Drayah (Andrea) Sallis is the founder of Our Cannabis Culture and successfully launched the first Women Grow chapter in Texas. Her desire for clear cannabis conversations within her community has led her to address the overwhelming need for regional education, promoting disenfranchised inclusion in the cannabis space and the right of patients to safe access.
Over the years, Ms. Sallis’ social awareness has led her to work with nonprofit agencies to assist in the adaptation process of ex-offenders within society through reentry programs. Her many efforts include advocating for the decriminalization of marijuana and addressing the socio-economic disadvantages of communities of color; with attention placed on the family core, life-skill transitioning and environmental solutions. Our Cannabis Culture aligns the common-thread of social activism, faith-based education and the creation of business model outreach programs in the global legalization of marijuana.
As Founder and Executive Director of UrbanCann Exchange and Cannabis Culinary Concepts, Drayah applies over 15 years experience in real estate development, investor relations and event production, to bridge the gap between cannabis, commerce and community. Through her dedication and long standing relationship with governmental agencies, nonprofit organizations and professional associations, she has extended her skills, expertise and talented team in consulting with entrepreneurs on cannabis business development, licensing assistance, standard operating procedures and in real estate with retail and culinary concepts.
What social justice and/or criminal justice reforms do you want the US to make around its drug policy, particularly around cannabis?
The US has created a Terminal Condition in the “urban” community where we are still at war with drugs. The War is now evident that it was to dissolve of fabric of family in underserved communities. If I could choose one area where the US must change the drug policy in their effort to prevent so-called more drug abuse, [it would be] to acknowledge a core deficiency: the Mental Health issues and lack of access to healthcare services. The challenge with minorities, who are the most socially impacted, is overcoming the stigma associated with cannabis.
How do you incorporate gender parity, social justice, and environmental sustainability into your work and the growth of your business/organization?
Access to federal funding and lending will soon be accessible within the cannabis industry soon enough. The old adage, he who has the gold rules the world; and the same for cannabis businesses and organizations. There is a clear intent to maintain barriers of entry for the average person to access the cannabis space; and that most commonly inflicted are those that have experienced social injustices. With Our Cannabis Culture, we being to bridge that gap. Community, commerce, then Cannabis. Equip the community most affected by real change of social justice reform and redefine a sustainable environment. Empower businesses and organizations to be responsive to a disenfranchised population, that embracing the need for social ratification is necessary and will increase the bottom line of their cannabis commerce.
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