“I’m giving that to my people—the right information about starting a business.”
On the Bay State’s still-budding but rather huge recreational cannabis scene, Derrell Black is a face that you might have seen, a voice you may have heard. From excelling at community outreach for Pure Oasis in Dorchester to heading the Mass chapter of Minorities for Medical Marijuana, he’s bound to show up in your feed or while you are in Grove Hall buying weed some time soon. We went right to the source, and got Black on the phone for a quick interview.
Tell us about your background in the industry.
I’m the assistant general manager at Pure Oasis, the first Black-owned dispensary in Massachusetts. I’m very proud of that. I’ve been there since it started. It’s been a hell of a ride; I started out doing security there, then I got bumped up to budtender, and with all of the actions I do in the community, they thought I was perfect…