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Indigenous Cannabis Industry Association recognizes and honors cannabis industry leaders with 2023 ICIA Awards

From Madison 365 by Isaac Trussoni December 12 2023

The Indigenous Cannabis Industry Association recently looked to honor Indigenous organizations and people who put in great efforts towards advocacy and inclusion through their National Indigenous Cannabis Industry and Policy Summit that was held earlier last month in Washington, D.C., near the National Mall. 

The Cambridge, Wisconsin-based organization looks to highlight and uplift Indigenous participation, recognition, and empowerment in the cannabis industry. In those efforts, the summit in D.C. looked to bring together professionals, businesses, and organizations in the cannabis industry that influence more inclusivity and diversity in the field, and centers protecting Indigenous rights and the environment.

This is especially important given the complex relationship between federal and state laws and cannabis, while keeping in mind Indigenous sovereignty towards growth and sustainability in the cannabis production and marketing field.  

“The ICIA is excited to announce three leading ICIA members as recipients of the 2023 ICIA Awards. Ropers and Majeski, Mike Lumoto, and Sokaogon Chippewa Community Mole Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have all been critical to the success of ICIA in our second year,” said Rob Pero, founder of the Indigenous Cannabis Industry Association and Wisconsin-based hemp company Canndigenous, in a release.

Ropers and Majeski, who won Business Ally of the Year, is a nationwide law firm that serves clients around cannabis legal issues as a piece of that work. Mike Lumoto, Advocate of the Year, is the owner of Dao Mastery, an organization that helps people find stability and growth in their cannabis industry ventures. The last award went to Sokaogon Chippewa Community Mole Lake Band of Lake Superior Chippewa for Tribal Government of the Year and the work they do in the Mole Lake region.  

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