To our Curaleaf employees;
The events of the last weeks have weighed heavily on my mind. I know I speak for all of us when I say that we as a country can, and must, do better than what we’ve witnessed. We need to come together to support equality, inclusion and opportunity in our company and this country.
Ten years ago I decided to participate in the cannabis industry. I recognized an injustice; sick people could not get access to a plant that could provide tremendous medicinal benefits. From the earliest days in Maine, I saw that we could improve people’s lives and do good. That remains our company’s mission. Today, Curaleaf is rooted in our values of respect for all and doing the right thing for each other, our customers and our communities. That is why we are committed to building lasting change, with real impact.
I respect that the reaction of many is to speak loudly and urgently. Our way is to act and create change. Our commitment is rooted in our actions. We will continue to push for cannabis normalization, support legislative policies that assist communities hit by the war on drugs and work directly in our communities to affect positive change. We will also lead the cannabis industry forward by taking concrete steps that make real progress towards equality and opportunity.
That is why we have been working on and investing in our “Rooted In Good” initiative that prioritizes resources for social equity programming so we can deliver real opportunity across the cannabis ecosystem. We are looking at how we can provide training and education services for entrepreneurs, franchising for social equity applicants, and special low interest loans for incubator companies.
Our focus is not just outward. Our commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) is being led by our DEI Taskforce which includes implementing initiatives and measuring our progress. We have made strategic hires and set goals to keep us focused and accountable to our commitments.
Finally, I want to acknowledge your passion, your tireless work in our communities and your commitment to improving lives over these last few days, weeks and months. We support you and we thank you!
Real change doesn’t happen overnight. This moment is heavy and hard, but our vision and our commitment is long and steadfast.