As part of a new focus on the cannabis industry and all things pot, the legendary Playboy Magazine, a longtime supporter of the cannabis movement for the last half-decade, has launched a new cannabis content hub. As part of their inaugural spate of stories, Hugh Hefner’s rag gave its endorsement to five “cannabis nonprofit organizations that have been vetted and hand-selected by the brand as leaders in their field.” The list includes several organizations that have become well-known for their advocacy and charitable efforts.
Playboy has a long and storied legacy when it comes to drugs and specifically cannabis, going back almost to its inception. The gentleman’s magazine began focusing on marijuana as far back as 1960, with pieces including Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie discussing narcotics and music.
As time wore on, the magazine published a professional assessment entitled “Pot: A Rational Approach.”
“Not only is marijuana comparatively harmless on the face of all the evidence,” wrote trailblazing psychiatrist Dr. Joel Fort for Playboy, “but there are even reasons to believe it may be beneficial in some cases.”
Playboy Foundation was also a founding donor to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. It gave the cannabis advocacy organization $5000 right off the bat and an additional $100,000 a year for the following 10 years. Throughout its history, the magazine has advocated for fairer and more equitable drug laws.
This year, Playboy took cannabis advocacy to new heights, naming its list of top cannabis nonprofit organizations, which can now be found in can be found in “Dank and Right: 5 Organizations Advocating for Social Good in the Cannabis Industry” available to read on Playboy’s new cannabis content hub.
The list includes some well-known organizations along with some worthy ones that could use the boost in name recognition. Top of the list was the Cannabis Certification Council, a group that organizes cannabis sustainability conferences for industry experts looking to share different environmentally conscious tools and techniques. “Cannabis isn’t legal at the federal level (yet), which means it’s not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration,” wrote Playboy. “The Cannabis Certification Council (CCC) is ready to fill that void.”
They also included the Equity First Alliance, whom The PotNetwork profiled last year. Though no longer together, Equity First was a cross-section of grass-roots cannabis organizers from all over the country. They had come together to address what social equity should look like in the cannabis industry.
“In the states where cannabis use was – or still is – criminalized, enforcement hits marginalized communities the hardest,” wrote Playboy about Equity First. “Even when legalization comes to fruition and the government attempts to correct their past wrongs (such as the War on Drugs) with social equity programs written into legalization, a lack of enforcement and guidance can make executing this difficult. That’s where Equity Frist comes in.”
Playboy rounded out their list with worthy organizations such as the Last Prisoner Project and the Minority Cannabis Business Association, writing of the later: “the nonprofit is a trade association that serves minority cannabis entrepreneurs, workers, and consumers, and views the cannabis industry as an opportunity to level the playing field for business-minded people of color.”
The full list can be found on Playboy’s all-new cannabis content hub, along with a slew of other great articles focused on the cannabis industry. It’s well worth the read, especially considering the focus they’ve given to such worthy organizations.