We are unapologetically working to build generational wealth for Black and Brown people through the legal cannabis industry.

Learn about the Work

Cannabis Administration & Opportunity Act Comments

You can’t address a race-specific problem with a race-neutral solution and racist institutional practices.


Virtual education for anyone dreaming of joining the cannabis industry. Watch short clips from our CannaDreamers webinar for 101 info on starting your cannabis journey as an entrepreneur or professional.

Divest + Invest

Progress: Portland redirected 100% of cannabis taxes from Portland Police to investments in Black and brown communities. Read the full update.

NuProject invests cannabis tax and corporate revenue into Oregon- based businesses owned by people of color.

NuProject’s work is specifically designed to address the capital, education, and connection hurdles that people of color face when entering the cannabis industry. The City of Portland is the first U.S. municipality to invest tax revenue from the legalized cannabis industry into the communities most negatively impacted by cannabis criminalization. Nu Project is funded in part by this historic initiative to rebalance the detrimental economic impacts of the war on drugs.

30 Economic Justice Grants
& loans totaling $500,000+ & counting…

Our goal is to increase success outcomes for people of color in cannabis either as business owners or high-earning professionals.

The Why

Across the U.S., communities targeted by cannabis criminalization are communities of color, especially African American communities.

Black Oregonians are the only group disproportionately targeted by arrest, primarily for cannabis possession, despite data that shows people of all races consume cannabis at the same rate. The U.S. cannabis industry overall is reported to have less than 3% of licensed businesses owned by Black people. (source: Marijuana Business Daily, 2017). The great financial opportunity of the cannabis industry should be available to all and investment of cannabis industry tax revenue into Black entrepreneurs is one way to repair the economic harms of the war on drugs.  

The work

Economic Justice Grant Recipient: Green Box


 In 2019, NuProject awarded an economic justice grant to Green Box, owned by Adrian Wayman, who was arrested for cannabis possession in his youth. Watch Adrian’s economic justice story.

A hero's words on good trouble

“When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.”

“I want to see young people in America feel the spirit of the 1960s and find a way to get in the way. To find a way to get in trouble. Good trouble, necessary trouble.” 

— John Lewis, 1940-2020

Get in the way with us.

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Who We Are

Founded in 2018, NuProject is an Oregon-recognized non-profit supported primarily by the City of Portland’s historic reinvestment of cannabis tax revenue (the first city to do so) into repairing the disproportionate harm done to Black and brown communities as a result of cannabis prohibition and the U.S.’s racist war on drugs. NuProject is the only organization of its kind in the U.S. that grants and loans the majority of its funds to cannabis businesses owned by people of color. 

NuProject was started by the founding co-chairs of the Minority Cannabis Business Association as a new project to help direct cannabis taxes and revenues to repair the harms of cannabis criminalization in Black and brown communities. NuProject’s board is comprised of cannabis industry leaders, social justice experts, and third generation entrepreneurs.  


Thank you, partners

Our partners make all of this work a reality.

They share our mission to invest in communities most harmed by cannabis criminalization. Partners can fund a NuFuel business, host a NuProfessional, mentor or provide education as part of NuSchool, or simply donate to our mission.

Please contact us for more information on how you can support this work.