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OUR MISSION is to increase BIPOC visibility to advance representation and economic growth in the legal cannabis industry of the Americas. BIPOC populations are under-represented in the corporate and profit centers of the multibillion-dollar industry, and continue be the demographics that are most arrested, convicted, and incarcerated for cannabis possession and use.
We remove barriers for social equity applicants and minority entrepreneurs, business owners, and professionals to access cannabis education, networking, and business resources.
We accomplish this through programs and partnerships that:
– educate members about the opportunities to participate in the legal cannabis industry;
– increase minority cannabis entrepreneur and contractor participation in the industry; and
– create valuable business to business (B2B) referrals and introductions through BIPOCANN’s membership network.
Ernest Toney, Founder
Ernest Toney leads BIPOCANN’s strategic efforts to improve equitable representation for BIPOC entrepreneurs and business owners in the cannabis industry’s state-legal markets.
Prior to BIPOCANN, Ernest managed global marketing initiatives for Marijuana Business Daily, the leading business (B2B) news source for the cannabis industry in the US and Canada, and producer of MJBizCon – the award-winning trade show and expo for cannabis professionals, held annually in Las Vegas.
During his tenure, Ernest grew global partnerships for the company’s family of brands and led marketing campaigns that increased attendance at MJBizDaily’s business conferences in North America, Latin America, and Europe.
The Cannabis Quality Conference & Expo Brings Education, Networking to New Jersey
September 20, 2022
Black History Month, Cannabis & Social Equity: The Importance of Continued Learning
February 16, 2022
Black Leaders in Cannabis You Should Know: Part Two of HoneySuckle’s Black History Month Series
February 7, 2022
The Cannabis Industry Has a Unique Opportunity to Address Racial Inequity: Here’s How
January 18, 2022
Columbia Care Kicks Off Sales At Boston Cannabis Dispensary, Announces Social Equity Partnerships In Virginia
September 30, 2021
BIPOCANN, Virginia Minority Cannabis Coalition, Nolef Turns, and Columbia Care Join Forces to Drive Social Equity Opportunities in Virginia Cannabis Industry
September 29, 2021
Empowering Minority Cannabis Companies Through Advocacy, Recruitment and Networking
September 25, 2021
Want to Know the Hottest Brands in Cannabis in 2021? Meet the People Deciding Who they Are
August 24, 2021
These Denver organizations are helping social-equity applicants navigate the complex world of cannabis business
April 16, 2021
To The Root Of It: A Look at Four Black Cannabis Gardeners and Their Journey Into Cultivation
April 13, 2021
BIPOC Advocate Reminds Cannabis Industry that A Rising Tide Should Lift All Boats
February 24, 2021
Social Responsibility and Supporting BIPOC in Cannabis: A Q&A with Ernest Toney, of BIPOCANN
December 7, 2020
Meet The Disruptors: Ernest Toney of BIPOCANN On The Three Things You Need To Shake Up Your Industry
December 2, 2020