OUR STORY
WHO WE ARE

Founded in late 2015, the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) is the first 501(c)(6) not for profit business league created to serve the specific needs of minority cannabis entrepreneurs, workers, and patients/ consumers. The organization currently serves members from across the United States. Its 15-member board of directors is comprised of a diverse group of cannabis industry veterans and activists from across the U.S.

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    MCBA VISION

    The cannabis industry will maximize its unique potential to serve as an economic accelerator and creator of opportunity, and improve critical social and health measures of all communities.

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    MCBA MISSION

    Our mission is to create equal access for cannabis businesses and promote economic empowerment for communities of color by creating policy considerations, social programming, and outreach initiatives to achieve equity for the communities most affected by the war on drugs.

''MCBA IS THE SUM OF THE EFFORTS, EXPERIENCES, AND FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS OF OUR INDIVIDUAL AND COMPANY MEMBERS.''

– Jeannette Horton, MCBA Member

OUR PASSION
WHY THIS AGENDA

COMBAT THE WAR ON DRUGS

The U.S. “war on drugs” — a decades-long policy of racial and class suppression hidden behind cannabis criminality — has resulted in the arrest, interdiction, and incarceration of a high percentage of Americans of color. The legal cannabis industry represents a great opportunity to help balance the detrimental effects of the war on drugs by creating an equal playing field for all people to benefit from the changing legal landscape.

BUILD A BETTER CANNABIS INDUSTRY

Unfortunately, currently, there are few minorities in the cannabis industry. MCBA believes heavy regulation, the high cost of entry, and information gaps hinder minorities from entering the industry as owners, employees, and patients & consumers. Removing these barriers to embrace all communities will increase the cannabis industry’s growth, contribute to its economic development, and display the positive impact of cannabis medicine.
OUR BOARD
MCBA LEADERS
OUR STAFF
MCBA Staff
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    Amber Littlejohn,
    Executive Director

    As an attorney and advocate for emerging and embattled industries, Amber has developed and implemented creative strategies for industry, associations, nonprofits, and other stakeholder groups. As MCBA’s previous Senior Policy Advisor, she helped develop and implement MCBA’s federal policy program. Through her advocacy work, she has developed creative strategies to expand and stabilize emerging markets by engaging and supporting underrepresented business interests and communities.

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    TaJanna Mallory

    TaJanna Mallory has served as the Administrative Manager for the Minority Cannabis Business Association for the last 4 years. She leads the team that handles membership management, executes on membership benefits and provides administrative support to the Board of Directors. Outside of her work with MCBA, TaJanna is CEO of Modern Assistants, a virtual assistant company that provides highly trained virtual assistants to business owners and professionals within the cannabis industry.

    TaJanna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from Florida State University and a Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Liberty University. She currently resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband of 12 years and their Chihuahua.