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After Licensing Happens: Removing Barriers for Social Equity Businesses & How Marketing Can Help

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Ernest Toney
BIPOCANN, Founder & CEO

Ernest Toney is the founder of BIPOCANN, a national business membership organization and consulting firm that is working to shape a more accessible and profitable legal cannabis industry for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) entrepreneurs, business owners, and professionals in the Americas. BIPOCANN promotes diversity in the cannabis industry by reducing barriers for social equity and minority business members to access industry education, networking, referrals, partnerships, and resources to support their growth. 

Prior to BIPOCANN, Ernest managed global marketing and partnership initiatives at Marijuana Business Daily, the leading business news source for the cannabis industry in the US and Canada, and producer of MJBizCon – the award-winning trade show and expo for cannabis professionals, held annually in Las Vegas. During his tenure, Ernest grew global partnerships for the company’s portfolio of brands and led marketing campaigns that increased revenues and attendance at MJBizDaily’s business conferences in the Americas and Europe.

Ernest has served on the Cannabis Marketing Association’s host committee for the Future of Cannabis Marketing; and the Marketing & Advertising Jury for the Clio Cannabis Awards.

Jarell Wall
Gentleman Quinns, CEO and Creative Director

Jarell is CEO and Creative Director of Gentleman Quinns Blunt Company in Denver, CO. Gentleman Quinns is a licensed pre-roll manufacturing facility known for their hand-rolled products including the flagship “High-Class Big Ass Blunts.” Jarell, a former television producer, has been building his cannabis brand since 2015. With a small team, Jarell spearheads Gentleman Quinn's marketing strategy, production, and product design. His experience in boutique cannabis branding and state regulations including Colorado’s social equity efforts, informs his commitment to the legalization movement and the larger cannabis community. 

Michael Diaz-Rivera
Better Days Delivery, Business Owner

Michael Diaz-Rivera left his career as an educator to be a cannabis entrepreneur with the hope that his worst days were behind him.  No stranger to the struggle, born and raised on the south side of Colorado Springs he was incarcerated for possession of marijuana at the age of 19.  

Kept out of the marijuana industry he focused on community, youth, and mentorship. With recent legislative changes, he has left the classroom for the cannabis community, hopeful that he'll be able to contribute to this burgeoning industry.  As someone born and raised in Colorado and negatively impacted by the war on drugs, he is working to make sure that our most marginalized communities of color aren't forgotten! 

A convicted felon for marijuana possession in Colorado he likes to use a Hill Harper quote as his daily mantra, “Once you have a felony conviction on your record, one of the most difficult things to do is break the cycle of recidivism."  Michael has been doing just that and with the aid of Better Days Delivery, he is aiming to help others do that as well. 

Shanda LeCompte
Canna-Couriers, COO /Co- CEO

Denver native pursuing her dreams of owning and operating a premium cannabis delivery service. The consumer is always on the hunt for beautiful frosty sticky buds. Canna-couriers are the connoisseurs of cannabis! We have spent years finding the very Best buds Denver has to offer! Unfortunately per state law, we are not able to operate the way we had invisioned without the help of local dispensaries! We are steadily looking for Dispensaries that are Interested in offering delivery! There are so many people in the Denver area that are not able to make it into a dispensary due to medical conditions or perhaps they are just a stay at home mom that would use this service as a convenient part of her day! Delivery not only expands your customer base it will open up space in the dispensaries to help with the long wait lines! Canna-couriers is Dedicated to providing outstanding customer service, and quick and discreet delivery to the comfort of your home!