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SXSW 2021

Cultivating Advocacy & Equity in Cannabis

We are seeing a decrease in Black and Brown owned businesses in the cannabis industry. What can we do to shift this? How can the industry better support the equity community? What are the significant barriers in critical institutions that keep many from becoming significant players in the space? In this solutions-based conversation, three women leading California’s social equity movement will discuss necessary changes for cultivating advocacy and equity in the cannabis industry.

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Marie Montmarquet, Co-Founder, MD Numbers

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  • Tags: Cannabusiness
  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: The Rebirth of Business
  • Level: Intermediate
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