Nicole Buffong is an advocate, international speaker that began this career after being diagnosed with HIV in March of 2017. Determined to not take synthetic drugs for the rest of her life she went against doctors recommendations and launched her own holistic healing initiative, becoming a pioneer in the green foods movement. Entrepreneur, cannabis patient and health equity advocate, Nicole is used to wearing many hats. Nicole currently serves as National Community Program Director for Minorities for Medical Marijuana, a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that provides advocacy, education, training and outreach to underserved communities. At the end of 2020, Nicole was also selected to serve on the Board of Directors for The Chamber of Cannabis in Las Vegas, a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization designed to unite cannabis industry professionals to advocate for a more inclusive, transparent, and accountable industry. Nicole currently serves on The Board of Directors for a third year with the Chamber. July 2021 Nicole was nominated to be on the Board of Directors for another advocacy group called ACHEM (The Association for Cannabis Health Equity and Medicine). ACHEM is a mutual non-profit organization founded to support the enrichment, promotion, participation and service efforts of BIPOC healthcare professionals and healers in order to achieve health innovation and health equity within the cannabis space. Nicole’s experience in executive and community outreach operations also includes launching the Georgia Chapter for Minorities for Medical Marijuana in 2017, launching the Nevada State Chapter in 2019 and serving as the Western Regional Director since 2021 bringing a diverse perspective to the new, and rapidly growing hemp and cannabis industry. Pairing passion with philanthropy, Nicole seeks to become an International Cannabis legislative lobbyist fighting for health equity throughout the African Diaspora. Nicole is also excited about expanding the legal Cannabis industry throughout the Caribbean & African regions to ensure that the region has the resources it needs. Nicole’s experience includes being on all sides of the patient and caretaker role, building a campaign to achieve legislative goals, a magnetic public speaker and thought leader.