Arizona’s MITA Welcomes Industry Participation in New Free Course

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<![CDATA[Beginning Jan. 21, the Arizona Marijuana Industry Trade Association (MITA) will offer a free, weekly, virtual course for prospective social equity applicants looking to enter the state’s forthcoming adult-use cannabis industry.While much of the curriculum for the 16-week Social Equity Applicant Mentorship Program is complete, MITA Executive Director Demitri Downing told Cannabis Business Times and Cannabis Dispensary that the association would still welcome industry members who are willing to provide education free of charge.“We so want people to get involved. … There’s room for other people to add their expertise, and we would love to have them on board,” Downing said.RELATED: Arizona Health Officials Announce Draft Rules for Adult-Use Cannabis MarketEducational OverviewMITA’s course will focus on specific aspects of Arizona’s medical cannabis program and the cannabis industry more broadly, while welcoming speakers from in and around the industry.Speakers such as Tahir Johnson, membership manager and diversity, equity and inclusion manager at the National Cannabis Industry Association, and Dr. Bobra Crockett, a business professor at Scottsdale Community College, will discuss the first week’s topic, “Social Equity Licensing, What is the Opportunity and Why?”Then, Lilach Power, founder and CEO at Giving Tree Dispensary, and Janet Jackim, partner at Zuber Lawler, will be among the panelists to dive into the following week’s topic, “History of Arizona Licensing, Structure of Our Market Place and Who is Who?”RELATED: Two Dispensaries in Phoenix Team Up to Support Women Empowerment, Raise Funds for Domestic Abuse ShelterThe 16 lessons will weave through divergent takes on the market, from dispensing to cultivation to manufacturing, from extraction to HR to security, according to a course outline that Downing shared with CBT and CD. “There [are] 1,000 ways to divide up the industry,” Downing said. “We’re just trying to do the best that we can to give them a high-level overview, so some basic…

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