Why Justice & Equity Are at the Core of Our Conference
“Billions of Dollars.”
“The Apple Store of Weed.”
These are the numbers and types of stories we constantly see associated with cannabis, and in large part it’s true. Cannabis and hemp both have the potential to be enormous economic drivers, creating jobs and revenue. But in this rush of opportunity, we can’t forget to confront the truth of who’s benefiting from this newly regulated industry, and who is being left out.
When we founded A Dope Conference Company and set out to develop Microscopes and Machines, it was imperative that we created an inclusive and forward-thinking conference that also brings attention to economic opportunity and community reinvestment. The values of social justice and social good are at the core of everything we do, and we’re dedicated to putting those values into direct action.
To this end, we’ll be donating 10% of all proceeds to The Giving Spirit, an organization that provides immediate aid and human connection with homeless men, women & children in that neighborhood and across Greater Los Angeles to bring attention to the ever-increasing economic disparities that exist locally and nationwide.
The Giving Spirit also educates about the human face of homelessness with the goal of recognizing that homelessness does not mean hopelessness and lives can be improved and housing challenges resolved through community awareness and action.
And as we create wealth and talk about social justice and social equity in cannabis, we didn’t want to be holed up in a fancy hotel in Beverly Hills. Other parts of Los Angeles (and all cities) need capital infusion and need people to visit those areas and invest in communities in need.
That is one of the many reasons we selected The Valentine and Grass Room to host our event. Not only is the space beautiful and interesting having served as a brothel, cannabis grow, ice-cream factory, and more over the years, it is also positioned between Skid Row and the newly-minted ivory towers of downtown Los Angeles. This juxtaposition of wealth and poverty was not taken lightly and we’re proud to give back with Microscopes & Machines, because giving back is dope.
We hope you’ll join us on July 27 – together we can create a cannabis industry that has a positive impact that reaches far beyond wealth and job creation by investing in our greater community.