MCBA Cannabis Opportunity Summit

  • 2010 South University Boulevard
  • Denver, CO, 80210
  • United States

Hosted by MCBA, University of Denver, Hoban Law Group, and Denver Relief Consulting


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 Summit March 22-24, 2018 in Denver. The purpose of the Summit is to provide resources, information, and connections to businesses, entrepreneurs and advocates from the communities most impacted by the war on drugs.

More than five years after Colorado legalized cannabis, best estimates have only 1% of cannabis businesses owned by people of color. As new markets emerge across the country there is a greater demand for an educated and knowledgeable workforce in management and entry level positions. Often communities that have been most impacted by the war on drugs do not have the proper knowledge, financial resources or necessary relationships to successfully navigate and enter the cannabis industry. The Cannabis Opportunity Summit will include speaker sessions and interactive workshops covering a wide range of topics, including market and opportunity analysis, operational differentiators, community reinvestment, cultural integration, advocacy and lobby training, and much more. Speakers and attendees will include lawmakers, entrepreneurs, advocates, activists, and those curious about developing a better and more inclusive cannabis industry.

Keep your eyes on the MCBA website, and this page to get more information and the agenda for the conference. We will be providing more details as the event gets closer.


MCBA is the only nationwide trade association representing the interests of minority-owned cannabis businesses and the communities that have been marginalized by the war on drugs. Hoban Law Group (HLG) 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.

Financial Assistance

If you are unable to purchase a ticket for this event, or afford airfare or lodging, we are offering a limited amount of scholarships. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity please feel free to email info@minoritycannabis.orgfor more information.

Additional Programming

Thursday March, 22nd please join Daniels College of Business Faculty Paul Seaborn as he discusses the history of legalization, regulatory structure, key business challenges, and industry overview of cannabis. In Spring 2017, he taught the first ever "Business of Marijuana" course at Daniels and at any AACSB-accredited business school. Here is a link to Sean seaborn's bio This session will be $25.00 to attend. 

The topics that will be discussed in this session are:

1. History (how marijuana became legal, key political and legal events that led to return to legal status)

2. Legal and Regulatory Structure (federal vs. state vs. local, key regulatory bodies, current issues/debates)

3. Key Business Challenges (accounting & finance; marketing & branding; management & human resources; strategy & supply chain)

4. Colorado Industry Overview (both core and ancillary bussinesses, current state and future directions)

5. U.S. and World Industry Overview (key U.S. markets, interstate commerce challenges, international import/export)