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 DEI among our membership, board of directors, and staff. We aim to foster a more equitable industry where participation and success are possible regardless of the numerous factors that have historically held many people, businesses, and communities back.


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.

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. The webinar content is curated to provide enrollees in our Equity Scholarship Program with the information they need to get kickstarted on their road to success. Intended to provide the “information I wish I knew” when our leaders were starting on their regulated cannabis journey.

The Cannabis Minority Report Podcast

Each week NCIA’s DEI Committee, represented by Khadijah Adams, 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 250 social equity operators and applicants in our Equity Scholarship Program since its inception in June 2020. Recipients receive over 80% off of membership dues for the first two years.

In addition to all the regular benefits of NCIA membership, our Equity members also receive complimentary passes to all of our events, access to unique marketing opportunities, and immersive educational programming.

If you share our vision for a more inclusive and equitable cannabis industry, please support NCIA’s DEI program through sponsorship. DEI program sponsors not only help us continue to provide complimentary memberships to equity operators, but it also comes with benefits! Click here to learn more about the program, or if you’re ready to take a stand for DEI…




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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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