more than that,” Humiston said. “I think he is an asset to this movement. He has raised a lot of money. He is pushing Jeff Sessions really hard and he’s got Donald Trump’s ear.”