NuLeaf Project

We are unapologetically about the work of building intergenerational wealth for people of color
through the legal cannabis industry.

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The Features

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NuFuel

We award businesses of color annual grants in amounts as large as $30,000 and as small as $5,000.

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NuNetwork

We pair business owners with the cannabis industry’s global thought leaders for personal mentoring and business coaching.

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NuSchool

We facilitate a customized business accelerator program with education and technical skill building.

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NuProfessional

We build paths for business professionals of color to exit corporate America and break glass ceilings in cannabis.

About NuLeaf Project

NuLeaf invests cannabis tax and corporate revenue into Portland, Oregon-based businesses owned by people of color and Portland professionals of color. NuLeaf’s work is specifically designed to address the capital, education, and connection hurdles that people of color face when entering the cannabis industry.

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

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Economic Justice

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. NuLeaf is funded in part by this historic initiative to rebalance the detrimental economic impacts of the war on drugs.

NuLeaf’s founders launched the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA) in 2015. NuLeaf Project puts the policy and theories incubated at MCBA into real-world practice. We believe NuLeaf is a historic project to prove that an equitable free-market cannabis licensing system paired with small business and people development is the best path to creating a diverse cannabis industry.

Who we serve

Across the U.S., communities targeted by cannabis criminalization are communities of color, especially African American communities. In Portland, Oregon, black Portlanders were arrested at 4.3 times the rate of white Portlanders. Black Portlanders are the only racial group disproportionately targeted by arrest despite data that shows people of all races consume cannabis at the same rate.

The U.S. cannabis industry overall is reported to have only 4% of its businesses owned by people of color. (source: Marijuana Business Daily, 2017). The great financial opportunity of the cannabis industry should be available to all.

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Why we do This

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Jeannette Ward Horton

"The cannabis industry is a $25B opportunity. We have to fight right now to ensure that opportunity is available to everyone."

NuLeaf Project Executive Director and Co-Founder

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Jesce Horton

"We are working to make the cannabis industry a better industry, not just another industry."

NuLeaf Project Co-Founder

Board of Directors

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Jeannette Ward Horton

Project Director, Board Chair, Co-Founder

Jeannette@nuleafproject.org

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Jesce Horton

Co-Founder and Board member

jesce@nuleafproject.org

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Rahim Abbasi

Board Secretary
Principal at Lift Architects

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Brett Gilbert

Board Member
Kogod Regional Innovation Chair and Associate Professor at American University

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Shelli Hayes

Minority Cannabis Business Association Board Member
Retired Judge at Circuit Court of Cook County

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Dr. Rachel Knox

Board Member
Co-Founder at American Cannabinoid Clinics

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Madeline Martinez

Board Member
Founder of World Famous Cannabis Café and Executive Director of Oregon NORML

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Cliff Robinson

Board Member
President at Uncle Cliffy

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Marissa Schwartz

Board Member
Cluster Manager at Oregon Entrepreneurs Network

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Laura Valden

Board Treasurer
Founder of Green State of Mind

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Pamela Weatherspoon

Board Member Commissioner
Oregon Liquor Control Commission

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