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Montclair, NJ 07042

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Rochelle Park, NJ 07662

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Wayne, PA 19087

At the Co-LAB

We cultivate collaboration by working alongside communities to elevate champions of equity and support the work they have been doing over the years. 

We advocate for the rights and participation of all, especially those historically affected by the war on drugs, aiming to rectify past injustices through actions like expungements and decriminalization.

The Ascend CO-LAB is committed to a shared future, marked by collective growth, healing, and prosperity.

“This initiative represents more than our commitment to social equity—it embodies our vision for a collaborative, thriving future where every individual has the opportunity to succeed.

Together, we’re planting the seeds for a more inclusive and just industry.”

Danielle Drummond

Vice President, Ascend CO-LAB

Our Mission

To foster a stronger, more equitable cannabis industry by collaborating and addressing the social disparities from the war on drugs.

Our Vision

To create authentic relationships and seamless collaboration with the communities we serve. We do this through a focus on restorative justice, economic empowerment, and community reinvestment.

Our Programs

Restorative Justice

  • 23 expungement clinics/resources fairs conducted to date, across 5 states, and 1,200 community members served – more to come!
  • Expungement clinics are for ANY eligible offense, not just cannabis convictions, within the state that the clinic is being held in
  • Expungement and Community Events offer an array of other community-based services such as free meals, mental health services, veteran services, ID services, and a variety of other basic needs as provided by local community-based organizations and city departments
  • $2.3 million has been donated to the Last Prisoner Project over the last 5 years

Economic Empowerment

  • Providing job opportunities to formerly incarcerated individuals through local partnerships
  • Created a mentorship program that served 35 individuals in IL and NJ. Mentorship program consisted of 3 months of workshops, and the option of 1-1 mentorship 
  • 24 Tours conducted of our cultivation and dispensary facilities for SE applicants
  • Technical assistance provided to SE licensees in all states
  • Supported 100 entrepreneurs through the Minority Cannabis Academy

Community Reinvestment

  • Over $350,000 donated to local grassroots organizations
  • In partnership with community organizations Conducted food drives, coat giveaways, feminine hygiene product giveaways, laptop giveaways for students, and provided meals for the elderly during Thanksgiving
  • Sponsored and conducted events educating the community on the cannabis industry as well as engaged with colleges and universities in educating their classes on career opportunities within the industry 

Our Approach

BRIDGE THE DIVIDE
We cultivate genuine relationships with diverse stakeholders, nurturing an environment of shared success.

CHAMPION COLLECTIVE ACTION
We leverage our collective strength, influence, and expertise to ignite intentional waves of change.

PARTNERS

(you can find on our shelves)

MERCH

Community Events

Check this section frequently as we will update it with new events as they are scheduled.

Upcoming Events

March 23, 2024 – 11AM-2PM
NEWARK EXPUNGEMENT
Click here to register.

April 6, 2024
PEORIA CLEAN SLATE EXPUNGEMENT
Click here to register.

April 13, 2024
ROCKORD CLEAN SLATE EXPUNGEMENT
Click here to register.

April 20, 2024
CHICAGO SEALING AND EXPUNGEMENT
Click here to register.

Past Events

The following are some videos from our CO-LAB partner, Blaze Responsibly. The company is strategically paving its way to becoming a public resource center for the cannabis community at large.

Newark, NJ​

Down Bottom Farms – Newark, NJ

Interview

Testimonials

TESTIMONIALS

“My name is Juan, the account manager for Smart Cannabis. I had an enjoyable and informative tour at Ascend Cultivation with our instructors, Matt and Clare, who explained each department, including soil, lighting, production, and plant care.

I also observed the staff trimming the plant and learned about the process. The entire tour was empowering and mentally healing, from seed to sale. Thanks to Ascend staff for this educational and amazing tour experience.”

“My name is Jaynee’, Director of Smart Cannabis. This visit to an Illinois cultivation facility was amazing. Claire’s tour organization was excellent, and her guidance ensured a smooth experience. As an educator in the cannabis field, these opportunities, thanks to Claire, add value to Chicago’s programs.

The insights gained here empowered us to enhance our educational efforts. Claire and Matt’s detailed departmental introductions showcased day-to-day cultivation operations. I was particularly impressed with extraction methods and plant growth stages. Claire’s goodie bag allowed me to explore and appreciate Ascend’s products. Thank you!”

I highly recommend Ascend’s mentorship program. It’s an awesome experience with informative tours, engaging classes, and organizers who are super enthusiastic about answering questions. Take this great opportunity to expand your knowledge and gain valuable insights!.

Kurt Schilling, Blounts and Moore,