Labeling itself as the nation’s first Black women-owned cannabis speakeasy, Josephine & Billie’s just opened in America’s second-largest city.

Whitney Beatty, CEO and founder, and business partner/COO Ebony Andersen developed the new Los Angeles-based dispensary to create a welcoming and educational retail experience for women of color, including Black women. The business reports its unique speakeasy-style cannabis retail concept was inspired by ‘tea pads’ in Black communities in the ’20s and ’30s.

Reportedly named after famed American-born French entertainer and actress Josephine Baker and legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday, the business received its first investment from The Parent Co., a cannabis venture backed by rapper Jay-Z.

“Most stores are designed and built by white people, with one perspective. And women of color rarely get the opportunity to feel comfortable in those spaces. But Josephine & Billie’s was designed and built by, and for, women of color with that in mind,” Andersen said.

The dispensary reports it offers a broad range of high-quality cannabis products from brand partners, including Monogram, Cann, Select, and Kiva Confections. It places a special emphasis on POC-owned, queer-owned, and women-owned brands, including Ball Family Farms, Leune, and California Rolls.

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