As is typical of most entrepreneurs, I like to think that I am responsible for my success. Entrepreneurs do work very hard, and some are talented enough (and lucky enough) to become successful.
Still, white entrepreneurs, especially those of us in the cannabis industry, must also acknowledge that we have benefitted from the business version of white privilege. The reality is that we have built our businesses on the backs of people of color, deliberately targeted and negatively impacted by the “war on drugs” and the criminalization of cannabis. That is why, if we are going to provide more than lip service to the issue, “inclusion” and “diversity” must be more than buzzwords. Creating a more equitable industry cannot be a feel-good concept; it must be viewed as a raison d’être that requires real action.