The DOPE Industry Awards, an annual event hosted by DOPE Magazineis a cannabis appreciation party that highlights the industry’s most prominent organizations, activists, entrepreneurs and ganjapreneurs of the year.

This year, the DOPE Industry Awards is coming to the Showbox SoDo in Seattle on Saturday, December 19. The event starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are marked at $25. Voting for the awards has already commenced: you can help decide this year’s winners via the event’s online voting system. Nominees have already been decided — simply visit dia.dopemagazine.com and register an account to begin voting for your favorite cannabis companies and persons of interest.

According to the event’s website, plans for the evening include a range of “local celebrity presenters, special performances by local musical artists, and a specially chosen host.”

We wanted to draw special attention to one nominee in particular: the Vashon Island Marijuana Entrepreneurs Alliance — a grass-roots cannabis organization that hails from Vashon Island, the same island community where the Ganjapreneur Podcast is recorded. VIMEA seeks to educate the public, help patients, and offers business support for new cannabis entrepreneurs, all for no charge.

VIMEA is a finalist for the Best Cannabis Association in the DOPE Industry Awards, and it is truly impressive that VIMEA’s small collection of local volunteers, educators and island cannabis entrepreneurs made the list, which otherwise consists of mostly bigger commercial cannabis organizations.

We hope you will vote for our friends at VIMEA and help bring credit and recognition where it’s truly due!

Photo Credit: DOPE Industry Awards 2014

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