The following is except from Detour Detroit. Titled: “In an industry with profound barriers, these Black women cannabis entrepreneurs are creating new models of leadership.” Published June 18, 2018.
“Starting off we were completely blind, because there’s no business model, it is ever growing and evolving. We just had to step in and we immediately saw the holes and what was needed,” said Stephens. “I went through all of the bumps and lumps so that the next person’s experience will be smooth.”
“Because of the inherent struggle that Black women have been through, we believe it’s only right to help someone else coming up,” she told Detour. “I’ve opened and run a cannabis business that’s lucrative, so I know how to make this business work. My voice has value.”
These days, Stephens is a sought-after voice by Lansing’s decision makers, who seek her advice on issues including licensing and regulatory matters.
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