Founded in late 2015, the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) is the first 501(c)(6) not for profit business league created to serve the specific needs of minority cannabis entrepreneurs, workers, and patients/ consumers. The organization currently serves members from across the United States. Its 16-member board of directors is comprised of a diverse group of cannabis industry veterans and activists from across the U.S.
The cannabis industry will maximize its unique potential to serve as an economic accelerator and creator of opportunity, and improve critical social and health measures of all communities.
To create equal access and economic empowerment for cannabis businesses, their patients, and the communities most affected by the war on drugs.
OUR PASSION – WHY THIS AGENDA
COMBAT THE WAR ON DRUGS
The U.S. “war on drugs” – a decades-long policy of racial and class suppression hidden behind cannabis criminality – has resulted in the arrest, interdiction, and incarceration of a high percentage of Americans of color. The legal cannabis industry represents a great opportunity to help balance the detrimental effects of the war on drugs by creating an equal playing field for all people to benefit from the changing legal landscape.
BUILD A BETTER CANNABIS INDUSTRY
Unfortunately, currently, there are few minorities in the cannabis industry. MCBA believes heavy regulation, the high cost of entry, and information gaps hinder minorities from entering the industry as owners, employees, and patients & consumers. Removing these barriers to embrace all communities will increase the cannabis industry’s growth, contribute to its economic development, and display the positive impact of cannabis medicine.