Last week Hood Incubator founder
Lanese Martin spoke on cannabis equity at the 2019 Reform conference in St. Louis. And where conversation might have become typically bogged down in the perceived failures of our state’s equity implementation, the talk took a turn when Emily Ramos, co-founder of the New York-based ¡High Mi Madre!’ enthusiastically endorsed worker co-operatives.
- While producer co-ops and consumer co-ops have important distinctions, they share status as businesses where employees and workers own an equal part of the business, share in revenues or profits, and vote on how the business is run.
- Of the glacial movement to embrace co-ops among cannabis entrepreneurs in her state, Martin observed, “It turns out that folks would rather be the CEO of a dollar than the co-owner of one thousand dollars.
- Cali MCs such as Snoop Dogg and B-Real taught hip-hop how to make art out of selling weed. Now, hip hop is paying it forward with insights on the legit cannabiz.