Tahir Johnson: A Roadmap to Success for Social Justice + Social Equity Entrepreneurship in the Cannabis Industry


Tahir Johnson is deeply rooted in advocacy for social equity in the cannabis industry. He’s a Howard University graduate who worked as an investment advisor and served on the diversity council of Morgan Stanley before transitioning into cannabis, starting out as a dispensary attendant. Tahir is now a national leader for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the cannabis industry, having worked with the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), the U.S. Cannabis Council, and Marijuana Policy Project.

Tahir is also a successful licensed social equity cannabis industry entrepreneur in Trenton, New Jersey. He has become the inaugural licensee partner, aligning with Wanda James, the visionary founder of the Colorado-based Simply Pure brand as owner of Simply Pure Trenton.

“Look for someone who has the integrity, the values, the reputation because you’re aligning yourself with that brand. Your destiny is going to be tied to their successes.”

— Tahir Johnson

Tahir and CannabizMD Founder/CEO Jacquie Cohen Roth, MS, have a lively discussion on what it takes to be an advocate and an entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry founded upon years-long friendship, a shared commitment to equitable participation in the cannabis industry and the influence of brave grandmothers.

Tahir Johnson is the keynote speaker of the CannabizMD Maryalnd Cannabis Industry: Elements of Success on February 24, 2024. The Symposium is a hybrid event hosted in-person and virtually on Zoom. Additional information and registration for the Symposium can be found here.

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