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The Cannabis Diversity Report with Tahir Johnson

68 EpisodesProduced by Tahir JohnsonWebsite

Tahir Johnson hosts cannabis industry leaders to discuss their experiences, challenges and success stories as trailblazing minorities in the industry. Support this podcast:

68 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

#067 GreenSTOP - James Edwards & Timothy Island

March 22nd, 2023


James Edwards and Timothy Island serve as Co-CEOS at GreenSTOP INC, an ancillary technology company that provides automated solutions for retailers.

#066 Cleveland School of Cannabis - Tyrone Russell & Kevin Greene

March 22nd, 2023


The Cleveland School of Cannabis is the only State Approved Career School for Cannabis education east of Colorado. CSC has industry …

#065 Black Cannabis Week - Cherron Perry-Thomas

March 16th, 2023


Black Cannabis Week (BCW22) is a collective web of educational and informational experiences to empower Black communities to move toward social and …

#064 Magic Hour Cannabis - Will Perry

September 21st, 2022


Originally from the Bronx, Will started his career at top advertising agencies in New York and Los Angeles, but quickly realized he wasn't passionate about the day to day. He began working at friends' grow in Los …

#063 Last Prisoner Project - Richeda Ashmeade

August 9th, 2022


Richeda Ashmeade is a Last Prisoner Project constituent who is heading into her second year of law school in Atlanta, GA. From competing on the San …

#062 Lawrence Hudson - Cronos Group

April 25th, 2022


Lawrence Hudson Jr is a Government Affairs Associate with Cronos Group, a globally diversified and vertically integrated cannabis company with a presence across four continents. Lawrence received his JD from Howard …

#061 Marijuana Policy Project - Toi Hutchinson

March 28th, 2022


Toi Hutchinson is the President and CEO of The Marijuana Policy Project. Toi served as an Illinois Senator, representing the 40th District from 2009 …

#060 Terrell Taylor - The MJ Connect/ Medleaf

March 25th, 2022


Terrell Taylor is Inventory Manager at MedLeaf Dispensary in Upper Marlboro, MD. Terrell recently launched an app called The MJ Connect that helps cannabis patients find daily deals. To learn more about The MJ Connect …

#059 Kristin Jordan - Park Jordan

December 29th, 2021


Kristin Jordan is the Founder + CEO of Park Jordan, a commercial real estate brokerage and advisory services firm serving the cannabis industry.  She …

#058 420NJEvents - Brendon Robinson and Stanley Okoro

November 27th, 2021


420NJEvents is Black Owned Cannabis Lifestyle Brand focused on advocating for minorities that have been disproportionately impacted by the "War on Drugs." The company is Co-Founded by CEO Stanley Okoro and VP, Brendon …

#057 Ebony Andersen - Josephine and Billie's

November 22nd, 2021


Ebony Andersen has over 15 years of experience as a land-use professional. She routinely works with special interest groups and legislative lobbyists …

#056 Cleveland School of Cannabis - Tyrone Greene and Kevin Russell

November 16th, 2021


The  Cleveland  School  of  Cannabis  is  the  only  State  Approved  Career School for Cannabis  education  east  of Colorado.  CSC  has  industry …

#055 Tiyahnn Bryant - Roll Up Life

November 15th, 2021


New Jersey native Tiyahnn Bryant started Roll Up Life in 2018 after noticing a significant gap within the cannabis industry. While networking and …

#054 Kaliko Castille - Minority Cannabis Industry Association

November 15th, 2021


Kaliko Castille is the Board Chair and Co-Founder of ThndrStrm Strategies, a digital marketing and strategic communications firm.  Before starting ThndrStrm, Kaliko spent 10 years in the marijuana reform movement, …

#053 Brittany Williams - PharmaCann

November 4th, 2021


Brittany Williams joined PharmaCann in April 2021 as the vice president of social equity, diversity & inclusion where she is leading the …

#052 Judge Shelli Hayes - Bridge City Collective

November 3rd, 2021


Judge Shelli Hayes (ret.), Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, brings 5+ years of regulated cannabis industry experience to Bridge City …

#051 Chirali Patel - Blaze Responsibly

September 28th, 2021


Recognized on the InsiderNJ 2021 “Insider 100: Cannabis Power List” as an influential voice in the cannabis debate, Chirali started her journey in the cannabis industry through self-education and organic networking in …

#50 Corvain Cooper, Anthony Alegrete, and Loriel Alegrete - 40 Tons Brand

September 28th, 2021


40 Tons is an equity-focused social impact cannabis brand in California’s adult-use cannabis market that sells apparel and accessories to support …

#049 Jungle Cae - Cae Jones

September 13th, 2021


Cae Jones is an expert in all things Black Botany! He's been growing his own jungle of over 60 Houseplants, Vegetables, Herbs, and Cannabis for the past 2 years. He explores Cannabis Science and Education as The …

# 048 Antuanette Gomez - Pleasure Peaks

September 13th, 2021


Antuanette is an International Speaker and Cannabis Business Maven. She is the Founder + CEO of Pleasure Peaks, a Cannabinoid Sexual Health Company. She is also the Director of Canada at M4MM . And mentors many startups …

#047 Michael Malcolm - WeedTravelFood

August 14th, 2021


Michael Malcolm was born and raised on the south side of Chicago! ⁣⁣⁣

🏡 A real estate investor, a Realtor w/ @atproperties since 2012 and i’ve been …

#046 Amber Norwood - Weed The People Law

August 6th, 2021


After graduating from law school and spending time working for the United States Attorney’s Office in Miami, Florida, upon her return to California …

#045 Janessa Bailey - Leafly

August 6th, 2021


Janessa Bailey serves as the Culture Editor for Leafly. With a background in content, activism, and African-American studies, Janessa focuses on …

#044 Shaleen Title - The Parabola Center

July 24th, 2021


Shaleen Title is an Indian-American attorney and longtime drug policy activist. She currently serves as Distinguished Cannabis Policy Practitioner in …

#043 Otha Smith - Tetragram

July 12th, 2021


Otha was born in Lothian, Md located in beautiful Southern Anne Arundel County. An entrepreneur at an early age, he started his first business, …

#042 Niambe McIntosh - Peter Tosh Foundation

May 30th, 2021


Niambe Mcintosh is the last child of the revolutionary musician and activist Peter Tosh. Despite being the youngest of nine, Niambe is an executive …

# 041 Martine Francis Pierre - Cannalution

May 24th, 2021


Known as the Lioness of Marketing, Martine aims to serve as the GPS for Black and Brown founders in the cannabis space, empowering them to start, build and scale their businesses through a mix of education and …

#040 C Cimone Casson - Cannas Capital

May 19th, 2021


Cimone Casson is a cannabis insurance agent and the owner of Cannas Capital an insurance company that focuses on the protection needs of cannabis and crafting brewing businesses. Cannas Capital produces tailor-made …

#039 Cherissa Jackson - AMVETS Heal Program

May 12th, 2021


Cherissa Jackson, a registered nurse and retired Air Force combat clinician, with 23 years of active duty service, deployed three times during Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom as a battlefield clinician. …

#038 Naomi Granger - National Association of Cannabis Accounting and Tax Professionals

March 26th, 2021


A former “Big 4” accounting professional, Naomi Granger has over 15 years of experience in both public accounting and industry accounting. Over 4 years ago, Naomi decided to try her hat at entrepreneurship and has never …

#037 Mariah Dodson - Evolution of Healing

March 16th, 2021


Mariah Dodson is a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, US Army veteran and local politician who serves as Vice-Chair of the California City, CA …

#036 Jerel Registre - Curio Wellness

March 7th, 2021


Jerel Registre is Managing Director of the Curio WMBE Fund. The fund was started by Maryland cannabis company Curio Wellness with the goal of …

#035 Gia V Morón - Women Grow

March 7th, 2021


Gia V Morón is the President for Women Grow. She oversees the company’s day-to-day operations, internal and external communications, education programming, and strategic partnerships. She began working with Women Grow …

# 034 Bryant Bowens - CRONJA Culture

March 3rd, 2021


Bryant Bowens from Gary, IN, is the Co Founder of CRONJA Culture LLC, Partner at Murano Tips & JC RAD Inc.  CRONJA is a consumer lifestyle brand …

#033 Kelly Perez and Courtney Mathis - Cannabis Doing Good

February 22nd, 2021


Cannabis doing good is a platform to create opportunities for cannabis and communities to collaborate, to inspire new ways of people, planet and …

# 032 Venus Hemachandra - Herbiculture

February 17th, 2021


Venus Hemachandra is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer at Herbiculture. Herbiculture is one of a very few minority and woman owned medical …

#31 Ngaio Bealum - Comedian | Cannabis Expert

February 5th, 2021


Ngaio Bealum is an American comedian, musician, writer, actor, activist, juggler and publisher. He co-hosted Cannabis Planet and published West Coast Cannabis Magazine. Bealum hosted his own podcast on Cannabis Radio, …

#30 Susan Hwang - Best Dispensary

February 3rd, 2021


With a background in biochemistry and microbiology, as well as being the founder, CEO, and market leader for several cannabis companies, Susan Hwang

#029 Andrew Farrior - Digital Venture Partners

January 22nd, 2021


Andrew Farrior is the Managing Partner at Digital Venture Partners. He has over 10 years of Marketing, Communications, and Project Management experience. Digital Venture Partners was founded as one of the only …

#028 Yoko Miyashita - Leafly

January 20th, 2021


Yoko Miyashita is the CEO of Leafly, the world’s definitive cannabis information resource and a marketplace to connect consumers with cannabis retailers and brands. Miyashita joined Leafly in 2019 as General Counsel, …

#27 Alphonso "Tucky" Blunt Jr. - Blunts + Moore

January 8th, 2021


A child of Yahweh, Husband, Father, Hard Worker, Hustla, Alphonso (Tucky) Blunt Jr., is a true testament to walking your path. The Owner of both Blunts + Moore dispensary, and Proud Papas clothing is a 5th generation …

#026 Kim Napoli, Esq - Parallel

December 27th, 2020


Kim Napoli is the Senior Director of Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Affairs at Parallel, one of the largest privately-held multi-state …

#025 Richard Ng - Cookies | Backbone

December 18th, 2020


Richard Ng is a ‘cannapreneur’ who is committed to creating an equitable cannabis industry. As a Social Impact consultant he worked with startups in …

#024 Ishaq Ali - Eaze

December 3rd, 2020


Ishaq Ali is the Social Impact Manager at Eaze. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fresno State with a degree in Political Science, Middle Eastern …

#023 Mary Jane Oatman and Amir Caliph El Bey - The Indigenous History of Cannabis

November 27th, 2020


Mary Jane Oatman is a mitochondrial matriarch of the Nimiipuu people who inherited the responsibility of recuperating sacred sites and restoring traditional economies. She is the Founder and Executive Director of The …

#022 Dasheeda Dawson and Ice Dawson - She Blaze

November 27th, 2020


She Blaze is a trailblazing podcast bringing Cannabis culture from a woman’s perspective to the mainstream. Co-hosts Dasheeda and Ice are millennial …

#021 Nadir Pearson - SMART (Student Marijuana Alliance for Research & Transparency)

November 27th, 2020


Nadir Pearson, a recent graduate of Brown University is the founder of SMART (Student Marijuana Alliance for Research & Transparency) a national …

#020 Leo Bridgewater

November 25th, 2020


Leo Bridgewater Sr. currently serves as Director of Veteran's Outreach for Minorities for Medical Marijuana. Born and raised in Trenton NJ, he …

#019 Rico Lamitte - Canivision

November 20th, 2020


Rico Lamitte is the founder and CEO of Canivision. In 2016 a cancer scare led Lamitte to abruptly leave a nearly 10-year career in corporate finance …

#018 Landon Dais - Plant Inspired Future

November 11th, 2020


Landon Dais is the Chief Strategy Officer at Plant Inspired Future. He specializes in policy, employment, and construction litigation and is admitted …

#017 CJ Wallace and Willie Mack - Think BIG

November 1st, 2020


CJ Wallace and Willie Mack founded the cannabis company Think BIG to honor the legacy of CJ's father The Notorious B.I.G.

Think Big is a champion for social and criminal justice reform, including the fights against mass …

#016 Caroline Phillips - National Cannabis Festival

October 28th, 2020


Caroline Phillips is the founder and Executive Producer of the National Cannabis Festival and principal of The High Street, a marketing and events …

#015 Jessica Gonzalez - Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana

October 20th, 2020


Jessica Gonzalez currently serves as a Cannabis and Intellectual Property attorney at Bressler Amery & Ross, a multidisciplinary law firm with …

#014 Nina Parks and Ramon Garcia - Original Equity Group

October 9th, 2020


Nina Parks is the creator of cannabis brand, Gift of Doja and currently serves as Madame Chair of The San Fransisco Cannabis Oversight Committee.
Ramone Garcia is the owner of two family run cannabis businesses, cannabis …

#013 Margeaux Bruner - Minority Cannabis Business Association

October 7th, 2020


Margeaux Bruner is an experienced cannabis leader and speaker who specializes in compliance, operations, government affairs, policy, social equity, …

#012 Tauhid Chappell - The CannAtlantic Conference

October 6th, 2020


Tauhid Chappell is an Executive Board member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists, the first and oldest association of black …

#011 Chris Jackson - Sticky

September 12th, 2020


Chris Jackson was previously a candidate for Pontiac City Council and State Representative (29thDistrict). Excited to explore entrepreneurial endeavors in a new & emerging market, Chris partners with the Sticky …

#010 Chris Ball - Ball Family Farms

September 5th, 2020


Chris Ball is the Founder of Ball Family Farms, Inc., the first vertically integrated, minority-owned, Social Equity commercial cannabis facility in Los Angeles. Mr. Ball is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovative …

#009 - David Hua - Meadow

September 4th, 2020


David Hua is the CEO and Co-Founder of Meadow, a software company built from the ground up for California cannabis, and Y-Combinator's first start-up …

#008 Justinian Mason - MG Island Group

August 28th, 2020


Justinian Mason is a career coach and business consultant. He spent over 2 years at Vangst, one of the cannabis industry's leading recruiting …

#007 Khadijah Adams - Girl Get That Money

August 21st, 2020


Khadijah Adams is the founder of "Girl Get That Money" a business empowerment coaching and consultancy movement. An Entrepreneur and Investor, …

#006 James Jackson - Mark Edward Partners

August 14th, 2020


James Jackson is the Global Head of Cannabis and SVP, Diversity & Inclusion Practice Lead at Mark Edward Partners. James leads the firm’s Cannabis Practice, providing risk management oversight and offering …

#005 Seun Adedeji - Elev8 Cannabis, Reginald Stanfield - JustinCredible Cultivation, Devin Alexander

August 7th, 2020


Meet some of the black men that are breaking down barriers and changing the game in the Massachusetts cannabis industry. On this episode Reginald …

#004 Hope Wiseman - Mary and Main

July 31st, 2020


At the age of 25, Hope Wiseman became the youngest black woman dispensary owner in the country. In September 2018, her dispensary, Mary and Main, opened their doors to Prince George’s County with a purpose of serving …

#003 Shawnee Williams - Illinois Equity Staffing

July 17th, 2020


Shawnee WIlliams is the Co-Founder of Illinois Equity Staffing. She is a Recruiter & Account Executive with a background in Business Operations, Sales and Recruiting. She has a MS in Business and years hands on …

#002 Chrstine De La Rosa - The People's Dispensary

July 12th, 2020


Christine spent 20 years as a systems and database architect in tech before coming to cannabis. She is a well-respected business leader, advocate and activist.
At the top of her career she almost died from complications …

#001 Kevin Ford Jr - Uplift Maryland

July 11th, 2020


Kevin Ford, Jr., is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Uplift Companies, a one-stop shop that has won contracts from the State of Maryland to develop and implement education and training programs for …

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