Joanne Wilson is a prominent early-stage angel investor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist with a diverse background in retail, wholesale, media, real estate, and technology. Joanne co-founded Frame Home, a Brooklyn residential real estate development prioritizing stylish sustainability. She was the first chairperson of Hot Bread Kitchen and currently sits on the board of The Highline and The Public Housing Community Fund in NYC. Her latest venture, GOTHAM, is set to open its doors in Spring 2023.
Do you think there is a stigma around working in the cannabis industry and if so how do you work to overcome it?
There might be a stigma, but there shouldn’t be. The stigma comes from past false narratives foisted upon the public by the government. We should be embracing this new industry that will employ many people whose lives have been uprooted from the failed War on Drugs.
How can the cannabis industry work with health care and academic professionals to educate consumers about the benefits and risks of cannabis use?
There are countless benefits from cannabis. As more and more studies are done, they should be shared with every person in the industry so users can become aware of those benefits.
Where do you see the cannabis industry in New York 10 years from now?
I hope to see countless jobs and innovations in the cannabis industry that the intentions put forth in the license roll-out will significantly impact under-served communities, as it should.