African American’s are not going to allow the Green Rush to happen without us!! Thanks to Amanda Lewis’s Buzzfeed article How Black People are Being Shut Out of the Weed Boom eyes are being opened and ears are listening. Even I have become acutely aware of new opportunities that may become available in the Cannabis industry.
Black Enterprise’s Sirita Wright released a 2-part series entitled “11 African American Cannabis Entrepreneurs You Should Know” “11 African American Cannabis Entrepreneurs You Should Know” part 1 & Part 2 which just left me thirsty to know more. There has to be MORE than 11, right?
Let’s not forget what’s going on in San Francisco. Reverend Brown, the head of the San Francisco NAACP in California, stepped up and asked the city to support Tiksiha Ong’s application for a dispensary. Kuddo’s to the NAACP! I think that is truly endorsing the advancement of colored people.
I am excited for Ms. Wanda James in Colorado. I had an opportunity to speak with her when I was in Denver last February. She was solid in her advice an eloquent with her wisdom. She truly is a leader in this industry and let’s just say it… #blackgirlsrock
Finally, I personally know 4 additional African American’s in Cannabis. 1. Frank Hawkins ( NWC Dispensary) 2.Larry Smith ( G5 cultivation) 3. Jo Cato ( Cannabis focused Magazine, PULSE) 4. Leslee Wilburn ( Cannabis infused Masseuse, Ilan Massage) I guess Las Vegas, NV is the forgotten city. Las Vegas has been Medicinal since 2006 but the state issued regulations for licenses in 2013. Nevada Wellness Center is black owned and the ONLY African American Owned Dispensary in Las Vegas with a predominately minority staff.
As we proceed we will discover NEW endeavours together. We will discuss articles that have been written about us, I will introduce other people of color in the Cannabis industry, I’ll report the changes in laws and advocate for patient care.
I look forward to serving my community.