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Meet Seun Adedeji, the Youngest Black Man to Own a Cannabis Dispensary in the U.S.

Seun Adedeji is the epitome of a self-made businessman who created his own opportunities. At three-years-old, Adedeji migrated from Nigeria to the Southside of Chicago and later to the state of Texas, where he spent his teenage years. Now, Adedeji is the youngest Black man to own a cannabis dispensary in America. Although the use of medical and recreational use of cannabis is legal in select American states, there is yet another barrier for Black people who desire to enter into the cannabis business — discrimination. According to the ACLU , Black people in America are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for cannabis than any other racial group. When it comes to entering the industry, Black entrepreneurs only make up 4.3 percent of cannabis business owners , Marijuana Business Daily reports. The disproportional percentages can be attributed to discriminatory practices regarding securing necessary licenses and permits. “I was rejected for a retail cannabis license for two years...

Jun 18, 2020