3 Black-Owned Businesses Making Waves in the Cannabis Industry
It’s Black History Month, so what better time is it to spotlight some of the amazing Black men and women who are leading the cannabis industry!
1. Simply Pure Dispensary – Wanda James and Scott Durrah
Considered one of the best cannabis dispensaries in Denver, Simply Pure sets the standard for many Colorado cannabis collectives in more ways than one.
Simply Pure is the very first Black-owned dispensary and edible brand opened in Denver, Colorado. This gave the founders, Wanda James and Scott Durrah, a welcomed opportunity to represent their dispensary as a symbol of social justice and political advocacy.
Wanda James and Scott Durrah are both military veterans, having served in the Navy and Marines respectively. This has made them passionate about making veteran customers and patients a top priority.
2. District Growers – Corey Barnette
Not only does this cutting-edge organization provide cannabis flower and edibles, but District Growers also offers an exclusive junior gardener training program for up-and-coming ganjapreneurs.
Corey Barnette, owner and operator of District Growers, is the first Black person in Washington DC to procure a growers license for legal cannabis.
District Growers is known as a boutique cannabis supplier, meaning that they grow in very specialized genetics that can be rare, exotic, and interesting to the senses.
3. Apothecarry Brands – Whitney Beatty
Apothecarry brings a new level of sophistication to the cannabis industry, and the company is lead by the incredible Whitney Beatty.
“With all the news about how people of color who have been disproportionately affected by drug laws and now can’t find their way into this industry, we take a lot of pride in being able to rally the African-American community to be a part of this endeavor,” shares Whitney.
Apothecarry Brands is revolutionizing not only cannabis products and accessories but the public perception of the entire industry. Whitney speaks about the type of customers that her brand attracts: “From attorneys who toke after a high-powered work day to ‘stiletto stoners’ who host ladies nights and even to seniors using medication for health benefits.”