The Fighters is a series that spotlights people on the front lines of shifting power. These are the activists and agitators who are fighting to change the world for the better.
Valued at more than $20 billion nationwide, cannabis is the nation’s fastest-growing industry — and one of its most lucrative. Perhaps not surprisingly, its corporate beneficiaries are largely white, wealthy, and male, while those who continue to suffer from its criminalization are largely low-income people of color. Even as legalization in some states has contributed to the industry’s growth, marijuana arrests in nearly half the country shot up between 2014 and 2016, almost entirely among black and Latino people.
In Oakland, a group of cannabis entrepreneurs called Supernova Women is working to address these inequalities. Founded in 2015 by three of women of color, the organization’s goal is to not only increase the number