SXSW 2023

Black Women in Cannabis - More Diversity is Needed


Kema Ogden, Nevada's 1st Black woman cannabis dispensary owner, will moderate an in-depth discussion with 3 other Black women cannabis owners: Wanda James - America's 1st Black woman dispensary owner and CEO of Simply Pure in Denver, Colorado; Rebecca Colette CEO of Calyxeum, a Black woman owned/operated cannabis cultivation and manufacturing brand from Detroit, Michigan; Whitney Beatty, the 1st Black woman dispensary owner in Los Angeles, California and CEO of Josephine & Billies. They will discuss where the legal cannabis industry has been, where it is now, where the industry needs to go in terms of building a more diverse industry to include women and people of color, how social equity should be implemented, and other areas of improvement so the industry can reach its full potential.

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  1. Share brief industry history, explain where the industry is today and discuss where it needs to go moving forward.
  2. Discuss how social equity efforts have fallen short, share how social equity programs can improve the industry.
  3. The cannabis industry was built on the backs of Black/Brown people yet People of Color (POC) rarely have ownership while many still sit in jail today.



Kema Ogden, Co-Owner, Top Notch The Health Center (THC)

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Cannabis
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced

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