BY Abu Mubarik, 2:00pm November 22, 2023,

Maisha Bahati just opened the first Black-woman-owned cannabis dispensary in Sacramento

Photo: Linkedin/Maisha Bahati

Maisha Bahati is the first black woman to own a cannabis dispensary in Sacramento. She is the founder of Crystal Nugs, according to abc10, making history in the cannabis space in Sacramento.

“We are the first Black woman-owned cannabis dispensary in Sacramento,” Bahati told abc10. “We are also a locally owned and social equity dispensary in Sacramento through the cannabis, opportunity, reinvestment, and equity program.”

Bahati started Crystal Nugs as a delivery service in 2019. However, the ambition she had for her business was beyond delivery service. This led her to build a brick-mortar location.

In April this year, she expressed her vision of opening a storefront in an interview with KCRA. “Part of my excitement and adrenaline in this industry is that there are not a lot of Black-owned businesses here in the cannabis industry,” she said.

According to Bahati, her involvement in the cannabis space is a way for her to change the status quo and encourage blacks into the area.

“We’ve been blessed. We’ve gotten a lot of milestones in there,” she said. “We found an amazing location in the heart of midtown. It will be the largest dispensary. It will be a two-story. It’s going to have a fashion boutique in there,” she said ahead of the opening of her brick-and-mortar dispensary. Besides opening the dispensary early this month, she also launched her clothing line Boujie Stoner Boutique for people to shop from while getting their cannabis products.

Speaking on the future of her dispensary, she noted that her goal is to continue to cater to Black-owned, minority women and LGBTQ+ brands.

“I think a lot of people appreciate seeing a Black woman, a women-owned business out here striving in this industry,” she noted. 

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: November 22, 2023


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