Refinery 29: This Black Cannabis Advocate Is Shifting The Narrative Around Weed During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Solonje Burnett, co-founder of cannabis immersive education and advocacy platform Humble Bloom, is making it her mission to equalize the cannabis industry. As a creative and activist based in Brooklyn, New York, she advocates for the rights of others in her community. And as the cannabis industry continues to grow, Burnett educates about the healing benefits of marijuana, she also stands for the inclusion of those underrepresented in the industry. 

Cannabis is now legal in some states, including California, Massachusetts, and Maine. But there is still a disproportionate number of Black and brown people incarcerated across the United States for low-level weed charges. 

“Humans are in cages, convicted for something that is no longer a crime, while others are elevated and get the opportunity to build intergenerational wealth doing exactly the same thing,” Burnett tells R29Unbothered. She says the more we know, the better chance we have to change the stigma and injustice as it pertains to the Black and brown population. And Burnett, who is using her platform to transform oppressive systems during COVID-19 quarantine, is urging others to use their platforms to fight for progressive humanist and regenerative solutions.

For Burnett, one of those solutions is shifting how cannabis is perceived. In the realm of wellness, Burnett says that cannabis has created a positive change for herself and the many ways women can utilize it. …”


To read the full article by Venesa Coger go to Refinery 29.

Image photographed by Helena de Bragança.

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