On Thursday, June 18th, 2020 at The Landerhaven in Mayfield Heights, OH, the Cleveland School of Cannabis (CSC) will host its third graduation. With over 150 graduates completing the program to date, this celebration is one that highlights the accomplishments of individuals who have elected to pursue a career in the cannabis industry, it also reflects the high quality of talent the Cleveland area produces. This year, CSC will welcome 16-year NBA veteran Al Harrington to deliver the keynote address. After retiring from the NBA, Harrington started the cannabis company, Viola Extracts, named after his grandmother. The company cultivates cannabis in-house and has facilities in several states.
In February 2018 Harrington announced the launch of Harrington Wellness, a company that manufactures non-psychoactive cannabinoid products. Also announced was his investment in a third company Butter Baby, which makes cannabis edibles. All three companies together comprise The Harrington Group.
Harrington is a proponent for the legalization of cannabis. In October 2016, he appeared in an online ad endorsing the passage of California’s Proposition 64. He has also written an essay for The Players’ Tribune titled “9 Reasons to End the War on Marijuana”.
In October 2017, Harrington interviewed former NBA commissioner David Stern regarding cannabis use by players. Stern told Harrington during the interview: “I’m now at the point where personally I think [cannabis] probably should be removed from the banned list. You’ve persuaded me.”
The Cleveland School of Cannabis is the Nation’s second state-approved school of cannabis education and the first east of Colorado. They offer programs online and in traditional formats in all aspects of the cannabis industry including Horticulture, Medical Applications, and Dispensary Operations to name a few.