“White males should not have a monopoly on the cannabis space, and I love white males, I have many white male friends”
Sarah Silverman is on a mission to promote gender equity in the cannabis industry.
The fundraising event at LA’s Largo at the Concert, which featured fellow special guest comedians Doug Benson, Beth Setlling, and Reggie Watts, quickly sold out and raised about U$25,000 for its beneficiary, The Initiative, LA Weekly reports.
The group is a Portland-based business accelerator program that aims to increase female representation in the cannabis industry through projects such as a business bootcamp and funding resources. Silverman just so happens to have recently scored a spot on the program’s advisory board.
The proceeds of the evening will be allocated to programs that help the communities that have been disproportionately affected by the War on Drugs, as well as providing training and resources necessary to successfully navigate the cannabis industry. Funds will also be funnelled to fellow organizations that work on criminal justice issues such as legal amnesty, record expungement, and scholarship programs.
“Things went great the other night, to have Sarah on the board and participating in helping to bring attention to the ongoing gender issues we have in the cannabis industry,” The Initiative founder Amy Margolis told LA Weekly.
Silverman is passionate about promoting and working towards a cannabis industry that is more accessible to everyone.
In a statement, the actress, comedian, writer and weed enthusiast said, “White males should not have a monopoly on the cannabis space, and I love white males, I have many white male friends.”
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Written by Emma Spears