I got the opportunity to speak with Roz McCarthy, founder and CEO of Minorities for Medical Marijuana, about the necessity of inclusion in the emerging cannabis industry at the Women Grow conference in Washington, DC.
Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc. (M4MM) is organized as a non profit organization with corporate offices based in Orlando Florida. The organization is structured as a 501c3 with a full Executive Team and Board of Directors who support the organization’s overall goals and strategic direction. The organization was established in May 2016 and currently has 23 state chapter locations throughout the country including a Northern California chapter based in Oakland. M4MM has been a leader in providing advocacy, outreach, research, and training as it relates to the business, social reform, public policy, and health /wellness in the cannabis industry.
Roz stressed the importance of real diversity being reflected in the industry, and stressed that it should start now, and should not be an afterthought, rather, one of the foundational pillars of legalization in the US. “We need to hold cannabis corporations accountable and ask them what they are doing in regards to diversity and inclusion.” She stressed. As soon to be consumers, she wants us to know that we must be our own advocates first, demanding that as business and industries grow, we support those who support all.
M4MM boasts many programs, all which aim to target specific disparities within the emerging field. Health is Wealth is a program designed to educate about CBD and its many uses. Breaking down stigmas, it’s aim is to promote health and wellness through the use of CBD. Ready, Set, Grow is a college intern and workforce apprentice program aimed at creating hands on training experiences in the hemp and cannabis industry. Project Clean Slate is an Expungement fair and wrap around services for those affected by past marijuana possession charges. These are just some of the few amazing programs M4MM offers to meet the needs of a community it’s so passionate about. Visit their website at https://minorities4medicalmarijuana.org/.