2019 CannaGather Awards and Five-Year Anniversary – April 23rd, 2019 in NYC with Featured Speaker Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton

CannaGather celebrated its five-year anniversary with a night filled with awards and a presentation by Bruce Linton, Founder, Chairman, and Co-CEO of Canopy Growth Corporation [NYSE: CGC].  In a ceremony held at the historic Prince George Ballroom with over 350 attendees, movers and shakers in the New York City cannabis industry community were recognized in four different categories: Entrepreneurs, Operators, Investors, and Champions.  Entrepreneurs were recognized among cannabis-related companies with a value/market cap less than $25 million; Operators were recognized among cannabis-related companies with a value/market cap greater than $25 million;  Investors were recognized among capital markets; and Champions were recognized among individuals or organizations for their outstanding work in Legalization, Social Justice/Equity, and Analogous Industry Driving Forces.

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If you missed out on the event and keynote, be sure to check out the recap here.

We would like to thank all of our 20 award recipients for their hard work in and advocacy for the cannabis industry! A complete list of our recipients can be found below. Are you interested in learning more about the cannabis industry and how you can shape the future of cannabis? Be sure to join us at one of our next CannaGather events to find out!

Entrepreneur Awards

Marijuana Doctors

MJ Doctors

Marijuana Doctors helps patients find the doctors and treatment they need and makes obtaining medication as simple as possible while educating patients in states where medical marijuana is legal with the goal to be the one-stop resource for patients to have their medical marijuana needs met in one location.

Come Back Daily


Come Back Daily, the world’s first cannabidiol (CBD) educational and experiential retail hub, was created to solve the issue of miss-information surrounding the cannabis plant.

The Blinc Group

Blinc Group

The Blinc Group provides expertise in all aspects of cannabis consumption hardware and works with companies to not only develop their ideas, but to effectively generate revenue from the finished products.

Humble Bloom


Humble Bloom collaboratively curates the culture of cannabis, breaking the stigma, elevating brands with integrity, forging partnerships with thought leaders and experts, providing consultative support to humanize growing brands, and connecting diverse communities through plant education, advocacy, and inclusive immersive experiences.

Lynn Weinstein

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Lynn “Greene” Weinstein is a fashion designer, formerly with Tahari A.S.L., and currently an Outreach intern with CannaGather.  She is the mother of CannaGather Founder Josh Weinstein and has been instrumental in CannaGather’s growth.  Although initially opposed to cannabis and the industry, she has changed her view thanks to increased awareness and education of the plant’s benefits and opportunities, particularly on the medical side.

Operator Awards:

Canopy Growth Corporation


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Canopy Growth Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, engages in growing, possession, and sale of medical cannabis in Canada with products that include dried flowers, oils and concentrates, softgel capsules, and hemps.  The company offers its products under the Tweed, Black Label, Spectrum Cannabis, DNA Genetics, Leafs By Snoop, Bedrocan Canada, CraftGrow, and Foria brand names.  Canopy Growth was the first cannabis producing company in North America to be listed on a major stock exchange (TSX, July 2016) and included on a major stock index (S&P/TSX Composite Index, March 2017).



Curaleaf operates as an integrated medical and wellness cannabis operator in the United States and is committed to being the industry’s leading resource in education and advancement through research and advocacy.  As of March 2019, Curaleaf operated 43 dispensaries, 12 cultivation sites, and 11 processing sites and will begin selling its CBD products in Walgreens and CVS locations across 2,300 stores in the U.S.

Weekend Unlimited

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Weekend Unlimited is a lifestyle-based recreational cannabis company. The company is developing premium products designed to deliver life’s highs, anytime, anywhere. With U.S. operations in Arizona, California, Oklahoma, and Washington, international operations in Canada and Jamaica, and a unique entertainment and education division (Weekend Live!), Weekend Unlimited is well-positioned to launch and scale the brands that will define recreational cannabis.

Acreage Holdings


Acreage Holdings has among the most diverse portfolios of cultivation, processing and dispensing operations in the U.S.  Acreage has fostered strong partnerships with regulators, physicians and medical researchers with the aim of setting a new standard for the industry.

Greenlane Holdings


Greenlane Holdings is a full-service, global platform for bringing premium vaporization products and consumption
accessories in the United States with a growing presence in Canadain.

Investor Awards

Merida Capital


Merida Capital Partners is a private equity investment firm targeting fundamental growth drivers underpinning the rapid development of the cannabis industry with an investment emphasis that focuses on cultivation technologies, products and services associated with the evolution of cannabis as an agricultural product, a natural plant-based medicine, a constituent in pharmaceutical formulations, and a recreational consumer product.

Gotham Green Partners


Gotham Green Partners is a New York-based private equity firm focused on deploying capital into cannabis and cannabis-related enterprises on a global scale. The firm manages a diversified portfolio of investments and is actively investing across the cannabis value chain.

Northern Swan


Northern Swan is an investment firm focused on transformative investments in the international cannabis industry in geographies where it is federally legal. With offices in New York, Toronto, Bogota, and Frankfurt, Northern Swan invests in and assists emerging companies in developing low-cost production capacity and distribution capabilities to improve distribution globally and generate brand value.

Lerer Hippeau


Lerer Hippeau is a seed stage venture capital fund based in New York City.  The firm invests heavily in early-stage companies and has a number of investments in the cannabis industry including Vangst and LeafLink.

MTech Acquisition Corp.

MTech Acquisition Corp. focuses on companies ancillary to the cannabis industry, with a particular sector focus that includes compliance, business intelligence, brand development, and media.  MTech recently merged with MJ Freeway LLC, a leading seed-to-sale technology provider and developer of the cannabis industry’s first enterprise resource planning platform.

Champion Awards

Counsel to the Governor, Alphonso B. David; Assistant Counsel to the Governor, Axel Bernabe; and Assistant Counsel to the Governor, Jason Starr

On January 15, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and his team — led by Assistant Counsel to the Governor for Health Axel Bernabe and Assistant Counsel to the Governor Jason Starr — published draft budget legislation for New York State cannabis legalization.  Although the proposal wasn’t included in the state budget that went into effect on April 1, 2019, it’s commendable that political leaders like Governor Cuomo are fighting to legalize cannabis via the state legislature.

Senators Liz Krueger and Diane J. Savino and Majority Leader Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes

Senator Diane Savino has long-championed access to cannabis in New York State by steering the state’s medical legislation, the 2014 Compassionate Care Act, and is a full-on advocate for an adult-use market in the state.  The Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) was sponsored by State Senator Liz Krueger and Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, which lays out a framework in which half of marijuana tax revenue after program costs would go towards community grants and reinvestment funds.

Women Grow and Cannaclusive

Women Grow

Women Grow is a for-profit entity that serves as a catalyst for women to influence and succeed in the cannabis industry as the end of marijuana prohibition occurs on a national scale and strives to connect, educate, inspire and empower the next generation of cannabis industry leaders by creating programs, community, and events for aspiring and current business executives.


Cannaclusive was created to facilitate fair representation of minority cannabis consumers.  Cannaclusive celebrates the cultures of this thriving community through curated experiences, groundbreaking insights, thoughtful content and dynamic visuals and makes it easier for brands to communicate with diverse audiences and ensures that minority consumers are not an afterthought, but a valued ally in the fight for legalization and destigmatization.

Start SMART NY: Doug Greene and Noah Potter with Empire State NORML and Kassandra Frederique and Melissa Moore with Drug Policy Alliance

Doug Greene

Start SMART NY – Sensible Marijuana Access through Regulated Trade – is the campaign dedicated to ending marijuana prohibition in New York with the belief that it is time to stop the ineffective, racially biased, and unjust enforcement of marijuana prohibition and to create a new, well-regulated, and inclusive marijuana industry that is rooted in racial and economic justice.

New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr.; Kings County District Attorney Eric Gonzalez; and Public Advocate Jumaane Williams

Jumane William

After an extensive six-month review of other jurisdictions around the country in which marijuana is no longer prosecuted criminally, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute marijuana smoking and possession cases as of Aug. 1, 2018 and in September, District Attorney Cy Vance moved to dismiss and seal virtually every open marijuana case dating back to 1978.

In December of 2018, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced that he would follow through on plans to wipe out more than 1,400 warrants in misdemeanor weed possession cases, as well as over two dozen past convictions.

As a continued advocate for adult-use cannabis with tax revenue reinvested in communities that have been most harmed by racially-based law enforcement of drug laws, Jumaane Williams introduced the Marijuana Reform Act at the City Council, which would prohibit employment discrimination, as well as against license applications, by city agencies based on marijuana-related arrests and convictions.

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