Tauhid Chappell is an Executive Board Member and Parliamentarian of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, the first and oldest association of black journalists in the country. An 8-year veteran of the media industry, he most recently worked as a social media editor at The Washington Post before joining the Philadelphia Inquirer as an engagement editor, where he analyzes reader behavior on search, social and digital platforms.
Understanding how the media shaped public perception in demonizing and stigmatizing cannabis, a perception which ultimately supported and enabled the federal government to enact draconian tough-on-crime bills which fueled mass incarceration during the War on Drugs, Tauhid founded the Color of Cannabis Conference in April 2019. It was Philadelphia's first cannabis conference led by a media nonprofit that educated journalists and community members on all aspects of cannabis -- from the racist history that demonized the plant, to current industry inequities that inherently limit or bar people of color from participating in the growing market. His next conference, The CannAtlantic Conference, is the country's first Mid-Atlantic Cannabis Conference and will focus on the intersection of education, equity and business amid cannabis legalization. It will take place on April 4 & 5 in Philadelphia
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