Each Wednesday, meet a new woman changing the landscape of the cannabis industry.

Ahnya Smith, founder of the Colored Cannabis Collective, describes herself as “a Renaissance woman in the making.” Her Seattle-based nonprofit, Colored Cannabis Collective, focuses on community service, representation of people of color in cannabis, and changing the stigma around cannabis overall.

At Ellementa’s sister site, Her Canna Life, we interviewed Ahnya about her experiences in the cannabis industry. Below is a preview of our conversation:

What is your personal cannabis origin story?

Well, I don’t feel like my origin story really started until I met Dominique Dabs, my cofounder for CCC. He invited me to a smoke out in a park with a bunch of people I had never met before but who are now some really amazing friends of mine. Something about that session sparked a desire and passion inside of me to build a cannabis community around me that I could be proud of.

What is your Superpower?

My superpower is being able to make anyone feel comfortable around me if I want to. I love making friends from different walks of life and then forcing all those different people in a room together and making them talk and connect. It’s a skill that has truly helped me push CCC forward quickly and spread the messages we believe in.

Read the rest of Ahnya’s interview here.

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