What we talk about when we talk about equity goes far beyond the cannabis industry. Equity should be found within public administration, educational institutions, religious groups, and environmental laws. Social equity in cannabis is a philosophy. Not a trend.
Going beyond the vernacular—beyond borders, gender and class—social equity can lift people out of the corners of cannabis spaces and into local voter boxes, helping to shape cannabis law. Equity lifts incarcerated women, mothers and sisters out of prison cells and into a thriving and legal career within the industry.
The latest study in 2017 from The Marijuana Business journal’s report of Women & Minorities in the Marijuana Industry, reported that just 26% of cannabis company owners and founders are women. Black, Asian, and Latinx women make up less than five percent, with Indigenous peoples at dismally low numbers.
These statistics are a direct call to action. Laundry Day is trying to go beyond selling pipes, using our leverage to highlight and support people in the margins. Self-identifying women, trans women, nonbinary bodies, whole women, broken women, women incarcerated, women in rehab, women in roles of leadership, sex-positive women, disabled women, brown, black and every womxn who doesn’t feel identified.
Clio, meaning to celebrate and make famous. She is the muse of history and herstory. Clio links us to our past, present and future. Channeling us back to the history of cannabis rooted in women collectives and our queer communities. We celebrate, uplift and ritualize through the ritual of cannabis.
50% of the proceeds from each pipe will be donated to a cyclical selection of organizations geared towards galvanizing women, girls, our trans brothers and sisters, and social equity programs in cannabis and our communities.
Written by Mennlay Aggrey for Laundry Day