On Sat. Aug. 17, 2019, Portland cannabis Retailer Green Hop held their second annual block party for the community in Northeast Portland.
Branded as the world’s first historical hip-hop cannabis Retailer in a traditionally black Portland neighborhood, Green Hop is known not only for their retail cannabis business, but for the work they facilitate through the Green Hop Academy.
The academy is a workforce incubator whose mission is to racially diversify the cannabis industry with enhanced personal trainings and apprenticeship programs.
Funded in part by a portion of the City of Portland’s 3% local tax on retail cannabis sales, Green Hop Academy links historically underserved populations with knowledge of the cannabis industry from the growth of the plant to the sales of the products.
With vendors, live music performances from local artists, and games for all, Green Hops’ Block Party was a family-friendly event, and all ages were welcome.
As the Cannabis Program’s Administrative Coordinator and a native Portlander, I had a grand time listening to fresh hip music, seeing community members come together, and last but certainly not least, witnessing a local black-owned business and one of the City’s grantees make a difference for the community, the industry, and for the culture.
For more information about Green Hop Academy, please visit gogreenhop.com/academy