NDICA MISSION STATEMENT
NDICA is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to create an ethical and equitable cannabis industry to reduce barriers contributing to the lack of representation of those most impacted by the War on Drugs, including people of color and other marginalized community members.
LOS ANGELES SOCIAL EQUITY
The Social Equity Program is organized according to three tiers:
THE NDICA EVENT
THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES SOCIAL EQUITY PLAN EXPUNGEMENT CLINIC AND JOB FAIR (JAN 27, 2018).
The social equity plan is a game changer for the cannabis industry, LA and POC. For the first time in history, POC will play a large role in the largest market in one of the largest industries.
Social Equity Past Events
NDICA BOARD MEMBERS
Freeway Rick Ross
Author, Activist and Speaker/NDICA VP Community Outreach and Relations
Cannabis Commissioner for the City of Oakland and Co-Founder of Hood Incubator
Justin T. Wayne
Senator Justin Wayne Authored: Nebraska Hemp Bill and Social Equity Bill
Co-Founder of Minority Cannabis Business Association and Comfy Tree/ NDICA VP of Diversity and Educational Development
Bonita Bo Money
Founder NDICA and Women Abuv Ground
NDICA Director of Community Relations LA
Exec. Director of Cannabis Consumer Coalition/ NDICA Vice Chair & Co-Founder of TCMS Global
V.P of Marketing and Media Relations Former Editor of Sensi Magazine
For centuries, North Americans have utilized hemp in their homes, diets, and health regimens. For decades, we’ve also turned to imported products to meet much of our growing need.
And now, after years of major change for US agriculture and industry, real investment in this versatile crop stands to significantly elevate our economy and quality of life for generations to come.
We’d been thinking about doing a series on female leadership in the marijuana industry for quite some time; after all, women occupy more than one-third of executive positions in the space—well above the global average for all industries. It was, however, a panel held during the Viridian Cannabis Investment Series, a very-serious business event focused on diversity that provided the context we were looking for to get started: an article picking the brains of leading female cannabis execs.
Lorenze Lanier, 32, spent his first decade as an adult in and out of prison for non-violent drug offenses. “I was 18. I didn’t know what to do, so I started selling drugs,” he said. He was living on LA’s Skid Row when he “caught” his first felony. And when he realized how severely his criminal record curtailed his prospects, he felt he had no choice but to continue selling drugs.
If you’re observant, you may look around you while in a dispensary and notice that the majority of the people behind the counter are white. You may also notice that the majority of the people in articles about the cannabis industry, as well as owners of cannabis businesses, are white — even in a state like Colorado where 21% of residents identify as Latino. On U.S…
A County In California’s Central Valley Is Hosting A Clinic To Help People Expunge Drug-Related Criminal Records
The National Diversity and Inclusion Cannabis Alliance (NDICA), the Fresno County Public Defender’s Office and Element 7 will host a free expungement clinic on Saturday, June 29, in Fresno, California, paving the way for residents with minor drug-related criminal records to enter the legal and licensed cannabis industry to gain meaningful employment.
“First they got rich putting me in jail. Now they’re getting rich selling something that put me in jail.” Lorenze spent years in and out of jail, battling homelessness on LA’s Skid Row, because of a marijuana felony at 18. But now that weed is legal in California, a movement to expunge marijuana convictions is giving him a chance to earn a living wage and give back to his community
A free expungement clinic being held on Saturday is helping Fresno residents clear their records of crimes related to cannabis.
The Fresno County Public Defender’s Officer is teaming up with the National Diversity and Inclusion Cannabis Alliance and Element 7, a cannabis retail company, to host the free clinic.