Ganja Gala to Celebrate Medical Marijuana Industry, Raise Funds for MMAPA and NCIA

Ahh, the 1920s. Flapper girls and dapper gents in fedoras. Dixieland Jazz and the Charleston. Creative alcoholic concoctions mixed in secretive underground clubs away from the watchful eye of authorities.

That’s the vibe medical pot advocates hope to create at the inaugural Ganja Gala, which will be held this Friday in Denver and could eventually become one of the nation’s top annual marijuana events.

The Ganja Gala promises to recapture the Roaring ’20s – think Prohibition-themed cocktails, attire and music – while at the same time celebrate the achievements of the medical marijuana industry.

But the event is about much more than getting medical pot professionals together to party and pat each other on the back. Organizers say the main goal is to raise money for two leading MMJ organizations: the Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of America and the National Cannabis Industry Association.

, Ganja Gala to Celebrate Medical Marijuana Industry, Raise Funds for MMAPA and NCIA

With regular tickets going for $50 a pop and VIP tickets costing $150, the event could raise thousands of dollars for the organizations.

Sponsors of the Ganja Gala include Dixie Elixirs & Edibles,, Colorado Dispensary Services (CDS), Kush Magazine and CannLabs. Companies and organizations interested in supporting the event can still participate. There are several sponsorship levels, costing from $1,000 to $5,000.

The gala will give medical marijuana professionals a chance to blow off steam in trying times.

Despite the industry’s challenges over the past year – including government raids, numerous dispensary bans and the closure of hundreds of pot centers – the future of medical marijuana is bright, said Tripp Keber, managing director of Dixie Elixirs & Edibles.

“We are confident this event will bring focus and attention to two MMJ industry non-profits: NCIA and MMAPA,” Keber said.  “2012 represents a milestone year for both the MMJ industry and Dixie; there is much to be proud of and we are very excited for what the future holds.”

The Ganja Gala will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at 1448 Market St. Costume or cocktail attire is encouraged. You can register to attend or sign up as a sponsor here.