These Black celebrity-owned cannabis brands are changing the marijuana industry.

Cannabis has numerous therapeutic benefits, including alleviating chronic pain, depression and anxiety, fighting cancer, aiding PTSD, and reducing the likelihood of drug and alcohol addiction relapse.

Wanda James, founder, and CEO of Simply Pure Dispensary knows firsthand what it takes to survive the cannabis industry.

Chicago rapper and activist Vic Mensa has unveiled the first Black-owned cannabis company in Illinois, 93 Boyz.

Marijuana is an amazing plant with an even more amazing history. Its uses date back before our civilization was even a thought.

Jay-Z, who owns a cannabis company, is advocating for the release of a fan who reached out for help in his 20-year bid behind bars, caused by what he describes as "a substance that has become the ultimate green rush.”

Chris Alexander has been nominated for New York's Executive Director of the Office of Cannabis Management, and former Assembly member Tremaine Wright is nominated for the state's Chair of the Cannabis Control Commission.

Business & Economy

As the cannabis industry continues to grow into a viable business model, many obstacles exist for Black and brown communities. But diversity is about more than just expanding opportunities for people to enter the industry.

The budding legal marijuana business is in many ways a unique industry. But in more ways, it’s largely the same as most others: predominately white and male. That means that Black women are probably the least likely to enter it, let alone succeed.

The One Story

A growing number of African-American women have become pioneers in the country’s burgeoning cannabis industry.

Biz/Media, Cross Post Now, Nation

Despite abysmal drug war statistics, under new legislation and thanks to the budding legalized cannabis market, there are a few African-American entrepreneurs who are pioneering the sale of legalized marijuana.