The following is an excerpt from We Buy Black. Titled: “Black Woman Accomplishes Another First In The Cannabis Industry.” By D’Juan Hopewell.
Recently the Detroit area welcomed its first dispensary, after the state legalized cannabis in 2019. That dispensary is First Quality Medz in River Rouge and the owner is Vetra Stephens, a Black woman.
Stephens is in the right place, at the right time. As the only dispensary in the Detroit area, she currently has little competition. This is partially due to the fact that the Detroit City Council passed a measure to temporarily block new dispensaries, until more Blacks and minorities are allowed to have a presence in what is sure to be a tremendous growth industry. Detroit is a majority-Black city and thus the Council’s concern is not unfounded. Frankly, it’s difficult to discuss cannabis without engaging in a discussion about race.