PRESS RELEASE Top officials from leading civil rights organizations to collaborate with diverse group of cannabis industry professionals WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Cannabis Trade Federation (CTF) announced the formation of a task force centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the cannabis industry. The task force, which includes some of the most significant civil rights leaders […]
ANNAPOLIS — The president of the Maryland Senate is sponsoring a bill to increase diversity in medical-marijuana grower licenses after a spate of other legislation addressing the issue failed to gain traction in the Maryland General Assembly. The bill, sponsored by Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr., D-Prince George’s, Charles and Calvert, would grant […]
By Nic Easley The marijuana industry continues to evolve at a staggering rate. Regardless of what changes may come, successful marijuana businesses and their employees will need to focus on a few key business fundamentals in order to thrive in this new, ever-changing marketplace. For every way that a business can succeed, there are hundreds […]
America’s legal marijuana industry has a huge diversity problem—and it couldn’t be more ironic. The Drug Policy Alliance estimates that less than 1% of the market to grow legal weed is owned or operated by people of color, a startling statistic considering millions of African-American and Hispanic men have been sent to prison for selling […]
Maryland’s black state lawmakers are weighing options to ensure that the state’s nascent medical marijuana industry includes its fair share of minority-owned businesses. The Legislative Black Caucus, which comprises 45 of the General Assembly’s 188 members, has criticized the lack of racial diversity in an independent commission’s licensing of 15 companies to grow and 15 […]
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California’s multibillion-dollar medical cannabis industry is largely a white man’s game. It’s rare to see a person of color owning a marijuana dispensary or running a major cannabis business; most black and brown people you see in the industry are working security or maybe behind the budtenders’ counter. The fact that the Green Rush is more […]