The cannabis industry fails minority professionals. It's time to do better.

The cannabis industry fails minority professionals. It's time to do better.

It’s little wonder why we don’t see much diversity in the cannabis industry. Minority communities have been disenfranchised in the United States for centuries, and having little access to the business is yet another setback. And through time, the government has been a major force in oppressing minority populations by using cannabis as a weapon. When commenting on the 1970s War on Drugs, President Nixon’s domestic policy chief, John Ehrlichman, infamously told Harper’s, “We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or Black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and Blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities.”  How can we expect healthy diversity when entire generations have been desecrated by their own country’s mandates and policy? And it isn’t just insidious laws that are keeping people well behind the curve, it’s also everyday racism and microaggressions. It’s ignoring the insights made by Black employees and other minorities in company meetings, yet paying attention when a white coworker says the same thing just a few moments later, or deeming natural Black hair “unprofessional” in the workplace. These biases happen all the time. So how can the industry get past this? How can we uplift and promote minority voices throughout the cannabis world? How can we make change? To better understand the issues many people face when starting out in the industry, we spoke to My Green Network’s CEO James Shih. From their website, My Green…

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