A Black Woman’s Mission To Make Washington D.C. The Capital Of Cannabis – Forbes

Anacostia Organics’ Linda Mercado Greene is creating a new model for cannabis ownership and inspiring others along the way.

If you’re looking for cannabis in Washington D.C., most local residents will tell you to visit Linda Mercado Greene’s dispensary called Anacostia Organics. Mercado Greene is a fixture at the medical cannabis dispensary she owns and operates in Washington’s Anacostia neighborhood. Along with being one of the first Black women to own a medical cannabis dispensary east of the Anacostia River, Mercado Greene is also a leading voice on the legalization of marijuana in the District of Columbia.

As one of the few Black women in the country with a medical cannabis dispensary license, and one of the first ten Black women to win a license nationwide, Mercado Greene has chosen to dedicate her life to serving her community and diversifying an industry that, even in legalization, has predominantly benefited white men. 

According to 2018 FBI data, drug-related violations were the most frequent reason for arrest in the United States. Marijuana possession alone accounts for nearly 40 percent of those arrests. Black people make up just more than 13 percent of the country, yet they account for 27 percent of the drug

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