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Overcoming Broken Social Equity Policies to find Success in Cannabis and Beyond

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Karim Webb

Karim Webb is an Entrepreneurial Activist and CEO of 4thMVMT, a Los Angeles based firm that vets, trains, facilitates funding, and partners with individuals from underserved communities to own and operate competitive retail businesses.

Before founding 4thMVMT, Mr. Webb co-founded PCF Restaurant Management, a franchisee of Buffalo Wild Wings ("BWW"). PCF has four restaurants in the Los Angeles area, with four additional units in development. Webb is also Venture Partner in Slauson & Co., an early-stage venture capital firm investing in the tools, platforms, and people aiding in small businesses' development, democratizing access to business ownership.

Appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti, Webb serves on the Los Angeles World Airport Commission (LAWA). Additionally, Webb holds various board positions, including Everytable, the Living Through Giving Foundation: Hashtag Lunchbag, the Brotherhood Crusade as a Corporate Advisor, and as an Advisor to the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA). He is also a spokesperson for BLOOM, an initiative of CCF which seeks to create a more positive and productive future for 14-18-year-old Black males living in South Los Angeles who are, or have been, under the supervision of the L.A. County Probation Department.

Ron Holmes
Majority-Minority, Co-Founder

Ron Holmes is a Chicago-based government and political affairs consultant with ties to city, state and federal government. As the Founding Principal of Ron Holmes Consulting LLC, Ron has used his persuasion skills to help his clients navigate the political halls of power, the media and the electoral process.

Ron Holmes has served as a political communications strategist for some of Illinois’ most powerful voices. During his time in Illinois politics, he’s served as a spokesman and advisor for U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Attorney General Kwame Raoul, IL Senate President John Cullerton and various members of the IL Senate Democratic Caucus. 

Ron is an alumnus of Morehouse College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration and minored in Economics. He also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Illinois.

A robust discussion identifying the regulatory missteps made by states and cities as Adult-Use cannabis legislation is put into place across the nation. Social equity was meant to be a form of reparations for the harm inflicted on communities of color during the war on drugs. However, the realities of standing up a successful cannabis business are expensive, convoluted and difficult to navigate. 

Karim Webb, CEO of LA based SE firm 4thMVMT will be joined by Ron Holmes, co-founder on Chicago based consulting firm Majority-Minority and Mrs. Phyllis Dorsey, a current LA dispensary license holder to discuss SE policies in CA and IL, the changes that are needed to ensure success for Black and Latino communities in cannabis and how the concept of social equity can work in other industries.