Kick Off Mother’s Day Weekend on May 11 with the 6th Annual Mother’s High Tea in Denver

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5th Annual Mother’s High Tea. Photo credit: Cannabis Camera

In Denver, Colorado on Friday, May 11, the Sixth Annual Mother’s High Tea presented by Eden Labs will be taking place at the McNichols Civic Center Building, a perfect way to start Mother’s Day weekend. Mother’s High Tea is an exceptional event that is both pro-cannabis and family-friendly, a unique combination among numerous advocacy and industry happenings. Founded by cannabis activist and pioneer, Susan Squibb, this year’s tea will feature a Chinese cultural partnership with International Confucius Institute featuring authentic décor, gongfu tea demonstration, calligraphy activities, and paper crafts for guests of all ages. 

Representative Leslie Herod represents House District 8 in Northeast Denver and is this year’s Keynote Speaker at Mother’s High Tea

Speakers this year will be Colorado lobbyist and entrepreneur Cindy Sovine, former Cook County Judge Shelli Hayes, who was admitted to the New York Bar and the Illinois Bar.  She served as a Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois for 18 years.  While on the bench, Judge Hayes acquired courtroom legal experience in business, marketing, and management. She is a current Member of the Board at Minority Cannabis Business Association.

The keynote speech will be delivered by
Representative Leslie Herod, a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives, representing District 8. Elected in 2016, Herod is the first African-American LBGTQ-elected official to hold office in Colorado and is a friend to drug policy reform, public education and access to mental health services.  She co-founded the political advocacy organization New Era Colorado, an organization formed to mobilize young people to tackle election access, climate change and economic justice. New Era’s programs have been featured in publications such as the New York Times, Time Magazine, CBS News with Katie Couric, the Nation Magazine, and the Huffington Post.

Wanda James of Simply Pure gives a rousing speech at the 2011 Mother’s High Tea. She also spoke in 2017. Photo credit: Cannabis Camera

Past speakers have included such luminous cannabis trailblazers like Wanda James of Simply Pure, Toni Fox of 3D Cannabis, Christie Lunsford of Budding Professionals, Sonia Espinosa of Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council and Cannabis Cultural Association, Betty Aldworth of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Nina Parks of Mirage Medicinal, Senator Beth Martinez Humenik, Senator Irene Aguilar, Eileen Konieczny of American Cannabis Nurses Association, AC Braddock (this year’s main sponsor) of Eden Labs, Ah Warner of Cannabis Basics, Ladybud Publisher Diane Fornbacher and many more esteemed individuals.

A portion of ticket sales go toward featured nonprofit organization, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition. Founded in 1999, CCJRC is a network of organizations, faith communities, and individuals working to eliminate the overuse of the criminal justice system in Colorado.

Delicious food and tea buffet spreads inspired by the culinary regions along the Chinese Silk Road by Encore Catering. Educational agency tables from Certifiably Green, and Center for Health, Work and Environment in the Colorado School of Public Health.

Additional info:
Children 5 and under are free. All guests ages 18 and under must be registered by a parent or guardian purchasing tickets. For a special discount, please enter code ‘SilkRoad10’. Adult guests will receive a gift bag filled with lovely items from participating sponsors. McNichols Civic Center Building is a handicap-accessible building with elevators and accommodations for parking reservations for those who require close proximity to entry. Please email: for inquiries about accessibility and have the event info available in the message.


Featured top image of Chinese Teapot and cups was originally posted to Flickr by csss and was confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the cc-by-sa-2.0.