MCBA announces new Board of Directors and three main events for 2019-2020 term – Minority Cannabis Enterprise Association


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MCBA announces new Board of Directors and three main events for 2019-2020 term


Major Press Get in touch with:

Jason Ortiz, President

860 639 8101, [email protected]


Secondary Press Get in touch with:

Kaliko Castille, Vice President

503-753-5836, [email protected]


WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Minority Cannabis Enterprise Association (MCBA), the only nationwide trade association representing the interests of minority-owned corporations and their communities in the cannabis business, has elected its new board of directors for the 2019-2020 board term. With this election comes various new members with impressive track records in fighting for communities of colour, who are added to a powerful core of returning Directors from a earlier board that helped the association achieve considerable traction in 2019 which includes getting instrumental to the passage of the Secure Banking Act.

MCBA is proud to announce its 2019-2020 board of directors:

    • David Abernathy. The Arcview Group, Finance Committee Co-Chair
    • Jazmin Aguiar, The Operating Group, Finance Committee Co-Chair
    • Brandon Banks, Organic Selections*, Co-Chair Financial Empowerment Committee
    • Kaliko Castille, National Cannabis Market Association, Vice President
    • Al Harrington, Viola Extracts*
    • Todd Hughes, EntreVation
    • Kayvan Khalatbari, Denver Relief Consulting*
    • Khurshid Khoja, Greenbridge Corporate Counsel*, Chair, Policy committee
    • Dr. Rachel Knox, American Cannabinoid Clinics*, Chair Healthcare Committee
    • Chanda Macias, Ladies Develop*
    • Jason Ortiz, National Puerto Rican Agenda*, President
    • Shanita Penny, Budding Options*
    • Barrington Rutherford, Cresco Labs
    • Jessica Velazquez, Indiva Advisors*, Treasurer
    • Brandon Wyatt, Wyatt Legal &amp Consulting*, Secretary
  • *Denotes an incumbent board member who was reelected. 

In addition to new members, Jason Ortiz was elected from amongst the board to serve as President, with Kaliko Castille elected to serve as Vice President. Rounding out the executive board are Jessica Velazquez and Brandon Wyatt returning to their roles as Treasurer and Secretary respectively.

“Iʻm honored and humbled by the chance to join the Board of Directors and serve as Vice President for the Minority Cannabis Enterprise Association. MCBA has moved the conversation about legalization light years ahead of exactly where we had been just a couple of years ago. The conversation has now shifted from “if” we will legalize to “how”, and that is quite significantly a testament to the function that MCBA has been performing by placing out model legislation that will address the basic inequities that have resulted from marijuana prohibition.” Mentioned Kaliko Castille, newly elected Vice President of MCBA.


The new leadership will straight away embark on an aggressive organizing schedule with 3 main initiatives announced.


Following up on a productive 1st Chance Summit in Denver Colorado, MCBA will be returning to Denver for a second Chance Summit in the spring of 2020.

“Denver has been the epicenter of the cannabis business and with Colorado thinking about adding equity applications to address the clear racial disparities in ownership in the state, there is no improved time for MCBA to return and give absolutely everyone an update on how we can do ideal by the communities most harmed by the war on drugs.” stated Kayvan Khalatbari, who serves as  Co-Chair of MCBA’s Financial Empowerment Committee.

MCBA plans on hosting a Tri-State Equity in Cannabis conference in December 2019 to respond to the current announcement of a partnership involving the governors of NY, CT, and New Jersey. This occasion will unite equity organizers from all through the tri-state location to organize a unified push for social equity applications in all three states.

“As a native of Connecticut with Puerto Rican roots, I know how essential and potent mobilizing across state lines can be. This could be the 1st northeast interstate cannabis commerce agreement, and MCBA will be there to make sure equity is the foundation of any legislation that passes in CT, New Jersey or New York,” stated Jason Ortiz President of MCBA.

Lastly, MCBA has announced it is intentions to host the International Latinos in Cannabis Chance Summit(La Asamblea Internacional de Latinos en Cannabis) which will be held in southern California in the Summer season of 2020. Occasion arranging will start at a gathering of latinos in cannabis October 7th 2019 in Extended Beach California.

”La guerra contra las drogas devastó nuestras comunidades y estamos decididos a crear el impacto necesario para sanar, educar y empoderar la participación que nuestras comunidades se merecen. La Asamblea Internacional de Latinos en Cannabis será la primera vez que líderes de todo Latinoamerica se reunirán en América del Norte para discutir y formar parte de un grupo de trabajo que busca construir un marco regulatorio. La industria de la cannabis tiene pronosticado grandes alcances socioeconómicos, temas de la salud, y usos industriales, MCBA se enorgullece a crear puentes entre Los Estados Unidos y el resto de Latinoamérica para compartir aprendizajes y sistemas operativos con fines de crear alianzas.” Jazmin Aguiar copresidenta del comité de finanzas

About the Minority Cannabis Enterprise Association

Founded in 2015, the Minority Cannabis Enterprise Association (MCBA) is the 1st 501(c)(six) not for profit business enterprise league designed to serve the precise requires of minority cannabis entrepreneurs, workers, and individuals/buyers. The MCBA represents far more than 200 minority owned corporations, entrepreneurs, and individuals from across the United States. Its 15-member board of directors is comprised of a diverse group of healthcare and legal pros, cannabis business veterans, and social advocates from across the U.S. You can locate far more details about us at




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