LA’s New Black-Woman-Owned Dispensary Is an Ode to Harlem Renaissance Speakeasies – Thrillist

Photo courtesy of Josephine & Billie’s

A new take on dispensaries has arrived in South LA with the debut of Josephine & Billie’s. Founded by CEO Whitney Beatty and COO Ebony Andersen, the cannabis club is modeled after speakeasy-style “tea pads” that were popular among Black artists during the Harlem Renaissance and seeks to create a safe space for women of color who have been historically neglected by the industry.

“We wanted to create a space for women of color to explore cannabis in a real way,” Beatty explains. “We know that women are more stress-prone than men, and that women of color face more anxiety and stress than white women, but what we have not talked about is how cannabis can really help with that.”

The mission of Josephine & Billie’s is to not only educate women of color and their allies about responsible cannabis consumption and its potential healing benefits, but to do so in a familiar environment that speaks to their cultures and communities.

As Andersen says, “Whitney and I have picked out every single element of this space. It has a lot of nostalgic moments, things that we identify with and things

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