Our Commitment To Equal Justice
Meristem Farms is committed to fighting systemic racism toward Black, Indigenous and People of Color by speaking to the hearts and minds of white people, especially in the cannabis industry.
We practice our commitment by:
Incorporating in our business contracts terms for social, economic and environmental integrity that include preferences for businesses in under-served communities or owned by equity permit holders (persons wrongfully convicted of non-violent cannabis offenses);
Supporting value chain capacity-building in economically disadvantaged regions;
Developing equitable supply agreements with independent farmers;
Respecting the contributions of growers and breeders and their intellectual property;
- Conveying equal justice resources + perspectives through our social networks and business relationships;
- Engaging in effective advocacy work for equal justice including participating in a cannabis-industry partnership to raise $10,000 for Justice for All and The Bail Project; demanding hazard pay for essential workers (the majority of whom are women and people of the global majority) holding USDA to account for a fair deal for small and medium-sized hemp farmers, member and active advocate for the actions and efforts of the Vermont Social Equity Caucus.