Do you love literature? Do you love cannabis? If you answered yes to both of those questions, you’re in luck. The Cannabis Literary Society officially launched earlier this year in Denver, Colorado.
An organization with a goal to simply “celebrate literature and celebrate cannabis,” according to Augusta Fleming of the Cannabis Literary Society, the CLS has opened yet another door to cannabis inclusion in hobbies and interests. Book worms, lit lovers, people of the plant are loving the creative vision of cannabis in the world of written works discussions.
Unlike other literary societies, where the genre of the literature can be fairly specific, such as fiction, nonfiction, and special interest, the Cannabis Literary Society examines multiple genres in written works. The only prerequisite to be featured and highlighted in CLS is that the book include some aspect relative to cannabis or that the author be an open cannabis advocate or consumer.
One hitters of cannabis provided at the CLS event. (ADBHilterbran photo/MassRoots)
The Cannabis Literary Society boasts monthly Book Club Meetings with complimentary refreshments, edibles and other cannabis products held in varying locations throughout Denver that are free for members to attend.
Memberships are normally $42.00 monthly or $420.00 annually but CLS is offering discounted specials of $4.20 a month or $42.00 annual membership until July 1st, 2017. You can email CLS for your membership application or visit their Facebook page and send a message requesting the form.
Membership is open to any global citizen with identification proof that they are at least 21 years of age. “We welcome consumers and non-consumers of cannabis, but we hope all members are lovers of literacy and respect the plant,” said Jason Hilterbran, co-founder of CLS, a Republican who does not consume cannabis.
“It’s time to focus on the science, the facts and the future of this plant. Literature is an important aspect to the future of cannabis normalcy.”
CLS members socialize after the meet and greet. (ADBHilterbran photo/MassRoots)
In addition to the monthly book club meetings, a personalized CLS membership card, discounts with strategic partners, merchandise discounts and invitations to private, exclusive cannabis events, members are invited to the monthly Author Meet & Greet and Book Signing events.
“We’re moving mountains here. Integrating cannabis and literature is another step toward normalcy. Nothing is more natural than a plant and a good book,” said Fleming.
The monthly event hosts a different author or authors each month and highlights one of their books. Authors and books are selected from the ever-growing cannabis works collection and represent a variety of presentations and genres, including cooking, biographies, instructional, medical, legal, historical, social, cultural among many others.
Authors Ashley Picillo & Lauren Devine with Ajoya rep Jake McCarthy. (ADBHilterbran photo/MassRoots)
The first Author Meet and Greet and Book Signing event for the Cannabis Literary Society was held on May 23, 2017. It featured authors Ashley Picillo and Lauren Devine who co-wrote the book, Breaking the Grass Ceiling. The book features a compilation of biographies of 21 female leaders in the cannabis industry or movement. A general introduction and author’s presentation about the book was followed by a brief overview on the inspiration behind Breaking the Grass Ceiling during the first meeting of the Cannabis Literary Society.
Author Ashley Picillo is also Founder and CEO of Point Seven Group, and had the opportunity to introduce her book to the world at South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals. SXSW is known around the world and has been one of the most successful grassroots events in the US.
“It was the most, worldwind, chaotic, rewarding 90 days of my life,” said author Ashley Picillo,” I still can’t believe we were able to pull it together so quickly. It was nothing short of ‘meant to be’ and the impact these women have made on my life, on the lives of so many others, I’m inspired to be a part of something so inspirational.”
Members of the Cannabis Literary Society and the audience were then invited to participate in a Q & A before the book signing and photographs with the authors. The evening concluded with over an hour of socializing, downtown Denver mingling on the rooftop and discussions of the prospects for Breaking the Grass Ceiling II, III and beyond.
When is the next meeting of the Cannabis Literary Society?
The next book club meeting for the Cannabis Literary Society will be held at the Millennium Grown office on Monday, June 20, 2017 at 7:00pm. Breaking the Grass Ceiling will be discussed.
Robyn Griggs Lawrence, author of Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook. (Photo provided by Robyn Griggs Lawrence)
The next Author Meet & Greet, Book Signing event is set for Tuesday of the following week, and highlights Robyn Griggs Lawrence, author of The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook. On Tuesday, June 27, 2017, Lawrence, also the author of Wabi-Sabi House and Simply Imperfect: Revisiting the Wabi-Sabi House, will discuss her online course, The Fundamentals of Cooking with Cannabis. Attendees will also be offered a few “In the Kitchen” tricks for cannabis cooking.
The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook was named Amazon’s #1 New Release in 2016 for both Gourmet Cooking and Herb Spice, and Condiment Cooking. Lawrence and colleagues are breaking boundaries in the culinary world. Last year, they attended the National Restaurant Association Trade Show and were a featured panel discussion. The discussion was all about cooking with cannabis, another indicator that the mainstream is becoming more aware, possibly accepting, of utilizing the cannabis plant in normal, everyday aspects of life and living.
Infused edibles at the author meet and greet. (ADBHilterbran photo/MassRoots)
Sponsors of the May and June Cannabis Literary Society events are Ajoya, Hoban Law Group, Veedverks, Wana, and Fountain of Health CBD. Seating space is limited to the first 75 people – 150 people depending upon the author/venue that month and books can be purchased at the monthly events or online.
Currently, there are no other literary societies in the United States that have officially integrated cannabis into their membership or mission, but that will likely change as more and more laws regarding cannabis evolve, decriminalization continues and logic prevails in leadership.
The Cannabis Literary Society is already expanding to California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii and Puerto Rico with goals of being in every state and country that has legal cannabis for adults by the end of 2018.
This post was originally published on June 13, 2017, it was updated on October 5, 2017.