Increasing Equity in the Cannabis Industry


`This week has been one of the biggest moments in my professional career. A few days ago we launched the Social Equity Scholarship Program at the National Cannabis Industry Association which will make social equity applicants and license holders around the country eligible for a complimentary membership. I will be working together with the organization’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee to lead these efforts along with a number of future programs as the Manager of DEI. To take this on for the cannabis industry’s oldest and largest trade association is an honor that I never envisioned I’d have but I am proud and encouraged to take on this new challenge as I celebrate a year here.


With the US cannabis industry projected to bring in $30 billion in revenue by 2025, atoning for the damage of the war on drugs and the fact that people of color have very little ownership, representation, and are still being incarcerated for cannabis convictions today while others have the opportunity to create generational wealth is the biggest paradox, facing the industry and must be addressed. While this program doesn’t fix all of that, my goal is to contribute to the democratization of access to opportunities in the industry through this platform. In one of my favorite movies, Wall St, the protagonist Gordon Gekko said “If you’re not inside, you’re outside and I hope to help eliminate those barriers to success and work together with other industry leaders to increase equity in the cannabis industry.


If you’re reading this and you are a social equity cannabis business owner, applicant or an industry ally that wants to learn more about the program please visit thecannabisindustry.org/equity and hit me up directly at tahir@thecannabisindustry.org for more info.


About The Author:

Tahir Johnson is the Business Development and Diversity Equity & Inclusion at The National Cannabis Industry Association and a former investment advisor. You can connect with me on LinkedIn, follow @tahdiddy on Instagram and Twitter, or text me at (202) 871-8793 for more cannabis and investing insights.



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