The cannabis industry is not just about joints and bongs, it includes companies directly related to the research, development, and distribution of cannabis products. Many states across the US are legalizing its use; yet, the ACLU reports that “on average, a Black person is 3.64 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than a white person.” Companies like CannaClusive, co-founded by Mary Pryor, Tonya Flash, and Charlese Antoinette, aim to facilitate the fair representation of minority cannabis consumers due to the staggering disparities between White and Black cannabis users.
Mary is an experienced advertising, marketing, and digital strategist and a startup advisor in the tech and cannabis industries. She is the Chief Marketing Officer at TONIC CBD, a company that offers hemp-derived CBD and botanical blended oils that help to fight against chronic stress, fatigue, and other ailments. Pryor migrated from New York to Los Angeles in an attempt to mitigate the pain she endures fighting Crohn’s Disease. California is one of 11 states that has legalized marijuana for both its medical and recreational use. It made sense for Mary to start her journey towards healing and relief there.
With her partners at her side, CannaClusive offers consulting services across investment strategy, personal brand-building, PR, and journalism. They also offer stock photography and content creation to support inclusive cannabis storytelling more broadly. Mary has been featured in various publications across the United States and has pushed to ensure the voices of underrepresented cannabis consumers are heard. The irony that Black Americans shaped the American foundation in cannabis culture, often at the cost of incarceration, is not lost to Pryor.
This free-spirited entrepreneur was named the Social Innovator of the Year at SXSW (South by Southwest) and the High Times’ 2019 Female Fifty Award for her work across the cannabis landscape. To learn about CannaClusive and its mission, click here!