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When you can’t find what you want, build it yourself. That’s what Whitney Beatty and Ebony Andersen have done with Josephine & Billie’s, their new “speakeasy-style” dispensary in Los Angeles. The concept was created specifically for Women of Color — and allies — by Women of Color, the first of its kind in the country.
Josephine & Billie’s
Inspired by “tea pads” that existed in Black communities in the 1920s and 1930s, the South L.A. spot is as much about community and education as it is selling cannabis products. It’s also the first official investment from Jay-Z’s The Parent Company, which launched a social equity corporate venture fund to help discover and develop the industry’s future entrepreneurs of color.
“We aren’t just trying to be different for different sake; we plan to revolutionize cannabis retail,” says Andersen. “We wanted to reclaim our space in the cannabis industry as Black women striving to change the work experience for all women and people of color.”
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Read on for more about the new location, which opened in October.