Boston Business Journal | ‘I fight for everyone’: Nurys Camargo’s push for equity in cannabis
Cannabis Control Commissioner Nurys Camargo fights every day.
She fights for children who, like her, were bullied for the color of their skin. She fights for young professionals, who, like her, are the only women of color in many rooms.
And most recently, she fought to get cannabis legislation signed intolaw.
Among many other things, the bill created a cannabis social equity fund that will establish grants and loans for people who have been disproportionately harmed by the war on drugs. With sincerity, authenticity and drive, Camargo brings a needed voice to the young Massachusetts cannabis market: continued push for equity. It’s for these reasons Camargo was selected as an awardee of the Boston Business Journal’s Race, Equity and Business Embracing Change award.
Camargo has developed a long resume in criminal justice, with experiences in Massachusetts’ Executive Office of Public Safety and Security as a senior policy advisor and in the Suffolk County district attorney’s office. But she recalled being one of the only Latinas and women of color in the room at an early age.
“It was very difficult,” she said. “I’ve just had to have a very thick skin, understand who I am, who my core person is, and why I do the work that I do. Really the core of why I do what I do is because of what I’ve had to go through as a young person.”
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