U.S. Cannabis Council Appoints New CEO Khadijah Tribble

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The U.S. Cannabis Council (USCC) announced on August 19 that it has named Khadijah Tribble to serve as the organization’s new CEO. Tribble succeeds former USCC CEO Steven Hawkins, who led USCC since the organization was first founded in February 2021.

“We thank Steven Hawkins for his integral role in launching USCC, and we are thrilled to welcome Khadijah Tribble’s to the role of CEO at this critical juncture for the cannabis industry,” said Jessica Billingsley, chair of USCC and CEO of Akerna. “She is deeply respected for her leadership, expertise and wide-ranging experience and is well-positioned to advance our mission of ending prohibition and creating an equitable, values-based industry.”

Tribble founded Marijuana Matters in 2020, and the organization serves as a cannabis education and advocacy incubator. She also served as CEO of the Marijuana Policy Trust, which helps develop and run DEI (Diversity, equity, and inclusion) programs in the cannabis industry.

Tribble often focused on fair and equitable policies on behalf of marginalized communities throughout her career, and also serves on USCC’s DEI Task Force. She holds a master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

“USCC is focused on securing critical reforms in this session of Congress,” Tribble tells High Times. “My chief priority is doing the work to make that happen, with the understanding that the banking bill will broadly make our industry safer and more equitable, and expungement will meaningfully improve the lives of countless Americans with cannabis records.”

Tribble continues, “These concrete wins are the stepping stones we need to reach our ultimate goal: comprehensive federal reform that deschedules cannabis while fostering an equitable, inclusive industry.”

USCC has named Khadijah Tribble (@tribbleme), a leading figure in the cannabis reform movement and expert on equity and inclusion, as our new …

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Author: Benjamin M. Adams / High Times

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