Create an inclusive cannabis community. #DisownStone
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To the organizers of the Cannabis World Conference and Business Expo,
We the undersigned individuals and businesses are outraged at your decision to invite Roger Stone to speak at your conferences. Stone’s position on cannabis is positive but does not excuse his hateful statements and actions taken against women, people of color, Jewish people and other vulnerable populations.
Before this was an industry, it was a movement -- a movement born in opposition to marginalization, criminalization and discrimination. Through his language and actions, Mr. Stone perpetuates and perpetrates the very marginalization and discrimination that we are fighting against. As we have expanded to include an industry, those of us who ushered it in have worked tirelessly to preserve the values of the movement.
As movement leaders, we demand that hate is not be given a voice in pursuit of profit.
As industry leaders, we demand that Roger Stone not be invited to share our space.
As cannabis companies, we demand that our reputations not be sullied by association with such a person.
Some of Mr. Stone’s comments include:
Tweeting that commentator Roland Martin is a "stupid negro" and a "fat negro," commentator Herman Cain is “mandingo,” and former Rep. Allen West (R-FL) is an "arrogant know-it-all negro." He also tweeted that commentator Rev. Al Sharpton is a "professional negro" who likes fried chicken, asked if former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson was an “Uncle Tom,” and referred to himself as a “n*gga” with a Nixon tattoo. [Media Matters, 2/24/16, 4/22/16]
Stone tweeted that New York Times columnist Gail Collins is an "elitist c*nt," MSNBC host Rachel Maddow is "Rachel the muff-diver," Fox News’ Megyn Kelly has a "nice set of cans,” and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is a “jap” (acronym for "Jewish American Princess") who is “every man’s first wife.” He also tweeted "DIE B*TCH" at former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, and said he would kill himself if he was married to “screechy” and “shrill” Carly Fiorina. The Sun Sentinel also reported that Stone called Florida politician Barbara Stern a “self-important, nasty c*nt” on Twitter. [Media Matters, 4/22/16; Sun Sentinel, 8/16/14]
Inviting Mr. Stone to speak to the crowd, especially as we see the rise of overt racism and anti-semitism, is an affront to the very movement you purport to promote, the industry and all who are involved. We are therefore requesting that the invitation to Roger Stone be rescinded. If this does not happen, many of us will drop out of the conference, and we will be equipping those who attend with a strategy of disruption and media attention to the values that the CWCBE is embracing by giving this individual public space.
Barbara Koz Paley
Diane and Jay Czarkowski
Giadha Aguirre De Carcer
Kayvan T Khalatbari
Dr. Lakisha Jenkins
California Cannabis Advocates
Cannabis Industry Journal
Denver Relief Consulting
Greenspoon Marder Law
IP Holdings, LLC
Marijuana Business Association
New Frontier Data
Newman Ferrara LLP
Students for Sensible Drug Policy
Vital Garden Supply
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