Young owner navigates cannabis business hurdles in Prince George’s County

Young owner navigates cannabis business hurdles in Prince George’s County

"Cannabis Business Hurdles"

Views on cannabis legalization in Prince George’s County are varied, resulting in resistance for businesses like Mary & Main. Hope Wiseman, the owner, and also the youngest African-American woman to own a cannabis dispensary in the USA, constantly grapples with these challenges.

Despite noticeable opposition, Hope plans to expand her business operations using the recent legalization of adult recreational cannabis. She remains unfazed by hurdles, viewing legislative changes as opportunities to grow and accommodate more consumers.

Moving into the medical field is another challenge Hope faces. She constantly advocates for increased inclusivity and support, believing that fostering an inclusive environment promotes equality and fairness. Thus, transforming the industry into a welcoming environment for all.

The county lawmakers remain divided over the location of new dispensaries. Some argue that new dispensaries could stimulate economic growth and offer alternative pain management. However, a significant portion fears the normalization of cannabis may negatively affect the youth.

Despite this being a liberal policy initiative, some County Council members, such as Krystal Oriadha and Wala Blegay, oppose the growth in dispensaries.

Overcoming cannabis business challenges in Prince George’s county

They advocate for the establishment of businesses such as grocery stores, saying they contribute more constructively to the community’s growth and well-being.

The polls reveal a challenge for entrepreneurs like Wiseman. While 72% of voters supported recreational cannabis legalization, 60% opposed marijuana dispensaries in their locality. This conflict showcases the ongoing struggle for societal acceptance within this evolving industry.

In spite of these challenges, Wiseman remains optimistic about her business. She emphasizes profit equity in the cannabis industry, considering the high cannabis charges in certain parts. She encourages entrepreneurs to view these challenges as opportunities for change towards a more sustainable and equitable industry.

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Having an investment banking background, Wiseman chose the cannabis industry following the state’s legalization of medical usage. Though unplanned, she was drawn by the potential benefits of cannabis and the industry’s lucrative growth. Navigating regulatory requirements presented unique challenges, but Wiseman managed to establish a successful presence.


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