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A Black woman overcomes many obstacles to get into the marijuana industry

Paul Tuthill
Payton Shubrick, founder of 6Brick's, a cannabis retailer in Springfield, Massachusetts, in front of the word cloud wall that is one of several references to the history of marijuana inside the store.

One of the few minority-owned cannabis retail locations in Massachusetts is in downtown Springfield — a city deeply impacted by the war on drugs

Equity and inclusion for minorities in legal marijuana businesses was one of the goals of the law that launched the cannabis industry in Massachusetts five years ago.

But those good intentions have yet to pan out.

Very few minority entrepreneurs have been able to raise the necessary capital and navigate the red tape required to enter the legal market in Massachusetts.

A rare exception is Payton Shubrick. The 29-year-old is the CEO and founder of 6 Brick’s, a cannabis retailer that opened for business on Main Street in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts a few weeks ago.

She is the first Black woman to own a marijuana business in western Massachusetts and only the third in the state.

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill visited with Shubrick in her newly-opened cannabis store.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.