Halal Hemp is here to reclaim the Cannabis industry and empower Muslim and BIPOC communities through their signature Five Pillars: Education, Policy, Economic Decolonization, Community Collaboration and Sustainability. They launched their trailblazing initiative with a bang during a stacked and inspiring panel entitled Cannabis & Culture: From West to East. The event featured four esteemed panelists discussing their topics of expertise: Ophelia Chong spoke about culture and the AAPI community, Dr. Uma Dhanabalan described extensive research on Cannabis as medicine, Dustin McDonald demonstrated U.S. and global policies, and Carol Pepper outlined investment opportunities and the international financial impact of Hemp.
The panel was co-hosted by Halal Hemp’s founder, Tengku Chanela Jamidah, a member of the Pahang Royal Family in Malaysia, and fourteen year NBA Veteran and Cannabis advocate and entrepreneur Matt Barnes. The event was also presented in collaboration with Halal Hemp’s new agency partner Crossovr Collective. Co-founded by Steph Rawlins and Walter Brock, Crossover Collective specializes in marketing, branding and content creation for social and community impact projects as well as sports, and entertainment. The education event featured trendsetting sponsors such as Leune, Old Vine Florals, Undefined Beauty, and Potli. Robert Anh, the LA County Cannabis Commision President, closed out the event by delivering a closing speech acknowledging Halal Hemp and their groundbreaking positioning at the forefront of the industry.
The event also featured one of the most exciting and progressive announcements in Cannabis: Shaykh Mustafa Umar, the Director of Education and Outreach at The Islamic Institute of Orange County, presenting his Fatwa declaring CBD and Medical Cannabis as Halal. This exciting announcement launches a series of impactful steps Halal Hemp is taking to educate global audiences on Hemp and Cannabis uses and to reclaim the Eastern, indigenous origins of the sacred plant. This electrifying event solidified Halal Hemp’s mission to uplift Muslim and BIPOC consumers, entrepreneurs and organizations through ongoing representation and economic empowerment. This is just the beginning of their exciting journey to change the Cannabis industry and boost economies for a better future.
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