NCIA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs

A more diverse cannabis industry means a more prosperous one. Guided by our Core Values, we strive to lead by example with a focus on inclusivity among our membership, board of directors, and staff. By removing barriers to participation within our own organization we aim to foster a more equitable industry where participation and success is possible regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. 


NCIA’s government affairs and policy teams work every day to advance national cannabis policy reforms centered around social equity and justice. From advocating for fair banking access to working to end federal prohibition, our advocacy work is the most impactful way NCIA advances diversity, equity, and inclusion in the cannabis industry. Learn more about NCIA’s support for social justice and equity in the cannabis industry. 

NCIA’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee (DEIC) focuses on laws and regulations that need to be designed and implemented with equity and fairness in mind. The DEIC recommends forward-thinking federal, state, and local policies that will create access to opportunity for people of color and those most adversely affected by the failure of marijuana prohibition.  


Catalyst Conversations Webinar Series
NCIA’s Catalyst Conversations is an advanced webinar series curated to give enrollees in our Social Equity Scholarship program the opportunity to network and gain access to valuable knowledge that will help them excel in the cannabis industry. Check out our webinar schedule and register today. Access is complimentary for all NCIA members and their employees.

The Cannabis Minority Report Podcast
Each week NCIA’s DEI Committee hosts cannabis industry operators, advocates, and allies for lively discussions on issues important to social equity and to highlight their unique experiences, challenges, and success stories as minorities in the cannabis industry.


Social Equity Scholarship Program
We’ve enrolled well over 100 social equity operators and applicants in our Social Equity Scholarship Program since its inception in June 2020. Participants are gaining first-hand access to regulators in key markets to get insight on the industry, tips for raising capital, and advice on how to access and utilize data to ensure success in their businesses, along with all the other benefits available to NCIA members. 

To date, NCIA has provided equity operators and applicants complimentary memberships totaling over $100,000 in value. We fully intend to expand this program to provide all equity operators their first year of membership but we need your support.

If you share our vision for a more inclusive and equitable cannabis industry, please support NCIA’s DEI program through a sponsorship. DEI program sponsors not only help us continue to provide complimentary memberships to equity operators, it also comes with benefits!

Learn more and become a DEI Program Sponsor for $6,000!


Related Resources:

NCIA Policy Council Publication: Increasing Equity In The Cannabis Industry: Six Achievable Goals For Policy Makers (March 2019)

The Accountability List/InclusiveBase In an effort to create more opportunities for people of color and members of marginalized communities in cannabis and ancillary industries, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) is endorsing The Accountability List (TAL) by Cannaclusive, a leading advocacy and business consulting firm dedicated to improving minority representation in the cannabis industry and as consumers. The Accountability List is a regularly updated resource that allows businesses and organizations to share information regarding their staffing diversity and support for causes related to industry equity and social justice, and examines those efforts in relation to their public statements and commitments.



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NCIA is leading the cannabis industry's unified and coordinated campaign to ensure our business sector is treated fairly and has the opportunity to reach its full potential. Now - more than ever - is the time to invest in your business and the future of the industry by becoming a member.

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