Entrepreneur Set To Make History With Cannabis Dispensary After Leaving Six-Figure Finance Job

May 25, 2023 · Yahoo!News

New ground is about to be broken in New Jersey. 

NJBIZ reports that Tahir Johnson — the owner of Simply Pure Trenton — is set to become the first entrepreneur with a cannabis-related conviction to own and operate a legal-use dispensary in New Jersey.

“We’re really proud to be opening and excited to show the community what we’re doing and show that we can compete at a high level,” Johnson said, according to the outlet. “I don’t want to just be the best Black-owned dispensary or social equity dispensary. We really want to be the best dispensary here in New Jersey and, I mean, really the best in the country or the world for that matter.”

Previously, Johnson worked in the finance field with a six-figure investment job.

After being inspired by Hope Wiseman, co-founder and CEO of Mary and Main, he quit and worked at a local dispensary in Maryland to learn more about the cannabis industry.

While working there, he saw in real time how life-changing cannabis can be for people.

Now, he’ll be an inspiration for aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs to be a part of ending the stigma around it.

“We’re really trying to do it to send a message to other folks that are out there that it really is possible and we just want to be an example of that and continue to inspire and help others get here as well,” he said.

Along the dispensary, Johnson is an advocate for social equity. 

“I think New Jersey is already an example for social equity and how minority-owned businesses can thrive in the market. I definitely think a year from now, we’ll have some success stories and we’ll be telling a different story and we hope to be one of them,” Johnson said.

The opening of Simply Pure Trenton is set for July 2023. (Full Story)

In category:Dispensaries
Tags:
Next Post

Next stop for local pot?

New York cannabis cultivators may have a partial solution to something they say they've been dealing with for months; not having enough places to sell the pot they grew over the past year. The state Office of Cannabis Management's fledging market…
Read
Previous Post

What is Pre-Milled Cannabis Flower and Can You Smoke It? (Is It Good?)

Ever Seen Pre-Milled Cannabis Flower At Your Local Dispensary?What It Is, And How You Can Use It When we think of buying cannabis at a dispensary, we imagine walking into an aromatic shop filled with many different types of beautiful cannabis…
Read
Random Post

Biden’s VA Continues Policy Of Blocking Doctors From Recommending Medical Marijuana To Veterans In Updated Directive

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released an updated directive that reaffirms its doctors are prohibited from issuing medical cannabis recommendations to their military veterans patients. The new document also notes the revised federal definition of marijuana that…
Read
Random Post

Senate Panel Approves SAFER Banking Act

A key US Senate panel on Wednesday approved a bill designed to give regulated cannabis companies easier access to common business banking services. The newly revised bill, now titled the Secure and Fair Enforcement Regulation (SAFER) Banking Act, was passed…
Read
Random Post

Renowned Magnolia Bakery Ventures into Cannabis Edibles with Signature Flavors

The Magnolia Bakery, perhaps one of the most famous bakeries in the world, is now entering the cannabis edibles market. You may know Magnolia Bakery from scenes in Sex and The City, Saturday Night Live, or Broad City. Their cakes (and world-famous cupcakes), are to…
Read
Random Post

Missouri Cannabis Jobs Boom, Market Saturation Concerns Loom

Some companies to slow their hiring strategies. Legalization of recreational cannabis in Missouri led to a surge in job growth within the industry, but the trend could be slowing as labor needs are met. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,…
Read