From Reality TV To Becoming The Youngest Black Woman Dispensary Owner
When you think of the marijuana industry today, you do not see many African-Americans especially African-American women. Surprise! Hope Wiseman changed the marijuana game as becoming the youngest black woman to own a dispensary in the United States of America.
Only 25 years young with a background in finance from Spelman College, Ms. Wiseman is shouting #BlackGirlMagic. Alongside her mother, Dr. Octavia Simkins-Wiseman, the creation of @MaryandMain Mary and Main, the first of its kind, opened last month in Maryland. The Wiseman women and their business partners, Dr. Larry Bryant and Dexter Parker, aim to “provide educational events like Cannabis 101 and events about the business side” and become “a hub for cannabis education and networking events.”
The Marijuana Business Daily conducted a survey of 389 dispensary owners and founders which concluded that less than 20% were minorities or non-White. Wiseman express that “a passion of [hers] is encouraging millennials and minorities to get into the industry.” The WAGS reality star gives some advice about anyone interested in the cannabis industry from the Black Enterprise. First, research your state’s rules and regulations then consider an ancillary company which could lower your resources while increasing your capital.
“We [millennials] will be the ones maintaining and improving the world we live in and using my platform to raise awareness among my peers and community is exactly what I plan to do,” says Wiseman. “With our main goal focused on community engagement the Mary and Main team strives to educate not only its patients, but also health professionals attempting to debunk the negative connotations associated with cannabis,” says Dr. Bryant, one of the co-founders.
If you are riding through John George’s county in Maryland, be sure to stop by Mary and Main. Check out the black-owned dispensary on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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Amber Peters is a current MBA candidate and full-time Accountant. She is a proud Alumna of Texas Southern University. “Faith without work means nothing”