Cannabiz Collective honors people of color in the cannabis industry

Smiles: Leadership of the Brooklyn Cannabiz Collective poses with the night’s awardees at the first Trailblazers Awards ceremony on June 27.
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Three cheers for the Brooklyn Cannabiz Collective, which hosted the inaugural Trailblazers Awards on June 27 to honor people of color who are pioneering the cannabis industry.

Formed by Bedford-Stuyvesant native Al Florant in 2018, the Collective provides assistance to people of color looking to make it big in the marijuana business.

“I saw major investment opportunities in real estate and tech pass by many from my community, and I didn’t want to sit by and watch the same happen with the cannabis boom we’re seeing today,” said Florant.

The Collective held its inaugural award ceremony at Bedford Manor — located at 1177 Bedford Ave. between Putnam and Jefferson avenues — where more than 100 community members, cannabis-entrepreneurs, and elected leaders gathered to promote equality in the marijuana industry.

The award ceremony’s prize for education went to Brooklyn native Gia Morón, who serves as CEO of Women Grow — a for-profit entity that serves as “a catalyst for women to influence and succeed in the cannabis industry.”

Reverend Anthony Trufant of the historic Emmanuel Baptist Church in Clinton Hill received the courage award in recognition of his staunch advocacy for social justice in relation to drug laws and the marijuana business.

The night’s honor for outstanding advocacy was bestowed to Sirita Wright, who co-founded Estrohaze — an organization that promotes the advancement of the cannabis industry.

During the event, Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright (D–Bedford-Stuyvesant) gave the gathered audience an update on the ongoing debate surrounding marijuana legislation up in Albany.

Advocates were optimistic that state legislators would make New York the 12th state to legalize recreational use of marijuana this year, but their ambitious plan fell through before the legislative session ended in June.

The Cannabiz Collective hopes to use its organizational resources to ensure that pioneers of color can capitalize on the potential financial windfall from the medical — and possibly recreational — marijuana industry.

Standing O salutes the Brooklyn Cannabiz Collective, and the night’s big winners, on the successful ceremony!

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at
Updated 11:20 am, July 10, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Criminals honoring criminals. This garbage is against the law. Why are we honoring drug dealers?
July 10, 2019, 10:33 am
HONEY Pooter from Williamsburg says:
You say peoples of color, but I see not one Chinese Puerto Rican in the picture? Are we INVISIBLE suddenly???!
July 10, 2019, 11:01 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
LOL at the nancy getting her panties in a bunch over plants. Clutch those pearls you sissy. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA!
July 10, 2019, 11:31 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
⬆️No wonder this criminal hates the police. Enjoy Rikers, jailbird.⬆️
July 10, 2019, 11:52 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I wonder what he hates more, the people of color or a plant?
July 10, 2019, 12:29 pm
Frank says:
What's up with the spaz crying over weed? Nobody ever died from weed. Lighten up, Francis. Maybe you should smoke some. It will make make you chill out.
July 10, 2019, 12:57 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
A simple reversal and colored people become people of color and everything is better!
July 10, 2019, 2:56 pm
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
“No one ever died from weed”. They didn’t die, but they didn’t live either. They just sat there in a haze while life passed them by. That’s the future people want for their children?
July 10, 2019, 10:08 pm
Frank says:
"They just sat there in a haze while life passed them by" You are grossly misinformed.
July 11, 2019, 7:35 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
“. . . .in a haze .. .” Just ask the mayor. Why do you think he is late for everything.
July 11, 2019, 8:41 am
K. from ArKady says:
Or the previous mayor of NYC, a billionaire who flirts with presidential runs. Perhaps you should smoke some of Mike B's weed, Henry. It might motivate you to get off this website and enjoy life. It's summer, get outside.
July 11, 2019, 10:28 am
Marcus from Aurelius says:
The world is upside down. The same geniuses advocating the elimination of tobacco and other nicotine products are promoting more dangerous marijuana and other cannabis products. Cannabis has 20x more ammonia and 5x more cyanide compounds than tobacco.
July 11, 2019, 5:19 pm

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