The Challenges Facing Women and POC Founders in Cannabis

Chanda Macias, CEO of Women Grow, talks diversity and inclusion in marijuana

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Chanda Macias lost her house because of financing issues while working to start her cannabis business. Adweek

When it comes to diversity and inclusion, the cannabis industry is uniquely positioned to reconcile its own troubled roots. According to an ACLU report this year, Black Americans are almost four times more likely than white Americans to be arrested for marijuana-related offenses. Yet today, the thriving legal cannabis market still has far to go to right those wrongs: Only 4.3% of cannabis companies have Black owners.

@MaryEmilyOHara Mary Emily O'Hara is a diversity and inclusion reporter. They specialize in covering LGBTQ+ issues and other underrepresented communities.