Boston’s first Black female-owned cannabis dispensary opens for business – CBS Boston

By Courtney Cole, WBZ-TV

CHARLESTOWN – Boston now has its first cannabis dispensary owned by a Black woman. Nike John, the founder of The Heritage Club in Charlestown told us she’s excited to invite people in to experience the space.

“The absolute best part of our opening was on day two. Someone came in and said, ‘I’ve never been to a dispensary before. My roommate said this was a place that was inviting and where you could ask questions.’ And I was like that’s why I built this,” John explained.

This milestone comes six years after cannabis was first legalized in Massachusetts and three years after the City of Boston created The Cannabis Equity Program, with the goal of diversifying the industry in Boston.

WBZ’s Courtney Cole takes a look at the challenges the dispensary owner faced along the way– and how the city’s program is impacting the face of the industry, locally.

From the moment you step into the thoughtfully curated space of The Heritage Club, you know this isn’t going to just be a retail experience — but an educational one, too.

“One of my favorite parts of how this got started was that my mom suggested that

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