By Veronica Castillo and Jervonne Singletary

The Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) is one of the first organizations created specifically to progress the cannabis industry by increasing diversity. The MCBA's mission is to create equal access and economic empowerment for cannabis businesses, their patients, and the communities most affected by the War on Drugs.

Who Are The Minority Cannabis Business Association's New For 2024 Board Members?

As the premier business association dedicated to improving diversity and social equity in the cannabis industry, the MCBA is thrilled to announce the election of its new Board of Directors and Executive Board for 2024:

The newly elected board members are poised to lead the association into a future where the prospect of federal cannabis reform becomes a reality, emphasizing the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the industry.

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What Is Minority Cannabis Business Association President Tahir Johnson Saying About Leadership Plans For 2024?

In response to his election, President Tahir Johnson shared his enthusiasm: 

"I am both honored and excited to lead the Minority Cannabis Business Association at such a pivotal time for our industry. As we stand on the cusp of potential federal cannabis reform, our mission to ensure that minority entrepreneurs are given fair access and opportunities has never been more critical. Together, with the support and dedication of our new executive board, I am confident that we can make significant strides towards a more inclusive and equitable cannabis industry."

What's Next For The Minority Cannabis Business Association?

The MCBA looks forward to leveraging the diverse backgrounds and expertise of its new board to champion the cause of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the cannabis industry, fostering a future where all have the opportunity to thrive.

For more information about the Minority Cannabis Business Association and its initiatives, please visit You can also connect with and follow MCBA on Instagram at @mincannbusassoc, on X (formerly Twitter) at @mincannbusassoc, and on Linked In at

Stay tuned for more updates on how to connect with MCBA!

Special Thanks To Cannabis Business Sponsors

Thank you to the following sponsors!

Higher Maintenance CBD

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Kemistry Farms

Kemistry Farms is a woman-owned, veteran-owned, and minority-owned cannabis cultivation located on family land in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Chemistry is at the heart of their processes and techniques and with 13 years of cultivation experience and a tight and knowledgeable team standing together, Kemistry Farms is dedicated to growing quality medicine for Oklahomans.

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Written By:

Veronica Castillo is known as the Traveling Cannabis Writer. She was a nomadic writer on the road covering all things cannabis/ hemp/ and overall plant medicines and recently came back home to Florida, making it her homebase once again. Her body of work can be found in multiple industry publications both digital and print where she provides cannabis industry and community insights from her 5 year journey around the country. She is a collaborator, connector, always seeking to bring to light the hidden gems in the plant space. You can follow her journey on Instagram: @vee_travelingvegcannawriter and/or LinkedIn: @Traveling Cannabis Writer  

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Jervonne Singletary is Senior Director of Government Relations at Parallel, a national vertically-integrated cannabis brand. Jervonne has over a decade of experience working with marginalized communities, coalition building, and advocating. Among various roles, she has been Chief of Staff for members of the New York Assembly; worked with the Black and Hispanic Caucus on issues facing minority communities throughout New York State; and was appointed to the Mayor's Task Force for Cannabis Legalization while working at the New York City Economic Development Corporation. She was also instrumental in the passage of an Assembly bill that codified the decriminalization of small amounts of cannabis, moving it from a misdemeanor to a violation. A Brooklyn native, Jervonne holds a Bachelor’s in political science from Howard University and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

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