Black Girl Magic Aims High

Josephine & Billie’s is the first dispensary in South Los Angeles focused on being made-for-and-run by women of color. The store is named in honor of entertainment legends Josephine Baker and Billie Holiday, two outspoken Black cannabis enthusiasts in the early 20th century. Baker and Holiday were ostracized for their use of cannabis and became …

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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