THE BAY AREA LATINO CANNABIS ALLIANCE
There are so many different types of patients walking into our dispensary. It is truly indescribable. Hundreds of individual humans served by a handful of walking cannabis encyclopedias known colloquially as “budtenders”. These budtenders were deemed essential workers during the Covid pandemic.
De acuerdo al Centro de Control de Enfermedades (CDC), el 38% de pacientes con Coronavirus son Latinos y solo contamos con el 18% de la población Estadounidense.
Pero por qué nos afecta tanto? Sería que los Latinos contamos con trabajos esenciales como de restaurante, entrega de comida, limpiadores, tiendas, construccion, etc.
Between 2016 and 2018, Latinos in California made up 39% of the population but represented 46% of deadly police shootings – the second most disproportionate behind the rates for Blacks. New York Civil Liberties Union found that in 2011, more than 685,000 people had been stopped and frisked, most of them Black or Latino — and nearly 9 in 10 were innocent.
Jessica Alvarez grew up in San Francisco to Salvadoran parents. She is the COO at Joyus Recreation and Wellness Group, and at General Separations, in Oakland. With a range of projects that span from cultivation to retail, Jessie is quickly solidifying her place in the cannabis industry as a standout leader.
Jessie is this month’s Member Spotlight.
My name is Daniel Montero, I have been working in the cannabis industry full time my entire adult life. I am the recipient of the 2016 Ganjier Award, serve as Chair for the San Jose Cannabis Equity Working Group, and am a founding member of the Bay Area Latino Cannabis Alliance.