Awards

2019 Winners

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Change Maker Award

Recognizing companies who support reparative efforts, seek justice and challenge systems that uphold inequity.

The Last Prisoner Project is a coalition of cannabis industry leaders, executives, and artists dedicated to bringing restorative justice to the cannabis industry. Through intervention, advocacy, and awareness campaigns the Last Prisoner Project works to redress the past and continuing harms of unjust cannabis laws and policies. There are over 40,000 cannabis prisoners in the United States alone, while countless others languish in jails and prisons worldwide.

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Good Neighbor Award

Recognizing companies implementing community engagement programs and encouraging volunteer hours in innovative ways.

Boasting an impressive record of 3,492 volunteer hours, $121,000 in in-kind and 9% financial donation, Lightshade is focused on increasing diversity and inclusion (Women, LGBTQ) actively with the Gathering Place leading to workforce entry.

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Love Your Planet Award

Recognizing companies innovating in their green business practices and going the extra mile to champion sustainability.

The very basis of Sana Packaging is to create a more sustainable cannabis industry and they have demonstrated this time and again by their practices and operations. The company actively cleanup our oceans and consistently innovates to design a more sustainable product. Their business focused on solving the packaging issues of the cannabis industry.

About Our 2019 Judges

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Art Way

Drug Policy Alliance

Award Category: Good Neighbor

Art Way has over 10 years of social justice organizing, advocacy and government relations experience in Colorado. In his eight years for Drug Policy Alliance he ushered in pivotal harm reduction legislation in the form of Good Samaritan policies and naloxone distribution. After ensuring the success of marijuana legalization as a member of the core campaign committee, he led the charge to increase diversion and education opportunities for juveniles across the state regarding marijuana possession. Soon a revenue stream from the marijuana tax cash fund was established to fund four pilot projects across the state to establish pre-booking diversion opportunities for adults experiencing drug dependency and related behavioral health concerns. He recently spearheaded legislation establishing an accelerator/incubator program to increase access and lower barriers to the marijuana industry for those most harmed by the drug war. Art is currently on the Marijuana Enforcement Division Rulemaking committee for this specific legislation.

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Olga Gonzalez

Cultivando

Award Category: Good Neighbor

Olga Gonzalez is a long-time diversity, equity and inclusion consultant, seasoned nonprofit professional, and community activist and organizer. She is the CEO of O.G. Consulting Services where she provides trainings and technical assistance around organizational development focused on health and racial equity. She is also the Executive Director of Cultivando, a nonprofit organization in Adams County that focuses on cultivating community leadership to advance health equity through advocacy, collaboration, and policy change.

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Melanie Rose-Rodgers

Influential X

Award Category: Love Your Planet

Melanie Rose Rodgers has been advocating and fundraising for medical cannabis causes since 2012. Prior to working in the cannabis industry, Melanie worked for nonprofits, a leading ad agency, a consumer products goods manufacturer, and a top healthcare insurance company. After realizing the greed behind the private healthcare system, Melanie left the corporate world for a career in cannabis. In 2017, Melanie started a company of her own, Influential X, marketing consulting and organizing community events and fundraisers. Dedicated to education, advocacy and social responsibility, Melanie curates multiple events throughout the year and brings together community engaged in action. In 2018, she organized two local benefit concerts raising money for Colorado’s homeless and disaster relief funds for Puerto Rico and delivered clean clean water filtration systems on a mission trip last year.

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Maria Fabula

Community Resource Center

Award Category: Love Your Planet

Maria brings more than 17 years of experience in nonprofit management, fund development, volunteer engagement, collaboration and business development.  Maria has extensive experience delivering training and consulting services to increase nonprofit capacity. Maria earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego Revelle College and has spent a majority of her career connecting government agencies, nonprofit organizations and private enterprises to improve community. Her experience includes leadership positions with the Nonprofit Support Center, the Junior Statesmen Foundation and the California State Senate. She is the past president of the Nipomo Area Recreation Association and resides in Castle Rock with her husband and three children.

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Jake Mitchell

Sustainabis

Award Category: Change Maker

Jake moved to Colorado eight years ago from Berkshire County, Massachusetts and received his Bachelors degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. He then continued his education by attaining a Master’s degree in Environmental Management with an emphasis in Sustainable and Resilient Communities from Western State Colorado University.

From there Jake began working on sustainability for the private and public sector. Utilizing years of experience working with both cannabis and the environment, Jake is combining his expertise to help create a more sustainable and resilient cannabis industry. 

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Cait Curley

Cait Curley Media

Award Category: Change Maker

Cait was so intent on pursuing her work within the cannabis arena, that she uprooted her life and moved from New York to cannabis-centric Denver. After obtaining a health sciences degree and spending years of dedication in healthcare and client relations, she has navigated the underground cannabis world, while seeking to utilize her connections to educate the masses, represent a shift in culture and motivate continued progress within the community.

Living in the forefront of the movement to end cannabis prohibition, fostering both B2B and B2C partnerships and connections inside the industry, her passion extends to developing personal entrepreneurial investments. She stays informed and up to date with the industry’s most heart wrenching stories, as well as the progress of the biggest movers and shakers.

Award Categories

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Good Neighbor

Community engagement and social responsibility are the founding values of CDG. We believe  cannabis has the opportunity to create political, social and economic benefits for communities, showcasing this industry as an authentic community asset. We want to recognize those companies implementing community engagement programs, encouraging volunteer hours, and meeting community need in new and thoughtful ways. Are you a cannabis company Mr. Rogers would be proud of?

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Love Your Planet

Climate change is a global problem, impacting people and ecosystems everywhere. Many cannabis companies are doing their best to reduce their carbon footprint, increase energy efficiency, and protect our water, air and soil systems. We acknowledge that going green isn’t always easy, made difficult by policy, sometimes cost prohibitive, and requires cooperation from the entire supply chain. We want to recognize those companies truly innovating in their business practices and going the extra mile to champion sustainability. 

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Change Maker

At CDG, we acknowledge cannabis prohibition was largely the foundation of the War on Drugs, designed to vilify people of color and the poor. We believe our industry has the opportunity (and the mandate) to support reparative efforts, seek justice, and challenge systems that uphold inequity. We want to recognize those companies increasing diversity in the sector and making significant impacts towards creating a more just and equitable society. 

FAQ

Any cannabis industry business that feels they are “doing good” or have a CSR program. Businesses that can enter but are not limited to: 
  • Medical
  • Recreational
  • Products/Brands (edibles, sublinguals, vape, etc.)
  • Hemp
  • Cultivation  
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Media
  • Compliance
  • Packaging
  • Other Ancillary not specifically identified
Any cannabis industry business that feels they are “doing good” or have a CSR program. Businesses that can enter but are not limited to: 
  • Medical
  • Recreational
  • Products/Brands (edibles, sublinguals, vape, etc.)
  • Hemp
  • Cultivation  
  • Legal
  • Marketing
  • Public Relations
  • Media
  • Compliance
  • Packaging
  • Other Ancillary not specifically identified

All applications must be submitted by September 20, 2019

Good Neighbor

  • This award aims to recognize those companies making an outstanding contribution in community engagement and outreach.

Change Maker 

  • This award recognizes those companies making meaningful efforts to champion or include justice and equity initiatives either within the industry or within business operation (recruitment, hiring, training and/or outreach)

Love Your Planet

  • This award aims to recognize those companies measurably implementing sustainability practices within their business operations or facility.

Cannabis Doing Good is a way to create opportunities for cannabis and communities to collaborate, to inspire new ways of people, planet and business engagement, and to showcase companies doing good. We encourage companies that are aligned with these beliefs, aspire to uphold these practices, or are actively launching social responsibility programs within their companies to apply.

Yes. Companies can submit applications for any or all award categories. Each submission must have its own application form.

The award application is available on CDG’s website website. 

Companies are required to be up-to-date on their previous year’s reporting, which will be verified by CDG. Companies are encouraged to submit any supporting documentation, including, but not limited to, reports, internal and/or external communications materials, press release or media and any other validations from external sources. 

Should you be a finalist for the award, relevant documentation will be need to be verified by CDG

In some cases, the nomination form will either include or prompt you to include any relevant data or metrics. We understand that this is new ground and you may not have meteric’s or data but we will need some form of documentation proving your work, hours etc.

Awards will be reviewed judged by an independent panel, comprised of 2 external experts, using a researched, credible rubric. Each judge will score each nomination form, and an aggregate of that score will be used as the final. CDG Leadership Team will review all judge scores. Panel judges may include representatives from the retail, B to B, non-profit sectors, product manufacturers, third-party certifiers, academia and other stakeholders in the space

 If you have additional questions, please contact: info@cannabisdoinggood.com 

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