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Marijuana Activist Charlo Greene Discusses Cannabis Industry’s Lack Of Diversity

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Ganjapreneur recently touched base with marijuana activist Charlo Greene, who has been working to advance legalization efforts and protect medical marijuana patients in her home state of Alaska since she famously quit her job on live television last year.

Charlo has also been working to increase diversity in the legal cannabis industry, which, although it has received attention for the significant number of women entrepreneurs who have populated the space, has primarily been an industry populated by white people. Addressing several possible reasons for the disparity, she states that she believes the cannabis activist community and industry as a whole is ready and welcoming to cannabis entrepreneurs of color. “To be a true activist you have to know the cause you’re fighting for and its history,” she explains. “All real cannabis activists know our drug policy is racist as [EXPLETIVE].” In the interview, Greene also encourages people of color to pursue business opportunities in legal cannabis, but warns of the “double-edged sword” of publicity.

To help promote a more inclusive and representative industry, Charlo founded GoGREENE.org, a nonprofit intended to encourage diversity via education, networking, and empowerment. GoGreene.org’s stated mission is to “cultivate diversity in cannabis advocacy and industry” through events that promote “education, networking, and empowerment.”

“We’re working to activate communities of color as we march toward the end of prohibition and to arm everyday citizens from all walks of life with the education and community backing they need to champion the movement in their areas,” she says.

The full interview is available at the Ganjapreneur.com website.

About Ganjapreneur:

Ganjapreneur launched in July 2014 and has since established a significant presence in the cannabis business world. The website regularly publishes interviews and commentary from leading minds in the industry, and has also launched a B2B business directory, a live feed of job listings from marijuana job boards, a weekly podcast, a domain name marketplace for start-ups and venture capital firms, and a mobile app for Apple and Android devices which aggregates daily cannabis industry news, business profiles, and other information.

Source: PR Newswire


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  1. Yup! Things she’s done, and the fact that she has openly tried to open commercial activities prior to the commercial regulations allowing it have brought a lot of unwanted attention. She’s giving the impression that people in the marijuana industry aren’t going to follow the rules.

  2. Even when minorities have the Capital, bribery and unfair business along with prejudice increase. Just the American way. So, minorities need the super capital more than everyone else to make up for being a minority. Read Kim Kruger v Reyes appeal win case, where I am a hispanic woman and owner of a Medical Marijuana Collective in San Jose, Ca.


  3. Does playing the victim card ever get tiring to this group? There is a reason for the lack of diversity in MJ and it’s not because minorities are not given a chance. It’s because they minorities cannot afford to enter the legal market and compete. It’s called capitalism and sorry, but it’s the way the business world works.

    What Green is calling for is special treatment for minorities in the MJ industry so they can get their piece of the pie too. But it will come off the backs of someone else’s hard work and earnings. By treating them differently, it becomes discriminatory and racist itself.

    Most of the barriers minorities will face in the MJ industry will be capital and lack of it. They aren’t being prevented from entering the MJ industry because of their skin color or ethnicity. It is because of their lack of money.

    This chick had a job and decided to trash that job in a live on-air setting with the hopes it would lead to bigger and better things for her. It didn’t as of now. So of course she has to play the race card.

    Let’s also forget that their are many minority drug dealers that would not qualify for licensing because of past criminal records and others that would prefer to remain dealing the tax-free black market. It’s not a lack of diversity, those are choices made by those minorities.

    I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that even the weed industry needs its own Al Sharpton.

  4. I’m sure “gangsta” culture and “generational nihilism” has nothing to do with it.

    The black guy that I knew (I live in a mostly white area) was African black, new nothing of Cannabis, and was more interested in football and becoming a lawyer. No, he wasn’t a “diversity hire.” He is relatively actually qualified for it.

    I don’t believe the lack of “color” presence in the cannabis industry has anything to do with the “white establishment” “holding them down.”

    As far as I am concerned, allocating energy and effort to specific “races” to “promote” anything is racist…it says that “race” needs “special attention”

  5. You should talk to Cannabis activists in Alaska. They say she has done more to hurt the movement than helped.

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