Wanda James is the first Black woman to own a legally licensed marijuana dispensary in America.
DENVER — Wanda James, the CEO of Simply Pure dispensary in Denver, is being honored by the advertising magazine Adweek as one of 35 inspirational women trailblazers – the publication honors women who are building a better future for everyone.
“By a publication whose whole premise is showing the best brands in America and all of a sudden here we are,” said James. “I can’t stop smiling … I’m so proud of the work we do and so proud of our team and proud of the company.”
James and her husband Scott Durrah started their company in 2010 and are the first African-Americans legally licensed in America to own a dispensary, edible company and cultivation facility.
She said their shop is one of three dispensaries that are Black-owned out of 717 dispensaries, and their goal is working for social justice for people of color.
“We wanted to be able to politically speak about the issues of mass incarceration, police harassment in Black and brown communities,” James said. “Being political in Colorado and having a dispensary