We launched in 2019 with a wide range of CBD products from Colorado, which seemed like the obvious and safest choice at the time. We’ve since cultivated relationships with local farmers in states our owner has lived in and frequents (namely Virginia and New York) in addition to producing our own CBD oil. The Ounce’s mission is to aid your wellness journey by offering top quality hemp supplements at affordable pricing.
From the start, community and creativity have been at the core of The Ounce’s outreach efforts. From September 2019 to February 2020 we opened our office/private space to the community, sponsoring and hosting a variety of events—artistic, educational and private. Due to public health concerns (COVID-19), we closed our doors but have continued to offer our hemp supplements online.
10% of proceeds are donated to board selected service efforts and charitable causes.
National Expungement Week
The Ounce was the largest monetary donor for DC / Maryland / Virginia Expungement Week’s 2019 efforts and was hands on with 2020’s local efforts also. Learn more about 2020’s DMV Expungement Week of Action via our blog.
Black Women Benefit
The Ounce is collaborating with Black Women Benefit for the month of December (2020) and January (2021). Black Women Benefit is a grassroots, non-profit organization working to embrace, empower, and invest into Black women. We will be donating a percentage of proceeds from bath bomb sales with the use of Black Women Benefit’s promo code. We encourage you to follow Black Women Benefit on Instagram for additional information and updates.
Educational Events + Creative Programming
Legalize it Right
On February 9th, 25 advocacy groups led by Marijuana Justice, ACLU VA & RISE for Youth, sent a letter to the Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam and Virginia lawmakers, outlining 5 criteria for marijuana legalization that will center racial equity and the people and communities most adversely impacted by the decades-long War on Drugs.
The Ounce is thrilled to be among these organizations advocating for proper treatment and industrial inclusion of marginalized people in Virginia. Learn more about this advocacy effort via our blog.
Ray (he/him), Founder/Lead Consultant
With backgrounds in psychology, spiritual care and art, Ray has become an advocate for his local community. When Ray is not listening to music or taking photos, he can more than likely be found sharing laughs with close friends and family or stuffing his face with cuisine from local kitchens and eateries.
Ray served as a Local Organizer for last year’s (2020) DC / Maryland / Virginia National Expungement Week of Action. Taking on a more hands-on role, Ray provided artistic and organizational support, recruitment, and written coverage of this year’s local Week of Action activities via The Outlaw Report and The Ounce’s blog. National Expungement Week is a non-cannabis specific awareness movement that facilitates expungement relief & wrap-around services to the community.
Ray is currently serving as a board member of Black Women Benefit, a grassroots non-profit organization whose mission is to embrace, empower and invest in Black women.
As The Ounce’s Lead Consultant, Ray takes a client-centered approach, availing himself to listen to each client’s specific situation and needs before sharing recommendations. As The Ounce’s CEO, Ray wears many hats day-in-and-day-out to ensure the company’s smooth operation & growth. As The Ounce’s Founder, Ray envisioned The Ounce as a premier cannabis wellness brand and community organization.