A dynamic former reality television development executive turned cannabis entrepreneur – that’s Whitney Beatty. Her cannabis storage company Apothecarry Brands was selected for the first cohort of Canopy San Diego, a cannabis business accelerator, and won the ArcView Group’s 2017 Los Angeles pitch prize. Whitney also serves as founder and CEO of Josephine & Billie’s, the first dispensary focused on the recreational and medicinal needs of women of color, and selected as the first investment for the TPCO Social Equity Fund (led by Jay-Z).
“Communities of color have been disproportionately disenfranchised by a war on drugs for years and in legalization have not participated in the legal industry at nearly the rates we should be,” says Whitney. “The opportunity and privilege to open one of the first dispensaries in the country to focus on women of color is not lost on me. Motivates me to continue to build a place in this industry.”
Whitney, who is based in LA, is a fierce advocate for equity and women of color in the cannabis space, and serves as VP for Supernova Women, empowering people of color to become cannabis shareholders, as well as the Cannabis Equity Retailers Association.