Former National Basketball Association (NBA) star Shawn Kemp is opening Seattle, Washington’s first Black-owned cannabis dispensary on October 30. Kemp, drafted by the Seattle Supersonics in the first round of the 1989 draft, played for the team until 1997 and was a six-time NBA All-Star and three-time All-NBA selection.
The near 4,000-square-foot dispensary, Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis, is located near the Climate Pledge Arena and the Space Needle. He said he hopes his company “will be an inspiration for people to get involved with the legal cannabis industry, especially people of color.”
“My name is on this company and I have worked hard to bring Shawn Kemp’s Cannabis to fruition. I want to provide nothing short of the best selection, customer experience and prices in Seattle. I have incredible partners in Matt Schoenlein and Ramsey Hamide to make sure we deliver on that promise to our customers, who are our top priority.” – Kemp in a statement