The Virginia Minority Cannabis Coalition (VMCC), headquartered in Newport News, is a pioneering 501(c)4 nonprofit organization founded in 2021 that empowers Black and Brown communities to become shareholders in the cannabis industry.
We are professionals, business owners, adult learners, advocates, and everyday people who want to ensure that Virginia’s newest industry creates real economic change for communities of color that have been hit hardest by unequal cannabis laws.
We focus on three key areas of cannabis legalization – economic empowerment, expungement and inclusion. Our vision is that everyone arrested or in jail for cannabis is released with a clean record and that BIPOC across Virginia will have an opportunity to create true wealth for themselves, their families, and communities.
Accepting social equity is the beginning of Virginia acknowledging the residual impact of the slave trade, Jim Crow, redlining, voter suppression, lynching, underfunded school systems, cannabis convictions, illegal searches and economic apartheid. The commonwealth of Virginia can lead the new south by being the first mover in the region to acknowledge the impact of predatory policing in the black community.
We’re inviting families and individuals to come to LOOK, LISTEN and LEARN about key points of interests for black Virginians over the next 18 months.
VMCC’s strategies, resources and program will focus on:
Racial disparities in marijuana arrests
While we share concerns for all minorities, our primary focus in this project is the disproportionality experienced by the black community in Virginia. We are working to prevent the same misfortune the state of California experienced, where white-owned, well-funded companies rode the legalization wave at the expense of African Americans.
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September 30, 2021 – (BENZINGA) — Separately, Columbia Care revealed it has teamed up with three organizations – BIPOCANN, Virginia Minority Cannabis Coalition and Nolef Turns to offer social equity-driven resources for the developing cannabis community in Virginia.
September 28, 2021 – PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — As marijuana laws changed in the Commonwealth earlier this year, organizations are coming together to make this completely new, legal business more accessible and equitable for the communities impacted most by its prohibition in the past.
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