A National Hispanic Cannabis Council has officially launched which aims to advance cannabis education, entrepreneuralism, and economic opportunity in the U.S. Hispanic community.

The national nonprofit was founded by cannabis business leaders and has a goal to raise awareness around cannabis-related health, economic, and legal issues as well as promote participation and leadership in the legal cannabis industry. The Council also will advocate for public policies that support their mission.

Hispanics are currently underrepresented in the arena.

“Cannabis prohibition in the U.S. was founded in large part upon prejudice toward Mexican immigrants, and it has disproportionately impacted the Hispanic community ever since,” said Brian Vicente, a founding NHCC board member and partner at national cannabis law firm Vicente Sederberg LLP.

He added, “The NHCC will work to repair the damage caused by old prohibition policies and to ensure the Hispanic community benefits from the new legal systems coming online to replace them. We are excited to launch this organization at a time of unprecedented economic opportunity in the emerging legal cannabis industry.”

The NHCC will be comprised of individual and business members from across the U.S. and organized through local chapters.

The Council will offer local education and networking events and national opportunities to interact with subject matter experts in the fields of medicine, policy, advocacy, and other areas.

Leaders from a variety of companies are in the fund, including Can It Industries, LLC; Cresco Labs; Folsom and Forge; Moxie; Trulieve; and Vicente Sederberg LLP.

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