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MCBA announces new Board of Directors and three important events for 2019-2020 term


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Jason Ortiz, President

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Kaliko Castille, Vice President

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Minority Cannabis Small business Association (MCBA), the only nationwide trade association representing the interests of minority-owned organizations and their communities in the cannabis market, has elected its new board of directors for the 2019-2020 board term. With this election comes many new members with impressive track records in fighting for communities of colour, who are added to a powerful core of returning Directors from a prior board that helped the association get considerable traction in 2019 which includes getting instrumental to the passage of the Secure Banking Act.

MCBA is proud to announce its 2019-2020 board of directors:

    • David Abernathy. The Arcview Group, Finance Committee Co-Chair
    • Jazmin Aguiar, The Operating Group, Finance Committee Co-Chair
    • Brandon Banks, All-natural Selections*, Co-Chair Financial Empowerment Committee
    • Kaliko Castille, National Cannabis Market Association, Vice President
    • Al Harrington, Viola Extracts*
    • Todd Hughes, EntreVation
    • Kayvan Khalatbari, Denver Relief Consulting*
    • Khurshid Khoja, Greenbridge Corporate Counsel*, Chair, Policy committee
    • Dr. Rachel Knox, American Cannabinoid Clinics*, Chair Healthcare Committee
    • Chanda Macias, Females Develop*
    • Jason Ortiz, National Puerto Rican Agenda*, President
    • Shanita Penny, Budding Options*
    • Barrington Rutherford, Cresco Labs
    • Jessica Velazquez, Indiva Advisors*, Treasurer
    • Brandon Wyatt, Wyatt Legal &amp Consulting*, Secretary
  • *Denotes an incumbent board member who was reelected. 

In addition to new members, Jason Ortiz was elected from amongst the board to serve as President, with Kaliko Castille elected to serve as Vice President. Rounding out the executive board are Jessica Velazquez and Brandon Wyatt returning to their roles as Treasurer and Secretary respectively.

“Iʻm honored and humbled by the chance to join the Board of Directors and serve as Vice President for the Minority Cannabis Small business Association. MCBA has moved the conversation about legalization light years ahead of exactly where we had been just a handful of years ago. The conversation has now shifted from “if” we will legalize to “how”, and that is extremely a great deal a testament to the perform that MCBA has been performing by placing out model legislation that will address the basic inequities that have resulted from marijuana prohibition.” Mentioned Kaliko Castille, newly elected Vice President of MCBA.


The new leadership will quickly embark on an aggressive organizing schedule with 3 important initiatives announced.


Following up on a prosperous very first Chance Summit in Denver Colorado, MCBA will be returning to Denver for a second Chance Summit in the spring of 2020.

“Denver has been the epicenter of the cannabis market and with Colorado thinking of adding equity applications to address the clear racial disparities in ownership in the state, there is no superior time for MCBA to return and give every person an update on how we can do ideal by the communities most harmed by the war on drugs.” mentioned Kayvan Khalatbari, who serves as  Co-Chair of MCBA’s Financial Empowerment Committee.

MCBA plans on hosting a Tri-State Equity in Cannabis conference in December 2019 to respond to the current announcement of a partnership among the governors of NY, CT, and New Jersey. This occasion will unite equity organizers from all through the tri-state region to organize a unified push for social equity applications in all three states.

“As a native of Connecticut with Puerto Rican roots, I know how crucial and effective mobilizing across state lines can be. This may perhaps be the very first northeast interstate cannabis commerce agreement, and MCBA will be there to make sure equity is the foundation of any legislation that passes in CT, New Jersey or New York,” mentioned Jason Ortiz President of MCBA.

Lastly, MCBA has announced it is intentions to host the International Latinos in Cannabis Chance Summit(La Asamblea Internacional de Latinos en Cannabis) which will be held in southern California in the Summer time of 2020. Occasion arranging will start at a gathering of latinos in cannabis October 7th 2019 in Extended Beach California.

”La guerra contra las drogas devastó nuestras comunidades y estamos decididos a crear el impacto necesario para sanar, educar y empoderar la participación que nuestras comunidades se merecen. La Asamblea Internacional de Latinos en Cannabis será la primera vez que líderes de todo Latinoamerica se reunirán en América del Norte para discutir y formar parte de un grupo de trabajo que busca construir un marco regulatorio. La industria de la cannabis tiene pronosticado grandes alcances socioeconómicos, temas de la salud, y usos industriales, MCBA se enorgullece a crear puentes entre Los Estados Unidos y el resto de Latinoamérica para compartir aprendizajes y sistemas operativos con fines de crear alianzas.” Jazmin Aguiar copresidenta del comité de finanzas

About the Minority Cannabis Small business Association

Founded in 2015, the Minority Cannabis Small business Association (MCBA) is the very first 501(c)(six) not for profit small business league produced to serve the precise demands of minority cannabis entrepreneurs, workers, and sufferers/buyers. The MCBA represents far more than 200 minority owned organizations, entrepreneurs, and sufferers from across the United States. Its 15-member board of directors is comprised of a diverse group of health-related and legal specialists, cannabis market veterans, and social advocates from across the U.S. You can obtain far more info about us at www.minoritycannabis.org.