Kika Keith is from the Crenshaw District, and revenue from her cannabis dispensary will benefit the community, opposed to non-Black owned dispensaries which take money out of the community. Photos by Jason Lewis
Kika Keith fought hard to bring a Black-owned cannabis dispensary to her community, which will better serve the area than a dispensary that is owned by somebody from outside of the community. She’s also erasing the stigmas associated with cannabis use.
Over the last several years, cannabis dispensaries have been popping up all over Los Angeles. As of December of 2020, there were 184 licensed retailers in the city, according to the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation. Some of those dispensaries are in Black communities, but most do not have Black ownership, and most owners of dispensaries take money from local Black communities back to their own neighborhoods where they are from.
Kika Keith, who grew up in and still resides in the Crenshaw District, has been fighting for inclusion since the city of Los Angeles introduced the idea of a social equity program for cannabis businesses in 2017. Her monumental efforts have led to the opening of Gorilla Rx on Crenshaw Boulevard, just south of Stocker Street. The location is next door to Maverick’s Flat.
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