By Veronica Castillo and Frederika Easley

The Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) is thrilled to include the people of Denver and surrounding areas in its Equity Workshop Tour (EWT) on April 4th. Denver will open with a special welcome from Governor Jared Polis, closing out the Southwest Region of the 2024 Tour, comprising over 25 events, spanning 20-plus states across the entire country, in a series of regional mini-tours. The tour aims to fortify the presence and influence of social equity applicants and operators in the burgeoning cannabis sector.

What Is The Minority Cannabis Business Association Equity Workshop Tour?

This hands-on tour offers a unique blend of in-depth learning and valuable networking experiences. The Tour's Founder and lead organizer, Mike Lomuto, MCBA Board Chair and Co-Founder of Dao Mastery, grew up in San Francisco and its cannabis industry (before it was called an "industry"). Mike was instrumental in the implementation behind the National Cannabis Industry Association's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, and is the 2023 recipient of the Indigenous Cannabis Industry Association’s Advocate of the Year Award.

(C) Frederika Easley @klassik84 / Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA)

Event Highlights: What Can MCBA Equity Workshop Tour Attendees Look Forward To?

  • Roundtable Dialogues: Benefit from the expertise of industry leaders providing actionable insights
  • Collaborative Forums: Foster industry-wide unity and build on shared visions for equity
  • Panels And Town Halls: Gain exclusive access to some of the cannabis industry’s most impactful leaders
  • Networking Opportunities: Engage with like-minded individuals in a space designed for meaningful connection

MCBA is proud to collaborate with multiple organizations equally committed to championing social equity in the cannabis landscape, including: BIPOCann, Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM), Social Equity Empowerment Network, Indigenous Cannabis Industry Association, The JUSTUS Foundation, Bay Area Latino Cannabis Alliance, NORML, Cannabis HR Council, Service Disabled Veterans in Cannabis, and the TRAEHNY Partnership

The Agenda: What Will Happen At The MCBA Equity Workshop Tour?

  • Opening Address: Colorado Governor Jared Polis with an intro by University of Colorado Regent Wanda James
  • Expert-Led Roundtable Dialogues
  • Interactive Panel Discussion with State Regulators
  • The Corner Clinic 

Registration on is complimentary for all individuals invested in promoting equity within the cannabis industry. Spaces are limited to preserve an intimate workshop atmosphere.

Event Details: How Can You Attend The MCBA Equity Workshop?

  • Date: Thursday, April 4, 2024
  • Time: Open Networking starts at 9:30AM; Main Program from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Location: The Commons on Champa 1245 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204

Who Are The MCBA Equity Workshop Tour's Speakers, Roundtable Facilitators, and Panelists?

Who Are The Sponsors Of The MCBA Equity Workshop Tour?

Cova Software, NACATPros, CannaCoverage Insurance, AltMed Data, Better Days Delivery, The People’s Ecosystem, iComply, Cannabis & Tech Today, Chicago News Weekly, Traveling Cannabis Writer, Black Cannabis

For inquiries about The MCBA Equity Workshop Tour, please contact Mike Lomuto at For more information about the Minority Cannabis Business Association and its initiatives, please visit


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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Frederika McClary Easley is Director of Strategic Initiatives for The People's Ecosystem. She is the host of The People Are Blunt Podcast, and Vice President of the Minority Cannabis Business Association.

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Featured image: Colorado Governor Jared Polis will deliver the opening address at the Minority Cannabis Business Association's Equity Workshop Tour (C) Colorado Office of the Governor