‘We believe that success for the cannabis industry means a thorough commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. These values are fundamental to Cannabis Trade Federation’s core mission and identity.’ ~ Cannabis Trade Federation Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force
The Cannabis Trade Federation (CTF) is a national coalition of cannabis related businesses that represent all aspects of the industry including cultivators, dispensaries, wholesalers, distributors and ancillary businesses. CTF is dedicated to facilitate diversity, equity and inclusive opportunities as the expansion of cannabis commerce across the United States builds in momentum. The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Task Force (DEI) is comprised of experienced business leaders all whom are prepared to engage key stake holders including local, state and national policy makers to strategically and legislatively foster accountability for equity, accessibility and diversity within the cannabis industry. The DEI is working in conjunction with the Federations’ Executive Leadership to develop and advocate sensible, industry-wide policies that maximizes sustainability, public health, regulatory efficiencies, and fairness for prospective cannabis business ventures including manufacturing, distribution and social impact opportunities.
Author and Chief Executive of From The Block to The Board Room, Mr. Tracey D. Syphax has been appointed to contribute to the Cannabis Trade Federation’s DEI Task Force.
“As a formerly impacted person who advocates for a seat at the table when decisions that affect those who are mostly impacted by our criminal justice system; I was honored when CTF CEO Neal Levine contacted me about joining the task force to help shape the cannabis industry to include fair economic opportunities for generations to come.” ~ Tracey Syphax
Mr. Syphax was named one of the top 25 most Influential African Americans in the State of New Jersey in 2016 by the South Jersey Journal. Tracey has a proven record for motivating and cultivating non-traditional entrepreneurships and he is expected to add meaningful contributions to the mission of CTF.
Today’s legal cannabis industry employs more than 100,000 Americans, many of them in high-tech agricultural jobs, as well as manufacturing, distribution and retail. Roughly two-thirds of Americans now live in states where some form of cannabis is legal, and polling consistently shows over 70% of Americans support letting the states make their own cannabis policy with opposition to federal government interference. CTF’s primary federal legislative focus will be to build support to pass the STATES Act, which would amend the Controlled Substances Act to exempt state licensed and regulated cannabis businesses from federal enforcement in conflict with state law.
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