For All | September 7, 2023

Missed LeafLink’s Black Leaders in Cannabis discussion? We have you covered

It’s incredibly important for cannabis brands with a platform to elevate Black voices in their communities. That’s why we are so honored and excited to have hosted this in-depth chat with Black cannabis leaders, sharing insights derived from high-level careers across the cannabis industry spectrum.

Featured panelists:

Tahir Johnson, Dir. of Social Equity & Inclusion, U.S.Cannabis Council (Guest Moderator)

Ulysses Youngblood, Co-Founder of Major Bloom (Panelist)

Timeka Drew, Founder of Biko Flower (Panelist)

Ernest Toney, Founder of BIPOCANN (Panelist)

This powerful group of Black industry leaders discussed how underrepresented entrepreneurs can help lift each other up, what the industry needs to do to support these entrepreneurs, and how they overcome the many challenges in the industry from the brand, retail, and regulatory perspective.

“In the [L.A. cannabis] scene there’s a lot of Black women retail storefront owners, who are kind of popping up, and a lot of people across the people think that we’re probably all in competition with each other,” Drew shared.

“But in reality, we’re all celebrating each other and are very much there for each other, to support each other in any way that we can, and to try and build each other’s businesses. And that’s really going to be the only way that we can survive and thrive”

Learn more about the panelists’ backgrounds, their success, and their approach to advancing and growing the industry the right way. In cannabis, we often talk about how to help solve the significant challenges faced by underrepresented groups, particularly BIPOC. But nothing substitutes for hearing the first-person perspective of those who are working every single day to solve these issues. You don’t want to miss out on this enlightening discussion, check out the full recording below!

The Black Leaders In Cannabis Virtual Fireside Chat was sponsored by Black LeafLink Collective, or BLC – one of LeafLink’s Employee Resource Groups dedicated to fostering a community for Black employees at LeafLink. BLC supports both individual career development, as well as an uplifting space for employees to share with each other.

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