EX-FELON AND POT ENTREPRENEUR FIGHTS FOR BLACK ROLE IN BUDDING INDUSTRY

BUDDING INDUSTRY

Virgil Grant, wound up in prison after his cannabis business raided in 2008, now his out got back to business in an industry whitewashed, he is determined to create opportunities for people of color.

Virgil dropped out of school where he was studying psychology and started helping his father in his liquor store. Not long after he started selling weed in the streets but he never termed himself as a drug dealer.

Cannabis legalized in1995 in California by 2008 Virgil owned six licensed cannabis dispensaries trademarking his brand California cannabis. Virgil a self-driven entrepreneur who doesn’t consume weed or alcohol contemplated immense growth.
In 2008 Drug Enforcement Administration agents raided Grant’s business, Virgil was charged with drug conspiracy, operating a drug business 1,000 feet of a school and money laundering. In 2010 he was sentenced to six years in prison.

Virgil believed his conviction to be a racial injustice. There is no doubt that African Americans are targeted by law enforcement, being 10% of the population they accounted for 40% of cannabis arrests.

In 2014 Grant was released out of prison, with all of his businesses shut down he was broke and the only job he could do is unloading crates for $9 an hour. Eaze, a startup business delivered medical cannabis and in 2015 had $10 million in funding expanding across California. Grant could not accept that a white-owned business was well funded, but an African American one sidelined.

Grant found a way to crawl back into the industry, and he intends to become a cannabis mogul. Being in the industry for 30 years Grant understands the business, and he will not stand by and let co-operations walk all over him. Grants plan may look a bit far-fetched, but to him, he won’t let them out think him.

In 2016 Grant co-found a non-profit organization California Minority Alliance and a not-for-profit coalition the southern California coalition. Grant became a regular in the city hall helping to enforce a craft on recreational and medical pot.
A system introduced allowing for convicted felonies to be in the industry, allowing them to earn an income and pay taxes.

Grant has reopened three dispensaries aiming to open more; he has launched a website, found a new supplier and rebooted his brand. Although he lost six years that did not stop him from going to get what he wants, he aims to get a license allowing him to sell to recreational users and tourists.

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