White males top Nevada’s marijuana industry, but women make gains

Ranks of women, minority cannabis execs rebound to pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest data from the MJBiz Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Report. Get your copy here.

Males, especially white males, continue to control the upper echelons of Nevada’s marijuana industry, but females made some strides in the owner-manager category in the past year.

That’s according to the state’s annual demographic study of the Nevada cannabis industry.

The survey, required by regulation, is designed to assist the state’s Cannabis Compliance Board in its efforts to increase industry diversity and inclusion.

Nearly 6,700 responded to the survey, compared with about 4,000 respondents the previous year.

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Key takeaways included:

  • Males accounted for 65.5% of owner-manager positions, 83.7% of board positions and 75.9% of officer positions.
  • Women made some inroads in the owner-manager category, increasing from 28% a year ago to nearly 35%.
  • Roughly 20% of owner-managers identified themselves as minorities (the number takes into account respondents who identified with two or more races).