Rooted in the Past With an Eye Toward the Future: Q&A With Mary & Main’s Hope Wiseman

Rooted in the Past With an Eye Toward the Future: Q&A With Mary & Main’s Hope Wiseman
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<![CDATA[Hope Wiseman, owner of Mary & Main, a medical cannabis dispensary in Prince George’s County, Md., is excited about the future of her business.Wiseman and company are in the process of introducing Mary & Main’s parent company, Wise Co., to the world with an eye toward expansion to a future adult-use market in Maryland, as well as national expansion through industry partnerships.“I think we’re ready for people to start looking at us as more than just a medical dispensary operator because we have aspirations and plans in the works that are going to position us as much more than that,” Wiseman tells Cannabis Business Times.A key component of these plans is creating opportunities for other Black entrepreneurs, and especially Black women, to operate cannabis businesses.“As far as women in the industry, there’s been a pretty steep decline of women involvement from an ownership standpoint, in the C-suite, … but I’m excited to see women jump back in [and] take the reins, and there are some really strong women who are doing great work in the space right now,” Wiseman says. “I’m proud to be among those ranks, and at the end of the day, Wise Co. is looking to create opportunities for other Black operators and other women operators in the space. Me, as a young Black woman in the space, I realize that there are not very many like me. … I’m focused on making sure that Black women have a space in the cannabis industry, and that is a pillar of Wise Co. and our mission. That’s definitely who we look to partner with as we are building this national ecosystem.”Here, Wiseman details her journey to launching Mary & Main, lessons learned, the company’s broader goals and more.Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for style, length and…

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