The cannabis industry is booming, but for many Black Americans the price of entry is steep

Cannabis is booming. US sales topped $18bn last year and the industry currently accounts for 321,000 full-time jobs across 37 states. Cannabis is also creating jobs faster than any other industry in the US. But for many Black Americans – who are close to four times as likely to be arrested for cannabis charges as white people …

Black Entrepreneurs in Cannabis Industry Push for a Piece of the Profits

Black people comprise only a small percentage of those profiting from the burgeoning legalized pot market, according to state data. Public initiatives and private funds, like one started by Jay-Z, aim to boost minority participation. https://www.wsj.com/video/series/in-depth-features/black-entrepreneurs-in-cannabis-industry-push-for-a-piece-of-the-profits/D36458C9-EF9B-43E7-8441-52175B2DE271

For some Black women, cannabis use is a ‘radical act’ of self-care

Many Black women characterize cannabis as a cornerstone of their self-care, particularly in the last year, when daily stressors were exacerbated by both the Covid-19 pandemic, which disproportionately impacted Black Americans, and high-profile incidents of police killings of Black people. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/black-women-cannabis-use-radical-act-self-care-rcna1416

Meet the Women Bringing Weed to the Deep South

Blounts & Moore, the GRITS (Girls Raised in the South) bringing weed to the deep South. They see a burgeoning cannabis industry as a way to bring generational wealth to African American communities. https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/blounts-moore-black-investment-legal-weed-1186858/

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