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Inclusion and diversity are priorities as the U.S. moves toward ending cannabis prohibition

After graduating from Howard University, Tahir Johnson spent several years working as a financial adviser for firms such as PNC, SunTrust Banks and Morgan Stanley. But for the past three years, Johnson has been working in a variety of roles in cannabis business and policy, including helping lead social equity initiatives at the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA).

In April, the U.S. Cannabis Council (USCC), a coalition of industry businesses, advocacy organizations and associations, announced Johnson’s appointment as director of social equity and inclusion, leading social equity initiatives at the state and federal level and helping member cannabis businesses improve diversity. Johnson also continues to host his Cannabis Diversity Report podcast, interviewing people of color who work across the industry.

Johnson spoke with Cannabis Business Times about his priorities in his new role and how he plans to hold companies accountable for their social equity programs and plans.


Seth Yakatan

Seth Yakatan

Known for solutions that yield results, Seth Yakatan has completed or advised on acquisitions and corporate finance transactions totaling over $3 billion. He is CEO of Katan Associates International—a financial strategy and merchant banking firm specializing in commercialization and asset monetization—especially those within life-science and e-commerce sectors.




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