While Pride month parades, community festivals and other celebrations have been underway all month long, many more events are set for this weekend before June winds down.
Dispensaries across the country have been commemorating the month to honor and recognize the LGBTQ+ community with special events and promotions, but there are other ways the cannabis industry promotes inclusion behind the scenes all year long. However, there is also still more work to do.
In this special guest interview, Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary asked three cannabis industry leaders from the LGBTQ+ community to share insights on how the industry can better support LGBTQ+ employees and customers, improve equity and elevate diverse perspectives and ideas. Excerpts from the conversation with Ian Hackett, chief marketing officer and head of compliance for Napa Valley Fumé, Clifton Lambert, director of human resources with Jushi Holdings Inc., and Niki Mohrlant, senior director of operations for Jushi’s Beyond/Hello dispensaries, are below.
Q: What has your experience been working in the cannabis industry?
Clifton Lambert, director of human resources, Jushi: “It’s been overall positive. When you come into cannabis, you have to have a very different mindset. The people in this industry are really passionate about what we’re doing and