Unit #20 Taking Care of Business!

‘Sisters’ quilt – Marion Coleman

The Landscape - Black Ownership in Cannabis -

Over-policing and systemic racism has disenfranchised communities of color and excluded them from the industry.

• Only 4.3% of the industry is owned by Black people.

• Lack of access to capital, real estate, and technical assistance

• Social Equity programs need to be funded (only 6 states with programs)



The Cannabis Industry Isn’t An Immediate Cash-Out Game UnBossed Podcast- Mary Pryor

UnBossed: The Cannabis Industry Isn’t An Immediate Cash-Out Game on Apple Podcasts

It’s safe to say that most of the cannabis spaces that have opened up since its legalization are lacking two things: Melanin and patience. Conferences, VC funders, promoted businesses are all unequivocally white while Black cannabis entrepreneurs have been pushed aside. There are also a lot of people who think they’ll strike gold from the jump when they come into the cannabis business. WRONG. Enter tech, advertising, and business savant, Mary Pryor and CANNACLUSIVE - the cannabis imagery and education platform she founded with business partners Tonya Rapley and Charlese Antoinette. After experiencing the chronic and debilitating pain of autoimmune disease, Mary took her ingenuity, passion for uplifting her community and her real lived experiences and channeled them into not just a digital platform but a movement to make the cannabis space more inclusive and accessible.

Host Vern Davis in an interview with Shanita Penny CEO and Founder Budding Solutions

Budding Solutions is a boutique cannabis consulting firm based in Baltimore, MD. We provide a variety of consulting and management services including: Project Management, Application Preparation, Operations Management, Cultivation Operations, Marketing and Product Development for startups and established organizations in the Cannabis Industry. No project or client is too small or too large.

Women still make up a minority of adult-use marijuana purchasers – 33.6% in February an increase of a full percentage point from 2020. While this trend might not be a dramatic shift in the gender makeup of retail marijuana sales, it could have a lasting effect because men and women shop differently for cannabis products. Women are more likely to purchase products other than a flower when compared to their male counterparts. Both men and women spend the most on flowers, with women spending less, according to the analysis of wallet share from February 2021. The biggest gap was in California, where women spend $36.30 of every $100 on flowers compared with $43.90 spent by men, an almost $8 difference.


Cannabis Cookbook

Timothy De Jong Narrated by Elizabeth Cheela

• Length: 4 hrs and 2 mins

• Unabridged Audiobook

• Categories: Health & Wellness, Alternative & Complementary Medicine

The most common way of using medical marijuana is by smoking it, yet there are healthier and more effective ways of experiencing its benefits; for example, you can also ingest it. Compared with smoking, ingesting offers the biggest advantage of preventing dangerous carcinogenic chemicals and tar from entering the body's respiratory system.

Sample of what you will find inside:

• How to use hemp seeds to burn fats

• Learning how to make CBD brownies by using CBD oil

• How to make chocolate cookies

A Woman's Guide to Cannabis

Nikki Furrer Narrated by: Donna Postel

A woman's handbook to demystifying the world of weed, whether it's being used for pain relief, a moment of calm, or a fit of giggles. Women of all ages are using cannabis to feel and look better. For rookies and experienced marijuana users alike, this lively, information-filled audiobook is just the supportive guide you need to find the right dose to relieve anxiety, depression, and inflammation, and mitigate the onset of dementia and other signs of aging. Plus boost moods, ease aches, even lose weight, and get restful sleep. And a dose just for fun? Well, that works, too!

• Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins

• Unabridged Audiobook

• Categories:

Feminist Weed Farmer:

Growing Mindful Medicine Madrone Stewart

Weed is powerful medicine, and growing your own is as empowering as it gets. Experienced Humboldt farmer Madrone Stewart shares her hard-won knowledge gained from years of growing cannabis, Zen meditation, and surviving as a woman in a male-dominated industry. She walks you through the big picture and each detail of growing about six backyard plants, from selecting seeds to harvest and processing. Humorous, sage, and with a big heart, each chapter is infused with what she's learned about equalizing the weed industry, applying mindfulness to pest management, and the importance of owning each step of the process. If you've ever wanted to grow your own pot or make hash or kief at home, this book is your wise guide.

Black Fortunes: The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires

by Shomari Wills

Annie Turnbo Malone created the largest haircare brand in the country. Robert Reed Church was, at one point, one of the largest landowners in Memphis. Turnbo Malone was the daughter of slaves and Church escaped slavery, but both went on to become entrepreneurs and millionaires. Author Shomari Wills details those and other similar improbable success stories in Black Fortunes.

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together

– Heather McGhee

Heather McGhee’s specialty is the American economy—and the mystery of why it so often fails the American public. From the financial crisis to rising student debt to collapsing public infrastructure, she found a common root problem: racism. But not just in the most obvious indignities for people of color. Racism has costs for white people, too. It is the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crises that grip us all. But how did this happen? And is there a way out?

You Are Your Best Thing: Vulnerability, Shame Resilience, and the Black Experience

Tarana Burke and Brene Brown

Tarana Burke and Dr. Brené Brown bring together a dynamic group of Black writers, organizers, artists, academics, and cultural figures to discuss the topics the two have dedicated their lives to understanding and teaching: vulnerability and shame resilience.

It started as a text between two friends. Tarana Burke, founder of the ‘me too.’ Movement, texted researcher and writer Brené Brown to see if she was free to jump on a call. Brené assumed that Tarana wanted to talk about wallpaper. They had been trading home decorating inspiration boards in their last text conversation so Brené started scrolling to find her latest Pinterest pictures when the phone rang. But it was immediately clear to Brené that the conversation wasn’t going to be about wallpaper. Tarana’s hello was serious and she hesitated for a bit before saying, “Brené, you know your work affected me so deeply, but as a Black woman, I’ve sometimes had to feel like I have to contort myself to fit into some of your words. The core of it rings so true for me, but the application has been harder.” Brené replied, “I’m so glad we’re talking about this. It makes sense to me. Especially in terms of vulnerability. How do you take the armor off in a country where you’re not physically or emotionally safe?”