Dec 9, 2021
Cresco Labs Wins Award for Social Justice Documentary

Cresco Labs, a vertically integrated multistate operator and wholesaler of branded cannabis products, earned a Silver Clio for Film & Video from the Clio Cannabis Awards for its “The Sentence of Michael Thompson” documentary trailer. In addition, the Discover Some Wonder podcast series from the company’s Wonder Wellness cannabis brand and the #Wayto420 campaign from its Sunnyside retail brand were shortlisted for Digital & Mobile and Public Relations creative excellence, respectively.

Expanding on Clio’s longstanding reputation for establishing best-in-class programs honoring creative excellence in a variety of specialized verticals, the Clio Cannabis Awards — now in its third year — honors work and talent that builds a greater understanding of a rapidly growing industry.

“It is an honor for our efforts to be recognized for the second consecutive year by such a prestigious platform. Top recognition for ‘The Sentence of Michael Thompson’ is very special because social equity and social justice are core to the company’s mission, and the film aims to help people truly understand the gravity of the impact of injustice on the lives of people adversely impacted by The War on Drugs,” said Cory Rothschild, SVP of Marketing, Cresco Labs.

Cresco Labs created its SEED (Social Equity and Educational Development) initiative to help create a more diverse and inclusive cannabis industry through restorative justice initiatives, community business incubators and educational and workforce development programming.

Chima Enyia, EVP of SEED, added, “We appreciate all those involved—Michael Thompson, his family, restorative justice partners and our staff—in the making of this film. More than 40,000 Americans remain in prison for cannabis offenses, and there is much more work to do to right the wrongs of The War on Drugs. We are laser-focused on leveraging our platform and influence to drive awareness of Michael’s story to ensure conversations about legalization address pardoning those currently incarcerated for cannabis offenses and social equity in the cannabis industry.”

A scene from the trailer for “The Sentence of Michael Thompson,” a documentary short film part of Cresco Labs’ “Summer of Social Justice” initiative.

On Juneteenth, Cresco released the trailer for “The Sentence of Michael Thompson”, a documentary short film about the story of Michigan’s longest-serving non-violent offender. Granted clemency this past January, Thompson was serving a 60-year sentence in Muskegon Correctional Facility in Michigan for selling 3 pounds of cannabis to a police informant in 1994. The trailer earned the Silver Clio for Film & Video. The documentary will be released in 2022.

Launched in August for National Wellness Month, Wonder Wellness created a one-of-a-kind audio collection designed to help listeners Focus, Relax, Laugh or Sleep, the experiences delivered by its gummy and minis products. The Discover Some Wonder initiative was named a shortlist winner for Digital & Mobile.

Timed with this year’s 420 holiday, Sunnyside released the results of a nationwide survey that demonstrated shifting beliefs and behaviors surrounding cannabis use and translated them into approachable messages about the plant’s functional benefits for every type of consumer. The #Wayto420 campaign was shortlisted in the Public Relations category.

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