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Healthy living, cannabis come to Rossmoor Oct. 1

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More and more seniors are turning to cannabis for medical and personal benefits. On October 1, a senior community in Northern California takes the day to explore and appreciate those benefits through outdoor and community activities.

The Compassionate Society of Rossmoor and the NORML Chapter of Contra Costa County (CoCo NORML) are teaming up to host “The Cannabis Affair,” a free event at the Stanley Dollar Clubhouse, about cannabis and healthy living. In an unusual twist, county District Attorney Diana Becton will help kick off the Oct. 1 event in Walnut Creek, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The day will bring together residents, guests, activists and cannabis companies seeking to advance their common goals. Guests 21 and older are welcome to attend. An after party will be held from 5-8 PM at $20 per ticket.

Discussion, dancing, food, expurgation

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Throughout the day, participants will learn how to incorporate cannabis into a healthy lifestyle, dance to live music, eat from local food trucks… and clear cannabis convictions, if necessary. The event will be held at 1015 Stanley Dollar Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94595. Those looking for experiential wellness activities such as massage, yoga, art, and more will be able to explore rooms hosted by local health practitioners.

“Almost 282,000 CoCo voters – that’s 61% – marked their 2016 ballots for the legalization of cannabis. However, there is not a single storefront dispensary in Walnut Creek, Orinda, Moraga, or Lafayette, where every precinct voted yes,” said Nate Landau, executive director of the CoCo NORML chapter.

“I’m most excited about the political round table at noon, which will be a spark for change. This community will build a vibrant cannabis culture here with various small businesses and social spaces.”

District Attorney, officials, activists, industry

At noon, CoCo NORML will present its inaugural Cannabis Justice Award to District Attorney Becton for his leadership in automatically expunging 3,264 previous cannabis convictions. Ms. Becton will set the tone and launch a roundtable discussion among local business and political leaders on re-imagining and embracing cannabis as an opportunity, not a threat.

Panelists will include Kevin Wilk (Walnut Creek City Council), Brian O’Toole (Walnut Creek City Council candidate), Ken Carlson (Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors candidate), Falguni Davé (HerbNJoy) and Farid Harrison (Velvet Cannabis), Jim Araby (UFCW Local 5) and Steven Chow (Shryne Group).

Cannabis vendors and brands (including CoCo Farms, HiFidelity, HerbNJoy, Shryne Group, and Higher Growth Search) will be on site. Sponsorship proceeds will benefit the Rossmoor Compassionate Society.

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