Mary Pryor: Co-Founder of Cannaclusive talks chronic illness as a woman of color, the white-washing of cannabis, and de-stigmatizing cannabis in black & brown communities
This week I’m talking to Mary Pryor, Co-Founder of Cannaclusive. Mary is a passionate and vocal media expert currently based in Los Angeles and New York. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Mary received exposure to automotive design, electrical engineering, music, digital arts and marketing at an early age. Today Mary is a powerful and accomplished Digital and Marketing Specialist who has worked for major brands such as Sony Music Group, Viacom, CBS News, Ebony Magazine, The Rolling Stones, VaynerMedia, just to name a few. She realizes that there is a pressing need for agencies that catered to culturally rich and niche audiences through digital and social marketing integration. Mary is a proud native Detroiter and Wolverine thanks to the University of Michigan.
In our chat, Mary and I dig into her experience being chronically ill and a woman of color; How cannabis has drastically improved her health and helps her manage her Crohn's Disease symptoms; The white-washing of the cannabis industry; Working to de-stigmatize cannabis in black and brown communities and educating on the health benefits of cannabis; Her work helping underrepresented business owners connect to funding; The different opportunities in cannabis for minorities; The responsibility of white entrepreneurs in the industry to highlight the racist history of canna prohibition, acknowledge its ongoing impact and use their privilege to challenge hypocrisy; And so much more!
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