DeAnna Taylor for Travel Noire

It’s 2021, and we are celebrating the first Black woman-owned dispensary on the East Coast. While recreational marijuana hasn’t been legal very long, Jessica Jean-Baptise— a Haitian-American woman— recently opened a shop in Brockton, Massachusetts.

The journey has not been easy for Jean-Bapitise by any means.

“The process to opening a dispensary started in 2015,” she told Travel Noire. “Around that time, medical marijuana clinics were on the rise. But, you needed about half a million dollars to get started. So, my partner and I decided to wait until recreational marijuana was legal, because it was more affordable.”

Vanessa has always been fascinated with cannabis and uses it herself, so it was only fitting that she start a business in the indsutry too.Continue reading

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