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BIPOC and Minority-Owned Cannabis Brands to Support

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Editorial / November 30, 2021

The best way to support BIPOC (black, indigenous, people of color) and minority-owned cannabis business owners, entrepreneurs, and businesses is by voting with your dollars.

 

If you are looking for ways to put your dollar to work, we are here to help. In this post, we outline some of the best BIPOC and minority-owned cannabis brands and dispensaries to support, and we cover five cannabis social equality groups that are working to create a fair and equitable cannabis industry.

 

BIPOC and Minority-Owned Dispensaries

Artemis (NYC)

Artemis is an Asian women-owned premier CBD shop experience in Greenwich Village. They specialize in products low in THC and high in CBD, including tinctures, creams, lips balms, and edibles.

Cornerstone Wellness (Los Angeles)

Cornerstone Wellness is the first evidence-based medical dispensary and research collective in California. They are Latinx and woman-owned and focus on illuminating the scientific findings that relate to the health benefits of cannabis.

Farmacy Berkeley (San Francisco)

Farmacy Berkeley is a Black-women-owned, community-built cannabis dispensary and consumption lounge. They offer sustainably produced cannabis products and have created an open, welcoming experience for their shoppers to enjoy and discuss all things cannabis.

Gorilla Rx Wellness (Los Angeles)

Gorilla Rx Wellness is LA’s first Black-women-owned dispensary in Crenshaw. They advocate for those affected by America’s failed war on drugs and are working to build a more equitable future in South Central Los Angeles.

Josephine & Billie’s (Los Angeles)

Newly opened Josephine & Billie’s is a cannabis speakeasy-style dispensary on a mission to create a community and safe space for women of color and their allies. They work to educate visitors on responsible cannabis consumption and its potential healing benefits. Named after black cultural icons Josephine Baker and Billie Holiday, this cannabis store is styled as a homage to the Jazz age and has Jay-Z’s The Parent Company as one of its investors.

Superette (Toronto)

Superette is an Asian-women-owned, award-winning cannabis shop and lifestyle brand. They specialize in creating a fun, approachable retail environment for shoppers and have a playfully designed dispensary. The company and founder Mimi Lam gives back to the community through social justice, food security, and environmentalism programs and partners, including Cannabis Amnesty and FoodShare Toronto.

 

BIPOC and Minority-Owned Cannabis Businesses Specializing in Flower, Prerolls, Vapes, and Concentrates

Biko

Biko is a Black-woman-owned luxury cannabis brand in California that creates high-potency top-shelf products. They specialize in jars of premium whole flower, and diamond and kief infused pre-rolls. Founder Timeka Drew is also a co-founder of Our Academy, a social equity program mentorship and workshop for cannabis entrepreneurs.

Heylo Cannabis

Heylo Cannabis is a Latinx and 100% women-owned brand in Washington State that helps people get more out of life with full-bud cannabis vapes, topicals, education, and more. They specialize in whole-bud, full-spectrum cannabis extracts with rare terpenes and minor cannabinoids.

Leune

Leune is a women-of-color-led brand offering flower, prerolls, vapes, and edibles using their voice to bring awareness to social injustice and inspire positive change for social equity through partnerships with Last Prisoner Project, Broccoli Magazine’s Floret Coalition, and as a sponsor of Eaze Momentum accelerator program.

Pure Beauty

Pure Beauty is a female and minority-lead cannabis brand specializing in high-quality, whole flower pre-rolls and 1/8th jars in beautiful stylish yet sustainable packaging. Their mission is to produce clean, sustainably-grown cannabis with no harmful chemicals or pesticides.

Stone Road

Stone Road Farms is an LGBTQ-owned brand that specializes in cultivating sun-grown, small-batch cannabis that’s used in their preroll, jarred flower, and concentrates products. The 57-acre family-run farm utilizes sustainable, biodynamic, natural, and organic growing practices to produce beautifully grown, high-quality cannabis that is slow cured and hand-trimmed with care.

Viola

Viola is a Black-owned brand started by former NBA player Al Harrington. They are a cannabis brand on a mission to increase equity within the cannabis space and positively impact communities by reinvesting into those most affected by the war on drugs.

Oakland Extracts

Oakland Extracts is a Black-owned brand that’s committed to producing high-quality hash at an affordable price. They are known for their signature Cookie Crumble wax and other high potency natural flavor products that are made using single-source cannabis from local farms.

BIPOC and Minority-Owned Cannabis Edibles Brands

Saucy

Saucy is a Black-woman-owned infused condiment brand with Texas roots that has a line of savory infused condiments with healthy ingredients, including BBQ sauce and herb vinaigrette.

Luchador

Luchador is Latinx and woman-owned cannabis brand created by Carolina Vazquez Mitchell, founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Ciencia Labs. They specialize in cannabis-infused gummies in THC tinctures in unique flowers like Cucumber Chili Lime, Pineapple Mango, Watermelon Chamoy, and Horchata.

Mellows

Mellows is an award-winning, Asian-women-owned brand specializing in handcrafted cannabis-infused marshmallows that come in gourmet flavors including Brown Butter Sage, Black Sesame, Raspberry Rose Lychee, and Peanut Butter Pretzel.

Sundae School

Sundae School is an Asian-owned craft cannabis brand and boutique smoke wear label. They are known for their unique Korean-inspired flavored edibles, such as lychee, milk tea boba, and yuzu. Their cannabis products include infused mochi gummies and pre-rolls.

BIPOC and Minority-Owned Cannabis Beauty Brands

Frigg

Frigg is a Black woman-owned CBD brand focused on inner and outer beauty. Their oil-based potions are formulated with adaptogenic herbs and phtyo-cannabinoids. These plant compounds help restore balance to stressed hair and skin.

Kush Queen

Kush Queen is a women-owned company that makes premium hemp CBD products, including bath bombs and topicals.

BIPOC and Minority-Owned Cannabis Cannabis Accessory Brands

Ardent

Ardent is a Black-woman-owned cannabis infusion device that is designed to make it easy to infuse cannabutter and oil at home. Push the button and the device heats flower and oil to the exact temperature for optimal decarboxylation and infusion. Ardent was founded by Shanel Lindsay, a Boston-based attorney, and advocate for equity in the cannabis industry.

Elevate Jane

Elevate Jane is an Asian women-owned contemporary smoke shop founded and curated by Angela Mou. They offer premium glass and ceramic bongs and pipes, as well as grinders, papers, and other cannabis accessories.

Apothecarry

Founded by Whitney Beatty, Apothecarry sells luxurious high-end cannabis humidors and accessories to keep herb products fresh, organized, and secure.

Cannabis Social Equity Support Brands, Organizations, and Resources

Your purchasing power is not the only way to support BIPOC and minority-owned brands. Below, we outline organizations that help BIPOC individuals become part of the legal cannabis market. Consumers can look to these organizations to discover new brands and to better understand important changes in cannabis laws and the industry as a whole. You can donate to these organizations and support them via social media.

Asian Americans for Cannabis Education (AACE)

Founded by Ophelia Chong, Asian Americans for Cannabis Education connects and empowers Asian communities to educate the public on cannabis issues, news, and policy affecting Asians worldwide.

Cannaclusive

Cannaclusive creates inclusion by facilitating fair representation of minorities in cannabis. Their site hosts InclusiveBase, a searchable list of 900+ POC-owned cannabis businesses created in collaboration with Almost Consulting.

Floret Coalition from Broccoli Mag

Floret Coalition is an anti-racist collective of small businesses in the cannabis and cannabis-adjacent space supporting and funding equity-oriented actions for Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities.

Justice Joints

Justice Joints is a line of high-quality 1g pre-rolls created to give back to the people who helped lead the way for the cannabis industry, including those who have been imprisoned for nonviolent cannabis offenses. Justice Joints donates 100% of its profits to prisoner release and record expungement programs, such as the Last Prisoner Project, to establish a more equitable cannabis industry.

Last Prisoner Project

Founded in 2019, the Last Prisoner Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to cannabis criminal justice reform. They work with industry leaders and social justice advocates to reform cannabis drug laws and free those incarcerated for nonviolent cannabis crimes.

 

Written by Christina Wong

 

Christina spent over a decade in the food & restaurant industry, working with well-known chefs and restaurants in Los Angeles. A creator, baker, and creative consultant, her work won a Clio Cannabis Award in 2020. She bakes infused culinary cannabis creations at Baking With Chickens, and hosts a culinary cannabis cooking show “BAKED With Chickens” on YouTube.

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