May 14 2021,



Several major SMS text marketing services including Twilio, AT&T, Avochato and T-Mobile have dropped cannabis customers, according to Rachel Kurtz-McAlaine, the National Cannabis Industry Association's (NCIA) deputy director of public policy.

  • Numerous industry businesses use these services to reach customers and facilitate deliveries and pick-ups.
  • Some companies have found workarounds or alternate services which do not monitor their users as closely.
  • Some form of the issue could persist until federal legalization.
  • NCIA is working to understand the extent of the problem. Businesses can contact Kurtz-McAlaine ( ) if they have information to share.

Quick Hit

  1. Colorado banned the sale of delta-8 THC, a popular, intoxicating cannabinoid found in hemp, and other similar compounds.
    Hemp Industry Daily

When last year's protests against police violence began, diversity consultancy CannaClusive created The Accountability List, a continually updated document recording various operators' commitment to equity and corporate social responsibility. 

The list is not comprehensive. But while many companies have made statements or social media posts in support of racial justice, the available data suggests far fewer have made a meaningful commitment in their hiring of workers of color. And it's not always clear whether the more diverse companies have diverse leadership.

  • As CannaClusive's Kassia Graham put it, "Are [people of color] just an ornament or do they have a voice? And is anyone listening to that voice?"

Companies seeking to update their info on diversity and corporate social responsibility can do so here.

Quick Hit

  1. Business Insider profiled Colorado entrepreneur and activist Wanda James, founder of Simply Pure.
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