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US (CA): Black entrepreneurs say proposal to freeze cannabis permits for part of Sacramento will hurt equity progress

Sacramento City Council is considering an emergency cannabis dispensary permit use freeze in North Sacramento. Black cannabis entrepreneurs are speaking out against the possible freeze, saying exceptions must be made to ensure equity. 

In the ever-growing cannabis industry, few people look like Maisha Bahati, CEO of Crystal Nugs. The cannabis delivery service is the only one in Sacramento owned by Black women. "I grew up in Meadowview California, in a very underserved community here in Sacramento and I had to struggle, you know, a lot of my life, to get to this point," said Bahati.

Miko Banks of North Sacramento is also speaking out against the possible freeze. Banks is the CEO of ResziinFarm, a horticulture facility that will assist up and coming cannabis entrepreneurs from underserved communities. She said she and future Black and Brown entrepreneurs will be directly impacted by a moratorium. The facility is set to open in less than two years. 

"We always have to fight," said Banks. "When these big companies can come in because they have the money to do it."


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