We are unapologetically working to build generational wealth via the legal cannabis industry for the Black and Brown communities disproportionately harmed by the War on Drugs.

NuProject’s programs increase success outcomes for cannabis entrepreneurs and professionals of color. Our work addresses the capital, education, and connection hurdles historically excluded communities face when starting a business or professional career.

Entrepreneur profile

Natural Wonders is an Indigenous brand right in Portland. Its owner, Jackson McCormack, has been able to highlight a robust menu of quality products by maintaining his dedication to grower relationships.

Learn more about Natural Wonders and check out their menu by heading to NaturalWondersPDX.com

NuProject impact on historically excluded entrepreneurs:

32+

economic
justice grants

$

1mil+

Funded

STATES

Total: 11

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Oklahoma
  • Colorado
  • Massachusetts
  • Texas
  • Nevada
  • Virgina
  • New York
  • Florida
  • New Jersey

THE WHY

It’s reported that less than 3% of cannabis licensed businesses are majority Black-owned *(Marijuana Business Daily survey, 2017). This inequity in wealth-generating business ownership is particularly striking in the face of another inequity: In the U.S., Black people have been arrested for cannabis possession at nearly 4 times the rate of White people** despite similar consumption rates across all races *(ACLU, 2020). Disproportionate cannabis arrest was an integral and effective tool of the U.S. criminal system’s entrenching of Black people in its web of impacts, which includes contributing significantly to the decline of Black and brown household wealth and community opportunity. It’s not coincidental that Black and Latinx household wealth is less than 10% of the wealth held by Whites and Black households are on a decline projected to average zero wealth by 2053.

Entrepreneurship can reverse that decline and create wealth equity. The wealth-generating opportunity of the cannabis industry should be available to all.

Building a better industry, not another industry.

NuProject Co-founder and Board Member,

Jesce Horton

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.

WHO WE ARE

Founded in 2018, NuLeaf Project started as 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. NuLeaf Project known as 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.

NP 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

They share our mission to invest in communities most harmed by cannabis criminalization.

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

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IN THE NEWS

#Cannabis #Weed #BusinessInsider

Why Starting A Marijuana Business Is So Hard | Big Business

Starting a weed business isn’t easy. It can take $1 million in startup capital to even get a license. And to keep a cannabis business going? That means jumping through complicated regulation hoops. If they can play the game right, cannabis entrepreneurs could be set up for success in an exploding marijuana industry. But with weed still federally illegal, companies could face fines or jail time if they don’t follow the rules. We visited three companies in Colorado and Oregon to see how they’re dealing with the ever-changing regulations. Could things get easier if weed becomes federally legal?

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We’re for justice.

We’re for justice. The U.S. criminal justice system has become a tool to police and brutalize black bodies, make black families poorer en masse, and cut off black people’s ability to improve economic standing. The unequal justice system allows white people to commit crimes with largely lighter or no punishments, awards whites the ability to amass wealth from illegal acts, and law-abiding white people don’t fear police as they are three times less likely to be killed by officers than black people.

IN THE NEWS

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Private: Oregon Cannabis Equity Act

The state of Oregon has no cannabis equity program and much of cannabis taxes have gone to funding policing in the state, as well as cities and counties. No funds are invested into repairing Black, Indigenous and Latina/o/x communities most harmed by cannabis criminalization.

Oregon needs a cannabis equity program that distributes cannabis taxes to programs that create opportunity for Black and brown families and funds automatic expungement of cannabis crimes for the 20,000+ Oregonians with an eligible cannabis conviction.