According to a recent news feature from the San Francisco Weekly, NAACP leaders in California are pushing for more back ownership of medical marijuana dispensaries in the state. While there are many black workers in the medical cannabis industry in Los Angeles and across the state, these workers are typically security personnel or working as budtenders in the dispensaries. There is very little black ownership of major dispensaries and that is what NAACP leaders want to change.
There is a saying that has become somewhat well known in the industry is that that the green rush is more of white rush that many would like. According to research, less than one percent of the nation’s 3,600 dispensaries are owned by black individuals.