First Black woman-owned cannabis dispensary in Sacramento opens storefront – ABC10.com KXTV

Crystal Nugs CEO Maisha Bahati started off running a cannabis delivery-only business before recently opening a store on J Street.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Crystal Nugs recently became the fourth cannabis storefront under Sacramento’s Cannabis Opportunity and Equity (CORE) program — and the city’s first Black woman-owned dispensary.

“Knowing that Crystal Nugs is setting a precedent and creating opportunities for others feels truly empowering,” said CEO and co-founder Maisha Bahati. “CORE provided me with close to $200,000 in both grants and loans. That helped substantially with the financial costs incurred for our construction build-out phase of Crystal Nugs.”

Initially launched as a delivery-only cannabis dispensary, Bahati celebrated the storefront’s ribbon-cutting ceremony in recent weeks.

The dispensary on midtown’s J Street now joins three other storefronts opened with the help of the CORE program; The Pocket Dispensary, Off The Charts and Embarc.

According to city officials, the program was launched in 2018 to address communities of color impacted by the War on Drugs and offer them assistance in starting cannabis businesses.

Crystal Nugs first opened in 2019, with Bahati telling ABC10 her dispensary brought a “feminine touch” and crushed stereotypes of

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