The Rosemary Jane Cannabis Consumption Bar and Dispensary, Oakland's only Black woman-owned social equity cannabis lounge

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The Rosemary Jane Cannabis Consumption Bar and Dispensary, Oakland's only Black woman-owned social equity cannabis lounge

In the heart of Oakland, a beacon of modernity and tranquillity has emerged within the burgeoning cannabis industry.

The Rosemary Jane Cannabis Consumption Bar and Dispensary stands as a testament to both the changing face of cannabis culture and the indomitable spirit of Black entrepreneurship. Led by the visionary Cynthia Carey-Grant, this establishment represents a new chapter in Oakland's long and storied relationship with cannabis.

The cannabis landscape in California has transformed significantly since the passage of Prop 215, which marked a crucial step in the decriminalization of marijuana. This change, commonly referred to as the Green Rush, promised economic opportunities and a shift in public perception. However, for many Black entrepreneurs, especially those with limited access to capital, entering the legal cannabis market remained a challenge.

Cynthia Carey-Grant, a Black trailblazer in the cannabis industry, rose to meet this challenge.

A prominent figure in Oakland's community as the co-owner of Rosemary Jane, she has not only carved a space for herself in the competitive world of cannabis but also laid the groundwork for future generations of Black entrepreneurs.

Black co-owner of Rosemary Jane Consumption Bar talks local marijuana  business and cannabis politics


As one walks into Rosemary Jane's Oakland location, a sense of contrast immediately takes hold.

Unlike the traditional smoke shops that populate the Bay Area, the dispensary boasts a modern, spacious, and peaceful ambiance. This atmosphere mirrors the mission of de-stigmatizing cannabis consumption that Cynthia Carey-Grant and her team have fervently pursued. The space is not just a dispensary but a consumption bar as well, offering a unique experience where patrons can enjoy cannabis-infused beverages in a relaxed and welcoming environment.

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In an exclusive interview with JR Valrey, the Editor in Chief of the SF Bay View, Cynthia Carey-Grant delves into her journey within the cannabis industry. Her path began with a personal connection to cannabis as a means of relief for those living with life-threatening diseases. This spark led her to establish the True Holistic Health Center, initially catering to this niche. As legalization loomed, Cynthia seized the opportunity, transitioning from the non-profit sector to apply for Oakland's Equity program, designed to assist those without prior retail cannabis experience.

With the dawn of legalization, a partnership with real estate and cannabis entrepreneur Erik Murray set the stage for Rosemary Jane's inception.

Their collective vision of an equity-led enterprise fueled by a commitment to decriminalization and social justice drove them to secure the competitive cannabis storefront dispensary license permit from the City of Oakland. Despite challenges and setbacks, their determination and strategic planning propelled the venture forward, culminating in the opening of Rosemary Jane in 2022.

Cynthia's success is emblematic of the potential within Oakland's Equity program, which offers training, legal advice, grants, and loans to aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs. While the program has paved the way, financial barriers and the disproportionate tax burden on legal cannabis products continue to be challenges. Cynthia's efforts extend beyond her own achievements, as she highlights the imperative for equitable economic participation for communities historically impacted by the criminalization of cannabis.

In a landscape dominated by larger players, Cynthia Carey-Grant's achievements are inspiring and empowering.

Rosemary Jane's emergence as a symbol of inclusive cannabis culture represents not just a business endeavor, but a community-driven movement that challenges stereotypes and fosters understanding. As the cannabis industry continues to evolve, it's essential to celebrate figures like Cynthia who pave the way for a more diverse and just future.

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For those seeking to witness Cynthia Carey-Grant's journey firsthand, an insightful interview conducted by JR Valrey will take place at Smoke N’ Word, offering an opportunity to glean wisdom from this pioneering elder. Rosemary Jane's legacy lives on, a testament to the power of perseverance, community engagement, and the commitment to reshaping an industry for the better.

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