He Was Arrested For Cannabis Possession. Now He’s Opening N.J.’s First Black-owned Recreational Dispensary

By Chanelle Chandler, Yahoo News on June 8, 2023

Tahir Johnson is about to make history in July as he is set to open the doors to New Jersey’s first Black-owned recreational adult-use cannabis dispensary.

For Tahir Johnson, owning his very own cannabis dispensary, Simply Pure Trenton, in the heart of his New Jersey hometown was a full-circle opportunity to empower a historically oppressed community, minutes from the state’s capital of Trenton, that has been affected by the Reagan-era war on drugs.

“[Cannabis] is a multibillion-dollar industry that we don’t have opportunities in. Here, you don’t really see a lot of people that are successful,” Johnson told Yahoo News, as he fought back tears. So, when recreational cannabis was legalized in New Jersey, he seized the chance to bring “a win” for the Black community to his hometown.

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