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Now more than ever before, a growing number of Americans are using the mighty dollar as a way to make a difference in the fight against racial inequality – and that includes within the cannabis community.
Even as the cannabis industry expands with record-breaking speed, the clear inequities are impossible to ignore. According to a 2020 article from NBC News, less than one-fifth of the people who were owners or stakeholders in a cannabis business were people of color. The article cited a 2017 survey that found that Black entrepreneurs made up just 4.3 percent of all cannabis business leaders.
If you’re feeling inspired to become a more conscious cannabis consumer, making an effort to support Black-owned cannabis businesses is an outstanding start. We’ve rounded up 50 of our favorites to give you a head start – so get ready to discover a broad range of brands and businesses that you’re going to love.
1. Think BIG
C.J. Wallace is the son of the late Biggie Smalls, but he’s forging his own path as a dedicated advocate in the fight for criminal justice reform. Think BIG is his cannabis brand, which he launched after witnessing his brother benefit from CBD in his personal struggles with autism.
Visit the website | Think Big
2. Radix House Coffee Shop
Based in Austin, TX, this combination of CBD dispensary and coffee shop is a new arrival to the scene. Founders Gabriel Medel and Roger Pilney aim to utilize the topics of CBD and plant-based wellness as a jumping-off point for deeper conversations about mental healthcare, community, and more.
Visit the website | Radix House Coffee Shop
Get an expert education in all things cannabis when you sign up with CannAcademy. Founded by Megon Dee, CannAcademy offers free online courses that are specifically aimed at individuals interested in mastering the art of growing cannabis.
Visit the website | CannAcademy
Sip Token’s famous cannabis-infused cocktail, Token Bitters, as you learn more about the inclusive mission of the manufacturing and processing company. Co-founders Keenan Pascal and Jamie Shtay lead the company in their goal to advance the science of cannabis extraction.
Visit the website | Token
5. Higher Collection
Forget triple-threat cannabis brands, this female-run brand and dispensary take it to the next level with a four-part mission to integrate cannabis cultivation, distribution, delivery, and branding. They’re also working to build a connection between the cannabis and entertainment industries, while simultaneously supporting diversity – needless to say, they’re one to watch.
Visit the website | Higher Collection
6. MAAT Apothecary
Behind MAAT Apothecary is Alicah Holcombe, who brings decades of experience as an herbalist to the table. The brand’s signature product is their cannabis-infused spiced honey, which makes for a delicious way to tap into the benefits of cannabis.
Visit the website | MAAT Apothecary
7. Black Rain
Like many CBD business owners, Claude Allen founded Black Rain after experiencing the healing potential of CBD in his personal life. The brand is best known for its CBD alkaline water, but they also craft premium-quality CBD energy drink mixes, balms, and softgel capsules.
Visit the website | Black Rain
8. Cannabis Tours
As one of the pioneers of cannabis tourism, Cannabis Tours founder Terence Latimer is raising the bar for the ultimate cannabis enthusiast experience. The company offers a fascinating array of cannabis-themed guided tours in California, D.C., and Denver, and also facilitates cannabis classes, activities, and accommodations.
Visit the website | Cannabis Tours
Reframe the way you think about growing with TrellaGro’s smart solution for energy-efficient indoor farming. When founder Aja Atwood was struggling to grow tall plants in a low-ceilinged basement, the horizontal plant-training system from TrellaGro got its start.
Visit the website | TrellaGro
10. Stoned in a Glass House
The creatively-named Stoned in a Glass House is founded by Justin Malék and was started in anticipation of the legalization of recreational cannabis in New Jersey. From quirky ashtrays to comfy joggers, you can find a fun mix of apparel and accessories to shop online.
Visit the website | Stoned in a Glass House
11. Deuces 22
Led by father-daughter business owners John and Tyla Salley, Deuces 22 is an upscale cannabis brand that partners with growers that are local to the Southern California area. Deuces Academy represents the educational efforts of the brand, sharing informative, community-created content related to cannabis.
Visit the website | Deuces 22
We could all benefit from learning more about how to incorporate cannabis into our lifestyles, and EstroHaze is an online community that provides exactly that. Created by Kali Wilder, Safon Floyd, and Sirita Wright, the collaborative platform focuses on holistic wellness through cannabis.
Visit the website | EstroHaze
13. Tyson Ranch
Legendary boxer Mike Tyson is the creator of Tyson Ranch, a licensing and branding company that’s working to educate consumers using high-quality, informative, and clearly labeled packaging. It’s impossible to deny the successful branding of their products, and Tyson Ranch’s apparel and accessories are equally sleek.
Visit the website | Tyson Ranch
14. Dope Arrangements
When you shop from Dope Arrangements, you can score a handmade rolling tray, grinder, ashtray, or lighter that’s unlike anything you could ever find in a typical dispensary. Created by Mechelle Ellis, the brand has a fun-loving attitude you can’t help but appreciate.
Visit the website | Dope Arrangements
Find Lobo-branded flower at dispensaries across the U.S., and discover the difference that a commitment to quality can make. Co-founders Eduardo Whittington and Aaron Raskin are dedicated to giving consumers access to the gold standard of organic top-shelf cannabis flower.
Visit the website | Lobo
16. Pretty Litty
When the founder of Pretty Litty noticed that the cannabis accessories market was missing products that appealed to female consumers, she decided to create them herself. The Pretty Litty collections feature limited-run designs that put a feminine and fun spin on cannabis accessories, with options like rhinestone-adorned vape pen batteries and holographic tube, and lighter duos.
Visit the website | Pretty Litty
17. Elev8 Cannabis
Seun Adedeji is an advocate for cannabis reform in American and the founder/CEO of Elev8 Cannabis, a chain of dispensaries with locations on both the East and West Coasts. Adedeji is an immigrant that hails from Chicago’s South Side, and a passionate believer in supporting every individual’s unique journey to wellness.
Visit the website | Elev8 Cannabis
18. The Stock Up Events
You might know founder Lisa Chabrier from other brands and projects such as Visine Queen and The Jane Doe Co. because The Stock Up Events is just one of her many cannabis ventures. The event brand curates events that center on 420-friendly themes and has been hosting community events since 2018.
Visit the website | The Stock Up Events
19. Curated Flame
Finding artisan-quality smoking supplies is more challenging than it sounds, but Curated Flame is here to change that for good. For the modern cannabis consumer, the brand’s selection of glass, accessories, and other items can’t be beaten.
Visit the website | Curated Flame
20. All Per Plus
Searching for CBD products for pets? Look no further than All Per Plus, a plant and pet care brand created by Leon Small. Small is a plant enthusiast, animal lover, and native of Jamaica, who now sells a collection of all-natural products that includes CBD-infused repentant sprays for pets.
Visit the website | All Per Plus
21. Sativah Sistahs
Working to get Black women a spot at the forefront of the cannabis industry, Sativah Sistahs is a joint effort by two couples: Don and Gale Henrichs and Cathy and Carrie Smith. Their merchandise has styles for every consumer, from the bold to the discreet. The brand also funds a scholarship for young Black girls and women who want to learn about computer science, illustration, animation, or video game design.
Visit the website | Sativah Sistahs
22. Ardent Life
What if there was an all-in-one, completely portable cannabis kitchen designed to simplify the process of decarboxylation? Shanel Lindsay, J.D., made that innovative product idea a reality when she made the Nova available for sale, through her cannabis brand known as Ardent Life.
Visit the website | Ardent Life
23. Remedy Rich
Wear your cannabis-loving heart on your sleeve – literally – with apparel from Remedy Rich. The clothing and lifestyle brand sells blinged-out hair accessories, graphic tees, and other products, all inspired by cannabis.
Visit the website | Remedy Rich
24. Bouqé Rolling Papers
Sometimes, it’s the simplest products that prove to be the most difficult to perfect. But as it turns out, Bouqé Rolling Papers has created hemp rolling papers that are just about as close to perfect as you can get.
Visit the website | Bouqé Rolling Papers
GroLens is a tech-savvy software solution that helps cannabis cultivators tackle compliance with ease. Their all-in-one seed-to-sale software is a grower’s dream, making it simple to stay on top of compliance, manage to report, and even optimize the growing process with just a few clicks.
Visit the website | GroLens
26. Elevated Education
Get a crash course in important cannabis business topics such as community outreach and licensing when you sign up for a class from Elevated Education. Perfect for the cannabusiness owner searching for professional development, the brand also offers customized training content for dispensaries, growers, and other professionals.
Visit the website | Elevated Education
27. Ganja Kiss
A lip kit geared specifically towards cannabis smokers is the beauty-boosting product you never knew you needed but now won’t want to live without. Every one of the kits includes a fruit-flavored lip scrub, balm, scrubbing brush, and a surprise gift.
Visit the website | Ganja Kiss
As the name suggests, PotLuckDC is a mixture of a bit of everything: cannabis products, resources, and services, all hosted on a welcoming network geared towards sustainable living. The site offers a collection of exclusive hemp and cannabis products designed for medical and recreational consumption.
Visit the website | PotLuckDC
29. Jane Parade
With the clothing, art, and accessories available from Jane Parade, you can celebrate cannabis in a multitude of ways. The brand was founded by Janelle Benjamin-Grant, who is also behind the cannabis-themed online publication, High Jane.
Visit the website | Jane Parade
30. LIT AF Custom Hookahs
Make your next cannabis-friendly event unforgettable with custom-designed hookahs, blunt caps, e-liquids, and other products from LIT AF. Founded by Avery Dixon, LIT AF can transform the hookah experience with items that can be delivered worldwide.
Visit the website | LIT AF Custom Hookahs
31. Canna Luxe
According to Canna Luxe’s founders, it’s high time that your smoking accessories to suit your personal aesthetic. Luckily, they designed an exceptional variety of styles and products that will easily elevate your smoking style.
Visit the website | Canna Luxe
32. I Love Trees
I Love Trees has been featured in a plethora of industry publications, earning well-deserved attention for their work to break the stigma of CBD and cannabis consumption. Their products include apparel, CBD edibles and gummies, and accessories, and every item purchased benefits a specific charity or mission.
Visit the website | I Love Trees
33. Mezz Brands
Denver-based Mezz Brands takes an innovative approach to product branding, formulating its products to suit specific moods and desired effects. For cannabis consumers that want to streamline their shopping experience, Mezz Brands is a total game-changer. While you’re shopping, explore the #mezzlife content, which features music, culture, art, and more tailored for the cannabis community.
Visit the website | Mezz Brands
34. Paper Boy Paper Co.
With a name like Paper Boy Paper Co., it’s probably no surprise that this company specializes in premium rolling papers. But that’s not all they do! They’re the leading cannabis delivery service in D.C., and will bring cannabis vaporizers, edibles, and other products directly to your door.
Visit the website | Paper Boy Paper Co.
35. Just Cannabis
Founder Riqua Hailes started Just Cannabis on 4/20/21, and the newly-debuted brand was inspired by her interest in creating a CBD topical for her salon staff. For an aesthetically pleasing collection of cannabis content, check out the Instagram page for Just Cannabis.
Visit the website | Just Cannabis
36. Illinois Equity Staffing
You might not have realized that there was a serious need for cannabis staffing solutions, but Illinois Equity Staffing founders Shawnee Williams and Lynette Johnson did. Their employment agency provides recruiting and job placement services, as well as accounting, payroll, social equity, and compliance support.
Visit the website | Illinois Equity Staffing
37. Khalifa Kush
When cannabis advocate and chart-topping rapper Wiz Khalifa launched his Khalifa Kush strain, it immediately became hugely popular. Currently, you can purchase this strain in dispensaries in Arizona and Nevada.
Visit the website | Khalifa Kush
38. LIV Collective
The motto of LIV Collective is “Wellness Inside and Out,” fitting founders’ Aja Fonesca-Arnold and Vince Arnold’s missing to a T. Their collection of bath salts, teas, creams, and other products is made using organic ingredients and premium-quality CBD.
Visit the website | LIV Collective
39. Cannabis Cultural Association
This non-profit might not technically qualify as a business, but it’s nevertheless deserving of your support. Led by Nelson Guerrero and Jake Plowden, the organization facilitates education (in English and Spanish) that highlights the benefits of cannabis, and also advocates for medical cannabis access and criminal justice reform.
Visit the website | Cannabis Cultural Association
40. Major Pac
Major Pac promotes an inclusive cannabis culture that makes everyone feel welcome, spreading a message of positivity in its home base of Kansas City, MO, and beyond. Browse high-end accessories, stylish apparel, and CBD products specifically designed for athletes on the brand’s website.
Visit the website | Major Pac
41. Weedology Tours
Weedology Tours takes guests on private tours and field trips to SoCal dispensaries and also curates a mix of graffiti adventures, painting sessions, and more. Whether your interests lie in cannabis-supported wellness, fun foodie tours, or a business-centric session, Weedology Tours has you covered.
Visit the website | Weedology Tours
42. Pounds Lifestyle
With a bi-coastal brand presence that stretches from Eureka, CA to Brooklyn, NY, lifestyle and apparel brand Pounds Lifestyle has the clothing and accessories you need to show off your cannabis love. They’re also the creators of Pound Parties, which features events, lounges, and other opportunities to socialize with fellow enthusiasts.
Visit the website | Pounds Lifestyle
43. The Apothecarry
Whitney Beatty wanted to craft products that would make cannabis consumption safer, consistently enjoyable, and significantly easier – and thus, The Apothecary was born. The brand produces cannabis humidors and other accessories, including limited edition designs for the discerning shopper.
Visit the website | The Apothecarry
44. Cannabusiness Law
No cannabis consumer or business owner wants to find themselves in court, but Cannabusiness Law is there to help when the unexpected happens. Kyndra Miller, ESQ. created this California Professional Legal Corporation that specializes in cases of criminal and civil law in the cannabis industry.
Visit the website | Cannabusiness Law
If you’ve heard of the popular Buzzboxx storage device, then you’re familiar with Nektar. The cannabis accessories company was created by Duke University graduate Julia Loni Turner, who wanted to design a brand that would appeal to every type of cannabis consumer.
Visit the website | Nekktar
46. UNOIA CBD
Based on a belief that CBD and mindfulness, mental health, and self-care can go hand in hand, UNOIA CBD produces premium CBD edibles, topicals, oils, and pet products. Snag a bundle package for the best value, and try a few of the customer-favorite products for yourself.
Visit the website | UNOIA CBD
47. That Glass Jar
Founder Bonita Money discovered cannabis topicals after her close friend began battling the deadly bacteria known as MRSA. Inspired by the incredible results and healing that appeared after her ill friend used Money’s combination of topicals cream and oils, she launched That Glass Jar. The organic topical cream has received rave reviews, with more information and purchasing options available via the site.
Visit the website | That Glass Jar
48. Blunt Blowin’ Mama
Cannabis and motherhood might not seem like the most obvious pairing, but Blunt Blowin’ Mama is setting out to show why that’s a misconception. Created for moms and women who are proud cannabis consumers, the community (and its accompanying podcast) was started by Shonitria Anthony.
Visit the website | Blunt Blowin’ Mama
49. Comfy Tree Enterprises
Succeeding as a cannabis business owner takes hard work, determination, and plenty of passion, but a professional business consultation can put your efforts to better use. Whether you have an established cannabis company or a new start-up, business expert and founder Tiffany Bowden can help you succeed.
Visit the website | Comfy Tree Enterprises
With InnDica as your ultimate guide to cannabis travel, you’ll be able to find and book hotels, tours, venues, and other 420-positive offerings. The California company was founded by Monique Jackson Fitzgerald and gives you endless options for cultivating memorable cannabis experiences.
Visit the website | InnDica
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