According to the ACLU, Black Americans are still more than three times as likely as White Americans to be arrested for a non-violent cannabis crime, even though more than half of the nation (33 states) has legalized cannabis in some capacity. Even with the legalization of cannabis, Black men and women were 11 times more likely than White persons to be detained for using marijuana in public. While President Joe Biden’s push for federal decriminalization has in some ways been beneficial, fairness and diversity in the industry remain significant problems that affect Black cannabis business owners with aspirations.
In reality, White people make up the vast majority of cannabis industry owners, however this is changing quickly. As Black people continue to strive for the chance to fairly receive a piece of Mary Jane's economic pie, and with the help of this blog, you may support, donate to, and spread the news about these Black-owned businesses that uplift the underprivileged and enable customers to uplift the Black community.
Here are 10 black-owned cannabis companies that make significant contributions to the sector:
The company was founded in 2014 by owners Wanda James and Scott Durrah, two veterans who battled not just for America but also for Black rights. Simply Pure is a Denver, Colorado-based establishment for Black people in the Mountain States and is the first Black-owned and female-owned cannabis dispensary in the nation. The region has been a ray of light for people trying to establish their own scenarios to help persons with health issues and remedies for stress and pain because it has fully authorized all adult uses of cannabis. James served as a former political counselor to the Obama administration and was recognized as one of the 35 Most Influential Women in Cannabis in 2020.
Krystal Hamlett and Matthew Lovett, the creators of the CBD brand Juice Joint, credit their success to biotechnology, sweet marketing techniques, and some delicious juice items. To start a business selling wholesome, artisanal CBD-infused beverages and vitamin-rich CBD moss, the two combined their diverse skill sets — Lovett from the music industry and Hamlett from the science and pharmaceutical industries. Juice Joint, based in Philadelphia, offers nationwide shipping.
Hollingswoth Cannabis Company
The Hollingsworth family owns and operates the Washington State-based Tier III I-502 licensed cannabis producer and processor known as Hollingsworth Cannabis Company. Raft Hollingsworth III, better known as RT3, his father, Raft Hollingsworth, Jr., his two sisters, and even their 96-year-old grandmother, Dorothy Hollingsworth, are dedicated to building a green business that makes sure its carbon impact is as little as a mustard seed. The canna firm, which has 15 workers and is the only Black-owned cannabis farm in Washington, sells flower, flavored pre-rolls, CO2 extracts, and CBD products that can be found in a variety of stores across the nation.
This top-tier hemp business with its headquarters in Nashville was founded by a group of Black farmers and concentrates on producing high-quality natural supplements. Stuart McClean created the company after utilizing cannabis to address his own health issues and discovering that the plant could be helpful in addiction rehabilitation. Stuart is a former counselor with years of expertise helping people recover from substance misuse. Inertia's Root, a company that sells tinctures and balms to customers all throughout the South, collaborates with local farmers to grow organic hemp that is high in cannabinoids for their products.
This group of powerful, outspoken, and forward-thinking Black and POC women have severely undermined the cannabis industry, which has been taken over by white men and white politicians. Tsion "Sunshine" Lencho, Amber E. Senter, Nina Parks, and Andrea Unsworth formed Supernova Women in 2015 with the goal of supporting small cannabis enterprises and fostering chances for self-sufficiency. Together, they inform communities of color on how to participate in cannabis legalization initiatives and how local politics and regulations might impact your business. Support for Supernova Woman, a cannabis business in the Bay Area, takes the form of assisting low-level drug offenders in getting their records sealed and establishing a welcoming environment for people of color.