Dasheeda Dawson, the new head of Portland, Ore.’s Cannabis Program, believes it’s essential to disseminate accurate information about the plant, and the costs of prohibition.
She joined the regulatory side in May, after stints in cannabis advocacy and consulting, as well as the mainstream business world. “It’s different, but it’s also empowering,” she said of the new position, calling herself an advocate “within the system.”
In the role, Dawson, 41, oversees Portland’s cannabis regulatory, licensing, compliance, policy, education and equity initiatives. She took the post as support for Black and Latino cannabis entrepreneurs — a concept generally known as “equity” — has received increasing attention nationwide, but the industry remains largely white-owned. Nationwide, equity programs face significant challenges.
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