The Nationwide Advocacy Group M4MM is bringing the favored hashish licensing bootcamp to the Michigan Market

Award-winning nonprofit advocacy group Minorities for Medical Marijuana (M4MM) has been responsible for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the cannabis industry (among many other advocacy efforts) for the past 5 years, almost since the dawn of legalized cannabis. One of their longest running and most successful programs was the CBLB (Cannabis Business Licensing Boot Camp) program.

M4MM Cannabis Business Licensing Boot Camp

After presenting successful cannabis licensing bootcamps in Missouri, New Jersey and Illinois, M4MM brought its 8th impactful CBLB (Cannabis Business Licensing Bootcamp) program to Michigan to prepare applicants for the state microbusiness application. Michigan Cannabis Business Licensing took place on March 13-14, 2021 with over 70 attendees and ten leading industry speakers along with main sponsor 7Cities Group.

“Michigan was our 8th boot camp and it was excellent despite the planning and planning challenges we faced due to COVID-19. The breadth and depth of the topics covered definitely helped attendees understand both the application process and their options as a potential operator when pursuing licensing opportunities in Michigan. “

Roz McCarthy, Founder and CEO of Minorities for Medical MarijuanaRoz McCarthy, Founder and CEO of Minorities for Medical Marijuana

M4MM presented the Michigan Cannabis Business Licensing Bootcamp, designed to educate potential social equity and minority company owners about the use of microbusiness and the process of building business. Attendees gained a clear understanding of the microbusiness licensing process, learned key strategies, received specialized resources through M4MM, and established valuable connections with industry professionals necessary to build successful businesses.

Bootcamps in New York, New Jersey, Colorado, and Oregon are planned for the second and third quarters of 2021. You can find out more about this here.

M4MM at the Michigan Cannabis Market

The industry’s ten guest speakers included Chris Jackson, owner of Sticky Ypsi pharmacy, and Patrick Frakes, chief operating officer of RAIR. The speakers were subject matter experts from various industries who provided important information and inspiration. Sponsor 7 Cities Group, a full-service cannabis consultancy, provided insight into equity partnerships. The participants were enthusiastic and all gave positive feedback, which described the program as extremely informative and interactive.

“Michigan has a unique market with potential for growth and expansion. We have the opportunity to create concrete pathways and partnerships through the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency’s social equity programs and racial equity initiatives. When planning the event, we invited all of Michigan’s key stakeholders to represent us. The state, business, and community came together to share best practices in hopes of building a profitable, diverse, and inclusive cannabis industry. I am proud that the boot camp exceeded our expectations. ”

Cimone Casson, M4MM Michigan State DirectorCimone Casson, M4MM Michigan State Director

On the second day of the bootcamp there was a cannabis business pitch competition sponsored by the industry pioneers, Wanda James, Founder and CEO of Simply Pure, National Director of Veteran Outreach Leo Bridgewater, and former NFL and Superbowl Champion Joseph Casillas, was rated. Winner Keena Moffett received a US $ 1,000 grant for her Pot and Pans company. The pitch competition was broadcast live on M4MMUnited’s Facebook page in order to raise national awareness for all participants.

Keena Moffett won the pitch competition.

Medical Marijuana Minorities (M4MM)

About M4MM: Minorities for Medical Marijuana Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit that focuses on promoting, educating, reaching out, and educating color communities across the country about cannabis. The cornerstone of its mission is to promote inclusive and equitable public policy on cannabis, health awareness, business development and social reform. The organization advocates a culturally inclusive environment in which different thoughts, experiences and opportunities are valued, respected, valued and celebrated. Currently, M4MM is represented in 26 states in the country and was named Cannabis Industry Organization of the Year 2018 by the Cannabis Business Awards.

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