Social Equity Initiatives

As cannabis continues to be legalized throughout the United States, it’s important as an industry that we support & propel social equity initiatives that aim to undo the damage done to minority communities throughout the War on Drugs.

As a leading media platform in the cannabis space, Benzinga is committed to understanding, supporting, and enabling organizations whose mission is to provide unobstructed access to the cannabis industry for wrongfully-incarcerated individuals and minority populations affected by cannabis prohibition.



Plainly stated, social equity refers to legislation that promotes and encourages participation in the cannabis industry by people from communities that have been disproportionately impacted by marijuana prohibition and enforcement.

According to United Way, social equity is impartiality, fairness and justice for all people in social policy. Social equity takes into account systemic inequalities to ensure everyone in a community has access to the same opportunities and outcomes. Equity of all kinds acknowledges that inequalities exist and works to eliminate them, to level the playing field.



Through our Cannabis Capital Conference series, we strive to put a spotlight on the conversation surrounding social equity via panel discussions with organizations who are combating inequality in the cannabis industry, individuals who have been adversely affected by the War on Drugs, and policymakers who are leading the charge on writing legislation to undo the impacts of prohibition.

Additionally, Benzinga has committed to donating a percentage of all event ticket sales to Last Prisoner Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to cannabis criminal justice reform.

We are also proud to offer discounted conference tickets to owners of marijuana businesses who have received state certification for their social equity initiatives. Please click HERE to apply for a Social Equity Conference Pass.


Does your business have a pending or approved application for a cannabis social equity license? Fill out the form below to apply for a discounted 2-day ticket to our next Cannabis Capital Conference.


  • LIVE PRESENTATIONS: Watch lightning-round presentations from companies specializing in all corners of the cannabis industry.
  • EXCLUSIVE PANELS: Experience panel discussions from industry experts, top executives, celebrities in cannabis, and more.
  • VIP LOUNGE: Enjoy premium dining options, reserved seating, and a quieter atmosphere to mingle and take meetings.
  • CURATED 1:1 MEETINGS: Networking has never been easier. Receive a curated list of people to meet with who match your deal-making criteria, and schedule meetings in an instant using MeetMax.
  • PRIVATE 1:1 MEETING ROOMS: Enjoy privacy as you iron out the details. This year, Benzinga is excited to offer secluded 1:1 meeting spaces for networking and deal-making.
  • ANALYST RESEARCH REPORTS: This year, we’re excited to provide detailed cannabis industry research reports to all attending investors.

Upcoming Speakers

Participating Companies & Sponsors


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