In this episode, Benjamin Bey of Soul D’licious Seasonings and guest co-host Melinda Brown of THC Production, LLC interview Anthony McCrary, CEO of Diversity Management Partners. Melinda Brown the director of sales at OMG THC and Experience Premium Cannabis. Additionally, she helps support the other account reps in Nevada.
Ben and Melinda talk with Anthony McCrary about his work in the field of diversity and its relationship to the cannabis industry. Additionally, Anthony discusses the plight of the minority community in relation to cannabis prohibition. Finally, he discusses how the cannabis industry is working to make the industry more inclusive.
Hash it Out – Anthony McCrary
Anthony went to JFK College of Law and was the commissioner in Solano county for the Juvenile Justice Commission. While Anthony McCrary may not know much about the cannabis industry, he’s a pro when it comes to diversity. After all, he built his entire company around the concept. According to Anthony, the legal cannabis industry was built on the backs of black and brown people. After all, many of them have suffered in jails and prisons and dealt with the ramifications of that stigma for years. In fact, many around the country still do to this day. Meanwhile, industrious entrepreneurs are taking advantage of this new legal market while these minority groups are left in the dust. Furthermore, there has been a severe lack of diversity in the cannabis industry from day one. And we know. We’ve discussed this before with Frank Hawkins and other podcast guests.
Currently, less than 1% of dispensaries are owned by African Americans. A lot of this has to do with economic exclusion, lack of large capital, and a lack of business mentorship. Meanwhile, more and more are being incarcerated at rights much higher than the rest of the population. However, the cannabis industry has taken notice of this and more companies are working to change the diversity issues faced in the industry. Anthony McCrary does his part to focus on bringing these issues to the forefront of dialogs and making the uncomfortable comfortable.
Diversity Management Partners
Anthony McCrary runs Diversity Management Partners – a premier Diversity and Inclusion consulting firm. They partner with companies of all sizes to establish a multicultural client base and become the employer of choice for a diverse workforce. They design and manage diversity and inclusion programs, create strategic partnerships, and identify or implement multicultural initiatives. Additionally, they work with HR consulting services and training for the new era.
To learn more about Anthony McCrary and Diversity Management Partners, you can visit his LinkedIn page. Finally, make sure to visit Anthony’s new club West Side Oasis in Las Vegas!
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