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MCBA Opportunity Summit | Denver, CO | March 22nd, 2018

Location: 2101 South University, Denver, CO

Date: March 22nd-24th, 2018


Email: [email protected]

General Admission: $119 Early Bird General Admission

About: The Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) has partnered with the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business and Hoban Law Group to host the first ever Cannabis Opportunity Summit March 22-24, 2018 in Denver. The purpose of the Summit is to provide resources, information, and connections to businesses, entrepreneurs and advocates from the communities most impacted by the war on drugs.

More than five years after Colorado legalized cannabis, best estimates have only 1% of cannabis businesses owned by people of color. As new markets emerge across the country there is a greater demand for an educated and knowledgeable workforce in management and entry level positions. Often communities that have been most impacted by the war on drugs do not have the proper knowledge, financial resources or necessary relationships to successfully navigate and enter the cannabis industry. The Cannabis Opportunity Summit will include speaker sessions and interactive workshops covering a wide range of topics, including market and opportunity analysis, operational differentiators, community reinvestment, cultural integration, advocacy and lobby training, and much more. Speakers and attendees will include lawmakers, entrepreneurs, advocates, activists, and those curious about developing a better and more inclusive cannabis industry.



Do Asians count this time?


It doesn’t explicitly say anything about any of the minorities, but heavily implies it’s focused on African Americans and Hispanics (see below). They do have an Asian woman from the ACLU on their board though.


To create equal access and economic empowerment for cannabis businesses, their patients, and the communities most affected by 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.