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These Black Women Are Claiming Their Space In The Cannabis Industry Through Cannaclusive

Cannabis hasn’t always been inclusive for Black people, especially Black women. Now, Jessica Couch, Founder of Fayetteville Road Agency, and Cannaclusive’s Kassia Graham are working to break down all barriers put in place to keep them from reaping the benefits of the plant. “Black women alone are some of the top users of complementary and alternative medicine,” Couch explained to AfroTech. “So that’s our tinctures, our teas, we pray, we do all of this other stuff besides subjecting to just taking medicine that’s prescribed to us.” At Cannaclusive, it’s about Black women finally reaping the benefits for the work that’s put in. “It’s imperative that Black women are involved in the cannabis industry,” said Cannaclusive Director of Community & Strategy, Kassia Graham via email. “Like Black men and others impacted by the war on drugs, Black women deserve to reap any benefits from medical and adult-use legalization due to a history of being disenfranchised by the state and federal...

Shanique Yates

Oct 22, 2021

The Cannabis Industry Isn't Inclusive. This Founder Wants To Change That

This article was originally published on 04/19/2019 Over the next ten years, the cannabis industry is expected to see growth around the globe. By 2027, spending on legal cannabis i s expected to hit $57 billion worldwide. The cannabis industry’s projected growth is a cause for celebration for some. Others, however, can’t help but think about the Black and brown people still locked up for it. According to the American Civil Liberties Union , marijuana arrests account for over half of all drug arrests in the United States. Black people are 3.73 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana, despite similar usage rates. The same communities targeted by cannabis’ criminalization, however, aren’t reflected within the cannabis industry itself. Taking note of cannabis’ inclusivity problem, a group of women decided to confront it. Inspired by the growing opportunities — and disappointed by the diversity issues taking root — Cannaclusive was developed to facilitate fair...

Vanessa Taylor

Apr 19, 2019