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Despite Opposition, Family-Owned Grasshopper Club Prevails And Opens Second Cannabis Dispensary In Chicago

A family is creating more job opportunities for those who are formerly incarcerated.

Ngozi Nwanji

Aug 15, 2023

Mother And Her Two Sons Open Chicago's First Independent, Black-Owned Cannabis Dispensary

A Black family-owned business has made history in Chicago. ABC 7 Chicago reports that Matthew Brewer, Chuck Brewer, and Dianne Brewer have opened Grasshopper Club — Chicago’s first independent, Black-owned cannabis dispensary.

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 3, 2023

Al Harrington's Viola Now Offers Edibles, And His Grandma Is The Reason Behind It

The emergence of the holiday season usually means an array of parties, an abundance of shopping, and a lot of seasonal foods and drinks. And when it comes to food, some venture out and try new recipes. However, many people stick to their parents’ and grandparents’ tried-and-true culinary dishes. While the consistency of grandma’s sweet potato pie and deeply brewed sweet tea never misses, former NBA star Al Harrington is putting quite the unique spin on some of his favorites from his grandma that he believes will not disappoint. Harrington enjoyed a long and successful career in the NBA, spending 18 seasons with seven teams. During his time, he averaged 13.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. As he approached the final years of his basketball career, Harrington entered an industry many may not have thought of for him. However, inspiration from a loved one sparked his entrepreneurial pursuits. Harrington had a close relationship with his grandmother Viola. She had long suffered from...

Josh Rodgers

Dec 8, 2022

Ice-T Gets Approval To Open Cannabis Dispensary In His Home State Of New Jersey — 'It's Kinda Cool To Bring Something Back'

Ice-T is joining the likes of Method Man as he ventures into the cannabis industry. reports the rapper and actor is set to open a cannabis dispensary in New Jersey.

Ngozi Nwanji

Jul 27, 2022

Nipsey Hussle Breaks Into The Cannabis Biz With The Opening Of New The Marathon (Collective) Retail Store

“The Marathon Continues” is more than just a slogan for late rapper Nipsey Hussle, whose life was tragically cut short in March 2019. Since his passing, the rapper/entrepreneur has posthumously been at the forefront of multiple business and brand deals in the fashion , film , and tech space. Now, with the help of friends, colleagues, and his elder brother, Samiel “Blacc Sam” Asghedom, another vision of Nipsey’s is coming to fruition. On June 18, The Marathon (Collective), a premier THC and CBD retail store, is set to officially open its doors at 7011 Canoga Ave. in Los Angeles, CA. Legally breaking into the cannabis business has long been a dream of Nipsey Hussle’s and his loved ones have made it their mission to see it through. Photo Credit: Ann Marie Clark “This is something we always spoke about,” says Samiel Asghedom. “Nipsey, Fatts, Adam, and I had a goal to get a legitimately licensed store and have our brand in other stores across the state. We’re so honored to be able to...

Stephanie Ogbogu

May 20, 2022

Exclusive: Peakz And The Parent Company Team Up To Form The First-Ever Cannabis NFT Brand

The cannabis industry can be a bit of a slippery slope for Black founders. However, when you have The Parent Company on your side, the opportunities can be endless. Jesse Grundy has been a businessman since a young age and has always been fascinated by the cannabis plant and the ways in which it can make the lives of others better. “I’ve always had a deep love for cannabis,” he said in an exclusive interview with AfroTech. “My dad was a grower. So, I was always around the plant from an early age. When I first heard about the fact that cannabis was going legal, Oakland had something that they were going to try to do called the social equity program that would be able to bring in people like me.” After applying and becoming one of the first people accepted into a first-of-its-kind social equity program, Grundy was on his way to learning how to successfully run a cannabis business. Now, his company Peakz has launched a first-of-its-kind cannabis non-fungible token (NFT) brand alongside...

Shanique Yates

Jan 27, 2022

Three Cousins Open The Only State-Licensed Dispensary In San Francisco's Park Merced Neighborhood

For many Black-owned and family-owned businesses, their missions are often rooted in stories of community, unity and perseverance through life’s obstacles. In the case of Flight — the newest and only state licensed cannabis dispensary in San Francisco’s Park Merced — cousins Eric Grayson, Keena Middleton, and Charles Toney II all teamed up to launch a business that could set an example for their community and honor their family all at once. “It means a lot because we’re from here, but it means a lot more because it took so much effort to even get to this point,” Middleton tells AfroTech. “[Flight] is not your regular business by any means, you can open up a million [other] things before you open up one of these [dispensaries]. It has a lot to do with being Black as well, but to be able to do it with family members means the world.” The dispensary’s name itself is a tribute to Grayson’s mother, Clara Grayson, who passed away from cancer after the family pooled money together to fly...

Njera Perkins

Jul 20, 2021

Pro Boxer Karim Mayfield Faced A Cannabis Charge At 18, Now He'll Own His Own San Francisco Dispensary

Marijuana arrests for Black youth in America have a history of threatening to derail their futures. San Francisco native and professional boxer Karim Mayfield faced this same fate at 18-years-old, but now he’s turning that negative into a positive by opening his own cannabis dispensary in his hometown. In addition to being a cannabis dispensary owner, Mayfield is also the owner of SoulChamp — a boxing gym dedicated to offering youth the kind of mentorship that helped turn his own life around as a teen. Mayfield now joins the new generation of Black public figures becoming leaders in the cannabis space, as well as the professional athletes who are incorporating cannabis into their training and wellness regimens. According to a press release, Mayfield earned the opportunity to own a cannabis dispensary through San Francisco’s Cannabis Equity Program, which aims to create prosperity and secure ownership in the cannabis industry for those severely impacted by the War on Drugs. “As a San...

Njera Perkins

Jan 22, 2021