Outside of being a Product Specialist at Metropolitan Wellness Center, Washington D.C.’s premiere Cannabis dispensary, Sabria is a youth and human rights advocate. Through social media, she shares her life in the Cannabis industry as well as updates on DC and Maryland politics to educate and empower the youth to be civically engaged with their public servants. Her resilience for activating young leaders to address human rights violations, the lack of diversity in the industry and an imperatively more sustainable future have been recognized in High Times, The Montgomery County Sentinel, A&E and more. Supernova Women, The National Cannabis Festival and a Cannabis Diversity Summit have all given Sabria a platform to deliver her message across the nation as well.
Her work in the cannabis industry started shortly after graduating from high school with HailMaryJane.com, a new and up-and-coming cannabis culture website. There she took on the role as Executive Assistant in addition to contributing content and establishing an online presence. In 2014, Sabria testified in support of the first draft of regulations set by the Natalie M. LaPrade MMCC (Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission) and their efforts to move toward a working MMJ program after more than 10 years of unregulated access to Cannabis. Picking up the legislative process led Sabria to pursuing like-minded citizens and local policy reform efforts by volunteering with Maryland NORML and which led her to working with two Montgomery County state delegates. Aspiring to have a background in health policy, she has put herself in the position to be mentored by leading doctors in the cannabis industry and plans to become a Naturopathic physician.
What social justice and/or criminal justice reforms do you want the US to make around its drug policy, particularly around cannabis?
I would like to abolish the practices of the Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration and Food and Drug Administration and see the funds between all parties allocated to a Department of Reparations. There is a clear sign of abuse of power, injustice and wrongdoing for generations and it ends now. Patent #6630507 and the current scheduling of Cannabis is a violation on human rights; principally our intelligence and health; therefore, it is vital that this generation work towards creating a fairer Department of Justice and legislative process. I would like to see a shift in policy makers’ educational background, ethnic background and the inevitable gender equality for balance. Common sense legislation is the end goal with fairness and freedom for all, a Drug Enforcement Agency turned rehabilitation service, and actual self-sustaining practices brought to us by the FDA. Outlawing Cannabis has prolonged slavery, excluded persons from safe and effective medical treatment, dispels their voting and human rights and much more. The levels of disenfranchisement is staggering, passed on from generation to generation with no end. A Coalition of the Willing is what’s needed to overturn the outdated and draconian lifestyle we are all so accustomed to for the country we all know and share.