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Black pot entrepreneurs fight for piece of Washington’s very white marijuana industry

Black pot entrepreneurs fight for piece of Washington’s very white marijuana industry

Melissa Santos | February 13, 2020

Dedrick Hairston once dreamed of making fresh-baked cinnamon rolls infused with weed.

It was late 2012, and Washington voters had just legalized recreational use of marijuana by passing Initiative 502. Hairston ran two local bakeries at the time, as well as a medical marijuana collective garden.

His hope was to unite his disparate businesses and start selling high quality, marijuana-infused baked goods.

Eight years later, however, his vision continues to go unrealized.

Black pot entrepreneurs fight for piece of Washington’s very white marijuana industry






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