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The social equity plan is a game changer for the cannabis industry, LA and POC. For the first time in history, POC will play a large role in the largest market in one of the largest industries.
Cannabis Commissioner for the City of Oakland and Co-Founder of Hood Incubator
Senator Justin Wayne Authored: Nebraska Hemp Bill and Social Equity Bill
Founder NDICA and Women Abuv Ground
NDICA Director of Community Relations LA
Exec. Director of Cannabis Consumer Coalition/ NDICA Vice Chair & Co-Founder of TCMS Global
For centuries, North Americans have utilized hemp in their homes, diets, and health regimens. For decades, we’ve also turned to imported products to meet much of our growing need.
And now, after years of major change for US agriculture and industry, real investment in this versatile crop stands to significantly elevate our economy and quality of life for generations to come.
We’d been thinking about doing a series on female leadership in the marijuana industry for quite some time; after all, women occupy more than one-third of executive positions in the space—well above the global average for all industries. It was, however, a panel held during the Viridian Cannabis Investment Series, a very-serious business event focused on diversity that provided the context we were looking for to get started: an article picking the brains of leading female cannabis execs.
Lorenze Lanier, 32, spent his first decade as an adult in and out of prison for non-violent drug offenses. “I was 18. I didn’t know what to do, so I started selling drugs,” he said. He was living on LA’s Skid Row when he “caught” his first felony. And when he realized how severely his criminal record curtailed his prospects, he felt he had no choice but to continue selling drugs.
If you’re observant, you may look around you while in a dispensary and notice that the majority of the people behind the counter are white. You may also notice that the majority of the people in articles about the cannabis industry, as well as owners of cannabis businesses, are white — even in a state like Colorado where 21% of residents identify as Latino. On U.S. census and other government forms, Latinos or Mexican-Americans have the option of identifying as white, too, so this number may actually be low…