Listening and Learning

Eaze Team
Jun 2, 2020

Updates to our hours of operation

To ensure the safety of our customers and drivers, while respecting protests and complying with local curfews, we’re shortening our hours of operation until further notice. Please check eaze.com for your local hours of operation.

Today’s cannabis industry is wholly indebted to decades of work and activism by Black and Brown communities, and Eaze understands we would not exist without their sacrifices.

Eaze was founded on a commitment to increasing safe access to cannabis and helping end the War on Drugs, which weaponized cannabis to disproportionately target, prosecute, and incarcerate people of color.

While we don’t have the answers, we do have a platform to listen and learn. As we stand today with those demanding racial justice, we also recognize that creating supportive spaces for Black and Brown entrepreneurs is a direct, practical way we can contribute every day.

To this end, we launched Eaze’s Social Impact program in 2018 to support the full inclusion of Black and Brown-owned businesses in the cannabis market. While there is still so much to be done, today we wanted to share the ways Eaze is working to help. More importantly, we want to thank our Black and Brown employees, the Momentum Advisory Committee, and community activists across California whose candid input, support, and leadership made these efforts possible.

  • Through financial support and a partnership with Code for America, we helped clear 250,000 criminal records through the nonprofit’s Clear My Record program. Last week, we made a $25,000 donation to the NAACP to support their vital work on behalf of Black Americans.
  • We launched Momentum, a business accelerator to cultivate the growth and success of underrepresented cannabis business founders, providing ten equity businesses with $50,000 grants, a 10-week business curriculum, legal/marketing/finance resources, and access to industry-defining investors.
  • Eaze was a founding 100 partner of Hood Incubator, supporting cannabis entrepreneurs with education on equity programs, compliance, and counseling for their businesses.
  • Eaze and our retail partners work with Success Centers SF to hire dispensary workers, drivers, and more from their pool of applicants.
  • We have supported the missions of Cage Free Cannabis, Students for Sensible Drug Policy and California Cannabis Advocates by helping these organizations host expungement clinics.
  • We are proud to sell social equity brands KGB Reserve, Cloud9, and SF Roots on Eaze, and are bringing more equity partners onto the site this year.
  • Earlier this year, we were humbled and excited to be selected by the cannabis community to receive the 2020 Weedy Award for Best Socially Responsible Company.
  • Over the past couple of years, Eaze has attended and sponsored Greenlining Institute‘s Economic Summit. Greenlining Institute is a policy, research, organizing, and leadership institute which works for racial and economic justice the annual summit brings together thoughts leaders at the forefront of the fight for justice and equity.

We want to emphasize that these efforts are a starting point, not a finish line. Can we do more? Yes. And we will — by listening and learning, always.

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