Do The Right Thing: Diversity And Inclusion In The Marijuana Industry


Marijuana prohibition has disproportionately affected people of color. With reform victories being achieved in the area of marijuana policy, new opportunities for entrepreneurs are popping up all of the time. There needs to be a concerted push to ensure that the marijuana industry promotes diversity. Recently Maryland announced marijuana business license winners, and not one of the winners was African American. That’s unacceptable. Below is an event that is going to be cover this topic, via Eventbrite. I encourage you to attend if you are in the area (it’s FREE):

You are invited to attend a Congressional policy briefing on the importance of ensuring diversity and inclusion in the cannabis industry on Thursday September 15th at 3:00pm in the Rayburn House Office Building during the Congressional Black Caucus 46th Annual Legislative Conference. After the briefing, a reception featuring some most promising minority entrepreneurs and investors in the cannabis space will be held at Mason and Rook Hotel rooftop bar.

26 states have decided to end cannabis prohibition leading to the creation of legalized marketplaces for the sale of cannabis currently estimated to be $7.1 billion dollars in size. Unfortunately, it is also estimated that under 1% of this market is owned and operated by people of color. This is particularly startling given that 70-80% of arrest for cannabis possession come from these same communities.

Come listen to some of the most successful minority owners in the cannabis industry discuss their experiences operating in the market, potential solutions to address the disparity, and opportunities to use the cannabis industry as a vehicle to restore the harms caused by the war on drugs.


Corey Barnette- Owner, District Growers  Washington DC

Wanda James- Owner, Simply Pure Denver, CO

Giadha De Carcer- Owner, New Frontier Financials Washington, DC

Keith Stephenson- Owner,  Purple Heart Patient Center Oakland, CA

Moderated by Bill Piper- Senior Director of National Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance

Reception to follow at Mason & Rook Hotel, Rooftop Bar: 1430 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005 from 6:00-9:00pm. Complimentary open bar and food.

WHEN – Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM (EDT)

WHERE – Rayburn House Office Building – Washington, DC 20515


Organizer of Do the Right Thing: Diversity and Inclusion in the Cannabis Industry

Drug Policy Allaince:

The nation’s leading organization dedicated to ending the war on drugs and creating drug policy based in science, health and human rights.

District Growers:

A registered medical cannabis cultivation operation based in Washington DC, founded with the goal of using innovative technology to deliver the highest quality cannabis products in the market.

Simply Pure:

A registered cannabis dispensary operation and edibles company in Denver Colorado, founded with the goal of creating cannabis products that are 100% organic, vegan, and gluten free.

National Holistic Healing Center:

A registered medical cannabis dispensary operation based in Washington DC, providing  premium organic cannabis strains, edibles and infused products, patient education and support services to qualifying patients or designated caregivers.

Metropolitan Wellness Center:

A registered medical cannabis dispensary operation based in Washington DC, bringing 20 years of cannabis knowledge, experience, and dedication to serving individuals seeking cannabis as a therapy for any condition.

Purple Heart Patient Center:

A registered medical cannabis dispensary operation based in Oakland California, committed to human compassion and legal integrity. PHPC is one of the longest running medical cannabis dispensaries in the country, serving patients since September 2006.

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Johnny Green is a cannabis activist from Oregon. Johnny has a bachelor's degree in public policy, and believes that the message should always be more important than the messenger. #LegalizeIt #FreeThePlant