It’s not often that we find social equity programs in the cannabis space providing real-life actionable results for those affected by the War on Drugs. In today’s episode we had the opportunity to chat with Kevin Ahaesy, CEO of ECO Cannabis in Oakland, CA, about their commitment to ensuring 50% of their staff in this vertically integrated business are formerly incarcerated individuals.
Kevin tells us about why he felt the need to support those affected by the War on Drugs and how his program goes far beyond just providing jobs. Kevin is committed to mentoring many of the individuals who come through his door to ensure future successes for start-up businesses. We discuss the importance of this social conscious businesses model, as it provides tangible results cutting through the bureaucracy that many of these social equity initiatives have promised in the past.
If you were affected by the War on Drugs and you’d like to learn more about how you can get a job through ECO Cannabis or more about Kevin’s good work in the industry give this episode a listen!
Kevin is a 15-year industrial real estate expert who is exceptionally skilled at providing strategic solutions to improve speed to market, provide cost and risk reduction, and maximize location and labor requirements. His ability to envision long-term strategies on a commercial scale provides the strong leadership required for success in the cannabis industry. He holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkley and is a licensed real estate broker in the state of California.