wanda l. james, co-Chairwoman
Diversity & Social Equity Committee

Wanda L. James is the founder and CEO of Simply Pure Dispensary. Along with her husband Scott Durrah, they became the first African Americans, legally licensed, to own a dispensary, a cultivation facility, and an edible company. She is also the founder and Managing Partner of the Cannabis Global Initiative (CGI), a consulting firm that specializes in cannabis production, dispensing and processing, regulatory framework and political outreach. 


As a leading advocate in the cannabis industry focused on social equity and justice, Wanda’s work on cannabis reform has led to her working with a host of politicians including President Barack Obama, Vice Presidential Candidate and Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Barbara Lee and Governor Jared Polis. 


She was the first inductee into the MJ Biz Cannabis Hall of Fame, was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Cannabis and one of the 50 Most Influential Women by High Times Magazine. She has graced the cover of Black Enterprise, Sensi, Cannabis Dispensary, Cannabis & Tech and Vanguard Magazines.