Working to Reshape Views: 5 Questions with Cyrus Calhoun
Cyrus Calhoun, III joined Trulieve as the Corporate Communications Specialist in April 2021. He is a resident of Tallahassee, FL. Before joining Trulieve, he served as a support staff in the Florida Senate, then as both the District Legislative Assistant and District Senior Executive Secretary for several members in the Florida House of Representatives. Cyrus received his bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University in Political Science/International Relations and his master’s degree from Florida State University in Applied American Politics & Policy (MAAPP). He was recognized in INFLUENCE Magazine: Florida Politics Rising Stars “30 Under 30” Honoree in 2021.
What is your title?
Corporate Communications Specialist
What drew you to want to work in the cannabis industry?
I was interested in working in the cannabis industry because it is a growing environment that needs more representation of Black people. Black Americans are disproportionately affected by the war on drugs: and are incarcerated at higher rates than our non-minority counterparts over marijuana-related charges, although marijuana is becoming more decriminalized and profitable nationwide. With more progressive laws reshaping our national views on marijuana, those who have historically been affected deserve to be in the process of restructuring and more opportunities to advance.
Tell us about your day-to-day work at Trulieve?
My day-to-day work at Trulieve is never a dull moment. I have the honor of working within the Corporate Communications team. I’m focused on supporting the internal and external messaging of our company as well as the director of Investor Relations. I’m sharpening my skills in business communications and researching what will enhance our relationships between investors and shareholders.
What has been your experience working in cannabis as a BIPOC man?
I do not have any prior experience within the cannabis industry. I served several years within the Florida Legislature and discussed policy initiatives with marijuana advocacy groups and patients on destigmatizing cannabis and viewing it as what it is, an alternative medicine.
What makes you excited to come to work at Trulieve?
What excites me about working for Trulieve is that my personal experience enhances the environment and my ideas are valued. I’m challenged in this new role outside of my past experience, but I am also supported in the work that I do.
What is a fun fact about you?
One fun fact about me is that I am a Plant Dad. Ever since the beginning of the pandemic, I started getting more into my “Plant Dad Bag” and learning about ways of supporting and caring for plants, non-cannabis related of course! I’ve learned and been reminded of life lessons just by caring for the plants within my living space.