How Authorized Cannabis Retailers Give Back to Their Communities 

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This Kingston-based family-run store actively supports those who were part of the cannabis community prior to legalization. Before opening, the owners mounted a social media campaign to hire staff with roots in the unregulated cannabis market and guaranteed interviews to potential job applicants with criminal records for cannabis-related convictions and those with a history of cannabis activism. “From our perspective, we’re paying a debt owed to the people who fought for legalization,” says CEO and co-founder Jennawae McLean.

This hiring strategy has paid off: when their doors opened in July 2020, every member of McLean’s team possessed valuable long-term experience and passion for the industry.

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