[dropcap class=”kp-dropcap”]S[/dropcap]arah Silverman and a group of other comedians and cannabis enthusiasts organized a comedy fundraiser called Sarah Silverman & Friends with an accelerator known as The Initiative to help level the playing field of gender in cannabis.
According to Benzinga, The Initiative hosted the fundraiser on March 3 at Largo at the Coronet in Los Angeles, California. All money from the show went toward projects that help criminal reform and social justice in cannabis, especially as it pertains to gender equality in the industry.
Silverman acted as hostess at the event, and also in attendance and performing were comedians Reggie Watts, Beth Stelling and Doug Benson. VIP guests and sponsors got the chance to do a meet-and-greet with Silverman. The show was also backed by Poseidon Asset Management, a group that works with cannabis investments, and Tonkon Torp, a law firm that works with cannabis clients. “White males should not have a monopoly on the cannabis space, and I love white males, I have many white male friends,” Silverman said in a press release.
Amy Margolis, founder of The Initiative as well as longtime attorney and founder of the Oregon Cannabis Association, was proud to take the next step. “We are so excited for this show,” Margolis told Benzinga. “The Initiative has been working hard to support female founders in this space and has made an ongoing commitment to equity and social justice. We know that, with Sarah’s partnership and her dedication to seeing women and people impacted by the drug war succeed, we can continue to grow our mission and expand our reach.”
This obviously isn’t the first time that cannabis and comedy have gone hand in hand, and the pairing has become even more common in this modern age of legal cannabis. The work of activists like Silverman can help level the playing field for everyone in the industry.