ST. LOUIS – Local basketball star Larry Hughes is well-known for his accomplishments on the court. But now, the retired Hughes is wading into a new industry with NBA-sized potential by opening two cannabis stores in St. Louis City.
Hughes’ business partner is a familiar face – former NBA player Al Harrington. Both were drafted in 1998.
“We are excited about these two stores we have in St. Louis,” Harrington said. “We also have cultivation manufacturing and we are excited about the jobs this is going to create.”
Their business, Viola, is the only all Black cannabis company in Missouri. Harrington said the cannabis trade is a trillion-dollar industry and the Black community has very little representation in it.
“Right now within the industry, there are really no resources for us to participate,” he said. “One of the main reasons is because it is…