Apr 102015
 April 10, 2015

minority cannabis industry associationEarlier this month I posted an article about the Minority Cannabis Industry Association. I think it’s a fantastic organization. The Minority Cannabis Industry Association is doing a crowd funding project on Go Fund Me to help get the organization’s efforts in full swing. If you are able, I encourage you to make a donation at this link here. Below are more details:

The Minority Cannabis Industry Association is the first non-profit organization created to service the specific needs and interests of minority cannabis entrepreneurs, investors and patients. By developing a strong nationwide network of cannabis business owners within a variety of disciplines (including ancillary businesses), advocating for creation and fair enforcement of sensible policies, and serving as a voice for the minority population, we provide unmatched value to this industry and our membership. Please browse our site to see our focused programs, events and services. If you want to know more or join the MCIA, sign up for our mailing list and/or become a member of the MCIA. The movement needs you!

Here is a list of our current funding needs:
– Legal Counsel
– Local and National Programming
– Conference representation
– 2 full time staff members
– 4 full time interns

While the 100k goal will not fulfill the above needs in their entirety, this milestone will be a tremendous boost towards our end goal. We welcome any and all volunteers who may be able to assist the organization.

Currently we are working across 3 main thrusts:
Economic Empowerment
Social Justice
Patient Awareness

Economic Empowerment
MCIA is committed to economic equality and excellence within the cannabis industry. We provide access to quality industry training and networking opportunities that help to reduce the diversity divide within the cannabis industry. We assist minorities, and all interested in furthering this cause, by helping to find jobs and sustainable business opportunities in this fast-paced and exciting industry. Sample Programs: Business Directory Listings of People of color and women, discounted consulting services and classes, mentorship, speakers bureau, Marketing representation feedback and consumer insight, market research.

Social Justice
Studies show that the criminalization of marijuana continues to disproportionately affect minorities in a negative way. It is MCIA’s objective to serve in eradicating this pervasive inequality. We do so by providing education on the history, culture and politics of the cannabis industry. We not only advocate for the creation of sensible and effective laws and policies, but also for the fair execution of such. In addition, we work with state and nationwide legal experts and other likeminded organizations to provide legal help and industry job assistance to those who have been unjustly charged with marijuana convictions. Sample Programs: Expungement program, mentorship, speakers bureau, voter drives

Patient Awareness
The responsible use of cannabis has been reported to assist in the treatment of a number of medical ailments and social conditions, many of which affect the minority community at exceeding rates. The MCIA exists to strengthen patient knowledge about their rights, treatment options and access points. We believe in patient advocacy and patient centric business practices. Our members enjoy access to important information about effective medical use of cannabis, progressive scientific studies, local laws, how to become a patient and more. Sample Programs: Educating people of color and women about how cannabis can help their unique needs, assistance with patient access.

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  10 Responses to “Support The Minority Cannabis Funding Project”

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    Nothing like asking for donations for groups that exclude others. Either include all or don’t bother asking. I am so sick of this minority bullshit.

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      Totally agree, Acidsex
      . Didn’t these guys already panhandle us weedbloggers less than a week ago?!

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        Panhandle? Please note that the Gofundme page lists what the donations would be used for. This is not without the organizations own efforts. This organization is not unlike other new organizations, start up companies etc who request seed funding. You might assume that in order to start an organization and make an impact, you need resources to take it on. The cannabis industry is simply makes that even more of a reality. If you support inclusion and diversity of any sort, donate. Alternately, become a member. Your support, in any form you are willing to give, is appreciated.

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    My city has very few minorities, so the police target and accuse anyone they think they can screw with of smelling like alcohol or marijuana.. And use that lie to gain access to your vehicle. I find it interesting that this group complaints of discrimination yet wants to exclude others. when we all behave like Americans and stop bringing up skin color this country will be a much better place.

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      Exactly. Minorities groups are always asking for special rights that exclude others. That is why I always reject those call. Either ask for rights and help FOR ALL or for non.

      It’s similar to how they keep harping on the people of color being arrested in disproportion but I don’t see any of these groups stepping up when someone who is not included in the minority suffering the same fate. Exclusion only serves to further apathy and rejection from those you exclude.

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    By minorities they mean without cash. Everyone would like to benefit from the boost of start up cash, but the reality is, so many have to start with nothing. The biggest common denominator between a successful business person and a failure isn’t race or nationality. It’s drive and focus and not taking no for an answer. If they have a sound business model and understand that 99% of banks and investor will slam the doors in their faces regardless of their sales pitch and still continue to press on . They will in most cases find someone to take a chance on them. Having a cash base can in some cases be a crutch. Not having to put your word and honor on the line. Because that what most people who started with nothing do. It’s not the business it’s the person that banks and investors are taking the risk on. Some places just look at it as a tax right off if they fail. I know many minority business owners and that’s what I’ve noticed. There is no reverse to them only forward.

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      Did you miss the multiple times they reference people of color and women? Those are the minorities they are referring to unfortunately.

      I do agree that hard work and determination will go far in deterring profitability of a business but they aren’t looking to fund poor white males to start up their own MJ business I can assure you that. They certainly have no problem asking those white males to support their cause though.

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        Yes I did see. just so many allow life and peoples perception of themselves to hold them back. I know 4 rag to riches from minorities that not only started with nothing. They came to the Unites States unable to speak the language. That beside social and economic hardships excelled to get their citizenship learn the language and now own not one but chains of businesses. A large percentage of businesses fail in the first couple of years. More often than not from the owners not having the drive and understanding of how to succeed . No amount of money can keep a business a float if the owner isn’t 120% into it. I can understand well meaning funding projects trying to help out, but I feel that it giving out money and grants can be setback more than a help.
        I’m just the type of person no matter how down and out I am. I would never accept help for anything I didn’t earn on my own.

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    “Exclusion” would mean that this is the Cannabis Funding Project, and they favor one group over another. They say “minority” right in their name. They’re not excluding whites any more than they’re excluding non-cannabis entrepreneurs.
    And why wouldn’t they accept money from those who won’t have monies awarded to them? Many whites want to contribute to racial equity, too.

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    Hello all – on behalf of MCIA, I want to address a few things. We are striving for an inclusive cannabis industry. Our organization is supportive of and contributed to by people of all nationalities, races, creeds and genders. The unfortunate thing is that the war on drugs has disproportionately affected people of color, and the poor. Another unfortunate thing is that in some instances the way the industry is unfolding it is becoming increasingly exclusive. This is not limited to people of color. The poor, middle class individuals and women have major challenges to overcome. Prohibition has also created some significant burdens for patients. We believe in abundance and believe that in helping one group in one instance does not take away from another. In fact, we believe that addressing injustice whether gender, race or class inequity will make the cannabis industry a better industry long term. We however, want to insure that this is not an after thought of the industry. In that respect, we do not exclude anyone from our organization and believe that our organization will provide benefit to all of the groups you are passionate about. There are several poor White Rural farmers who want to cultivate hemp as an example, who could certainly use our members passion and action. They do not escape our minds. Our members are invited to give us feedback, help us with programming, and advocacy work. We invite everyone regardless of demographic to participate in our organization in whatever capacity they would like to contribute. Our organization does not exist to attack or exclude any other, or any group of people rather we exist to lift the whole. Join us. You are all welcome and we need you to ensure that the Cannabis Industry is an industry is accessible to all who dream to participate in it.

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