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The cannabis community needs to come together and support buinsesses that are at risk of being shut out of the industry by those who are racially and financially priviledged. You can bet your ass you’ll find a new favorite business/organization on here.
- Purple Heart (Oakland, Calif.) Purple Heart is the first Black-owned medical cannabis dispensary in Oakland and the first Black-owned medical storefront in the country. The store opened in 2006 by founder Keith Stephensen, and has received high praise ever since.
- Blunts and Moore (Oakland, Calif.) Blunts and Moore is the first equity-owned dispensary in the world. The store is located in the same zip code where co-owner Alphonso Tucky Blunt Jr. was arrested for illegally selling cannabis in 2004, reports Forbes.
- Simply Pure (Denver). Focused on sharing their experiences and knowledge about cannabis in a safe and comfortable environment, Simply Pure is one of the highest rated dispensaries in Denver. Military veterans, Wanda James, and Scott Durrah, founded the store in 2010 and make veteran patients and customers their top priority.
- Green Muse (Portland, Ore.) Formerly known as Green Hop, Green Muse is a Black-owned mom and pop, hip-hop inspired dispensary founded by Karanja Crews and Nicole Kennedy. Located in Portland, Oregon, Green Muse prides themselves on offering premium cannabis for all budgets.
- Posh Green (Bay Area) Posh Green is the first equity retail cannabis dispensary in San Francisco. Established in 2016, the store is independently owned by San Fran native, Reese Benton.
- The Farmacy (Berkeley, Calif.) The Farmacy, a partnership between ICANN and the Glasshouse Group, is a retail store and consumption lounge located in Berkeley. The store was founded this year (2020) by Sue Taylor, her son, and her daughter-in-law with the goal of providing consumers with safe and sustainably-grown cannabis.
- Botaniq (Detroit) Botaniq is a provisioning center and dispensary founded by Richard Sarfoh. Botaniq grows their own plants in partnership with select Michigan farmers to offer a large variety of high-quality products.
- Euphorium (Oakland) Euphorium is a dispensary and delivery service offering a family feel and personal touch. It was founded by Tee Tee, a black woman who carries over 20 years of experience in pharmaceutical biotech sales. Tee is on a mission to create the best experience possible for cannabis patients and enthusiasts.
- Nevada Wellness Center (Las Vegas) Nevada Wellness Center is owned by Frank Hawkin, Andre Rhodes, and Luther Mackone. The center offers 24/7 delivery, pick-up, and in-store services. The company’s “Each one, Teach one, Reach One” program provides medical services to patients, regardless of their ability to pay, according to the center.
- Pure Oasis (Boston) Pure Oasis is Boston’s first recreational cannabis dispensary, founded by Kobie Evans. Pure Oasis prides themselves on their knowledgeable staff and wide variety of high-quality products.
- Solace Meds (Colorado) With locations in Ft. Collins, Wheat Ridge, Broadway, Colfax, and Oklahoma City, Solace Meds sells flower, edibles, concentrates, seeds, and more. Solace was founded by Rod Bernstine and Ken Correia.
- Natural Blessings (Washington) Founded by Corey Stevens, Natural Blessing offers over 100 strains in a variety of THC-infused products. Established in 2016, NB Pot Shop is known for their daily specials and friendly, knowledgeable staff.
- Royal Highness (Palm Desert, Calif.) Founded by Keyva King, Royal Highness, “invites all patrons of the royal plant into our decadent Queendom,” according to the company’s site. The store offers a unique variety of cannabis, and accessories from both established and emerging brands, as well as expert consultation on products, accessories, and consumption techniques.
- Budding Culture (Portland, Ore.) Budding Culture is located in Portland, Oregon, and offers both delivery and express pick-up through Leafly and iHeartJane. The shop’s owners, Damien, and Charlie Rand, are known for their friendly team, affordable rates, and clean, simple shop layout.
- Roll Up (Denver) Roll Up prides themselves on making sure that each and every customer understands the products that they purchased. Founded by Sherard Rogers, Roll Up offers pain control treatments ranging from lotions to flowers, and has their own extraction lab for wax and hash.
- LOUD (Denver) LOUD is one of the few dispensaries in Denver offering both recreational and medical cannabis. Founded by Gabe Lindsay and Neelein Shead, the shop offers a huge variety of products and even accepts debit card payments.
- Aroma (Colorado) Aroma is the sister dispensary to LOUD, also founded by GabeLIndsay and Neelein Shead. Aroma is located in Commerce City, Colorado and highlights a variety of strains from local growers
- Mary and Main (Capitol Hights, Md.) is a high-quality medical cannabis dispensary located in Capitol Heights, Maryland. Founded by Hope Wiseman, Mary and Main offers strains like Diesel Dough, Girl Scout Cookies, and Shark Shock.
- Soul and Wellness, (Chicago), Soul and Wellness is founded by Tiffany Reynolds, and is based in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The shop offers medical card services (including transport to and from appointments) and products, ranging from bath and body goods to edibles, topicals, concentrates, and flower. The company also hosts events, like Vape and Paint Nights.
- Upstate CBD (Schenectady, N.Y.). The clinic was founded by Donald Andrews. Andrews also founded Vaped City, located in Scotia, N.Y. He opened Upstate CBD in 2019 after he noticed a growing demand among his customers for CBD, reports CBS 6 Albany. The clinic carries topicals, edibles, pet treats and more CBD-infused products.
- The Congo Club (Bay Area) The Congo Club was founded by cannabis pioneer and equity advocate, Amber Senter, and is considered to be one of the most sought-out Bay Area brands.
- SF Roots (Bay Area) San Fransisco Roots is a cannabis company founded in 2015 by Morris Kelly. Their products include a line of flower, pre-rolls, and oil farmed Mendocino County in Northern California.
- Lady Gemini (Oakland, Calif.) Lady Gemini is a cannabis brand founded by Dawn Bazurto, a proud participant of Oakland’s Society Equity Program. Located in Oakland California, their pre-rolls are made with flowers from Sanctuary Farms, a farm owned by a woman of color in Grass Valley, California.
- Conscious Mindz (Oakland) Conscious Mindz (CMZ) offers delivery, distribution and manufacturing services in Oakland, California. Founded by Marshaun Marsh, CMZ’s goal is to have a positive impact on the local community and the environment while helping marginalized individuals.
- James Henry SF (Bay Area) James Henry SF is a lifestyle, flower, and delivery service founded by John Henry and James Victor. The brand focuses on responsible alternatives to over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
- MAAT Apothecary (Oakland) MAAT was founded by Alicah Holocombe, an Oakland native with decades of herbalist experience. MAAT Apothecary offers a variety of products from CBD spiced honey, to pain salves.
- Girls Who Canna Girls Who Canna is a clothing and lifestyle brand known for their amazing Canna Cards, and graphic tees.
- Leafs by Snoop (Colorado) is a cannabis brand owned and promoted by rapper Snoop Dogg. Produced by the Canopy Growth Corporation, Leafs by Snoop is offered in over 100 dispensaries across Colorado.
- Sativah Sistahs (Washington) is an apparel company on a mission to reposition Black women at the forefront of the cannabis industry. Show your love for the plant with the merchandise founded by two couples, Don and Gale Henrichs, and Cathy and Carrie Smith.
- The Apothecarry (Los Angeles) is a cannabis humidor and accessory brand founded by Whitney Beatty. The goal? Products that make imbibing easier, safer, and more reliable than ever.
- Deuces 22 (L.A.) is a premium cannabis brand working with local growers to offer everything from pre-rolls to topicals. Deuces 22 was co-founded by the father-daughter duo, John and Tyla Salley.
- Jane Parade (Brooklyn, N.Y.) is a merchandise company with the female consumer in mind. Founded by Janelle Benjamin-Grant, Jane Parade offers stylish hats, t-shirts, and more centered around girls who toke.
- IJASUN (L.A.) Founded by Jasen Perri, IJASUN refers to themselves as not just a brand, but a community. IJASUN offers everything from oils that are 85% THC, to purified pre-rolls.
- Marley Naturals (Seattle) Marley Naturals is the official brand of Bob Marly. Rooted in the positive potential of cannabis, Marley Naturals offers both herb and accessories.
- Dope Arrangements (Las Vegas) Dope Arrangements is a handmade rolling tray, ashtray, grinder and lighter company created by Mechelle Ellis. Their slogan, “If it ain’t dope sh**, that ain’t it!” says it all.
- Gentleman Quinns (Colorado) Gentleman Quinns is an independently-owned and operated cannabis company focused on bringing their “GQ, High Class Big Ass Blunt” to retailers across Colorado. GQ was founded in 2015 by industry veterans Jarell Wall and Austin Pflumm.
- Khalifa Kush is a popular strain created for the rapper and cannabis advocate, Wiz Khalifa. The strain is offered in dispensaries in Nevada and Arizona.
- Ardent Life (Boston) Ardent is a cannabis brand offering the Nova, an all-in-one portable cannabis kitchen for decarboxylation (the process of converting cannabis into its active form). The company was founded in 2015 by Shanel Lindsay, J.D.
- Dew Drop Delights (L.A.) Dew Drop Delights is a family-owned business founded by twin sisters Olivia and Jennifer Weathers. They currently offer edibles such as Wake and Baked Bars and Kooky Cookies.
- Think BIG is a cannabis brand focused on criminal justice reform for communities disproportionately affected by the War on Drugs. Created by the son of the late, great, Biggie Smalls, C.J. Wallace began his journey with Think BIG after seeing how CBD helped his brother, Ryder, in his struggle with autism.
- Tyson Ranch (Desert Hot Springs, Calif.) Tyson Ranch is a licensing and branding company founded by former boxer, Mike Tyson. The goal is to provide consistency and quality while making cannabis a universally understood phenomenon. Tyson Ranch is in the process of opening a resort equipped with flowers, edibles, merchandise, and the world’s longest lazy river.
- Elevated Education (Park Forest, IL.) Elevated Education is a woman-owned firm dedicated to providing training and educational cannabis content. Founded by Kiana Hughes, Elevated Education offers cannabis licensing application consulting, community outreach, and more.
- The Peakz Company (Oakland, Calif.) The Peakz Co. is a distribution and manufacturing cannabis brand in Oakland, California. Founded by Jessie Grundy, Peakz is one of the most successful social equity cannabis brands in the U.S.
- Lobo (Oakland, Calif.) Lobo is a premium, hand-crafted cannabis line offering top-shelf, indoor-grown, organic flower at dispensaries across the U.S. The company was co-founded by Euardo Whittington and Aaron Raskin.
- TrellaGro LST, (Bourne, Mass.) TrellaGro is an automated horizontal plant-training system aimed at creating energy-efficient indoor farming. TrellaGro began when founder Aja Atwood struggled with growing tall plants in a low basement and began digging for a solution.
- Zelira Therapeutics Ltd (global) Zelira Therapeutics is a global therapeutic medicinal cannabis company founded by Osagie Imasogie. Home to some of the world’s leading researchers and clinicians, Zelira studies the benefits of medicinal cannabis for a variety of ailments.
- Dine and Flash Dine and Flash is run by Keena Moffet, a cannabis entrepreneur aiming to teach foodies how to incorporate cannabis into their meals. Moffet has a cookbook called Cannabis Creations: Beyond the Brownie, and recently launched a YouTube series called The Antidote.
- Supernova Women (Oakland, Calif.) Supernova Women is a group of women volunteers that offer events and services centered around Black women in cannabis. The group was formed in 2015 by Andrea Unsworth, Amber Senter, Sunshine Lencho, and Nina Parks. Together, the group fosters a space for hard conversations and key programs for diversity.
- Minorities for Medical Marijuana (Orlando, Fla.) is a non-profit organization working to help minorities within the medical cannabis industry. Founded by Roz McCarthy, M4MM offers a variety of advocacy, education, and training services.
- Minority Cannabis Business Association (Portland, Ore.) Founded in 2014 by Jesce Horton and Tiffany Bowden, the MCBA is the first non-profit organization created to progress the cannabis industry through increasing diversity
- Ilera Holistic Healthcare (Baton Rouge, La.) Founded by Chanda Macias, Ilera Holistic Healthcare is the medical cannabis cultivator and processor for the state of Louisiana.
- American Cannabinoid Clinics (Portland, Ore.) American Cannabinoid Clinics is a medical cannabis doctor service in Oregon. Created by Dr. Jessica Knox, their mission is to deliver patient-centered, integrative cannabinoid care with a personalized approach to health and healing.
- Success Centers SF (Bay Area) Success Center is an organization focused on populations heavily impacted by unjust policies like the War on Drugs and other explicit biases. SC was founded by Liz Jackson-Simpson and aims to empower through education, employment, and art.
- Comfy Tree Enterprises Founded by entrepreneur, business consultant, and corporate diversity expert, Tiffany Bowden, Comfy Tree provides business consultations to cannabis enthusiasts, start-ups, and established companies looking for advice.
- Budding Solutions (Baltimore) is an organization focused on changing both the stigma around cannabis, as well as the lack of diversity within the industry. Budding Solutions founder, Shanita Penny, is also the President of the Board of Directors for the Minority Cannabis Business Association.
- Blunt Blowin’ Mama (Northern California) Blunt Blowin’ Mama is a community created for moms and ladies who proudly use cannabis. Founded by Shonitria Anthony, Blunt Blowin mama also hosts a podcast highlighting the intersection of cannabis and Black motherhood.
- The Hood Incubator (Oakland, Calif.) The Hood Incubator formed in 2016 as a response to the changing regulation on cannabis in California. Founded by Lanese Martin, Ebele Ifedigbo, Biseat Horning, The Hood Incubator is on a pursuit to build social and racial equality within the cannabis industry.
- Club Kindness (Chino, Calif.) is an education program based on teaching new and existing cannabis consumers on how to use the plant in combination with other supportive therapies. The organization is run by Mskindness B. Ramirez since 2015.
- Cannabusiness Law (Petaluma, Calif.) Founded by Kyndra Miller, ESQ., Cannabusiness Law is a California Professional Legal Corporation that specialized in civil and criminal law in the cannabis industry.
- Higher Learning Institutions (Michigan) Higher Learning Institutions is a vocation and technical school where cannabis enthusiasts can further their education on the plant. Founded by Sammie Rogers, the school specializes in hands-on training opportunities for low-income individuals.
- Humble Bloom (Brooklyn, NY) Humble Bloom is an immersive education and advocacy platform co-founded by Solonje Burnett and Danniel Swatosh. Humble Bloom strives to break cannabis stigma by elevating brands with integrity, forming partnerships with thought leaders and experts, and providing consultative support.
- Shady Pines Box Club (Bay Area) Shady Pines is a cannabis subscription box available in California. It is spearheaded by Amber E. Senter. Shady Pines offers a variety of personalized boxes filled with products, delivered up to once a week.
- Osanyin (Oakland, Calif.) Osanyin is a female-founded medical and professional cannabis company offering cultivation and delivery services in Oakland. Spearheaded by Megan Leslie, “our goal is to enhance the quality of life and health in the communities we serve and bring communities together through the healing properties of cannabis,” reads the company’s site.
- Green Box (Portland, Ore.) Founded by Adrian Wayman, Green Box delivers premium boxes packed with personalized cannabis products catered to each individual consumer. Green Box also offers on-demand 2 hour delivery of some of Portland’s best stains.
- Cannabis on Fire (Oakland, Calif.) is a delivery service offering “anytime/anyplace” deliveries in Oakland. Customers can order through their cell phone, computer, or any internet-connected device and expect delivery to their door-step by a professional and dedicated driver.
- Sticky Icky (Bay Area) Sticky Icky is a recently launched cannabis delivery service in Oakland and the South Bay Area. Sticky Icky is well known for top tier, luxurious cannabis products.
- BayQueen (Bay Area), The Oakland-based delivery service was founded by Nicole Brown, a pharmaceutical industry veteran with a passion for the healing powers of cannabis. BayQueen carries a wide range of local and consciously-driven products, including: cartridges, flower, tinctures, drinks, edibles, topicals and more.
- ReLeaf Health (Portland) Releaf Health is a cannabis brand and delivery service founded by Leona Latrese Thomas. The company’s main goal is to offer customers high-quality products at a low cost.
- Green Line Delivery (California) Green Line is a medical cannabis delivery service operating in California. Founded by Terrence Taylor, Green Line delivers to San Francisco, Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond, San Leandro, Hayward, Orinda, Moraga, and Dublin.
- Good Tree (California) Good Tree is a cannabis delivery service founded by Rashaan Everett in 2017. The company offers delivery in Los Angeles, Long Beach, Oakland, and San Francisco.
- Gas House (Oakland, Calif.) Gas House is a California cultivator and one of the most powerful start-ups in the industry. Its founders, known as Felix and Kingston, are renowned for their hard-to-find strains, powerful vapes, and thick pre-rolls.
- Viola Brands (Denver) Viola cultivators offer over 10 years of experience producing premium indoor flower. Centered on minority ownership, Viola was founded by former NBA player, Al Harrington, and grows a wide variety of aromatic, smooth strains.
- District Growers (Washington D.C.) District Growers is a group of cannabis artisans and fanatics on a mission to provide the best cannabis experience possible. Founded by Corey Barnette, District Grower has developed a low-waste cultivation system to provide maximum aroma, smoothness, taste, and effect.
- Panacea Valley Gardens (Oregon) Panacea Valley Garden is an Oregan-based, family-owned cultivation facility offering top-shelf concentrates, edibles, and more. Founded by Jesce Horton, PV Gardens prides themselves on their clean, consistent flower.
- DRO Flower (Denver) DRO Flower is a luxury indoor cannabis cultivator founded by Jamar Brown in the heart of Denver, Colorado. “Cannabis to us is like Champagne to Louis Vuitton,” reads the company’s website.
- The Hollingsworth Cannabis Company (Seattle) The Hollingsworth Cannabis Company is a family of cannabis connoisseurs aiming to provide the public with the healing powers of cannabis. Founded by Raft Hollingsworth, their cannabis is grown indoors and heavily centered around quality and sustainability.
- HRVSTR (Toronto) HRVSTR is a family-owned cannabis cultivation facility and lifestyle brand in Canada. Founder Ashley Athill and her team have up to 20+ years of experience in cultivation to provide a clean, consistent, product.
- New LIfe (Oakland, Calif.) is a socially conscious craft cultivator brand aiming to use cannabis and a conduit for change. Founded by Carlton Williams in 2014, New Life distributes, sells, cultivates, and farms the plant to perfection.
- Blaqstar Farms (L.A.) The Southern California-based farm was founded by master grower, Bryant Mitchell. Blaqstar is one of the state’s “largest minority-owned grow operations,” according to the company. The farm specializes in growing craft batches of high-quality, pesticide-free flower. The company also offers shatter, vape pens, and CBD topicals.
- Ball Family Farms (L.A.) Ball Family Farms is a family-owned cultivation company with one of the largest social equity footprints in L.A. Founded by Chris Ball, BFF prioritizes equal pay, diversity and inclusion.
- Elevation VIP Cooperative (L.A.) Elevation VIP Cooperative is a medical dispensary specializing in cannabis cuisine to “enhance the life of their patients.” The dispensary is founded by Chef Andrea Drummer and Hamady Diallo and uses locally sourced organic and seasonal ingredients to create the best edibles possible.
- The High End Affair is an infused culinary entertainment experience spearheaded by Chef Nikki Steward and her culinary team. Chef Steward puts on events all over the world, producing cannabis-infused meals for celebrities, corporations, and food enthusiasts.
- Satan’s Breath CBD Hot Sauce (Charlotte, N.C.) Satan’s Breath is a CBD-infused hot sauce brand created by Executive Chef Paul Booker. Booker got the inspiration for his special sauce after turning to cannabis following his experience as a Division 1 collegiate football player.
- Andrea Drummer (L.A.) is a California-based chef who hosts exclusive tastings and advocates for infusing cannabis into delicious food. Drummer is the Executive Chef at Lowell Cafe, America’s first cannabis cafe.
- LuvnKitchn (Seattle) LuvnKitchn is an infused culinary business spearheaded by Chef Unika Noiel. Known for her infused soul food, Chef Unika strives to educate her customers through recipes, educational articles, and more.
- EstroHaze Estrohave is an education, entertainment, and enlightenment hub focused on minorities with an interest in the cannabis business and industry. Founded by Safon Floyd, Kali Wilder, Sirita Wright, Estrohaze offers tools, expertise, and guidance to incorporate cannabis into your life.
- Weed, Wine and Wheat Thins is a weekly YouTube series hosted Toni Adeyemi. Each episode features a new special guest on every episode to discuss a randomly picked viewer-submitted topic.
- Let’s Be Blunt Podcast With Montel Let’s Be Blunt is a podcast hosted by Montel Williams in an effort to bridge the gap between common cannabis knowledge, and more in-depth research. Episodes air every Thursday on Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube.
- Cash Color Cannabis (Atlanta) Cash Color Cannabis is a podcast and blog created by Mehki King dedicated to creating conversations regarding people of color within the growing cannabis industry.
- Kush and Cute (Southern California) Kush and Cute is a handmade hemp/CBD skincare and canna-lifestyle accessory company originating in Southern California. Founded by Iyana Edouard, Kush and Cute is on a mission to produce products that educate and encourage women of all ages to use cannabis on their skin and in self-care routines.
- UNOIA CBD (Atlanta) UNOIA CBD is a CBD honey and agave company based in Atlanta. Founded by power couple, Brandé Elise and Danielle Grey, UNOIA is on a mission to bring mindfulness, beautiful thinking and inclusivity to the cannabis industry.
- Nuleaf #1 (Roswell, Ga.) Nuleaf #1 is a premium CBD store specializing in organic and vegan CBD Products. Founded by Jacquese Jennings, Nuleaf offers free analysis to find the right product for your specific needs, as well as healing journals and educational packages.
- Kayaire (national) Kayaire’s line of certified organic CBD skincare products were developed to meet the needs of minority men and women, according to Essence. Kayaire was founded by Ebony Clay, who created the line after discovering the anti-inflammatory effects of CBD benefited her psoriasis. Luxury items, which are all below $20, include cleansers, exfoliators, polishers and moisturizers.
- Holmes Organics(St. Louis, Mo.) is a CBD company founded by Corey Holmes. Holmes is focused on helping people cope with stress, chronic pain and more with cannabinoid products that are affordable for all.
- Undefined Beauty (San Francisco) Undefined Beauty is a CBD skincare company founded by Dorian Morris that offers non-toxic skincare products. “Time has come to break the rules, change the narrative, and democratize beauty—clean beauty without limits—just as it should be,” reads the company’s site.
- Buena Botanicals (Atlanta, Ga. and Tampa, Fla.) Buena Botanicals is a CBD lifestyle brand started by twin sisters, Coral and Rah Hines. Coral and Rah are on a mission to offer CBD to those dealing with chronic daily pain, prescription drug addiction and more.They offer bath bars, coconut oils, tinctures, and more.
- WCI Health (Orange Park, Fla.) WCI Health was founded by Dr. Lola Ohonba, a clinical pharmacist, and Charles Ohonba, an entrepreneur and engineer. The company specializes in selling broad spectrum hemp-based products. WCI Health also focuses on education through consultation services and through the podcast, Let’s Talk About Medical Cannabis with Dr. O.
- My Green House CBD (Concord, N.C.), My Green House is a CBD store seeking to provide customers with relief from pain, anxiety, illness and disease. Founded by Kim DeLaney-Surrat, My Green House offers everything from edibles, to skincare, to pet products.
- Lion X Wellness Lion X Wellness is a CBD brand created by former NFL linebacker and the grandson of Bob Marley, Nico Marley. “Lion X believes in honoring, empowering, and unleashing your inner lion,” reads the company’s website.
- Brown Girl Jane Brown Girl Jane is a CBD company geared towards Black women and founded by sisters Malaika Jones Kebede and Nia Jones, and their friend Tai Beauchamp. Brown Girl formulates their products with sustainable farming and no binders, fillers, excipients, dyes, or unknown substances.
We at The Collective Cannabis would like to express our graditude toward Rita Thompson of Emerald Magazine for curating this amazing set of businesses/organizations owned by POC. Take a look at our latest article on the racial injustice in the cannabis industry, if you aren’t aware of the staggering data that shows how messed up the world of weed really is when it comes to discrimination. We NEED to do better, and be part of the change. Support these businesses. Share their stories.
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