Like pretty much everything else in the U.S. and world, the cannabis industry suffers from a lack of diversity at the leadership level. More diversity in cannabis ownership is absolutely needed. While legislators, activists, and business owners work to improve diversity in cannabis, it’s important we celebrate and spend money with the BIPOC-owned cannabis businesses in Washington already out there doing it! 

The following list is in no way complete. There are nearly 2,000 WSLCB cannabis business licenses out there and no official list of BIPOC-owned businesses. So this list is almost certainly missing some. It is a start, however. And with locations ranging all over Western Washington, hopefully, you’ll find local BIPOC-owned cannabis businesses you can support.

1. The Hollingsworth Cannabis Company

Owner/s: Black family-owned. The Hollingsworth family, Raft (brother) Joy (Sister) are sole owners

Location: Shelton

Business Type: Wholesale cannabis producer

Hollingsworth Cannabis

2. MFused

Owners: Jeff Freeman, (Biracial black man), Adam Melero (Latinx/Indigenous), and Yung Tan (Chinese)

Location: Seattle

Business Type: Extraction/Vape Cartridges

MFused

3. Canna West Seattle

Owner: Maryam Mirnateghi, Owner & CEO WoC-Iranian

Location: West Seattle

Business Type: Retailer

Canna West

4. Commencement Bay Cannabis

Owner: The Puyallup Tribe

Location: Tacoma

Business Type: Retailer

Commencement Bay Cannabis

5. Cedar Greens Cannabis Shop

Owner/s: Jameston S’Kallam Tribe

Location: Sequim

Business Type: Retailer

Cedar Greens Cannabis

6. Kush21

Owner: Michale Beraki- Eritrean immigrant

Locations: Burien, Vashon, Spokane

Business Type: Cannabis retailer

Kush 21

7. Dockside Cannabis

Owners: Aaron Varney, Maria Moses, & Oscar Velasco-Schmitz (Majority Latinx-owned)

Locations: Shoreline, Ballard, SODO, Green Lake

Business Type: Cannabis retailer

Dockside Cannabis

8. HempKings

Owners: Asian-owned

Location: Tacoma

Business Type: Flower producer

HempKings Facebook 

9. Joint Rivers

Owners: Muckleshoot Tribe

Location: Auburn

Business Type: Retailer

Joint Rivers

10. High Point Cannabis

Owners: Port Gamble S’klallam Tribe

Location: Kingston

Business Type: Retailer

High Point Cannabis

11. Elevation

Owner: Squaxin Island Tribe

Location: Shelton

Business Type: Retailer

Elevation

12. Agate Dreams

Owner: Suquamish Indian Tribe

Location: Poulsbo

Business Type: Retailer

Agate Dreams

13. Tokem Cannabis

Owner: Suquamish Indian Tribe

Location: Port Angeles

Business Type: Retailer

Tokem Cannabis

14. Remedy Tulalip

Owner: Tulalip Tribes

Location: Marysville

Business Type: Retailer

Remedy Tulalip

15. Salish Coast Cannabis

Owner: Swinomish Tribe

Location: Anacortes

Business Type: Retailer

Salish Coast Cannabis

16. El Rey de la Kush

Owner: Latinx-owned

Location: Chelan

Business Type: Flower Producer

El Ray de la Kush for sale

17. Natural Blessing 

Owner: Tamara Berkley, Black-owned

Location: Spanaway

Business Type: Cannabis Retailer

Natural Blessing

18. The Bake Shop

Owner: Pablo Gonzale, Latinx

Location: Prosser and Yakima

Business Type: Retailer

The Bake Shop

19. The Calyx Co.

Owner: Latinx-owned

Location: Prosser

Business Type: Flower Producer

The Calyx Co.

20. Gold Leaf Gardens

Owner: Native Hawaiian-owned

Location: Lacey

Business Type: Flower Producer

Gold Leaf Gardens

21. LEIRA

Owner: Asian-owned

Location: Lacey

Business Type: Flower Processor (cannabis cigars)

LEIRA

22. Polar Icetracts

Owner: Asian-owned

Location: Lacey

Business Type: Processor

Polar Icetracts

 

Sadly, the famously black-owned A Bud & Leaf in Olympia is no longer in business. Also worth mentioning, the Puyallup Tribe also owns its own cannabis testing lab, Medicine Creek Analytics. As of last spring, it was the only lab in Washington performing heavy metal testing. 

If you know of any additional BIPOC-owned cannabis businesses in Washington, please email emily.anna.manke@gmail.com. We’ll update the spreadsheet, and this article to include them.