The origins of how the twentieth day of April became known as a holiday heralded by cannabis lovers are many. But, the day is here to stay among those who participate.
In the United States, the criminalization of weed has clearer, more racial and politically motivated origins, the outcome of which has fueled a failed war on drugs and led to the mass incarceration of millions of black Americans. Legislation in several states across the country has already legalized the recreational use of weed.
Some cities and states have taken the measure a step further by erasing the drug records of those affected by the old policies, while others, like New York, are pushing to ensure that those arrested for having sold drugs are the first to receive marijuana licenses.
As communities and individuals wait for these measures to take effect, some black cannabis dispensary owners are already taking the industry by storm.
Here are 10 black-owned dispensaries to support for your 4/20 festivities and beyond.
Based in Denver, Colorado, Simply Pure is an industry pioneer as the nation’s first black, female-owned cannibis dispensary, according to Ebony. Founders Wanda James and Scott Durah has been helping people with health issues and stress in the Rocky Mountains since 2014. In 2020, James was named one of the 35 Most Influential Women in Cannabis by green entrepreneur.
Former NBA player Al Harrington owns Viola and is on a mission to change the narrative around cannabis. Harringston said in a statement: “All of our work is invested in building a brand that uses its platform and resources to create opportunities to empower, educate and inspire those most affected by war. against drugs – which are mostly black and brown people.” Check out Viola for all your flower, vape, and edible needs.
Arantha Forrow founded Caledonia Cannabis and runs his black-owned business through a mobile streetcar called “Cannaboose.” In a state that is approximately 94% white and 1% black, Caledonia Cannabis serves the people of Vermont with homemade cannabis products made on the Forrow family farm.
For those in the Jersey area, CannaBoy Treehouse is a one stop shop for all things cannabis. The black-owned dispensary sells flowers, pet products, tinctures, and isolates while providing community event space where cannabis-themed parties can be held.
From Saint Louis Adrienne Scales-Williams founded the first black-owned dispensaries in Missouri. Luxury Leaf opened in February selling medicinal flowers, edibles and vape pens. Williams seeks to educate people about the benefits of herbs and “make it a natural thing for people to take,” 5 On your side News reports.
Mary and Principal
Mary and Main offers the DMV area CBD-infused concentrates, edibles, flowers, and more. According to Ebony, Hope Weismanthe founder of Mary and Main, is the youngest black woman to own a cannabis dispensary in the United States. Support for this company would also help fund their Cannabis 101 courses which educate people on the benefits of endocannabinoids.
Blunt + Moore
For your recreational or medicinal needs, Blunts + Moore is dedicated to making premium cannabis products accessible to the local Oakland community.
Business partners, Rashan, Jonathan and Keon bring many years of experience in the cannabis industry. The trio founded the THC Club which offers a variety of cannabis products with the aim of educating their customers to maximize their experience.
Inno Medicinals offers a range of CBD products for every home — from bath to pet, oils, skincare and more, this Atlanta-based CBD dispensary has it all.
District Hemp Botanicals
District Hemp Botanicals was founded in 2017 by Barbara Biddle who discovered the benefits of CBD products while suffering from postpartum depression. The store provides the DC area with a variety of hemp-derived CBD wellness products, including teas, oils, and more.
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