EXCLUSIVE: How To Disrupt The Patient-To-Prisoner Pipeline? Thoughts From First Black Woman To Win An MMJ License

How can we create equity in cannabis? 

This and many other important questions concerning the marijuana industry were tackled by Chanda Macias, CEO of Ilera Holistic Healthcare during a panel discussion at the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference. Macias is also known to the industry as the first Black woman to receive a medical marijuana license and the first to operate in multiple states. 

The panel, moderated by Sammi Toorish, VP of Global Investments at Arcadian Capital, also focused on disrupting the patient-to-prisoner pipeline. Toorish reminded the packed room at the Fontainebleau Miami Hotel that creating equity in  starts with acknowledging and reiterating that historically there has not been equity, certainly from a political perspective. She noted that inequity has trickled into the industry's and persists today.

Macias’ Experience 

Macias opened up about her personal experience of inequality in the industry. After having earned a Ph.D. in prostate cancer research, she soon realized that marijuana could treat cancer symptoms. Though when she asked her mentor …

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