Progressive would not be the first word you would use to describe Saint Louis, MO. But, things are changing. In 2021, the city elected Tishaura Jones as its mayor, the first Black woman to hold that office in the city’s history.

Other Black women like Marne Madison are working hard to build the Saint Louis they want to see. Marne is the Executive Director for Exit-Now, a not-for-profit organization advocating for minorities to get the training and education necessary to enter the cannabis industry.

Exit-Now is partnering with licensed cannabis vendors and education programs across the country to help break the glass barriers preventing minorities from entering the cannabis industry.

As Madison explains, “the war on drugs, which led to mass…

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