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According to a 2020 survey paid for by the City of Denver, 0 percent of local licensed cannabis business owners identified as Asian.

Still, Nguyen says he’s met only two other Asian cannabis business owners during his six years in Colorado’s cannabis industry, and isn’t sure if one of of those businesses is still operating.

He sees a lot more diversity when he’s working in California, specifically with Asian business owners.

Until those numbers go up, Nguyen doesn’t expect much to change in the state’s cannabis industry, but he says that small numbers isn’t the only factor impacting Asian-American participation in the state’s cannabis industry.

Still, both she and Nguyen believe that the low percentage of Asian Americans in Colorado accounts for the lack of representation in this state’s cannabis industry.

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