Women Are Leading The Charge For Racial Justice In Legal Weed
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Women Are Leading The Charge For Racial Justice In Legal Weed

With marijuana fully legal in California, women of color are fighting to repair harm done by its prohibition. By Amanda Duberman 01/18/2018 05:31 am ET Updated Jan 18, 2018

Nina Parks bought a VIP ticket for her first cannabis business conference in early 2015.

“It was so expensive, I thought, I don’t even know how I’m going to pay for this,” she said, but she was new to the industry and hoped the meet-and-greet would offer networking opportunities with like-minded owners and operators in the growing medicinal market.

“I walked into that room, and I saw Amber, and she was the only one who had weed and the only woman of color,” Parks said.

Amber Senter, an entrepreneur and consultant in the business, was also the only woman of color on any of the conference’s panels, which delivered industry insight to an audience that seemed to have little personal or political investment in the plant and a lot more money to spend than those who did.

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