Trailblazing comedian and journalist take the stage as cannabis celebrates the
best in business at cannabis’ global trade show MJBizCon on Nov. 30 at the Pearl
Theater at the Palms Casino Las Vegas.
In their triumphant return to producing groundbreaking award shows, Farechild co-founders
Dave Tran and James Zachodni’s latest venture, The Emjays International Cannabis
Awards (www.theemjays.com) announce cannabis journalist Mary Jane Gibson and popular
Los Angeles comedian Mike Glazer as the hosts for the historic award show on November
Presented by Advanced Vapor Devices (AVD) and in collaboration with MJBizCon, The
Emjays will take place at the iconic Pearl Theater in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas
which is considered one of the finest casino theaters in all of Las Vegas, with a seating capacity
of up to 2263 guests, private VIP boxes, balcony seating, and a 63’ stage with state-of-the-art
sound and visual effects. Guests will be treated to comedic skits produced by the outrageously
hilarious duo throughout the show, “celebrity” award presenters, and high-tech visual effects
during the ceremony, and will be able to enjoy sponsor activations throughout the venue.
“We couldn’t have found a better duo to host the first ever Emjays!,” says James Zachodni of
Farechild Events. “Mary Jane has been a staple in the cannabis media landscape for years and
Mike is one of the funniest dudes out there. They will definitely entertain the audience and we
can’t wait to watch them set the mood for the entire night.”
Mary Jane Gibson, a trailblazer in cannabis journalism, brings a wealth of experience and
insight to the Emjay Award Show. As the former culture editor at High Times, Mary Jane has
been at the forefront of tracking the legalization of medical marijuana and adult-use cannabis for
over a decade.
Her work has seen her collaborate with integral public figures, brands, and
personalities in the industry since 2007. In addition to a decade-long contribution to High Times,
her writing has graced numerous outlets, including Rolling Stone and Vox, covering an array of
topics, from cannabis culture and entertainment to news and cutting-edge trends.
Mary Jane is not only a distinguished journalist but also an award-winning actor and playwright, holding a degree from the National Theatre School of Canada. Her dedication extends beyond the world of cannabis, as her work encompasses psychedelics, arts and culture, and comedy.
Mike Glazer, an entertainment juggernaut with extensive credits including appearances at the
2023 NHL Awards, HBO’s Night of Too Many Stars (earning an Emmy nomination), Comedy
Central, and Food Network’s Worst Cooks In America. Glazer’s live shows, which consistently
sell out, have been praised as “the most promising show in LA” by Rolling Stone and hailed as
an “instant classic” by High Times magazine, who also recognized him as one of the “Most
Influential People in Cannabis” in 2021.
Mike Glazer’s portfolio extends to high-profile events like the Outside Lands Festival, SXSW, and the immensely popular BuzzFeed series, High Guys, with over 100 million views. His comedic genius has shone on truTV’s Billy on the Street and even at the renowned Edinburgh Fringe Festival. As if his impressive resume wasn’t enough, Mike Glazer shared a smoke session with the legendary Snoop Dogg, cooking alongside Gordon Ramsay, and clinching a gold medal as a roller hockey goalie with Team USA.
“We are thrilled to be hosting the first-ever Emjays Awards, celebrating the best in canna-biz!”
say Mike and Mary Jane. “We’re going to light up the stage (JK, no smoking inside) with glitz,
glamor and plenty of surprises. Meet us in the parking lot after to sesh!”
Join us in welcoming Mary Jane Gibson and Mike Glazer as the emcees for the Emjays Awards!
Their collective expertise, undeniable charisma, and unwavering commitment to the cannabis
industry promise to make this year’s event an unforgettable celebration of excellence which
aims to recognize businesses and individuals who are trailblazers in their specific business
category, especially those who focus on the ancillary services and products that support the
industry as a whole.
Official sponsors for The Emjays Cannabis Awards include Cookies, AE Global, STM Canna,
Green Rebates, and Advanced Nutrients among others. These dynamic companies join The
Emjays’ media partners which include Cannabis & Tech Today, Cannabis Now, Cronic
Lifestyle Magazine, HoneySuckle Magazine, and Sensi Magazine.
Attend The Emjays: visit www.ticketmaster.com to purchase coveted seats to the red
carpet awards show.
Attend the official after party: visit
www.events.farechild.com/the-emjays-official-after-party to purchase tickets to the
biggest MjBizCon after party.
Visit: www.theemjays.com for more information on the awards show and official after
party at KAOS, located in the Palms Casino Resort.
2023 Emjays Awards Sponsor opportunities are still available. For more information,
contact James Zachodni at: [email protected]
We are pleased to offer media interview access to our hosts for select media opportunities.
For more information on the Emjays Awards, or media requests and/or interviews with
co-founders, David Tran and James Zachodni, please contact the press office team (Chapter 2
PR & Communications):
Irene Ancheta | [email protected]
Claire Taylor | [email protected]
ABOUT THE EMJAYS AWARDS
Presented by Advanced Vapor Devices (AVD), The Emjays – International Cannabis Awards, is
a first-of-its-kind award show recognizing businesses and individuals who are leaders and
innovators in 20+ specific business categories. The inaugural and black- tie affair will take place
at the iconic Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas – Pearl Concert Theater, considered one of the
finest casino theaters in all of Las Vegas, with a seating capacity of up to 2263 guests, private
VIP boxes, balcony seating, and a 63’ stage with state-of-the-art sound and visual effects. The
awards show and afterparty will feel like a ‘Classic Vegas Show with a Psychedelic Twist,’
produced in collaboration with MJBizCon, by event and media moguls, Dave Tran and James
Zachodni, co-founders of Farechild Events.
ABOUT FARECHILD EVENTS
Farechild (www.farechild.com) is the new event ticketing and marketing platform for
free-thinking individuals to connect through unconventional events. The newest venture of David
Tran and James Zachodni, formerly of Dope Magazine, the duo draws from decades of
experience in nightlife, media, marketing, and event production, including their infamous Golden
Ticket parties which they began hosting in 2008. Tran and Zachodni have developed an
impressive array of opportunities in the experiential space and are pulling together their years of
work across multiple sectors making Farechild an “all-inclusive” platform, appealing to brands
and producers outside of cannabis and drawing both mainstream and emerging audiences.
Follow Farechild Events at @thefarechild.