Emerald Village West Hollywood, the country’s first municipal cannabis tourism association representing cannabis businesses exclusively in West Hollywood, announces Jason Beck owner and founder of Alternative Herbal Health Services (AHHS) as its newly appointed Board President. Under the City of West Hollywood’s cannabis business classifications AHHS, founded in 2004, currently holds a Legacy Medical Cannabis Business License for being one of four existing medical cannabis collectives that has been lawfully operating since December 31, 2017.
Jason Beck was one of the first owners and is the longest continuously operating owner of legal cannabis retail operations, with interests in vertically-integrated cannabis companies in multiple states. Born with cerebral palsy, Mr. Beck is in the unique position of being a patient, specialist, advocate, and advisor in the fields of medicinal and adult-use of cannabis. Mr. Beck has regularly provided his insights on the industry for over twenty years to federal, state and local government officials and legislators of all political persuasions. He also sits on the boards of numerous not-for-profit criminal justice reform groups.
“Since the AIDS crisis of the 1980’s, West Hollywood has been at the forefront of the movement to legalize cannabis in the United States. Local pioneers like Jason Beck paved the way for medical dispensaries to open and are now guiding the Emerald Village into its new reputation as a global cannabis destination,” said Scott Schmidt Executive Director of Emerald Village West Hollywood.
“For over twenty years I’ve been an advocate for safe and legal access to Medicinal and Adult Use cannabis on both the state and federal levels. As President of the Board for Emerald Village West Hollywood I look forward to continuing that movement to normalize responsible cannabis use while highlighting West Hollywood’s unmatched cannabis businesses and our hospitality partners that draw in tourists and locals alike” said Jason Beck.
Emerald Village West Hollywood members and other West Hollywood licensed cannabis businesses have committed to the movement of cannabis advocacy and social justice through programs including hiring policies to help employ those with past cannabis convictions, reserved shelf-space for small, BIPOC-owned products and more. West Hollywood’s licensed Cannabis businesses are also committed to promoting public safety across the City. Public Safety measures include 24-hour video surveillance and multiple on-site security officers at each store. In addition, each business conducts foot patrols of a two-block radius on an hourly basis
Current members of Emerald Village West Hollywood include Alternative Herbal Health Services (AHHS), The Artist Tree, CALMA (owned by Jay-Z’s The Parent Company), LA Patients and Caregivers Group (LAPCG), MedMen, Zen Healing Collective, AEON Botanika, Monica’s House (owned by Woody Harrelson & Bill Maher), Greenwolf, Pleasure Med and OG Cannabis Café.
Locals and tourists alike can plan their cannabis adventures in West Hollywood through the Emerald Village website. The site features the latest updates on responsible use guides, cannabis news, events, businesses (retail, consumption lounges, medicinal), and attractions to discover what the world’s cannabis capital in West Hollywood has to offer. Cannabis businesses within the Emerald Village also make cannabis access safe, easy, and convenient with scheduled or same day delivery within 60 minutes or less and 2.5% less delivery tax than other dispensaries located in the city of Los Angeles.
About Emerald Village West Hollywood
Founded in 2021, Emerald Village West Hollywood is a representative organization for cannabis businesses exclusively in the City of West Hollywood. Declared as the Emerald Village and the world’s cannabis capital, Emerald Village West Hollywood is governed by a Board of Directors to promote tourism, understanding of legal cannabis regulations, consumer safety and advocacy for cannabis decriminalization and social justice. For more information about the Emerald Village West Hollywood and Emerald Village, visit emeraldvillageweho.com and follow @emeraldvillageweho on Instagram.