The U.S. Cannabis Council (USCC) is on a mission to create a diverse and inclusive cannabis industry with equal opportunities for all entrepreneurs, which means shattering what USCC Director of Social Equity & Inclusion Tahir Johnson views as the biggest barrier of entry for Black business owners: lack of access.

“U.S. Cannabis Council’s goal or mission is to make sure it’s a diverse and inclusive industry that’s prosperous for everyone, not only in equity and license ownership, but also in making sure that the cannabis industry itself is diverse,” Johnson told Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary.

To improve access to the industry for Black entrepreneurs, the USCC is operating a new internship program in partnership with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF), as well as launching its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) task force, which is about to launch a tool to assess member companies’ success in these areas.

‘A Strong Pathway to Future Leadership’

The Spring 2022 Pathways to the C-Suite internship program will partner Black college seniors and recent college graduates with eight of USCC’s member cannabis companies and organizations, including ACHEM, Canopy, Columbia Care, Curaleaf, Holistic, Marijuana Policy Project, USCC, and Weedmaps.

The deadline for applications was Dec. 3, and the

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