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Creating Cannabis Equity in Virginia

Columbia Care Partnership Announcement

Local Cannabis Organizations Unite to Educate, Support and Provide Access to Cannabis-Related Services and Opportunities for BIPOC Communities

Today Columbia Care Virginia announced it is partnering with three organizations – BIPOCANN, the Virginia Minority Cannabis Coalition and Nolef Turns – to offer social equity-driven resources   for the developing cannabis community in Virginia. This group is dedicated to ensuring that Virginia’s BIPOC community has viable, competitive opportunities in the market, and supports three elements critical to effective social equity initiatives — justice reform, entrepreneurship and mentorship, and equitable representation.

Nolef Turns’ goals are to center people in the cannabis conversation. Social equity is about more than profit; it’s about addressing the past harms of the failed war on drugs. We are thankful for this partnership to push education about your rights as it pertains to cannabis and to continue to advocate for justice reform for people impacted by prohibition and mass incarceration.

See Columbia Care’s press release here.

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How to Ask Your Employer for a Raise

Category : education

Many employees know how stressful and nerve-wracking it can be asking their employer for a raise, but it must be done sooner or later. No one wants to be told no when it comes to getting a raise. However, fearing the worst doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. In order to maximize your chances of a positive outcome, you need a plan. Here’s how to ask your employer for a raise.

Clear Communication

When you sit down and talk to your boss about a pay increase, effective communication is a must. While you need to share your desires, you also need to allow your boss to do the same. Maybe they want to see more work coming from you or an improvement in the quality. Another factor you need to consider is that you might not yet qualify for a raise. Your boss may feel like you haven’t met the requirements or their standards. Having effective communication with your boss will clear up any confusion and put you on the right track towards getting a raise.

Schedule a Meeting With Your Boss

When you’re able to, go to your boss and schedule a meeting with them to talk about a raise. During the conference, your boss should discuss expectations and where you currently stand. You may have already met some of their expectations, but not all of them. Your boss should be able to tell you have accomplished and what you still need to do before you’re eligible for a raise.

Show That You’re Grateful

Before you bring up the subject of getting a raise, make sure you express your gratitude for everything you currently have. Let your boss know that you love your job and appreciate the opportunity they’ve given you. Your boss will be more lenient towards giving you a raise if you show your appreciation. If you solely focus on talking about the raise, it could significantly hurt your chances.

Although asking for a raise can make you nervous, not asking for one when you deserve it even worse. Even if you’re turned down for a raise, don’t be discouraged. Maybe the company doesn’t have the funds to increase your pay, or maybe you haven’t filled certain expectations as of yet. Simply wait a little while, do the best work you can and ask again when you think it’s the right time.

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