Darell Bester is the Chairman of the Illinois Black Chamber Of Commerce Cannabis Committee. He is also the Founder and CEO of Buddy Luv, a cannabis/CBD lifestyle company. In this episode, Darell talks about the history of Buddy Luv, operating within various ancillary business models, and helping people affected by the war on drugs in the city of Chicago.
Christopher and Alisia Ratliff are the CEO and President of Victus Capital Ventures, respectively. Alisia is an accomplished chemist and a licensed Project Manager who boasts over 13 years of experience in different industries. On the other side of this dynamic duo, Chris used to work with engineers in a military airbase, fixing and creating parts for aircraft. He got involved with cannabis at a very young age as a consumer and knew how to grow the plant before 18.
Precious Osagie-Erese is the Chief Operations Officer at Roll Up Life Inc., a cannabis delivery service provider in New Jersey. Since it was founded in 2018, Roll Up Life’s goal is to connect the cannabis industry in New Jersey and make the transportation and delivery seamless for everybody involved; from seed to sale. Precious shares with us the story of her business, her passion for social equity, and cannabis legalization in New Jersey.
Kevin and Sayje Lasenberry are the owners of Onyx Mana, a Northern Jersey-based Black-Owned e-commerce CBD store. This father-son duo is very dear to our hearts at DANK Discussions as they are a proud part of the Calacann Family. They join me in this very special episode to talk about being a black-owned company during these times and the systemic racism behind the curtain of our industry. Their goal with Onyx Mana is to not only sell CBD, but to make sure they are democratizing the cannabis opportunity for Black and Brown people.
Michael Merriweather is the owner of Baba Holistics, a South Dallas based Black-Owned e-commerce CBD store that was built by word of mouth marketing and personal branding. Mike joins me to talk about his goals to breakdown the misnomers of what CBD actually is by using education and the community around him. He strongly believes that catering to your customers and building strong relationships with them is the key to truly finding success in any business. With Baba Holistics he aims to continue bringing education about CBD full circle by having his current customers teach newcomers.