According to the invitation, the event’s goal was “to disrupt our weekly routine with a fun atmosphere of music, games, giveaways, food, and much more by bringing together the cannabis community in a relaxing, safe space to have fun, socialize and consume cannabis.”

Cannaware delivered on its promise and curated a vibrant space for cannabis-loving community members to break away from the monotony of the rat race amongst like-minded people.

Cannabis enthusiasts network while enjoying music, games, cocktails, and plant-based foods.

Upon entering the event space, guests were greeted by a cacophony of people enjoying the carefully curated vibe. Some people gathered towards the front of the venue in a section set aside for guests to play video games on three separate televisions.

Others lingered at the bar. The menu included fun cocktails, and plant-based food. A conversational buzz filled the event as Rise Radio’s resident DJ played music that set the tone for the night.

Attendees also gathered around tables in the venue’s outdoor space to play board and card games while chatting and networking.

At the dab station, sponsored by HiFive Edible Wonders, people had the opportunity to learn about solventless extraction while waiting to take a hit.  

The event also featured gift bags and giveaways from the event’s sponsors, as well as a rolling contest where they could show off their skills for a prize. Overall the event, curated by Cannaware’s Platoon, was a perfect way to kick off 2023.

Who is the Cannaware Platoon?

Cannaware is an educational lifestyle organization that was created in 2017 with the intent of providing education, curating social experiences, and advocating for cannabis justice while fostering the economic and social development of communities affected by cannabis prohibition.

Over the past few years, founder and executive director, Grizzly Bocourt has gathered a team of people who are all passionate about spreading Cannaware’s mission of ensuring all underserved communities have an affordable and accessible path to the cannabis plant and industry.

They collaborate to provide educational programs and networking events where cannabis educators, business owners, and experts can mingle with members of underserved communities. Past events include a panel on The Importance of Self Care, and their Take Action Workshop in Bed-Stuy, which focused on expungement, and cannabis licensing.

The Cannaware Platoon is a team of community members who volunteer to spread awareness, engage with people, and take action to bridge the gap between all underserved communities and the cannabis industry.

“The purpose of the platoon is to provide community members with an affordable and accessible path to the cannabis plant and industry while keeping them informed on the latest news, products, and opportunities available,” per the organization’s website.

In return for their community service efforts and engagement, Cannaware helps volunteers connect with others in the industry to further their personal endeavors in the world of cannabis.

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