Cannabis has an inclusivity issue.
And we intend to solve it.
Cannaclusive was created to facilitate fair representation of minority cannabis consumers. We were inspired by the growing opportunities yet disappointed by the diversity issues taking root in mainstream cannabis culture.
At Cannaclusive we celebrate the cultures of this thriving community through curated experiences, groundbreaking insights, thoughtful content and dynamic visuals. We make it easier for brands to communicate with diverse audiences and ensure that minority consumers are not an afterthought, but a valued ally in the fight for legalization and destigmatization.
Download Volume 1 of our stock photo collection here and make sure you credit us @cannaclusive
Stay Gold is a one of a kind social experience for medical marijuana patients that integrates etheral bass laden tunes with expression, advocacy, education, and culture.
We develop and promote inclusive environments for refined creatives and professionals who enjoy any and all forms of elevation.
Visit us on @staygoldsesh on Instagram
cannaclusive aims to challenge stereotypes of cannabis consumers
Who We Are
Mary Pryor is a passionate and vocal media expert currently based in Los Angeles and New York. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Mary received exposure to automotive design, electrical engineering, music, digital arts and marketing at an early age. Today Mary is a powerful and accomplished Digital and Marketing Specialist who has worked for major brands such as Sony Music Group, Viacom, Attention PR, City Parks Foundation, Mirrorball, Uptown Magazine, Black Enterprise, CBS News, Ebony Magazine, The Rolling Stones, VaynerMedia, Mindshare, McGarryBowen, McCann, SheKnows, and MusicWorld. She realizes that there is a pressing need for agencies that catered to culturally rich and niche audiences through digital and social marketing integration.
Mary is a proud native Detroiter and Wolverine thanks to the University of Michigan.
Tonya Flash is a highly sought after entrepreneur and consultant. With more than 12 years of experience in marketing and community engagement, Tonya has helped both established and startup companies forge meaningful connections with their audiences. Her past client list ranges from grassroots non-profit organizations to Fortune 250 companies.
She holds a bachelor's degree in Public Administration from Florida International University and a masters in Urban Policy Administration from Brooklyn College.
Charlese Antoinette has nearly a decade of experience as a stylist, creative director and costume designer under her belt. She is an expert at thoughtfully curating wardrobe and designing original looks for film, television, commercials, producing photo shoots and experiential events. Whether the project is historical, modern, or wondrous, Charlese endeavors to be as imaginative as she is resourceful. Her talent is limitless. As a result, Charlese is widely respected for her style influence and collaborative approach in bringing each and every client's unique vision to life. Her past clients and collaborators include, but are not limited to Nike, Levi's, Puma, Adidas, BBC, Converse, and Vans. Networks and studios she's worked with include MTV, Netflix, Warner Bros., Sony, and Hulu.
Charlese is a graduate of Philadelphia University with a BS in Fashion Merchandising & Marketing.
Kassia Graham has two decades of experience working with diverse organizations including Fortune 500 companies, boutique agencies, non-profits, and influencers. A two-time cancer survivor, Kassia understands the importance of cannabis as a physical and mental healing aid. As National Project Leader Kassia works with Cannaclusive’s co-founders on a variety of initiatives including content creation, special/experiential events, marketing, branding, social media, and advocacy.
She is a graduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where she majored in Film and Television, and minored in Art and Culture.
Kendra Norwood is an industrious and enthusiastic professional who effortlessly supports leadership and teams in the execution of a variety of feats. She’s been able to develop and manage relationships across the industries of service, sales, hospitality, and radio broadcasting by approaching stakeholders with a palpable energy, and sincerity in her interactions. Kendra is passionate about bringing the right people together—a connector.
As Cannaclusive’s Los Angeles Project Lead Kendra is our eyes and ears on the ground. Kendra has many responsibilities including relationship building with cannabis leaders and influencers across California, obtaining brand sponsorships, and evangelizing Cannaclusive to individuals, brands, NGOs, and the like.
Lauren ‘Deon’ Hawkins is the East Coast Project Lead with Cannaclusive, a collective focused on inclusive marketing and business advocacy in the cannabis industry. Born and raised from Dallas, Texas, Deon Hawkins has traveled around the globe studying the methods of how people use resources and respond to incentives. Her interests were sparked on this topic after attending Spelman College where she studied Economics. She is a digital story teller, a world traveler and advocate for change.
Arlene Pitterson is our Director of Partnerships and an award winning experiential marketer. She works with Fortune 100 companies, creating and managing national events such as screenings with Fox TV’s The Passage, Netflix “Anne with an E” national tour, Procter & Gamble “My Black is Beautiful” tour , and local events in major markets such as NYC, Philly, and Los Angeles. Her various experiences in the music, fashion, alcohol, beer, automotive, and education space allow Arlene to have a unique voice that is not only relevant to current trends, but understand how to make each activation relevant to the client. Those various experiences brought her as the director of strategic partnerships, where she connects brands to mission of educating, advocating, and promoting the business of cannabis and how people of color should benefit for Cannaclusive.
Arlene is also an adjunct instructor of Marketing at Fashion Institute of Technology, instructing students on integrated marketing and event planning. This Brooklyn, NY native holds a Bachelors in Marketing from Drexel University, a Masters in National Labor Relations from Cornell University, and an avid world traveler.
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Press and Media
Meet the Women of Color Revolutionizing the Weed Industry
From business owners to cannabis yoga instructors to ganja rappers, these ladies are carving out a space for POCs in the overwhelmingly white and male-dominated cannabis industry.
“I honestly think that this is the last shot [at] generational wealth for people of color, given the way that the economy is about to shift and change,” Mary Pryor, co-creator of Cannaclusive, a weed-centric photography and financial education firm, said. “The disparity between the middle class [and upper classes] is getting worse and worse.”
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After working as a digital media specialist for major brands and founding her own consulting firms, Pryor is hoping to carve out a niche as a marketing specialist and venture capitalist advisor in this industry she’s passionate about. In particular she says she wants to help underrepresented business owners in the cannabis space (think black and Latin/Hispanic female founders) connect to funding.