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Better than Wine? A Gen X Consideration of Cannabis

Saturday, November 19, 2022 25 Cheshvan 5783

7:00 PM - 9:00 PMLiberty Cannabis, 2222 Bush St.

Our neighborhood dispensary, Liberty Cannabis, will host a gathering of the Gen X Social Club. Come schmooze with Liberty’s head of social impact, Rabbi James Kahn, and learn everything they didn’t teach us back in the 80's about cannabis. Rabbi James will touch upon a range of topics, including President Biden’s recent statements on cannabis and why the cannabis industry has attracted so many Jews. Light munchies, drinks and samples will be provided.

Rabbi James Kahn is the Executive Director of Liberty Cannabis Cares, the social impact and corporate responsibility team at Holistic Industries, one of the largest, privately held, multi-state cannabis operators in the U.S. Rabbi James, as he's known to colleagues and friends, has been at Holistic since its earliest days - opening the very first Liberty dispensary in 2019 before transitioning to a national position as Director of Community Outreach. His unique blend of cannabis experience and community service inspires Holistic's values as a company and improves the industry as a whole.

Rabbi James is a founding member and owner of Takoma Wellness Center, one of the first dispensaries to operate in Washington D.C. During his tenure, Takoma has come to dominate the D.C. market, winning six consecutive ‘Best of D.C.’ awards and earning Americans for Safe Access’ Patient-focused certification. His family's story has been featured in numerous publications (including TIME and CNN).

An ordained rabbi, Rabbi James has served in a range of clerical positions, including Senior Jewish Educator at the University of Maryland Hillel, Director of Chaplaincy at the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA), and Rabbinic Director for both the D.C. Hebrew Free Burial Society and the Washington Board of Rabbis. He is a fellow of CLAL's Rabbis Without Borders Fellowship.

Rabbi James is proud to serve on numerous boards, including the National Hispanic Cannabis Council, the International Jewish Cannabis Association, and the United States Veterans Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the US Cannabis Council's Responsibility Committee.

When not talking about cannabis and religion, James can be found in Silver Spring, MD, where he lives with his wife, kids, dog and fish.

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