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WIRE: TV personality Montel Williams gets cannabis lifetime achievement award

LOS ANGELES — Women Abuv Ground (WAG) is excited to announce that Emmy Award-winning TV personality Montel Williams will receive its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for using his celebrity to bring awareness to medical cannabis for treatment of chronic illnesses.

Williams will receive his award at WAG’s first annual CannaCool Lounge, hosted by Super Bowl champ Marvin Washington. The CannaCool Lounge will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Casa Vertigo, located at 828 Oak St in downtown Los Angeles.

The event will also serve as the official launch of Women Abuv Ground (WAG), founded by cannapreneur Bonita “Bo” Money. WAG is a professional cannabis networking organization, dedicated to educating and empowering people in the emerging cannabis industry. For the 420-friendly community, the signature, lifestyle event will offer cannabis connoisseurs a chance to explore new brands as well as cannabis-infused food and drinks.

Chef Andrea Drummond of Elevation VIP and Chef  Millie Fernandez aka Rock StarChefz will showcase innovation menus, infusing flavorful foods with cannabis, and offering attendees an enjoyable cuisine experience. Cannabis lovers will also enjoy handcrafted, infused edibles by the award-winning brand, incredibles, founded by Bob Eschino. Plus, the CannaCool Lounge will feature signature drinks by Dama Tequila as well as a wine bar, hosted by Know Label Wine, founded by Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge. A CannaCatwalk runway show, presented by Fusion Event Designs will cap of the evening of fun. The CannaCool Lounge is a high-end, celebrity-driven event, giving cannabis lovers an opportunity to enjoy the various offerings of cannabis in an entertaining setting.

As a “purveyor of pot,” Money is thrilled to present this event on the heels of passage of Prop 64, which legalizes recreational cannabis in California for adults 21 and over. “We are excited to honor Montel Williams for his advocacy of medical cannabis,” says Money. “He’s been at the forefront of the cannabis revolution, and a wonderful activist in changing attitudes and fighting the stigma associated with cannabis for medicinal use.”

Williams is one of the highest profile advocates for medical cannabis in the country. He has used cannabis products to effectively manage the symptoms of his Multiple Sclerosis (MS) since his diagnosis with the disease in 1999.

The CannaCool Lounge is open to the public. Ticket prices vary from $75 to $500. For more information, visit Eventbrite at

The CannaCool Lounge is sponsored by LenitivLabs, founded by Montel Williams; Isodiol, headed by Marvin Washington; Know Label Wine, founded by Grammy winner Melissa Etheridge; CannaClear Extracts; Undoo; incredibles; and Dama Tequila. And PRIVEE’ Social Club presents Bliss Edibles in partnership with social media influencer Olivia Alexander and cannapreneur Sailene Ossman (a.k.a. Mama Sailene of “Smoke in the Kitchen With Mama Sailene” on MERRY JANE’s YouTube channel). Special thanks to the BlazeNow app and To Whom It May cannabis chocolates. Dope Magazine is the media sponsor.

ABOUT MONTEL WILLIAMS | TV personality + Cannabis Advocate

Montel Williams began his professional career in the United States Marine Corps. He was the first African American Marine selected to attend the Naval Academy Prep School; graduate from the US Naval Academy; and be commissioned as a naval officer. Over the course of his 22-year military career, he’s earned a plethora of medals, awards and citations. He became a household name with his syndicated talk show, “The Montel Williams Show,” which ran for 17 years.

Montel became an early advocate of medical cannabis law reform. He was one of the few high-profile voices on Capitol Hill, and has worked diligently to pass medical cannabis legislation in key states. He also led the push for military veterans to access medical cannabis without the threat of losing benefits. In 2016, he founded Lenitiv Scientific, which is dedicated to delivering high-quality and consistent products to patients — like himself — who rely on cannabis as a medicine.

ABOUT BONITA “Bo” MONEY | cannapreneur

A cannapreneur, Bonita “Bo” Money is one of the few women of color in the emerging, billion dollar cannabis business. She’s the creator of That Glass Jar ™ , a cannabis-infused topical, and founder of  Women Abuv Ground, a networking organization, dedicated to introducing the cannabis business, namely to women of color.

Born in Seoul, Korea, and raised in Monterey, CA, Money began her research of the cannabis industry and became very interested in the healing properties of cannabis. Money created That Glass Jar ™ , an organic, herbal cannabis-infused cream that cures Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus , commonly known as MRSA. That Glass Jar ™  has been an effective treatment for drug-resistant bacteria like MRSA. The cannabis-infused cream proves scientific studies that show that cannabis have antibacterial properties. That Glass Jar ™  can treat a variety of ailments from sun burns, eczema and psoriasis to arthritis, fibromyalgia and some forms of skin cancer.


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