By David Hernandez
September 15th marks the start of Latinx Heritage month! To celebrate the Happy Munkey crew decided to feature some of the standout Latinx individuals in the cannabis industry. For those who do not know Happy Munkey is proudly a Latinx founded and operated company! Since we entered the space 3 years ago we have both tried to lead by example as well as stood back and admired Latinx individuals hustling in the cannabis space. We are big believers in giving people their flowers while they are here, but with that being said this is not by any means an end all be all kind of list. There are a lot of Latinx people making huge strides in the cannabis industry and we plan to continue shining light on our entire Latinx cannaFam in future issues! Until then please enjoy our first installment of “Latinx En Cannabis”
Jessica Gonzalez, Esq
Jessica AKA “The Cannabogada” is a practicing attorney in the state of New Jersey who specializes in intellectual property in the cannabis industry. “The Cannabogada” is a fearless cannabis advocate who routinely gives out treasure troves of information on important topics like social equity, tips to enter the cannabis industry, and local compliance. Jessica is now helping mobilize the people of New Jersey to vote “Yes” to the “New Jersey Marijuana Legalization Amendment” this coming election day!
There is no beating around the bush, Giacobazzi is the kind of person who gets things done. Whether you see him work his magic or not, Giaco is always on it! As the producer and personal assistant to “The Father of the Cannabis Industry” Steve Deangelo, Giaco is on the frontline globally helping spread and document the unifying message of cannabis. Giaco is also a yoga instructor and longtime supporter of the Happy Munkey Movement!
Christine De Le Rosa
Christine is the CEO & board member of The People’s Dispensary in California, Illinois, and Oregon, which strives to empower and support POC / LGBTQ communities. As a proud Mexican, Christine understands the importance of Latinx representation in the cannabis community. And not only leads by example, but continuously acts as a beacon of knowledge for other latinxs trying to excel in the cannabis industry.
Rosemary Severino Aka Black Rose
Rose, aka Black Rose, is the definition of a renaissance woman. From hilarious comedian and rapper, to actress and cannabis advocate, Rose seemingly does it all! Repping Uptown Manhattan, Rose is a proud Dominican and Afrolatinx. Rose is known for using her platform to speak out against social injustice and support cannabis use. And she is no stranger to the State Capital building in Albany, having made multiple trips to lobby for decriminalization of cannabis use and legalization in her home state of New York.
Miguel is the co-owner of the 99th floor and judge on Viceland’s Bong Appetit. Hailing from the Lower East Side of Manhattan and Dominican parents, upon meeting Miguel his vision and commitment to elevating one’s connection with cannabis through food is made crystal clear. While a lot of people consider themselves cannabis chefs, there is no question Migeul not only fits the bill but continuously pushes the envelope!
To put it simply there are not many souls on the planet like Estefanía’s. With an extremely radiant aura Estefania is putting on for the East Coast, by giving the gift of mindfulness, health and wellness. Estefania is an amazing yoga teacher, educator, and avid animal lover! She also is one half of the amazing duo that makes up SannaOhana Yoga & Wellness, a popular wellness brand making waves on both coasts! By using cannabis, a healthy diet, exercise, and even psychedelic mushrooms, Estefania inspires and teaches individuals how to strengthen their connections with themselves and the world around them.