7th Annual Cannabis Business AwardsThe 7th Annual Cannabis Business Awards was held last Wednesday, at the Hilton City Center, in downtown Denver, CO. The event was created to celebrate outstanding achievements with industry games changers, trailblazers, and cannabis thought leaders. It was an incredible night of networking and fun within the cannabis industry. Several athletes were nominated for different awards, some participated as presenters, and former NHL player, Riley Cote, took home the Activist of the Year Award!7th Annual Cannabis Business Awards

Co-hosting the event, alongside Chloe Villano who is the founder and producer of the Cannabis Business Awards, was two time Super Bowl Champion and former Captain of the New York Giants, Jonathan Casillas. Joining Chloe and Jonathan as a host for the evening, was NBA pro, Al Harrington and special guest presenter Jared Odrick, who played in the NFL for the Miami Dolphins and is now focusing on CTE research and awareness. The stage was full of athletes who believe in cannabis, and the nominations were no different.

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Advocate of the Year athlete nominees included Jared Odrick, Eben Britton, Nate Jackson, Marvin Washington, and boxing heavyweight champion, Shannon Briggs. The award for Most Influential Individual had Eben Britton and Al Harrington on the ballot, and Athletes For Care was nominated for Industry Organization of the Year. Although athletes didn’t win these categories, the Activist of the Year award was up for grabs among several athletes, including Boo Williams and Treyous Jerrells, with the recipient of the outstanding award going to Riley Cote.

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Riley Cote played in the NHL as an enforcer for the Philadelphia Flyers. He is one of the Co-Founders and board 7th Annual Cannabis Business Awardsmembers of Athletes for Care, the Founder and Director at the Hemp Heals Foundation, and Co-Founder of Bodychek Wellness. As a representative for Athletes for Care, Cote travels the world speaking and educating about the several medicinal benefits of cannabis. He was recently featured on the October cover of Dope Magazine, which was an entire issue dedicated to cannabis as part of an active7th Annual Cannabis Business Awards lifestyle.

It’s important to note the presence of so many athletes in the cannabis space because it highlights the medicinal benefits of cannabis being utilized at a professional level of physical and mental performance. This is helping change the negative perception of cannabis consumers, and helping pave the way to federal legalization. Congratulations and thank you to all of the nominees, those who took home awards, and to Chloe Villano and her team for all your time and effort in progressing the cannabis industry in the right direction.

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Antonio is a sponsored cannabis athlete and the Co-Owner of Marijuana Fitness Nutrition, which encourages living a healthy and active lifestyle while promoting marijuana’s many benefits. A lifelong writer, with 15+ years of cannabis experience, he moved to Colorado in 2015, from Columbia, MO. It is here, in the incredible state of Colorado, where he’s found who he truly is. He earned his B.A. in Psychology at Columbia College while quickly climbing the ladder of bank management, before he and his wife decided to leave it all behind, to create more meaningful lives. He and his wife now advocate for their biggest passions, marijuana, fitness, and nutrition. Even when not advocating for the cause, Antonio spends his life orbiting around these three topics. If not in the gym, or enjoying Colorado’s many outdoor activities, he’s in the kitchen fueling organically for his next activity, all while consuming cannabis. On the rare chance you can catch him lounging, it will be on his plush couch, with his wife and two cats, watching Netflix through a veil of smoke.