Episode #30: Encountering Resistance and Doing It Anyway with Wanda James, Founder and CEO of Simply Pure Dispensary
Welcome back and thank you all for tuning in to the latest episode of the Working Within Podcast Season 3! We’re so glad to have you here with us. 💜
In this week’s episode we are joined by Wanda James who is the first Black woman to own a cannabis growth facility, edible company, and dispensary in the United States. Wanda is currently running for the Colorado University Board of Regents, which is responsible for overseeing a budget of $5.2 billion. Learn more about her platform here: wanda4cu.com
While Wanda is an extremely empowering force, we don't want to under-emphasize what we discuss about the criminal legal system, slave labor, and the impact of the drug war on predominantly Black communities. As Wanda mentions on this episode, "the dispensary is a means to an end" for the historical, disproportionate incarceration of Black bodies due to cannabis.
Taking risks and being the first can be exhausting, trying, and anxiety-provoking, but we dive deep into how we have power to choose the narrative for our lives. This episode’s title really resonates with the way that we envision this podcast growing and evolving as we touch on subjects we never have before. From cannabis to political movements, openly discussing these topics is something we’re learning to be unapologetic about.
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