Cannabis Activist Says Missouri’s Medical Market Needs More Black Entrepreneurs

Medical marijuana dispensaries are starting to open across Missouri, but some activists say there’s a big problem — a lack of racial diversity.

Marne Madison, Missouri chapter president of Minorities for Medical Marijuana, takes issue with the fact that most dispensary owners are white, even at locations planning to open in predominantly Black communities.

She said people of color in urban communities like St. Louis weren’t given enough resources to get involved in the new industry.

“I was a little taken back by the picture of the first official sale of cannabis in Missouri, and there were three white people in the picture … where was that representation?” she said. “When we talk about ownership, we talk about a lack of proper implementation of things that we can use to help minorities, specifically Black people, to actually get in.”

– Read the entire article at St. Louis Public Radio.

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