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Support Black Women in Cannabis: Five Black Female-Owned Dispensaries Rewriting the Narrative

Although Black History Month has come and gone this year, we understand the importance of celebrating Black History all year round! And in honor of Women’s History Month, we’re shining a spotlight on five incredible Black female-owned dispensaries that are not just changing the game but rewriting the narrative. Grab a cozy blanket, light up your favorite strain, and let’s explore these dispensaries where culture, community and cannabis combine!

1. Simply Pure, Denver, Colorado

Simply Pure in Denver, is not just a dispensary — it’s a pioneering force in the cannabis industry. Co-founded by Wanda James, a trailblazer and advocate for social equity, Simply Pure stands as one of the first Black-owned dispensaries in the United States. Simply Pure is also known for always supporting brands owned by veterans, Black Americans and women. When you’re in the Denver area, make it a point to stop by Simply Pure and show your support!

2. Mary and Main, Capitol Heights, Maryland

In the heart of Capitol Heights, Maryland, Mary and Main stands as a beacon of empowerment and education in the cannabis space. Founded by mother and daughter duo Hope Wiseman and Dr. Octavia Wiseman, this Black-owned dispensary goes beyond providing quality cannabis products — it’s a community hub where warmth, knowledge and good vibes come together.

The Mary and Main mission “is to provide safe, quality cannabis experiences that empower individuals to reimagine life for themselves, their loved ones, and community.” Mary & Main serves as a testament to the resilience and ability to enact positive change within their community. Step into Mary and Main for an experience that transcends the ordinary — where cannabis meets compassion and knowledge meets elevation.

3. Crystal Nugs, Sacramento, California

Nestled in the vibrant heart of Sacramento, Crystal Nugs emerges as a pioneering presence, marking the city’s first Black woman-owned dispensary. Originally a delivery-only cannabis service, CEO Maisha Bahati’s vision swiftly evolved, leading to the grand opening of Crystal Nugs storefront.

With her determination and vision, Bahati continues to champion diversity and representation in the industry, creating opportunities for others to follow in her footsteps. Through her groundbreaking work, Bahati is transforming perceptions and reshaping the cannabis landscape into one that embraces inclusivity and equality for all. If you happen to be in Sacramento, California, make sure to blaze a trail over to Crystal Nugs. Their top-notch cannabis and friendly vibes are sure to elevate your day!

4. Gorilla RX, Los Angeles, California

Gorilla RX is a groundbreaking dispensary that is rewriting the script on cannabis culture in South Los Angeles. Gorilla RX CEO Kika Keith is on a mission to transform the cannabis industry into a vehicle for economic empowerment and social justice. This visionary establishment isn’t just about selling products — it’s about embodying hope, resilience and community empowerment.

Gorilla RX is breaking down barriers and rewriting the narrative around marijuana legalization, challenging the status quo and advocating for inclusivity and equity for all. Through their wide range of cannabis products, wellness culture and community spirit, Gorilla RX is paving the way for a brighter, more equitable future in the cannabis industry and beyond. If you’re in the LA area, join the movement and be a part of the change at Gorilla RX Wellness.

5. Sixty Four & Hope, Los Angeles, California

Step into the vibrant world of Sixty Four & Hope in California. While Sixty Four & Hope has multiple locations with amazing founders, let’s take a look at the South LA and Melrose locations. With Black female owners at the helm of these two locations, Aja Allen and Rhavin Klein, these dispensaries are more than just places to buy cannabis — they’re symbols of empowerment and community engagement. Sixty Four & Hope offers a unique experience that goes beyond selling cannabis products by fostering connection and progress in the industry. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Sixty Four & Hope and contribute to the empowerment of Black women in the cannabis community.

Support Black Women in Cannabis

As we celebrate Black History and the amazing women in cannabis, let’s not only reflect on the past but also embrace the present and future of the industry, where Black women are leading the way with resilience, innovation and empowerment. These dispensaries are not just places to buy cannabis; they’re symbols of progress, community and hope.

Whether you live in or plan to visit Denver, Capitol Heights, Sacramento or Los Angeles, we encourage you to show support for Black women in cannabis and be part of the movement towards a more inclusive and equitable cannabis landscape.


Jazmine Shepherd is a former beauty business owner, bringing her entrepreneurial spirit to the cannabis industry. She began her journey as a budtender and trainer and now specializes in cannabis sales, marketing and content creation. Photo by Mary and Main.

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