About us

Who We Are

Minorities for Medical Marijuana, Inc. (M4MM) is organized as a non profit organization with corporate offices based in Orlando Florida. The organization is structured as a 501c3 with a full Executive Team and Board of Directors who support the organization's overall goals and strategic direction. The organization was established in May 2016 and currently has 23 state chapter locations throughout the country including a Northern California chapter based in Oakland. M4MM's mission is focused on providing advocacy, outreach, research, and training as it relates to the business, social reform, public policy, and health /wellness in the cannabis industry.
 

Our Mission and Vision

Minorities for Medical Marijuana is committed to cultivating a culturally inclusive environment where diversity of thought, experience and opportunities are valued, respected, appreciated and celebrated. M4MM will serve as a resource to our community by providing information, referrals, advocacy, coordination and education regarding cannabis legislation, events, activities, initiatives and discussions. 

#StrongerTogether

Our Executive Team

Roz McCarthy

Dasheeda Dawson

Roz McCarthy

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Founder and CEO


Erik Range

Dasheeda Dawson

Roz McCarthy

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Board Chair

Dasheeda Dawson

Dasheeda Dawson

Dasheeda Dawson

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Chief Strategy Officer 

Vanessa Jones

Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD

Dasheeda Dawson

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Executive Assistant / Administrator

Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD

Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD

Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD

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Medical Director

Jessica F. Gonzalez

Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD

Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD

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General Counsel

Cannabis & Intellectual Property Attorney Bressler, Amery, & Ross, P.C.

WE WILL NOT REST

 “Social entrepreneurs are not content just to give a fish or teach how to fish. They will not rest until they have revolutionized the fishing industry.”
Bill Drayton, Leading Social Entrepreneurs Changing the World 

Senior Leadership

What can Marijuana be used for Medically

Rani Soto

Leo Bridgewater

Leo Bridgewater

National Director of LatinX Outreach

What is marijuana used for medically

Leo Bridgewater

Leo Bridgewater

Leo Bridgewater

National Director Veteran Outreach 

Senior Leadership

Medical Cannabis Training

Monica Taing, PharmD, RPh

Monica Taing, PharmD, RPh

Monica Taing, PharmD, RPh

 National Director of Research and Clinical Education

Black Cannabis

Dr. Jackson Garth, DBA

Monica Taing, PharmD, RPh

Monica Taing, PharmD, RPh

National Director of Hemp Farming

Black Cannabis

Imani Dawson

Monica Taing, PharmD, RPh

Imani Dawson

Director of Communication

Leadership in Action

Leadership is not about a title or a designation. It's about impact, influence and inspiration. Impact involves getting results, influence is about spreading the passion you have for your work, and you have to inspire team-mates and customers. 

~Robin S. Sharma

Help Our Cause

M4MM presents DICE-Diversity in Cannabis Experience where your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve opportunities for minorities in the cannabis space. Your generous donation will fund our diversity in cannabis programs.

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M4MM Chapter Presidents

Colorado

Colorado

Colorado

Black Cannabis

Amanda Phillips

Georgia

Colorado

Colorado

Minority Cannabis Business Association

Stanley Atkins II

Florida

Colorado

Northern California

Minority Cannabis Business Association

Tamera Frazier

Northern California

Northern California

Northern California

Minority Cannabis Business Association

Lawrence Gantt

New York

Northern California

New York

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Mary Pryor

M4MM 2020 Social Equity & Policy Recommendations

Files coming soon.

M4MM Chapter Presidents

Hawaii

South Florida Market Leader

South Florida Market Leader

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Raquel Crawford

South Florida Market Leader

South Florida Market Leader

South Florida Market Leader

Social Equity Partner

David Moett

Michigan

South Florida Market Leader

Michigan

Social Equity Partner

Cimone Casson

Illinois

Illinois

Michigan

Social Equity Partner

Jondae Scott

Texas

Illinois

Texas

Social Equity Partner

LaTosha Okoiron, Esq

M4MM Chapter Presidents

South Carolina

South Carolina

South Carolina

Rosemary Wallace 

Missouri

South Carolina

South Carolina

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Marne Madison

New Jersey

South Carolina

Washington DC

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Bonniwell Graham III

Washington DC

Washington DC

Washington DC

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Micah Garrison

Oregon

Washington DC

Oregon

Minority Cannabis Business

Tyeskia L. Randall

M4MM Chapter Presidents

Jamaica

North Carolina

Maryland

Minority Cannabis Business

Billy Rannells

Maryland

North Carolina

Maryland

Minority Cannabis Business

Hope Wiseman

North Carolina

North Carolina

North Carolina

Minority Cannabis Business

Sean and Kiah Tolliver

Louisiana

Pennsylvania

North Carolina

Minority Cannabis Business

Lauren Jackson

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

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Cherron Perry-Thomas

Nevada

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania

Minority Cannabis Business

 Nicole Buffong

Mississippi

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Minority Cannabis Business

Natalie Bonner

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Massachusetts

Minority Cannabis Business

Derrell Black

Kentucky

Massachusetts

Kentucky

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CJ Cater

M4MM 2019 Public Policy Priorities

Minority Cannabis Business

Business License

  

We recommend the following for consideration: The Medical/Recreational Marijuana bill should ensure the medical marijuana industry will include both medium and small sized businesses by prohibiting a monopoly of large-scale cultivation licenses. Imposing strict anti-monopoly restrictions for small businesses and consumers should be instituted which will also support local economy growth. We recommend a horizontal business model which would include a business classification system. We highly recommend applicants must satisfy a minimum of 2 year state residency requirement.

Diversity and Inclusion

  

Expanding the marketplace to include diversity as an emphasis thereby; requiring each license applicant provide a “diversity plan” defined as a strategy promoting or ensuring diverse groups ­participation in medical marijuana license holder ­ownership, management, workforce, and operation through contracting and employment opportunities.

A “diverse group” is defined as a ­certified disadvantaged, minority-owned, ­women-owned, service-disabled, veteran-owned or veteran-owned small business and an “operator” as an individual directly overseeing or managing applicant or permittee’s day-to-day business functions and ability to direct both “on- and off-site” employee activities.

Diversity Plan: An applicant shall include with its application a diversity plan that promotes and ensures the involvement of diverse participants and diverse groups in ownership, management, employment and contracting opportunities, including individuals from “diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds and communities; women; veterans and individuals with disabilities.” (Florida Legislation)

Equity Applicant Program: We recommend creating an equity applicant business participation program with rules, regulation and language easily adoptable by participating local cities, counties, and municipalities.

Reporting: Submit an annual report summarizing the participation and utilization of diverse groups in the activities authorized under medical/recreational marijuana program. (Pennsylvania Legislation)

Diversity/Equity Advisory Consultant

We recommend each respective state responsible for implementing the program, including developing rules, processing applications, and issuing patient ID cards and licenses create a budget to support the appointment of a diversity advisory consultant who will advise and give recommendations to the compassionate care office and licensing authorities on the development of standards and regulations pursuant including best practices and guidelines that supports overall diversity. Two years after the law takes effect the Diversity Advisory Consultant will issue a report including recommendations regarding diversity ownership, management and operation through contracting and employment opportunities. (Maryland Initiative)

   

Youth Education: Strategies and Interventions to Prevent Youth Marijuana Use

Marijuana use among youth is a serious issue we want to address in communities of color making sure they understand the differences/ramifications between adult medical marijuana use versus “black market” illegal under age use. The factors that drive the issue in different communities may vary considerably. For example, in one community, high school students may have low perceptions of the risks associated with use. However, this may not be an important risk factor in another community, where easy access to marijuana may be a serious factor. We recommend creating a budget for effective prevention strategies, interventions, and education linked to unique risk factors in communities of color. (Colorado Legislation)

   

Decriminalization Bill

Introduce a bill that would decriminalize the possession of marijuana. The bill would reduce the penalty to a fine not to exceed $100. Currently, an individual arrested for possession of up to an ounce of marijuana can still be sentenced to a maximum of 30 days in jail and fined up to $500. This long-overdue change would dramatically reduce the number of Floridians who have their dreams derailed by a criminal record. A 2013 study by the American Civil Liberties Union found that although blacks and whites use marijuana at nearly identical rates, enforcement is far from equal: blacks in Florida are 4.0 times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession.

*We also recommend individuals with a felony criminal record for the possession of marijuana should be allowed to participate as an owner, grower, cultivator, and/or operator if their criminal conviction is over 5 years old.