Afro-Latina Led Cannabis Company Wins Maryland Cultivation and Processing License

Afro-Latina Led Cannabis Company Wins Maryland Cultivation and Processing License
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<![CDATA[Kensington, Maryland – PRESS RELEASE – While attention is showered on retail operations, cannabis cultivation, and processing forms the essential foundation of the emerging legal industry. Standard Wellness Maryland, a MBE/DBE/CBE company, made history on Friday, April 1, 2022, when it became the first cannabis company with a Black and Latino majority owner to win a cultivation license in the state of Maryland. Christina Betancourt Johnson, CEO of Standard Wellness Maryland (SWM) is also the first Afro-Latina to run a licensed cultivation company in the United States. The historic licensure of Standard Wellness Maryland is the culmination of a hard-fought battle in a limited license state. In response to calls of bias and inequity in the application process and a lengthy appeal, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission recently granted a handful of minority-owned businesses cultivation and processing licenses. Standard Wellness Maryland is one of its newest license holders. “I’m grateful for the support we have received throughout this process,” said Standard Wellness Maryland CEO Christina Betancourt Johnson. “From legislators to fellow entrepreneurs in the cannabis space, we were encouraged and supported in this undertaking. Seeing other people of color successfully running cannabis businesses was inspirational and motivational. It’s been a worthwhile journey and I’m excited for the impact that Standard Wellness Maryland will have on our state and communities most harmed by prohibition.”Johnson leads the Standard Wellness Maryland leadership team, comprised of DMV natives who understand the unique needs of local communities. SWM is centered around its values of community engagement, collective wellness, and wealth-building for the generations of people harmed by the nation’s cannabis prohibition and the war on drugs. SWM seeks to be at the forefront of community education and economic empowerment to ensure that the harms of the past are rectified. SWM strongly believes that health should…

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