Reckoning With Race: Three Black Cannabis Insiders on How the Industry Could be More Equitable

Article by Kate Robertson, Growth Op

BUSINESS Reckoning with race: Three Black cannabis insiders on how the industry could be more equitable "Canada fully dismisses its historical systemic racism, even though it's so apparent," says DiversityTalk's Ika Washington By Kate Robertson Toronto-based Annamaria Enenajor, left, is the executive director of Cannabis Amnesty. Donnell Alexander, right, covers the California cannabis industry for Weed Week. Photos: provided/Dawn Larned

In the wake of global Black Lives Matter protests and the movement’s demands to defund police services, it seems that every organization in all industries is looking inward and experiencing a reckoning with racial injustice.

But the cannabis industry has been relatively quiet on the subject. Some find that strange: from an overwhelmingly white workforce to the unfair policing of Black, Indigenous and people of colour in the illicit market on both sides of the border, one might expect more meaningful anti-racist action-planning in the industry.

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