Based in Jersey City, right next to the Holland Tunnel, the Minority Cannabis Academy is an adult learning institution offering professional development and technical training to minorities living in disenfranchised communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the War on Drugs.
In February, the group – founded and run by Brendon Robinson and Stanley Okoro – received $165,000 in financial backing for the effort from Secaucus-based Harmony Dispensary. “It is great that the New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission prioritized the application process for minority entrepreneurs,” Robinson said at the time. “But there needs to be opportunities for minorities at all levels.”
MCA offers a free, hands-on, eight-week experience that ultimately aims to help students gain employment in the cannabis industry. Earlier this summer, classes got underway with the group’s first cohort of 25 learners.