For Immediate Release
January 29th, 2018
Kayvan Khalatbari

MCBA partners with the University of Denver and 

Hoban Law Group to host inaugural 

Cannabis Opportunity Summit

The Summit aims to strengthen the ability of minority entrepreneurs, business owners, and employees to succeed in the emerging cannabis industry.

DENVER, CO — The Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) has partnered with the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business and Hoban Law Group to host the first ever Cannabis Opportunity SummitMarch 22-24, 2018 in Denver. The purpose of the Summit is to provide resources, information, and connections to businesses and entrepreneurs from the communities most impacted by the war on drugs. It will also feature the launch of MCBA’s expungement and record-sealing clinics in Colorado, which will aim to remove or seal non-violent drug offenses from the permanent records of people looking to gain fairness in employment, housing, and more.

“This event recognizes the consequences of the War on Drugs, and outlines best practices to move burgeoning entrepreneurs and businesses forward as we work together to mold the nascent cannabis industry into a better and more equitable industry, not just another industry.” said Kayvan Khalatbari, MCBA board member and 2019 Denver mayoral candidate. “This event will be unlike any other cannabis conference currently being produced across the country, offering unique speakers and topics, and inclusive of a broader spectrum of current and hopeful cannabis industry participants.”

More than five years after Colorado legalized cannabis, less than 1 percent of licensed cannabis businesses are currently minority-owned. Structural and institutional barriers to entry often prevent otherwise talented and capable entrepreneurs of color from participating in the emerging cannabis industry–a novel economic opportunity for communities that have borne the brunt of the Drug War.

This Summit aims to provide an educational and professional opportunity for minority entrepreneurs to learn from and meet some of the industry’s leading experts. The three-day program will include speaker sessions and interactive workshops covering a wide range of topics, including market and opportunity analyses, operational differentiators, community reinvestment, cultural integration, advocacy and lobby training, and much more.

“Hoban Law Group is proud to be partnering with the Minority Cannabis Business Association and the University of Denver to present the first annual Cannabis Opportunity Summit,” said Hoban Law Group Chief Operating Officer Kate Strickland. “While the cannabis industry continues to make strides towards becoming more thoughtful, inclusive and supportive of minority communities, we recognize that much work remains to be done and we look forward to the Opportunity Summit as a chance to further this important mission.” 

MCBA is the only nationwide trade association representing the interests of minority-owned businesses and their communities in the cannabis industry. Hoban Law Group is the nation’s only full-service cannabis business law firm, servicing all legal medical and adult use states.  HLG has attorneys in every state and territory where legalization has occurred and is expanding internationally in 2018. Like with all industries, the Daniels College of Business has faculty who research and study this emerging field, including active programming in their business and law schools.

What:   Cannabis Opportunity Summit

When:  Thursday, March 22  – Saturday, March 24, 2018

Where: University of Denver Daniels College of Business

2101 S University Blvd.
Denver, CO 80210

Registration: Early Bird: $99 members / $119 non-members (scholarships available)


Minority Cannabis Business Association