September saw Harborside launch an initiative to highlight Black-owned cannabis brands. The Congo Club, Cannabis on Fire, Viola and Oakland Extracts are among those the brands set to benefit from retail displays and other promotions up and down the state.
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- Oakland Extracts’ Terryn Buxton acknowledged that in 2020 California Black entrepreneurs are less perceived as “other people who have duffel bags full of weed.” But, he said, “the perception is [still] they don’t actually grow it, they’re not connected to the plant, they’re just trying to make fast money as opposed to the cool guy who looks like a ‘hippie’ is actually a real cannabis person.”
- The Bureau of Cannabis Control wants you to know technical assistance is available if you’re an equity applicant who needs something like help.
- Orange County’s My Green Network announced the 12 finalists for its Green Quest minority business award, and 80% of them are women.
- The new coalition Cannabis for Black Lives believes Black liberation is very closely tied to more equitable cannabis policies.