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NCIA's Cannabis Minority Report

Join NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee Chair Khadijah Adams, and her rotating cast of co-hosts, each week for an update on the policies, practices, and some of the chatter effecting minority ownership and executive leadership in the growing cannabis industry. Laws & regulations need to be designed and implemented with equity and fairness in mind. The NCIA's DEIC is focused on recommendations that will create access to opportunity for those most adversely affected by cannabis prohibition.

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Meaka Brown-Corea | Mellow Fellows

Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Meaka Brown-Corea , General Manager of Mellow Fellows and founder of Babes Handmade. We are also joined this week by co-host Alexis Olive of OliveYou Media. Growing up in a family that had many members working at the state and local levels of law enforcement, Meaka had never been a part of the Cannabis culture. After working herself as a constable, it became abundantly clear that people had been lied to, and separated from a plant that had more benefits than negatives. She left the constable business for a job at Pure Oasis Cannabis Dispensary in February of 2020 a month before the Covid Shutdown. She is now the General Manager at Mellow Fellows in Haverhill MA, a Cannabis Dispensary that is waiting for final licensing. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential  © 2021 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

39mins

28 Jul 2021

Rank #1

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Niambe McIntosh | Peter Tosh Brand

Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Niambe McIntosh, Executive Director of the Peter Tosh Brand and the legendary reggae musician's daughter. We are also joined this week by co-hosts Margeaux Bruner of Perpetual Harvest and Alexis Olive of OliveYou Media. Niambe Mcintosh is the last child of the revolutionary musician and activist Peter Tosh. Despite being the youngest of nine, Niambe is an executive of her father's estate and brand. In addition, she puts heavy emphasis on a health and wellness lifestyle while advocating for freedom, justice, and equity. She is a Board Member of Minorities 4 Medical Marijuana. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential  © 2021 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

34mins

21 Jul 2021

Rank #2

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Mark Slaugh | iComply

Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Mark Slaugh, CEO of iComply. We are also joined this week by co-host Alexis Olive of OliveYou Media.   Mark established iComply, LLC to help cannabis businesses navigate the complexities of regulated marijuana. He provides the leadership and forward thinking that continues to set standards across the global industry.   #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential  © 2021 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

35mins

14 Jul 2021

Rank #3

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Alexis Olive | OliveYou Media

Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by her co-host Alexis Olive of OliveYou Media. The pair discuss the latest news in cannabis business, policy, and advocacy. Alexis reflects on the Southern Atlantic Hemp and Arts Expo, which she attended to close out June 2021, in beautiful Asheville, NC. She talks about the differences in discussions at the return of in-person events in states with legal, regulated markets and those who are still working on establishing one.  #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2021 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

31mins

30 Jun 2021

Rank #4

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Seun Adedeji | Elev8 Cannabis

Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Seun Adedeji, CEO of Elev8 and a member of the NCIA Board of Directors. We are also joined this week by co-host Alexis Olive of OliveYou Media. Seun is an immigrant who grew up on the South Side of Chicago and founded Elev8 Cannabis with the goal to empower individuals to live their best lives. Their mission is to "love, awaken, and elevate the human spirit by treating everyone like gold." #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2021 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

45mins

23 Jun 2021

Rank #5

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Charles & Corey | The Library

Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Charles Penn and Corey Dishmen, CEO & COO of The Library. We are also joined this week by co-host Alexis Olive of OliveYou Media. Corey and Charles are two entrepreneurs navigating New Jersey's evolving regulated adult-use cannabis market, speaking honestly about the early stages of licensing and opening a Black-owned cannabis dispensary in 2021.  #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2021 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

39mins

16 Jun 2021

Rank #6

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Amy Margolis | The Initiative

Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Amy Margolis, of The Initiative. We are also joined this week by co-host Alexis Olive of OliveYou Media. Amy T. Margolis has been an attorney for more than 17 years and is the founder of the Oregon Cannabis Association, one of the largest state cannabis trade groups in the United States. She frequently advises both businesses and investors on deploying capital, multi-jurisdtictional growth, public offerings and every other stage of business and corporate development. Ms. Margolis founded The Initiative, a business accelerator established to help female founded businesses succeed, and find funding, in the cannabis space. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2021 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

32mins

9 Jun 2021

Rank #7

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Tiffany Watkins | Vanguard Media Online

Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Tiffany Watkins, a thirty-year cannabis advocate and founder of Vanguard Media Online. We're also joined by co-hosts Alexis Olive and Margeaux Bruner. Tiffany Watkins is known in the community as LadyCanna. She's a former IT Professional, working many years as a Network Systems Engineer.  She holds degrees in Computer Sciences and Network Infrastructure, as well as multiple certifications. Her grassroots campaigning and advocacy goes back 30+ years.  She's been heavily involved in patient representation, harm reduction, public policy, and overall community organizing.  Her goal is always to elevate and unify the voices of the people in order to make pivotal changes. Two years ago Tiffany Founded Vanguard Media Online, a media platform and magazine that's dedicated to Women in Cannabis.  In addition, Tiffany sits on many boards and committees where she helps craft changes in Cannabis policy, public health, and social justice. #BlackLivesMatter #StopAsianHate #CannabisIsEssential © 2021 National Cannabis Industry Association and NCIA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Committee

41mins

2 Jun 2021

Rank #8

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Omar Figueroa | Law Offices of Omar Figueroa

Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Omar Figueroa, principal at the Law Offices of Omar Figueroa and co-host Alexis Olive. Omar Figueroa has more than twenty two years of experience at the vanguard of California cannabis law and is widely respected as an industry expert. Omar is a Director of the National Cannabis Industry Association as well as a Director of the Cannabis Travel Association International.  He is also a Founding Lifetime Member and former Director of the International Cannabis Bar Association, a Lifetime Member of the NORML Legal Committee, and recognized with the Distinguished Counsel’s Award by NORML.

45mins

26 May 2021

Rank #9

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Dr. Bridget Williams | Green Harvest Health

Each week Khadijah Adams hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies to discuss issues related to social equity and highlight their experiences, challenges and success stories as people of color in the cannabis industry. This episode, Khadijah is joined by Owner of Green Harvest Health and Green Harvest Health CBD Dr. Bridget Williams, and runs a non-profit called Cannabis Can Ohio and co-hosts Alexis Olive and Margeaux Bruner. Dr. Bridget Williams is the owner of Green Harvest Health, a medical cannabis clinic located in Pickerington, OH. Green Harvest Health is the only medical cannabis clinic in Ohio with life and wellness coaching incorporated into the practice. Dr. Williams brings nearly 20 years of experience in family and occupational medicine from Cleveland Clinic and training in life and cannabis coaching to her practice. Her practice provides comprehensive and affordable care for the metropolitan Columbus area as well as satellite offices in Cleveland and Cincinnati.

45mins

19 May 2021

Rank #10